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:
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.