Public, private Miss. universities moving to remote classes after extended Spring Break

Community colleges have also announced they are canceling activities.
The 53rd annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at USM has been canceled.
The 53rd annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at USM has been canceled.(Source: WDAM)
Updated: Mar. 12, 2020 at 11:46 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - All eight of Mississippi’s public universities are adjusting their schedules due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Alcorn State University, Delta State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women, Mississippi Valley State University, the University of Mississippi and the University of Southern Mississippi are all observing Spring Break this week. That break is now extended by a week

The break will allow faculty members to prepare to offer classes remotely.

Classes are currently set to resume March 23 and will be taught online or through other methods. Students are encouraged to remain at home and participate in classes remotely.

“The situation remains fluid and university plans are subject to change in response to new information and recommendations received,” Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr. said. “We continue to work with the Mississippi Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Response Planning Steering Committee and the Mississippi State Department of Health as we develop our plans for the coming weeks and months. Our goal is to mitigate the risks posed by the coronavirus while maintaining the quality and integrity of our instructional programs.”

Several private colleges are also making adjustments.

Both Mississippi College and Millsaps will be extending their Spring Breaks. Remote classroom instruction will begin on March 23 and will continue until at least April 3.

Community colleges are canceling activities.

As a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Mississippi Association of Community College Commission (MACC), a group composed of the state’s 15 community college presidents, has suspended all community college activities through March 30. This includes all athletic practices and competition.

The MACC will continue to monitor the situation and update activities accordingly.

Hinds Community College is extending Spring Break for students. Employees will return March 16, but on-campus classes are scheduled to resume March 23. Faculty and staff are preparing to move to online classes if needed.

Residence halls at the Raymond and Utica campuses will reopen at 4 p.m. on March 22.

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