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story.lead_photo.caption (File photo) Westminster College officials announced Friday that spring break would be extended out of concern over the novel coronavirus. The other local college, William Woods University, is moving classes online for the rest of the semester.

Hot on the heels of Westminster College, William Woods University announced similar changes to its spring semester schedule.

"We have been able to successfully provide on-campus, in-person instruction to our students to date during the fall semester, while doing everything in our power to ensure our whole campus community remains safe and healthy," said Dr. Jahnae Barnett, WWU president. "I am confident that our altered academic schedule, along with our ongoing campus health and safety plan, provides us with the best chance to continue our success all the way through spring semester and to the end of the academic year."

Like Westminster, WWU will delay the start of spring classes by one week, until Jan 19. Spring Break is cancelled. Instruction will end April 23, with finals taking place April 26-30.

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According to a press release from WWU, the altered schedule will minimize the amount of travel away from campus during the course of the semester. As during the fall semester, WWU will be holding all undergraduate classes on campus in-person. WWU hopes its campus health and safety plan — which includes requirements such as physically distanced classrooms, mask-wearing when physical distancing is impossible and daily cleaning and disinfection — will also help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

As of Friday, WWU reported one active case of COVID-19. The student is isolating off-campus.

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