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Schools prepare to mitigate spread of COVID-19

University campuses across the nation have been altering their post-Spring Break plans thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic.

As public gatherings are being postponed and cancelled, school officials have been preparing to slow the spreading of the Coronavirus, which was first identified during an outbreak in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019. This week, the World Health Organization in Geneva began describing the novel coronavirus as a pandemic – as of March 11, it has spread to over 100 countries, infecting some 120,000 people and killing over 4,000.

Universities throughout Texas have made announcements regarding a change of protocol in the next few weeks. Many campuses are shutting down and moving courses online until the pandemic is contained.

Depending on the school, the Spring Break holiday has been extended an extra week to give administrators and professors time to move their lessons online through mid-April. 

As of press day the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, which boasts over 30,000 students, staff and faculty, has announced they will be altering their post-Spring Break schedule. No official word will be sent out until today (Friday, March 12). One student started a Change.org petition asking the university to move classes online in order to protect the health of those on campus.

Trinity University, Texas Tech University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Houston, Baylor University, Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas Christian University, Alamo Colleges District, St. Edward’s University, Southwestern University, Houston 

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