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Rescheduling for a “New Normal” — Fall 2020 Updates

This year, the fall semester has been shortened to reduce the likelihood of disruption due to a resurgence of COVID-19. To accommodate this compressed schedule, classes will be held on Labor Day and there will be no fall break. Students will complete their coursework and take final exams remotely following the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • August 25, 2020 — Day Classes Begin (Evening Classes Start August 24)
  • All vacations and holidays have been removed for the Fall 2020 semester.
  • November 24, 2020 — Last Day of On-Campus Instruction; Remainder of Fall Semester Is Online
  • November 30, 2020 — Reading Day
  • December 1-5, 2020 — Final Exams

  • Social Distancing in the Classroom

    Social Distancing in the Classroom

    Whenever students are in a classroom or other learning environment on campus, they will be required to maintain a distance of six feet between themselves and any other individual. Each classroom on campus is being evaluated to determine its new maximum class size. The usual occupancy cap for classes has been reduced and decals will be placed on seats to indicate which should remain empty to allow for proper distancing. Students must wear masks at all times when they are in a classroom.

    For the Fall 2020 semester, all students should expect to have some face-to-face instruction on campus. However, for some courses, face-to-face instruction will be rotational. That means that the class will be split into two cohorts who will rotate with respect to days of face-to-face and virtual instruction. Students should expect that all instruction will be synchronous. Whether face-to-face or virtual, instruction will occur in real-time, and if virtual, using Zoom. We will work to accommodate individual student schedules as much as possible. The library will be repurposed to accommodate commuter students for their virtual sessions.

  • Classroom Cleanliness & Hygiene

    Classroom Cleanliness & Hygiene

    Each classroom will be cleaned twice daily by Campus Operations staff. Classrooms will also be provided with cleaning supplies. Students and faculty who use technology and other equipment will be asked to wipe it down after each use.

  • Course Delivery & Participation

    Course Delivery & Participation

    Most classrooms will be turned into “Zoom classrooms,” equipped with an additional camera and microphone linked with the podium. The instructor will be able to interact simultaneously with both students sitting in the room and those who are attending class virtually. 

    Faculty have been provided with a variety of learning opportunities over the summer to help them effectively deliver online and hybrid instruction. Two instructional designers have also been engaged to assist faculty members in redesigning their courses for online delivery as needed.

    Students taking courses that require labs, clinical experiences, internships, and similar hands-on learning should speak with their academic advisor for additional information. Accommodations for these experiences are being handled on a case-by-case basis, as requirements from accreditation/governing boards and community partners vary widely by subject area. 

    In all cases, student needs are being considered and steps will be taken to ensure that all academic requirements are met — including but not limited to potential home delivery of lab kits/portable equipment, use of online simulations, recorded demonstrations, hybrid instruction, and/or special capstone projects.

    January 2021 Inter-Session:

    More information about the inter-session will be provided later in the semester. All inter-session courses, excluding those that require clinicals or field work, etc., will be virtual.

  • Attendance Requirements

    Attendance Requirements

    Students who feel unwell, or who have been recently exposed to COVID-19, should not attend class in person. Please refer to the Health and Safety section for additional information. Zoom-enabled classrooms have been equipped with remote learning technology specifically for the purpose of providing flexible attendance options, should a student or faculty member require accommodation. 

    Faculty members will provide flexibility for those students who need to self-quarantine or to self-isolate, up to and including receiving an Incomplete grade for the course. The deadline for finishing an incomplete course will be extended to 90 days beyond the end of the semester, as opposed to the usual deadline of 60 days. Grades of W (Withdraw) will not be counted against a student’s GPA.

    Additionally, students who wish to attend classes online-only for the duration of the semester may request permission to do so, with appropriate medical documentation.

FAQs — Academics

  • If I feel unwell, can I attend class virtually that day (even if I don’t have symptoms of COVID)?

    Students who feel unwell should not attend class in person. Zoom-enabled classrooms have been equipped with remote learning technology specifically for the purpose of providing flexible attendance options. As always, students are expected to communicate with their instructor about any needs for accommodation. Should students have COVID-19 related symptoms, they should contact Health Services (healthservices@ycp.edu or 717-849-1615) for guidance.

  • Where can commuter students go to attend virtual class sessions, especially if they are already on campus for an in-person class?

    The library will be repurposed to accommodate commuter students for their virtual sessions from the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Space has been designated for this purpose on the lower and upper levels. 

  • I live with someone who is high-risk for COVID-19. Can I attend all of my classes virtually, from home, this semester?

    Students who wish to attend classes online-only for the duration of the semester may request permission to do so, with appropriate medical documentation.

  • When is the deadline for submitting the virtual learning request form?

    Although the deadline to request virtual learning for the Fall 2020 semester was August 7, 2020, students should contact Student Accessibility Services (sas@ycp.edu or 717-815-1717) if their situation changes past the deadline.  

  • Will professors also be required to wear masks during class?

    Both faculty and students must wear face coverings on campus, including classrooms; however, there may be times when a faculty member or student may temporarily remove a face covering to adequately communicate with the class. In such rare instances, everyone must practice social distancing. Our classrooms have been modified in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

    Anyone who cannot wear a face covering due to a documented disability or medical condition must apply for an accommodation using the Face Covering Accommodations survey.

  • How will classrooms be sanitized?

    Each classroom will be cleaned twice daily by Campus Operations staff. Classrooms will also be provided with cleaning supplies. Students and faculty who use technology and other equipment will be asked to wipe it down after each use.

  • Will additional seating areas be available on campus for students who need to study or take a break between classes?

    Additional seating has been made available at the Student Union Building, WPAC, Alumni Hall, and outdoor picnic tables. 

Contact Us
Office of the Provost

provost@ycp.edu

COVID Call Center

York College's COVID Call Center is available from 9 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please contact us with any questions related to the College's COVID-19 response that are not answered on this website. 

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