NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Westminster College will extend the current spring break and move instruction online in the coming weeks to stop the spread of coronavirus.
President Kathy Richardson announced the plan in a campus-wide email on Wednesday even though no cases of COVID-19 have been identified on campus.
"The health and safety of our community must be our first priority," Richardson wrote. "Thus, we are electing to promote social distancing as a way to maintain the well-being of our campus and the larger community.
Westminster's response will extend spring break until Wednesday, Mar. 18. Students were originally scheduled to resume classes on Mar. 16.
Students who need to return to campus to retrieve books or other materials will be allowed into the residence halls Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (March 15-17).
The extended break will allow faculty to preparing online instruction for the coming weeks while we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 nationally.
Beginning on March 19, classes will resume online through at least April 3. However, the protocol may be extended into April.
In addition to these changes the College is asking student to remain at their permanent homes through April 5 where they should practice good hygiene and social distancing.
Westminster is asking spring semester student athletics, nursing students, student teachers and those who cannot return home to request permission to live on campus during this time through an online However, thse students are asked to self-quarantine as much as possible.
Off-campus visitors will not be allowed in the residence halls. Other action Westminster is taking include:
- All college-sponsored travel is cancelled through the end of the academic year, unless approved by the president or a vice president.
- Large meetings (10 or more people) will not be held on campus prior to April 6. It is recommended that small group meetings between faculty and staff be held digitally when possible.
- Announcements of further event closures will be posted on the College website, by email and through social media. Questions and requests for assistance can be directed to Public Safety at (724) 946-7777, 24 hours a day.
- The College and all offices will remain open otherwise. Meals for students who are approved to remain on campus will be provided in Galbreath Dining Hall.