FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) — The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary plans to resume on-campus instruction on its Fort Worth campus this fall, the school announced Wednesday (April 29).
President Adam W. Greenway said in a statement it’s the “appropriate time” to announce fall semester plans in light of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s April 27 announcement that he will allow the state’s stay-at-home order to expire at the end of April and begin a phased re-opening of businesses. Greenway said the return to on-campus classes would follow the completion of thorough preparations to “make our facilities as safe as possible for students, faculty, staff and others.”
Southwestern is the first Southern Baptist seminary officially to announce its plans to resume on-campus instruction for the fall semester. The other five Southern Baptist seminaries have confirmed to Baptist Press their intent to resume on-campus instruction this fall, but none have made official announcements.
Greenway said the seminary’s common spaces will undergo a “deep cleaning” in the months preceding the beginning of the semester. He noted that adjustments will be made to class sizes and the use of classrooms “to ensure all public health recommendations relevant upon re-opening are strictly and faithfully observed, with a heightened cleaning regimen upon resumption of classroom instruction. The Campus Clinic will continue to evaluate student health and provide testing, when appropriate. As good citizens, our plans will be consistent with any governmental limitations when on-campus classes resume, while also doing everything possible to advance our mission of theological education.”
Southwestern announced March 12 it would move all on-campus courses to online delivery for the remainder of the spring semester. On March 20, the school announced that all seminary-sponsored, on-campus events for the spring semester, including commencement exercises, had been canceled.
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Source: Baptist Press