Pitt Students Could Have Class in a Large Tent

A 5,000-square-foot tent will sit on the Cathedral of Learning lawn.


With students at the University of Pittsburgh set to attend in-person classes this fall, the transition back to campus will surely look different  — especially for students taking classes in a tent.

University officials say that some students will attend classes in a 5,000-square-foot semi-permanent tent on the Cathedral of Learning lawn, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Intended for theater and music classes, the tent will have a floor and stage. Ventilation will come from outside air but there will be both air conditioning and heating.

Other safety measures to be put in place by Pitt include systematic, randomized virus testing for students alongside the Flex@Pitt teaching model, which will allow students to attend classes in multiple formats depending on class size and changing conditions of the pandemic.

Classes begin on Aug. 19 for three days of virtual instruction, then courses can meet in person starting Aug. 24.

Pitt continues to prepare for the fall semester by testing heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, installing physical distancing signs, establishing cleaning protocols and ensuring it has enough classroom space to allow for social distancing.

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