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Springfield College to hold forum concerning ongoing global coronavirus outbreak

By Evan Wheaton
@EvanWheaton

A forum will be held on March 11 at 8 p.m. in Dodge A-F in the campus union concerning the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and is open to the community. Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper also released a message on March 9 detailing Springfield College’s immediate plans.

Travel Information

Faculty and staff have been asked to suspend all booking of any domestic or international travel utilizing public transportation until further notice. Essential college-related (as determined by president Cooper) is still allowed.

All faculty and staff are required to register any authorized college-level travel (domestic and international) from now until commencement in May.

For the purpose of keeping a record detailing where people go over spring break, Springfield College is requesting that all students, faculty and staff register spring break and other personal travel planned for for the remainder of the semester. This is aimed to aid outbreak tracking efforts in the event of coronavirus infection on campus.

A link to register can be found here.

All travel to level III countries have been restricted by the college.

Events and Visitors

All college sponsors have also been asked to check in with all invited and scheduled visitors and guests to confirm they haven’t been to a level III country and haven’t come into contact with any infected persons within the last 14 days.

Physical space

Students that are confirmed cases of the coronavirus are to be sent on a 14-day isolation period and the school will provide single rooms for students that may have been exposed for self-quarantine.

Springfield College is in the process of providing enhanced cleaning supplies, such as disinfecting wipes, throughout classrooms on campus so that students, faculty and staff may wipe down surfaces and keep areas disinfected.

Class absence and sick leave

Springfield College is urging the community to practice Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommended hygiene and self-care practices. Faculty is not to penalize students that are sick and are to coordinate current coursework and assignments with students that miss class due to illness.

Due dates for ill students are to be extended as necessary.

Academics

The provost’s office aims to communicate with faculty about the academic affairs emergencey preparedness and recovery plan.

“This plan primarily addresses contingencies for the suspension of up to two weeks, with some strategies for addressing longer evacuation periods,” Cooper said. “If needed, faculty will be provided with additional information and technical support.”

In the midst of numerous closures of schools and athletic programs, Cooper has assured the community that precautions are being taken.

“I want to assure you that contingency planning is well underway,” she said.

For more information, visit the Springfield College website.

Photo courtesy of Springfield College marketing and communications

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