How have classrooms been adjusted to support social distancing?
Leading up to the fall semester, the University conducted a review of all of Penn State’s more than 1,700 classrooms, seminar rooms and labs across all instructional campuses to accommodate for social distancing requirements. Based on a variety of factors, for example the needs and size of a class, in-person classes were reassigned to larger rooms to accommodate social distancing requirements.
Other changes to classrooms included revising room layouts; establishing a distanced space for instructors; and identifying room capacities and potential alternative spaces for classes to take place. These efforts, along with the fall’s flexible educational model with some classes delivered remotely, will lower classroom population density, allow for social distancing and meet both educational and safety goals.