Guidelines for reopening the State University System will be presented to the Board of Governors at a public meeting on May 28, suggesting optimism remains for a Fall reopening for Florida schools.
In a press release, the State University System said Board of Governors’ Chair Syd Kitson tasked Chancellor Marshall Criser III with developing the guidelines.
“The task force is focusing on developing guidelines that will prioritize the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, vendors, and visitors as our institutions continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic,” Kitson said.
“Our measured and thoughtful approach will be informed by science and medical professionals, and we are working hard to develop sound guidelines that enhance campus safety, as well as continue to meet the Board’s rigorous academic performance and student success goals,” Kitson continued.
Following the presentation, Florida’s universities will be next to present their individual plans on June 23 at a board meeting.
“In setting these guidelines, the task force has recognized that each university has a dedicated mission with unique strengths and characteristics, as well as an extraordinary environment that includes densely populated urban areas, more rural settings and students from all regions of the state, the nation, and the world,” the State University System said in a press release.
Florida universities and campuses were shut down in early March amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19. The unprecedented shutdown created a host of new challenges for students and educators as many classes and graduations transitioned online.
“As we move forward with a framework for the fall, we will be mindful that a healthy campus environment and academic rigor remain paramount,” Criser said.
The announcement comes days after the Board of Education met to discuss its next steps ahead of fall for K12.