Seminary to Continue to Hold All Courses Online through Term 3
October 23, 2020
Decision follows government warning about resurgence of Covid-19 and flu
Lancaster Seminary will continue to offer all classes and programming online through Term 3, the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. Interim President Dr. David Rowe announced the decision, made with the support of the Seminarian Community Council, the Diversity and Educational Life Committee, regular faculty, and the senior leadership team, in an email announcement to the Seminary community.
“In June,” Rowe said, “the Senior Leadership Team took steps to move all classes and most programming online for Terms 1 and 2 to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 with the intention of returning to in-person learning for Term 3. As of this week, Governor Wolf’s Department of Health has asked us to prepare for a resurgence of COVID-19 and influenza. Because the health and safety of our community is of paramount importance, we have reconsidered our plans for Term 3.”
Courses in Term 3, which runs from Feb. 16 to April 30, 2021, for students in the weekday programs and from Feb. 19 to May 1, 2021, for students enrolled in the weekend programs, will be held online, continuing the digital learning begun in August at the start of the 2020-21 academic year.
Rowe noted, “Although the pandemic restricts us from being in the same place at the same time, please remember that learning at Lancaster Theological Seminary – no matter the medium – is always connected learning. We have to be intentional about reaching out to one another, caring for one another and nurturing the sense of community that holds us together, especially during trying times.”