UPDATE: Glenville State College extending spring break, developing alternate teaching methods amid coronavirus concerns

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UPDATE (3/13/20 1:58 p.m.):

GLENVILLE, W.Va. – Glenville State College is implementing changes as a precaution against coronavirus.

The school said it is extending spring break, scheduled March 16-20, until March 27. Classes will resume on Monday, March 30. Missed instructional time will be compressed into the remaining weeks of the semester and/or will be assigned during spring break.

During spring break, faculty members will develop alternate instructional delivery methods, where possible, to minimize the extent and number of individuals gathered together, according to GSC.

The school said residential services will continue to be provided to students who do not leave campus for spring break.

All athletic activities and practices at GSC are canceled, according to a press release. Additionally, usage of college facilities by outside groups, college activities designed to draw large crowds and on-campus concerts and performances will be canceled and rescheduled, if possible, after April 15.

GSC will continue to host prospective students and their parents during the extended spring break, the school said.


ORIGINAL STORY:

Glenville State College officials said there are currently no plans to alter the format of classes due to COVID-19 concerns, however the college is continuing to monitor the situation.

College officials stated Glenville State College has been staying in contact with the Gilmer County Office of Emergency Management, the WV Higher Education Commission, the Gilmer County Health Department, the college’s Aramark Higher Education partners (on campus dining services provider), and others as they monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation locally, statewide and nationally.

Officials also said they are implementing simple prevention methods such as additional disinfecting/cleaning of common areas and high-touch services, reminding students and staff about good hygiene practices and distributing additional hand sanitizer stations and disinfecting wipes around campus.

Officials said that although there are currently no plans to alter the delivery format for classes for the remainder of the semester, like WVU announced it would be doing Tuesday, Glenville State College is offering workshops for faculty regarding moving classes online if the need to do so would arise. Officials said that if that happens, it would be communicated widely to students and employees so they can make the appropriate arrangements.

As of Wednesday, March 11, there are still currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in West Virginia.

Other schools in the area have announced their plans moving forward, including West Virginia University, Fairmont State University, Alderson Broaddus University, Salem University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Davis & Elkins College and Pierpont Community & Technical College.

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