Bucks County Community College students have not been on campus since Spring Break in mid-March. Now it seems many of them will continue online learning in the fall.

The community college has released plans for limited in-person instruction beginning in August. But this will only apply for hands-on classes which demand lab or studio work.

Otherwise, it looks like another semester of online and remote courses.

“Our plan is grounded, first and foremost, with consideration for the health and safety of our college community,” said Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, BCCC President. “Our second consideration is ensuring a quality learning experience for all enrolled students.”

The announcement comes following the findings of the “Green Team Task Force on Reopening Campus” late last week.

Students who do attend in-person lessons must wear masks and leave after class finishes. Group gatherings are also off-limits, meaning no fall sports and a closed cafeteria.

“While our facilities, especially classrooms, do not permit us to bring back all students given the strict screening, social distancing, and sanitizing protocol required between each class, under this plan we will ensure course learning goals are met in a safe manner,” said Shanblatt.

This all could change if the situation significantly improves this fall. Shanblatt stated they still have the option to have face to face classes later in the semester.

Most fall semester classes begin August 26, though some have start dates of September 14 or October 19. Tuition will remain $165 per credit for Bucks residents, the same as last year.