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Harvard University moving to remote learning over coronavirus concerns

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Charles Krupa
Harvard University
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Harvard University moving to remote learning over coronavirus concerns
Harvard University is urging students to stay home after spring break and will conduct classes online as the number of coronavirus cases grows in Massachusetts. The school will transition to online instruction for all graduate and undergraduate classes by March 23. Students are asked not to return to campus after spring break.Last week, the school announced a ban on all university-related international travel and non-essential domestic travel. Harvard also urged organizations to cancel non-essential meetings or events of 100 people or more. The announcement came one day after the total number of coronavirus cases in the state rose to 41 with 13 new presumptive cases, according to the state's Department of Public Health.“It seemed like the right move to do because a lot of the colleges nearby were doing the same thing,” student Fowsia Warsame said. “I know a lot of people who planned on remaining here over spring break, so they’re scrambling to get plane tickets and all that now,” student Jack Fetsch said.The announcement was especially challenging for international students. The school said if a student’s home is in a country designated level 3 for COVID-19 they should consult school officials for more information. “I’m from Boston, so it’s lucky for me but I feel bad for my friends from Korea,” student Diego Cachay said.Some students felt especially bed for seniors, whose final weeks of school won’t be spent in the classroom -- but instead at a keyboard. “I’m a senior right now so it’s kind of sad to not have senior year events, and we’re not sure about commencement,” senior Fowsia Warsame said.Amherst College on Monday announced classes would be canceled Thursday and Friday ahead of spring break, which is scheduled for next week. The college said it would then move to remote learning beginning March 23.The risk of COVID-19 to the general public in Massachusetts remains low at this time, according to state health officials.More information from the DPH on COVID-19 can be found by clicking this link.PHNjcmlwdCBpZD0iaW5mb2dyYW1fMF85MTUyMTg3My03NmRhLTQ0ZmUtOTA0Ny1mMTllZWFlZGFjNmQiIHRpdGxlPSJDb3JvbmF2aXJ1cyBpbiBNYXNzYWNodXNldHRzIiBzcmM9Imh0dHBzOi8vZS5pbmZvZ3JhbS5jb20vanMvZGlzdC9lbWJlZC5qcz9yeXoiIHR5cGU9InRleHQvamF2YXNjcmlwdCI+PC9zY3JpcHQ+

Harvard University is urging students to stay home after spring break and will conduct classes online as the number of coronavirus cases grows in Massachusetts.

The school will transition to online instruction for all graduate and undergraduate classes by March 23. Students are asked not to return to campus after spring break.

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Last week, the school announced a ban on all university-related international travel and non-essential domestic travel. Harvard also urged organizations to cancel non-essential meetings or events of 100 people or more.

The announcement came one day after the total number of coronavirus cases in the state rose to 41 with 13 new presumptive cases, according to the state's Department of Public Health.

“It seemed like the right move to do because a lot of the colleges nearby were doing the same thing,” student Fowsia Warsame said.

“I know a lot of people who planned on remaining here over spring break, so they’re scrambling to get plane tickets and all that now,” student Jack Fetsch said.

The announcement was especially challenging for international students. The school said if a student’s home is in a country designated level 3 for COVID-19 they should consult school officials for more information.

“I’m from Boston, so it’s lucky for me but I feel bad for my friends from Korea,” student Diego Cachay said.

Some students felt especially bed for seniors, whose final weeks of school won’t be spent in the classroom -- but instead at a keyboard.

“I’m a senior right now so it’s kind of sad to not have senior year events, and we’re not sure about commencement,” senior Fowsia Warsame said.

Amherst College on Monday announced classes would be canceled Thursday and Friday ahead of spring break, which is scheduled for next week. The college said it would then move to remote learning beginning March 23.

The risk of COVID-19 to the general public in Massachusetts remains low at this time, according to state health officials.

More information from the DPH on COVID-19 can be found by clicking this link.