How is Wilson Community College responding to COVID-19?

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It started with the cancellation of spring break study overseas trips to Italy and London, England, and having spring break extended until March 29.

Madison College officials have said they are trying to best ensure that students, staff and faculty stay safe and healthy.

In the past week, it has culminated with the hard decision to close all campus facilities until May 15 and moving all instruction online.

CNC offers an inter-session semester that starts the second week of May and continues through to the end of July, but the college has yet to confirm whether it will indeed offer classes for the summer term. Originally, staff and faculty were going to be allowed to operate from inside the college, but now all facilities district wide will be closed and staff and faculty are required to work from home.

"For many of them that involve more student contact, like dental (hygiene and assisting), we're watching the situation as it unfolds and coming up with potential contingencies for when we are able to return to, if not normal, a more normal form of operation", said Thompson.

"We are operating during a time of uncertainty in our nation and world", said DeMarte.

The student's identity is being withheld to protect the privacy rights of the student. The challenge for the college is to make sure students are aware they still have access to those services.

In an update shared with the college community on Monday, Leahy wrote that 19 of the students who tested positive "returned directly to their homes or to off-campus apartments" from their travels overseas.

Postponement of Spring 2020 Commencement: It is with great disappointment that we announce the postponement of the Spring 2020 commencement ceremony. In the midst of that reality, I so highly prize the collaboration and collegiality of our community as we sustain the teaching, learning, and shared mission of Concordia.

The college stated on its COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page that they are working on a process to prorate room and board fees "where appropriate", and that further information will be available by the first week of April.

With all of these changes that are being made, Madison College's only thing in mind is the safety of everyone in Madison.

"If you do not have symptoms, there is little risk to you or those around you", reads the statement.

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