MSSU has decided to close the campus until the end of April.
Dr. Alan Marble, President of Missouri Southern State University explained some of the thinking that went into the decision to close the campus. Locations that have several people in close proximity is a virtual Pitry dish. At any given time MSSU has over 6000 student, faculty and staff on campus. That number could be over 10000 when an event is on campus. So, the university wanted to do its part to contain any chance of a virus.
Starting tomorrow (Saturday) the school will be online only. Dr. Marble touched on the timing of the decision stating that the school is on Spring Break starting tomorrow and that will give the staff time to ensure all classes are available for online learning, and how to deal with things like mandatory labs.
All extra-curricular activities are cancelled much to the disappointment of sports fans everywhere, most athletic events have been cancelled as well. The NHL, NBA, and MLS seasons have been paused, MLB opening day has been pushed back, and even March Madness is quite. The affects of the corona virus hit home too. MSSU President Dr. Alan Marble explained that the decision to cancel wasn’t the universities. Marble said that the NCAA made the decision to halt sports at all colligate levels.
At the advice of the CDC the precautions have been set-in-place until April 30. University President Dr. Alan Marble tells news talk KZRG that if a student or staff member returns and they have been to an infected area, then safeguards will be taken. The person will be tested for Corvid-19 and they will be quarantined for 14 days.
Marble also reminded everyone that the situation is fluid and could change based on the advice of the CDC