PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Spring semester has arrived for thousands of local students.
The University of Pittsburgh is just one of many schools that are welcoming back students, but their in-person plans are on hold.
University leaders say students will start semesters remotely because of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases.
Classes are expected to return to face-to-face classes at the end of the month.
Students begin returning to school on Saturday and classes will begin online today.
However, there is an exception for some classrooms and laboratories. Students will be notified if they must meet in person after approval by the dean.
Students will arrive at the school in phases, with the final group moving in on January 21 and January 22.
Students must then shelter in place for at least five days and follow safety procedures.
That means the Pitt facility in Oakland will stay temporarily until at least January 26, and facilities in the area will do so until at least January 13.
Some of Pitt’s students say they like this approach.
“I think it’s a good choice because I think there are some students on our campus who are not vaccinated or don’t confidently show their immunization status. It’s a good choice to protect people and show respect,” Scarlet Deng said.
Carnegie Mellon, Chatham and Carlow Universities are also starting with distance learning.
However, universities like Penn State, La Roche, Point Park and Duquesne will start with face-to-face learning.
Click here for more information and a COVID-19 protocol blueprint for colleges and universities across Western Pennsylvania.
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