What do we currently know about the 2021 spring semester at SWOSU?
SWOSU Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs James South gives insight to what discussions are being made about the 2021 spring semester.
By Sydnie Balcer
COVID-19 cases spiked to 81 at SWOSU this week, and with the current state of things, some might be wondering what all of this means for the spring semester in 2021. This is what we know so far:
There has been a lot of continuous discussion about what the future months and spring semester will look like at SWOSU among upper administration.
“It completely depends on what students, staff, and faculty do in the upcoming weeks,” James South, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at SWOSU, said.
Currently, spring break is on the SWOSU academic calendar for the spring semester in 2021, lasting from March 12 to March 21; however, there is discussion about removing the break. This discussion follows the University of Central Oklahoma announcing that they will be extending their winter break by one week and canceling spring break in 2021.
“In an ideal world, the semester wouldn’t be that continuous,” South said. “In a global pandemic though, everything changes.”
South said they will also have to take into consideration whether Oklahoma City and Custer County public schools have spring break because many faculty, staff, and students have children who attend these schools. Many could run into issues with finding childcare arrangements if classes at SWOSU continue while public schools are on break.
According to South, serious discussions about the spring semester will begin in October, and everything will depend on infection rates at SWOSU and in the Weatherford community.
There is still potential for classes to go completely online for the fall 2020 semester, with two months left before Thanksgiving break begins. According to South, going online for the fall semester will not affect the spring semester.
“The biggest message we want to get to students is that it’s in your hands,” South said. “I know it’s no fun, but the longer this goes on, the longer the ‘no fun’ continues.”
SWOSU students can expect to hear about official decisions regarding the spring 2021 semester in October.