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PSU Fall Opening
5/20/2020
 
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Due to the pandemic,Penn State students have been doing distance learning off-campus since mid-March.

A big decision on whether or not they will return to campus is expected next month.

Gary Sinderson has more on those details.

When you talk about reviving the economy and economic generators in this region and across the state.

One of the main factors is Penn State University with its multibillion-dollar budget and thousands of jobs so a prime topic, a good question remains.

But will Penn State do in the Fall.

In Bellefonte, Big Spring Spirits, one of the businesses that stayed in business by pivoting its production priorities from spirits to sanitizers with lessons learned.

"I think the message is to be flexible and look for opportunities. We always do that, adapt or die kind of thing but even more so now."

Bellefonte about 10 miles from Penn State University Park campus, one of the many places students will return to campus in the Fall .

"It will affect all of us. That is the entire region. Thats a big deal"

During a virtual town hall teleconference, university president says preparations are underway to have students return to campus in the fall but it is not a done deal.

"I'm taking the advice of experts. We are being thoughtful, careful, and that is our focus."

This week the State College School District adopted a proposed budget for the district for the next school year including $9.6 million less in revenue than what was projected two months ago.

That number will increase if Penn State doesn't resume fall campus activities.

Centre County administrators are also watching economic developments.

"I understand we have to do everything we can do to protect our citizens. One of our other responsibilities is to make sure we don't bankrupt our community in the process."

Penn State purchased 500,000 face mask and will have 2500 hand sanitizer stations as part of the Coronavirus program.
  
 
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