[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]BETHANY, W.Va. – After much consultation and extensive review of guidance from the state of West Virginia, the CDC, and other federal health officials, Bethany College has formed an official plan to resume in-person classes for the 2020-21 academic year in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The return to operations plan, which was solidified by the college’s Fall 2020 Contingencies Planning Group, consists of six components: criteria and metrics for reopening the campus, campus life guidelines, protocols for health and isolation, process for students to return to campus, process for athletic return to play, and circumstances requiring early fall closure.

As current health guidance projects a second round of COVID-19 this winter, the college proactively adjusted the academic calendar to prioritize the safety of students, faculty, and staff.

Not only will the move-in process span two days with staggered arrival times for new students and their families, but the fall semester schedule will shift to begin on Aug. 10 and conclude on Nov. 24.

“Looking toward fall, I am excited that we will be together again, even if six-feet apart, but I also ask for patience as we work through this transition,” President Tamara Nichols Rodenberg said. “We do not have every answer, but we intend to do our best for our students, faculty, and staff as we fully re-open our campus and continue to deliver the Bethany College residential living-learning experience our students know and love.”

Bethany’s Emergency and Preparedness Response Team (PRT), which includes representatives from across campus departments, is designed to ensure that all safety precautions are considered.

More information will be forthcoming as the PRT solidifies Bethany’s formal Return to Operations Guide.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]