By AFRO Staff

The 12 state schools that constitute the University System of Maryland will use a mix of in-person and remote learning when they reopen in the fall.

The system, which includes the flagship University of Maryland at College Park, announced a framework May 29 for schools to respond to the coronavirus.

Each school will announce its own specific plans in the next two weeks as to how they’ll adjust their calendars and classroom settings. The release said all schools will provide at least some on-campus, in-person instruction in combination with remote learning.

HBCU’s like Morgan State University and other Maryland universities will use a mix of in-person and remote learning this fall amid ongoing Covid-19 concerns. (Photo Courtesy Morgan.edu)

Some schools may adjust calendars to start the fall semester as early as July so the semester can conclude by Thanksgiving.

All schools will enact plans to reduce crowding in residence and dining halls.

Baltimore HBCU Morgan State University said it had already begun planning for a re-imagined fall semester back in April. Some of the measures included the movement of all orientation programs and open houses to a virtual environment and the transition of all summer programs to an online learning format.

“Pending any new prohibitive guidance from the State, at this current time, Morgan State University plans to reopen its campus in the fall, resuming full instruction featuring an innovative ‘student choice’ course delivery model that incorporates face-to-face and remote learning. The University is also preparing an on-campus residential experience for students that will incorporate social distancing protocols as needed,” the university said in a statement on May 12.

The announcement came after a series of strategy meetings considering both student and faculty health and the financial well-being of the institution.

“In a perfect world, this fall, the campus will be flush with the bright, smiling faces of students eager to engage in their studies and inspired to change the world. But what this COVID-19 pandemic has shown us is that the world is an imperfect place,” said Morgan President David Wilson in a statement in April. “The only thing we can attempt to do perfectly now is plan.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.