Penn State Says Employees Working From Home Should Continue Through End Of May

May 4, 2020

Old Main, the administration building, on Penn State's University Park campus
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Penn State is telling employees who are telecommuting they should plan to continue to do so at least through the end of May, and the university will use a regionally-based plan to return to working on campuses.

In making the announcement, the university noted it is in keeping with Gov. Tom Wolf's reopening plan, which said telework must continue where feasible.

All counties in Pennsylvania are currently under stay-at-home orders and considered in the "red" phase of Wolf's plan to slow the spread of COVID-19. Under the plan, Centre is one of 24 counties in northcentral and northwest Pennsylvania that will move from "red" to "yellow" starting May 8. The shift will allow some business to reopen. However, some restrictions remain in place, and people are still encouraged to wear face masks while around other people in public.

Penn State leaders have previously said they will announce by June 15 whether the univeristy will have in-person classes in the fall. They said they are planning for various scenarios, including the possibility of remote learning continuing.