Wells College Extends Spring Break By Additional Week

March 12, 2020
The College continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely, and is making additional contingency plans in the face of this rapidly evolving, international health crisis

On the evening of Wednesday, March 11, 2020, Wells College announced to the campus community that, in response to the growing COVID-19 outbreak, it has extended its spring break by one additional week. Instruction is now scheduled to resume on Monday, March 23. The College remains in operation, with faculty and staff still expected to report.

The College made the decision to extend its spring break—originally scheduled to run March 7 through March 15—as a precautionary measure to protect the safety of its students, faculty and staff as well as the surrounding communities.

In his March 11 message, President Jonathan Gibralter wrote: "Though no person on our campus is known to have tested positive for or is suspected of having contracted COVID-19, it is imperative that we remain prepared for that eventual possibility. We realize that some of the tough decisions ahead may prove disruptive to many people's lives—and is something we do not take lightly. It is important to understand that these measures are intended for everyone's personal protection."

Highlights of yesterday's announcement include:

  • Students who have traveled away from campus are being urged to stay at home until instruction resumes on March 23. Students who have remained on campus for spring break will be allowed either to remain on campus or to return home.
  • Employees are being asked to stay home and use paid time off (PTO) if they feel sick, and to contact their health care provider. If they are ordered into quarantine by a local health department, another authorized agency or health care provider, they will not be required to use their PTO balances to cover their time in quarantine.
  • The College's faculty are preparing contingency plans in case the College needs to transition to remote instruction on or after March 23.
  • Dining services will resume as scheduled on the evening of Sunday, March 15, with additional sanitizing and cleaning procedures in place, such as discontinuing self-service and transitioning to disposable/compostable containers.
  • Upcoming events, athletic games and other campus activities scheduled during the next few weeks will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • The open house for prospective and admitted students is still scheduled for Saturday, March 21. Guests are being advised that the event agenda and food/beverage service may need to be adjusted in light of the situation.

The text of President Gibralter's entire announcement may be found on the College's special COVID-19 web page at wells.edu/covid-19-updates, which will be updated regularly with additional communications as the situation evolves. "There are many more questions that still require additional guidance, and we are all working to get them answered as quickly and clearly as possible," President Gibralter said.

 

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