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Penn State Receives $1.9 Million To Aid Return To Campus

Penn State will receive nearly $2 million from the state to help implement health and safety protocols on campus this fall, the university announced in a release.

The $1.9 million in funding is part of the $28 million Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is dedicating to post-secondary institutions and adult basic education providers across the state to help keep students, faculty, and staff safe.

“Penn State is grateful that Governor Wolf has committed this funding to help with the safe reopening of post-secondary institutions,” Penn State President Eric J. Barron said. “We have been working tirelessly over many months to put comprehensive safety plans in place for the fall, and these valuable funds will help us to put our plans into action as we look forward to welcoming students, faculty, and staff back to our campuses in the coming weeks.”

Wolf designated GEER funds for purposes including purchasing protective equipment, securing equipment or technology for online classes, using technology to help with contact tracing and monitoring of students, and barrier installation in buildings.

This fall, the university will implement a number of mitigation efforts to help control the coronavirus’ spread on campus. These include enforcing mask-wearing in classes, installing sanitation stations in on-campus facilities, and introducing prepackaged meals at dining halls.

Since March, Penn State has appointed more than 250 people to serve on 16 different task groups and subcommittees to help prepare for students’ return to campus this fall.

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Mackenzie Cullen

Sadly, Mackenzie graduated from Penn State in 2022. She majored in English and served as one of Onward State's associate editors. You can keep up with her life and send compliments to @MackenzieC__ on Twitter.

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