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Kutztown, ESU suspend classes for 1 week; others move to online learning

Kutztown University distributed an email to campus saying classes will be suspended next week:

The email said, “We are continuing to closely monitor the evolving situation with regard to COVID-19 (coronavirus). There are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus on the Kutztown University campus at this time.

However, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided that it is in the best interest of our campus community to suspend classes and close the residence halls through Saturday, March 21.

At this time, residence halls are scheduled to reopen Sunday, March 22 at 1 p.m., and classes will resume Monday, March 23. All internships for credit, clinicals, and student teaching assignments will continue as long as the host institution is open for business. Those students will have access to on-campus housing, if applicable. Faculty should be available for student inquires, and use the extra time to prepare to deliver courses online, should it be necessary to take further action beyond March 21st.

All administrative offices will remain open on a regular operating schedule.”

All university-sponsored travel for faculty, staff and students is suspended.

East Stroudsburg University is also announcing a delay in the return of students to campus after its spring break to March 23, in order for the University to prepare for the launch of alternative teaching methods, if necessary, due to the activity of COVID-19.

“To date, there are no cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on our campus,” says ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. “It is important to know that our campus is not closed. Our plan to delay the return of students to campus through March 21 is intended to keep our students safe at home while giving our faculty time to convert face-to-face courses to distance education in the event that remote delivery of classes will be required in the week/weeks to follow. Our residence halls will remain open to house a limited number of students including student athletes, international students, and those who live on campus and are actively engaged in student teaching.”

Events that are scheduled to take place on campus through March 22 are canceled and future events will be evaluated as necessary.

A hotline has been established to answer any questions our students and their families may have at 570-422-5555. The hotline will be available weekdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. beginning Thursday.

Muhlenberg College in Allentown said Tuesday it will soon end on-campus classes over concerns about the coronavirus.

The college said it will offer in-person classes through Friday. Alternate modes of instruction will be offered for all courses beginning March 18 and will continue through April 13.

All students need to move out of their on-campus housing no later than Saturday, the college said on its website.

Lehigh University also announced as of Monday, March 16, classes will be taught remotely and students are expected to return, or remain, home to continue their coursework for the next two weeks.

“We will continue to assess developments during this time and provide further guidance. We are taking this extraordinary step in an effort to protect the health and safety of our community and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” the university said on its site.