FILE: A flag hangs on campus at Temple University.
Temple to hold in-person classes this fall
The school is Philadelphia’s most populous undergraduate university, with nearly 30,000 students attending classes.
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(Philadelphia) — Temple University will begin the 2021-2022 academic year primarily in-person, with a “substantial” number of students returning to campus.
“We hope to return to a vibrant campus experience, with our residence halls, dining halls, student center and academic buildings, as well as our athletic and recreational facilities, open this fall,” Temple President Richard M. Englert said in a school-wide email Monday.
Temple is Philadelphia’s most populous undergraduate university, with nearly 30,000 students attending classes at its North Philadelphia and Ambler campuses before the pandemic.
For the last year, Temple has held many of its classes online.
In his note, Englert said he expected some classes to remain virtual next fall, and the school may need to reconsider its plans if city, state, or federal guidelines become more strict. But he was optimistic that the return to in-person learning will be relatively smooth: Temple’s COVID-19 test positivity rate is currently well below 1%.
Temple is working with the city of Philadelphia to become a distribution hub for vaccines intended for both the Temple community and nearby residents, Englert said.
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