The Community College of Philadelphia became the first college in the region to announce it would start the fall semester with online classes.
Some face-to-face courses, particularly labs or those that require hands-on instruction, may be allowed later in the fall if the circumstances surrounding the virus change, the school said.
College president Donald Generals made the announcement to faculty and staff during a virtual town hall on Tuesday. The college, which enrolls about 25,000 full-time and part-time students annually, is largely a commuter campus.
Generals called online classes the “safest and best educational option for the fall semester."