Eckerd College announced that it will close all residence halls on March 18 at noon in light of the coronavirus being declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. Classes will move online on March 30.
The Eckerd Alert sent on March 12 at 5:24 p.m. said spring break has been extended to March 29 in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This change was implemented the day after all Florida public universities moved to online classes.
Remote classes will begin on March 30 but students may not return to campus. More information about future plans will be given on March 30.
Students are expected to take all course material with them when they leave campus, but may leave belongings in their rooms. Pets cannot be left on campus.
Students are also encouraged to take all medication, documents and essential items with them. The school will announce how students may retrieve items left behind on March 30.
College Program Series, intercollegiate and club sports have been canceled until further notice. Graduation requirements and commencement ceremony updates will be given on March 30. All international and domestic spring break service trips have also been canceled.
There have been no presumed positive or confirmed cases of the virus on Eckerd’s campus, but there have been confirmed cases in Pinellas, Manatee and Hillsborough counties.
On March 4 and 5, sophomore Alexa Schein was briefly quarantined for 15 hours after attending a conference in Washington D.C. where an attendee was tested positive for the virus. She was allowed on campus when it was determined that she posed little risk to the campus.
Students that cannot return home or leave campus by March 18 at noon should email email@example.com. Questions and concerns can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ongoing updates will be posted eckerd.edu/coronavirus.