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Flagler College is suspending classes soon, amid news that the coronavirus has appeared in St. Johns County.
Flagler released this notice on their website today...
March 12, 2020
To Students, Faculty, Staff, and Parents,
The College’s highest priority is the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. At today’s Flagler College Risk Management meeting about the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus, it was decided that in an abundance of caution and to allow students time to make travel plans that we will cancel classes on Friday, March 13, and move all classes online for two weeks beginning March 23, after the College’s regularly scheduled spring break.
While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Flagler College, a case of coronavirus un-connected to the College has been confirmed in St. Johns County. Flagler officials are continuing to monitor the situation and are in constant contact with local Florida Department of Health Officials.
What you need to know:
At this time, students are encouraged to return to their permanent residence for the two-week period between March 23 to April 3. All students should take academic materials including books and laptops, health information, as well as other critical information or supplies before leaving for spring break.
However, the Flagler College campus and regular services will remain open to students, faculty and staff during this two-week period, including residence halls, Flagler Security and the dining hall, unless otherwise notified. Changes in schedules or services offered will be communicated as soon as possible.
College offices will remain open during spring break and this two-week period.
Classes will resume on March 23 using remote-learning through the College’s learning management system Canvas or other means established by faculty. Faculty have been informed to begin planning for continuing classes online, and students should look for communications from faculty on next steps.
At this time, in-person classes are anticipated to resume on Monday, April 6, unless otherwise notified. However, as this situation is changing daily, please continue to monitor Flagler communications for additional updates.
This includes the College’s Tallahassee campus, Public Administration program and Continuing Education program.
Flagler College still plans to complete the spring semester, and will work with students to ensure that they are able to meet their educational requirements.
In addition, Flagler is canceling all public and student-related events during this two-week period from March 23 to April 3. Public tours of the campus have been canceled effective immediately.
Flagler staff will continue to report to work March 16-18, as well as the two weeks that college classes are held remotely. Flagler College will be closed March 19 and 20, as previously scheduled.
If you are exhibiting suspected symptoms, you should limit contact with others and seek medical care. Students should email Holly Doucette in Health Services or call the office at (904) 819-6211 with any questions regarding health support services.
The College is diligently following through with any members who have either traveled to affected international areas or others who may have had contact with individuals.
Flagler College’s Risk Management Team will continue to meet and will monitor all new developments, as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health. The College has an emergency response plan that it is following and will communicate updates and additional information as necessary.
I can assure you that the safety and well-being of our campus community is our top priority. Please continue monitoring Flagler College email or visit the College’s coronavirus information page: www.flagler.edu/coronavirus
Joseph G. Joyner