Colleges Plan Reopenings Amid Pandemic

marywoodMarywood University

Marywood University has developed an expansive, yet versatile, plan to move forward into a successful academic year. Understanding that public health circumstances are continually developing, Marywood’s Ready. Set. Forward! Plan is not static — it is built to both prepare for and adapt to these unpredictable times. 

 Marywood’s HyBridge Education Model is the key to the University’s plan, designed to provide students with options and choices. This blended model of learning incorporates remote, interactive instruction, and in-person experiences that enhance student learning, preserving both the safety of students and faculty and delivering a high-quality educational experience. This model ensures the continuity of learning, even if circumstances demand a pivot to entirely remote instruction at any point in the semester.

 With the dedicated collaboration of many people throughout the University, Marywood developed a thorough approach to monitor the health, safety, and well-being of the entire Marywood community, while creating a deep culture of care. Marywood is committed to adhering to these criteria as well as the guidelines set forth by governmental and public health agencies.

 The extensive protocols and options outlined in Marywood University’s Ready. Set. Forward! Planwill serve to guide the University through its intended, best-case scenario of on-campus learning, but also will adjust as needed to changing conditions. 

 For additional information about Marywood University’s Ready. Set. Forward! Plan, please visit For additional information about the University’s HyBridge Education Model, visit

Lackawanna College

Lackawanna College announced its reopening plan today for the fall semester, which begins Monday, Aug. 31, at all locations. The plan includes implementing new safety protocols and adjusting some course formats with the safety of students, faculty and staff in mind. 

lackawanna collegeThe College will welcome students back to campus, but students will be given the option to choose all online classes for the semester. Students who elect to take in-person classes will receive hybrid courses—with most on-ground classes meeting in person once per week.

Select classes requiring hands-on instruction such as the Division of Health Sciences and the Police Academy will continue with in-person instruction. Campus offices will open with minimal staff, with many employees continuing to work remotely. 

Lackawanna President Dr. Jill Murray says the plan will remain flexible and is subject to change based on public health guidance or other developments. 

“A hallmark of a Lackawanna College education is our genuine interest in helping each and every student succeed by providing a welcoming, engaging, relevant academic experience that motivates, inspires, and meets students wherever they are on their educational journey,” said Dr. Murray. “COVID-19 has made us more committed than ever to our mission. The physical, emotional, social, and intellectual well-being of our students remains our utmost priority.”

Students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to wear face masks, participate in daily temperature screenings and adhere to social distancing guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

To access the Lackawanna College Academic reopening plan, visit

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