USC Salkehatchie will reopen for in-person classes on the Allendale and Walterboro campuses on August 20, 2020. In order to safely welcome students back, school leaders have reimagined life on its campuses for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Face coverings will be required on-campus and social distancing will be implemented in classrooms and other campus settings among members of the campus community. Additional online options are also available for students.
“Taking all necessary safety precautions, we are pleased to be able to offer face-to-face instruction to our on-campus students and dual enrollment high school students in the Fall 2020 semester,” said USC Salkehatchie Campus Dean Chris Nesmith. “Working closely with the University of South Carolina system we have worked through solutions to the challenges the pandemic has brought, and we remain committed to providing an excellent academic and student experience in a safe and healthy environment. Our campuses are a vital resource to our students and the communities in which we serve, and we are glad to reopen our doors as public health and safety guidelines permit.”
The semester will be offered in an accelerated format, with in-person instruction ending on Nov. 24. In addition, classes will be held on many traditional holidays and breaks to allow for the semester to end earlier than usual. Classes will be held remotely on Labor Day (Sept. 7), General Election Day (Nov. 3), Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Fall break will also be cancelled with face-to-face instruction being held on Oct. 15-16. This schedule also aligns with that of University of South Carolina’s institution in Columbia.
Dean Nesmith, USC Salkehatchie campus stakeholders as well as leaders from other regional Palmetto College campuses within the University of South Carolina System have coordinated to plan for a safe reopening of campuses in the fall. Their resulting efforts produced the USC Palmetto College Campuses Reopening and Risk Mitigation Plan to guide the reopening and identify resources for the campus communities. The full plan can be read on the USC Salkehatchie website at USCSalkehatchie.sc.edu.
“Our first and foremost priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty and staff,” said USC Palmetto College Chancellor Susan Elkins. “The plan will continue to evolve as the public health environment changes. “
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