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University System of Maryland Hagerstown

Universities offering programs at USMH plan for fall semester of hybrid in-person and remote instruction

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Hagerstown, Md. - The University System of Maryland (USM) announced today that its institutions will welcome students back to campus this fall in a hybrid fashion, combining at least some on-campus, in-person instruction with remote learning.

Over the next two weeks, each USMH institution, including the five that offer programs at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH), will announce an overview of its initial planning for the fall 2020 semester. Each campus plan will follow general guidelines and critical factors determined by the Return to Campus Advisory Group appointed by USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman in April - including federal, state, and local public health guidance.

The plans will include a timeline for the start and end of the fall semester with an emphasis on the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community.

USMH will work with each partner institution and is preparing to accommodate plans regarding classroom density, social distancing and cleaning requirements and testing and assessment procedures.

"USMH Has the complex duty of working with each of our university partners in how they plan to deliver instruction, while working within the broad guidelines of the USM. We cannot finalize our plans until we know the plans of our partners. Certainly, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, USMH administrators and the surrounding community is our ultimate priority. We will achieve this through social distancing and reducing class sizes in our classrooms, masking, and screening as appropriate at the start of the fall semester," said Mark C. Halsey, USMH executive director.

"The Fall 2020 semester will be different from typical operations as we take steps to prevent the spread of the virus, but we will do everything possible to facilitate an excellent learning experience for all students attending USMH," he concluded.