Mercer County Community College on June 5 released a four-step plan to reopen and bring students back to its West Windsor campus.
Under the plan’s first phase, a limited number of staff would be allowed back to the school, with classroom instruction taking place remotely. The second phase would bring limited on-site teaching with social distancing restrictions. In phase three, the school conference center and theater would reopen and some athletic events would take place. Full resumption of pre-outbreak operations would come in the fourth phase.
Among other rules, all students, faculty staff and visitors will be required to wear masks while on campus. In addition, everyone coming to campus will be required to monitor their health and anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or above must stay away for 24 hours after the fever and other symptoms are resolved.
The college provided no timetable for implementing the plan, saying that it would be triggered by school officials with input from state and local agencies in compliance with rules and guidance put in place by the governor’s office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Gov. Phil Murphy has begun allowing businesses to reopen around the state, but has imposed numerous restrictions. The governor said in May that schools, colleges and universities could be able to offer limited forms of in-person instruction during the second stage of his reopening process, which is scheduled to begin on June 15. Murphy extended the state’s public health emergency, originally imposed on March 9, for another 30 days in an order issued June 4.
On May 26, Seton Hall University outlined plans to offer a “hybrid flexible” system of instruction that would give students the option of taking fall semester classes either in person or remotely.
Mercer County College President Jianping Wang said the school’s plan was drawn up by a 23-member task force made up of faculty, staff and students.
“This plan represents a delicate balance of clarity and flexibility that we strive to achieve,” Wang said in a statement.