College of the Ozarks to Delay Return After Spring Break

by: Scott McCaulley

The growing concern about the Coronavirus has led College of the Ozarks officials to delay the restart of the Spring Semester after next week’s already scheduled Spring Break.

In a statement released on the school’s website earlier Thursday afternoon, officials say that they hope to resume classes on campus sometime in April while they are also working to set-up some form of online learning program to be ready by March 30.

The school will be closing to visitors after Friday until further notice including the Keeter Center, which will close as of 2:00 on Friday until further notice.

School of the Ozarks will also be shutdown after classes on Friday until further notice.

The complete statement from the school is below:

College of the Ozarks is postponing students’ return to campus after spring break until further notice, depending on guidance from the CDC in regard to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

Spring break was originally scheduled March 16-20. It has now been extended to March 27.

 

A transition to online learning is scheduled to begin March 30, and will continue until a determination is made that students can return to campus.

 

Because College of the Ozarks is a work college, and students are involved in every operation, The Keeter Center and public student industries will be impacted. Please note the following:

 

  • The Keeter Center will be closed as of Friday, March 13, 2020, at 2 p.m. until further notice.

 

  • Public student industries will be closed as of Friday, March 13, 2020, at 2 p.m. until further notice, including Edwards Mill, Stained Glass and Candle Shop, Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen, Gaetz Tractor Museum, Ralph Foster Museum, and Hoge Greenhouses.

 

  • The College campus is closed to visitors as of Saturday, March 14, 2020, including the Admissions Office.

 

  • Sunday chapel services, beginning with Sunday, March 15, 2020, have been cancelled until further notice.

 

  • School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school operated by College of the Ozarks, also has cancelled classes until further notice, beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.

 

“Our concern is for our campus family,” said College President Jerry C. Davis. “We believe the steps we are taking are in the best interest of our students, faculty, and staff. Although we have no cases of coronavirus on campus or in the local community, we are working to safeguard our students and limit the spread of the coronavirus. We are following CDC guidelines closely and working with local agencies to ensure we are doing what is best for everyone.”

 

“We will work tirelessly to aid students, staff, and faculty during this transition period,” said Dr. Sue Head, vice president for cultural affairs and dean of character education. “We are grateful for a caring community that is concerned about the safety and well-being of our campus family. These decisions have significant impact, and in the coming days and weeks, we are prepared to work together to achieve a safe environment and help students stay on track with their academic pursuits.”

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