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Dickinson President Margee Ensign sent the following message to the campus community to provide an update on the college's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), which includes extending spring break until March 21.
To the Dickinson community:
Thank you for your understanding and flexibility during this challenging time. I appreciate the support of our community as we navigate in these uncharted waters.
Spring Break Extended
As you know, our emergency response team on campus has been meeting daily for more than two weeks, monitoring the coronavirus situation across the globe and within the United States. Because of the rapidly changing situation and spread of COVID-19 in the United States, we have made the decision to extend spring break for an additional week, with students able to return March 21. The health and safety of our community is our most important consideration, and with the virus spreading and so many unknowns, we decided that it would be prudent to make this decision. We are, however, committed to completing the semester. No students may return to campus before March 21 unless they successfully petition to do so. Shuttles for this weekend have been canceled and any students who need information should contact email@example.com or 717-245-8187.
Beginning Thursday morning, card access will be required to enter all buildings so equipped, including the Kline Fitness Center and the library.
During this extended spring break, faculty will be developing online options in the event we would have to suspend in-person classes for a longer duration. We also will continue to monitor the spread of the virus and gather information. It is important to understand that a residential college campus, with students living together, sharing bathrooms, classrooms, living spaces and dining areas, presents an ideal environment for the spread of illness.
We are not suspending any additional Dickinson study-abroad programs at this time. However, travel within those programs is suspended, and we strongly discourage personal travel by students studying abroad.
Please know that we are making these decisions in the interests of the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff as well as our larger Carlisle community.
We continue to follow the guidance of state, federal and international organizations. Because guidance for higher education institutions has not been forthcoming from these sources, higher education institutions are working together to navigate this challenging time.
Finally, I ask every member of our community to take the steps outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. The World Health Organization also provides vital information. You can follow Dickinson updates on our coronavirus webpage.
We will continue to update you throughout the coming days.
Margee M. Ensign
Published March 10, 2020