From: President Steven O’Day
Subject: Monitoring the Coronavirus
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to monitor and provide information on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. At Austin College, we are committed to the health and safety of our community, and a response team is meeting regularly to assess information on the current disease situation internationally, domestically, in the region, and here on campus.
To date, there are no known cases on campus.
Spring break is around the corner; classes will continue through Friday, March 6, and will resume as scheduled on Monday, March 16. As always, it is the student’s responsibility to contact professors in the case of illness or other reasons for missed classes.
Resources for dealing with COVID-19 are in place for our campus community, including quarantine residential facilities for any students who are undergoing a 14-day screening isolation. Students will have access to IT and other academic resources to continue their studies. These efforts are being coordinated with the Texas Department of Health Services (DSHS), our local Grayson County Health Department, and other agencies (e.g. study abroad, NCAA, etc.).
Our Director of Health Services, Lenora Hatch, MS, APRN, WHNP-BC, meets daily with health agencies and continues to send regular campus updates via email which can be found on our webpage, Monitoring the Coronavirus. A number of resources including travel information and prevention tips can be found on this page.
We are mindful of the stress we and others are experiencing during this time and encourage each of you to take particular care of your health, well-being, and of one another.
Steven P. O’Day, J.D.
Austin College President