By Jack Margaros
Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper announced on Tuesday afternoon that the college will be transitioning to virtual learning for the remainder of the school year due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19. Cooper initially extended spring break an extra week through March 29 during a coronavirus campus forum on March 11 in hopes of returning students to campus. However, as the coronavirus has developed and surrounding schools closing its doors, Cooper decided to follow suit six days later.
“Today, I have made the difficult decision that Springfield College is moving classes online for the remainder of the semester amid the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. This decision was made thoughtfully and with an abundance of caution and concern for the health and safety of our Community,” Cooper said in a statement to the campus community.
Cooper noted the disappointment this creates among students, although she feels this is the appropriate response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. There has been no decision made in regards to Commencement.
Spring break will continue through March 29, then classes will resume on March 30, fully online. Resident students will move out of their rooms through a staggered schedule. More information will be given out later on Tuesday. Although, moving out us not mandatory at this time. Students who prefer to pack outside of their scheduled move-out period will be given an additional time frame at a later date.
“We understand students will still have many questions about how they will be supported in a fully online learning environment. Please know we are working to tailor our instruction and services to ensure that all students will be able to be successful,” Cooper said.
This story will continue to be updated as more information becomes available