How did Penn State choose Feb. 15 as the return date, and what happens if the national and state outlook doesn’t improve or worsens?

Following the remote learning period that begins on Jan. 19, in-person classes are expected to resume across all campus locations on Feb. 15, though this date could change based on health and safety factors and guidance from the state. Feb. 15 was chosen following extensive analysis and scenario planning given worsening virus condition nationally and across the state and predictions of worsening hospitalization rates in the coming weeks — which are expected to increase through January. In addition, a delayed start also will give more time for health care workers to receive the COVID vaccine by mid-February.