Message on March 12 Regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-29) | Benedictine College

Message Regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation - Mar. 12

Sent to Benedictine College students, student parents, faculty and staff on March 12, 2020.

Hello Raven Community -

I am writing to inform you that, acting with an abundance of caution, Benedictine College’s leadership has made the decision to extend Spring Break for the week of March 16-20 and prepare for distance learning in an effort to protect our students, faculty and staff from the spread of the novel coronavirus.

You will be receiving additional communication and instructions on a regular basis as we keep you informed on our decisions in this rapidly evolving situation. We will provide a form later today for students to request permission to come to campus within the March 16-20 timeframe if necessary.

Beginning on Sunday, March 22, students will be welcome to return to campus if they choose. Anyone experiencing cough, fever or shortness of breath who has traveled to a high-risk area should NOT return to campus and should contact their health provider for further direction.

Beginning March 23, all classes will be provided in an online environment. The college will remain open and all business operations will continue. College services such as the Dining Hall, residence halls, Student Health Center, and the College Library will remain open.

Let me assure you, there is no immediate threat or cause for alarm. There are no known COVID-19 cases within the student population. According to the KDHE, the Benedictine community and the Atchison area continue to be at no or minimal risk for COVID-19. This decision, along with social distancing guidance from state and federal health officials and other preventive measures, seeks to minimize any potential risk for spreading the virus.

We will continue to monitor the situation week to week with the hope of resuming face-to-face classes.

These are trying times and this situation calls for us all to work together in partnership to help keep our community safe, yet still continue the business of providing the high-quality education everyone expects.

Forward. Always Forward,

President Stephen D. Minnis
Benedictine College