NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- College officials and the Westminster Wellness Center are monitoring updates from the Center for Disease Control when it comes to COVID-19.
The College has launched a specific page on westminster.edu addressing COVID-19 and risks, symptoms and prevention.
"The Wellness Center is coordinating with Lawrence County Department of Health, New Wilmington Family Practice, and other college stakeholders regarding response. We are monitoring updates from the CDC and PA Department of Health closely and will keep the college community updated as information becomes available." -- my.westminster.edu
Higher education institutions as well as public school districts across the United States are canceling trips abroad, preparing online lessons and even rethinking “perfect attendance” awards as they brace for the possibility that the new coronavirus could begin spreading in their communities.
Districts have been rushing to update emergency plans this week after federal officials warned that the virus, which started in China, is almost certain to begin spreading in the U.S.
Meanwhile, universities in Maryland and North Carolina have canceled study abroad programs in Italy and are working to bring students home amid the continuing spread of the coronavirus.
Slippery Rock University officials have canceled study abroad trips for the upcoming spring break. SRU's President issued a letter last Friday announcing all international programs scheduled for March have been halted.
The CDC is also updating its website to keep schools up to date on preparing for the virus.
"Schools should continue to collaborate, share information, and review plans with local health officials to help protect the whole school community, including those with special health needs. School plans should be designed to minimize disruption to teaching and learning and protect students and staff from social stigma and discrimination. Plans can build on everyday practices (e.g., encouraging hand hygiene, monitoring absenteeism, communicating routinely) that include strategies for before, during, and after a possible outbreak." -CDC