(WFXR) — Schools, social events, and facilities are closing across southwest Virginia in order to prepare for the coronavirus.
All schools in Virginia are ordered closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27, according to the office of Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.). However, numerous schools have already outlined plans to feed students during the closure, including Botetourt County, Campbell County, Carroll County, Giles County, Montgomery County, Roanoke County, Wythe County, Lynchburg City, Roanoke City, and Martinsville City
However, Honey Tree Early Learning Centers in the Roanoke Valleys and Christiansburg will be open on Monday, March 16.
Meanwhile, the following colleges and university have released their plans for responding to the coronavirus:
Averett University: University officials have canceled classes from Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 18 before online classes go into effect from Thursday, March 19 until at least Wednesday, April 1, at which point officials will reassess the situation. Averett University asks students who are able to do so to return home by 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 or fill out a waiver to remain on campus.
Central Virginia Community College: The school has extended spring break through Friday, March 20 before classes move to an online or alternative format from Monday, March 23. College officials plan to reexamine the circumstances after Sunday, April 5.
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College: Classes are canceled on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 before virtual or alternative instruction methods go into effect from Wednesday, March 18 until Friday, April 3 at the earliest. No students, faculty, or staff will be allowed on campus on Friday, March 20; Friday, March 27; or Friday, April 3 during deep cleaning and sanitation.
Danville Community College: Spring break is extended through Friday, March 20 and classes will resume via alternative delivery methods from Monday, March 23 until at least Friday, April 3. All school-sponsored events are canceled through Friday, April 3.
Emory & Henry College: School officials have extended spring break through Sunday, March 29 to allow more time to analyze the situation.
Ferrum College: Classes have been canceled for Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 before online instruction is implemented on Wednesday, March 18. In-seat classes are expected to resume on Monday, April 6, according to college officials.
Hollins University: The university started spring break early on Friday, March 13 and stretched it out to Sunday, March 29 with remote instruction going into effect on Monday, March 30. However, school officials say students are expected to move out or apply for a residential exception by Tuesday, Mach 17. Remote instruction and residence hall closures will remain in effect at least through the week of Friday, April 10.
James Madison University: University officials canceled all in-person classes the week of Monday, March 16 and will implement online instruction for most classes from Monday, March 23 until Sunday, April 5 at the earliest.
Liberty University: Students are expected to return to campus after their regularly-scheduled spring break. While the university has eliminated large gatherings and international travel for the spring and summer semesters, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. says the university will not switch to online classes.
Longwood University: After a student tested presumptive positive for the coronavirus, university officials canceled campus events and in-person classes through at least Wednesday, March 18.
New River Community College: The school added an extra week to spring break, which was supposed to end by Monday, March 16. College officials say faculty and staff will use the time to make preparations for possible measures such as shifting all instruction online or implementing a hybrid approach.
Patrick Henry Community College: The school will be closed on Friday, March 20 for deep cleaning and spring break will continue through Saturday, March 21. In addition, all public events will be suspended on campus through Monday, April 13, but classes will resume their normal schedule on Monday, March 23.
Radford University: Students will remain on an extended spring break through Friday, March 20, after which the university encourages students to stay at their permanent residences due to the closure of on-campus residences and off-campus apartments from Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 17. University officials say course material will be delivered online from Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 17.
Randolph College: The college says that classes will not resume on Monday, March 16 and is adding a week to spring break. Students will switch to online learning from Monday, March 23 until Friday, April 3 at the earliest.
Roanoke College: A student tested negative for the coronavirus, but other students are still asked to leave residence halls by 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 15. Roanoke College officials say online classes will begin Tuesday, March 17 and continue until at least Friday, April 3.
Southern Virginia University: The school says classes are canceled from Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 18 before online classes begin on Thursday, March 19. University officials say students should clear out of campus housing by Tuesday, March 31, after which the school will suspend normal campus operations.
Sweet Briar College: College officials have suspended classes on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 and will implement remote classes from Wednesday, March 18 until Friday, April 17, which is the end of the school’s 12-week session.
University of Lynchburg: The university has canceled all events after Monday, March 16 and extended spring break by one week. However, students are asked not to return to campus and will continue their coursework remotely for the foreseeable future starting on Monday, March 23.
University of Virginia: Classes will transition online from Thursday, March 19 until at least Sunday, April 5, after which university officials will reassess their decision.
Virginia Highlands Community College: Students have been given an extra week of spring break and will return to normal classes on Monday, March 23. However, the school has postponed all gatherings of at least 100 people, including the VHCC Career Fair originally scheduled for Friday, March 27.
Virginia Military University: The military school has canceled all on-post instruction and told cadets to not report to the post until further notice after 30 people tested “presumptive positive” or were confirmed to have coronavirus in Virginia. VMI plans to move to “distance learning environment” from Wednesday, March 25 until at least Friday, April 17.
Virginia Tech: Even though spring break has been extended until Sunday, March 22, students have until Wednesday, March 18 to determine whether or not to return to on-campus housing. All classes will be online starting on Monday, March 23 and all campus events are canceled through April 30.
Virginia Western Community College: Starting on Monday, March 23, the college will transition most of its classes to remote instruction and cancel all campus events and large group gatherings through at least Sunday, April 5.
Washington & Lee University: The university has announced a two-week recess for students to relocate while faculty prepare for virtual classes, which will begin on Monday, March 30 and continue through Friday, April 24. All campus events are canceled beginning Saturday, March 14.
Wytheville Community College: Classes will be canceled and the campus will be closed to students from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20 while faculty and staff prepare plans for possible remote instruction.
OTHER EVENTS AND FACILITIES:
Postponed: Academy Center of the Arts performances from Saturday, March 14 through Wednesday, April 15.
Canceled: Amherst County Public Schools Spring Fling on Tuesday, March 17.
Closed: Appomattox Town Visitor Center at the Historic Train Depot closed at noon on Friday, March 13 and will remain closed until further notice.
Canceled: Area 15 Bowling Competition in Halifax County on Tuesday, March 24 and any associated practices are canceled due to the suspension of all community-based Special Olympic Virginia activities through Tuesday, March 31.
Postponed: Baby Shark Live at the Berglund Center on Wednesday, June 3, but the tickets for the original show will still be valid at the rescheduled show.
Canceled: Backpack Run 5K/10K scheduled for Saturday, March 21 has been canceled, but people can still donate to support the students and staff at Roanoke County Public Schools by following this link.
Canceled: Blacksburg Fork and Cork Festival for Saturday, May 2.
Canceled: Blacksburg Parks and Recreation is canceling all after-school activities, community programs, fitness classes, senior programs, youth and adult athletics, and other events are canceled from Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, March 29 at the earliest. Parks and trails will remain open, but all current rentals at Blacksburg facilities, athletic fields, and shelters are canceled and all future rental requests will not be accepted until further notice.
Closed: Blacksburg Recreation Center and Blacksburg Aquatic Center are closed from Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, March 29 at the earliest. All swim meets, swim lessons, and fitness programs and events will be canceled during this time.
Closed: Botetourt County Libraries are closed from Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 29.
Suspended/Canceled: Botetourt County Recreation sporting events, including the VBR Star Soccer Youth Academy and the upcoming baseball/softball season, will be suspended for at least two weeks. The county’s basketball tournament; indoor soccer; Senior Van Trip on Thursday, March 19; softball clinic on Saturday, March 21; and facility reservations at the Botetourt County Rec facility are all canceled.
Canceled: Business After Hours in Montgomery County on Thursday, March 26 and Thursday, April 16.
Canceled: Christiansburg Parks and Recreation community programs, fitness classes, senior programs, youth and adult athletics, and other events are canceled from Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, March 29 at the earliest. Parks and trails will remain open, but all current rentals at Christiansburg facilities, athletic fields, and shelters are canceled and all future rental requests will not be accepted until further notice.
Closed: Christiansburg Recreation Center and Christiansburg Aquatic Center are closed from Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, March 29 at the earliest. All swim meets, swim lessons, and fitness programs and events will be canceled during this time.
Postponed: Clean Valley Day in Roanoke is being pushed from Saturday, April 4 to Saturday, May 16.
Closed: Coomes Recreation Center in Abingdon from Saturday, March 14 through Saturday, March 28.
Postponed: Covington City sponsored events are postponed until further notice. The city’s parks and park facilities will be closed, but City Hall, Covington Police Department, Public Works, the Registrar’s office, and the daycare at the Jeter Watson Center will remain open.
Postponed: Danville Youth Health Equity Leadership Institute (YHELI) Talent Showcase on Friday, March 13.
Closed: Danville Public Library and indoor Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed to the public from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27, but Danville parks and trails will stay open. Library fees and fines will be delayed until the Public Library reopens and Parks and Recreation programs are canceled for the next two weeks.
Postponed: Eggs and Issues Post-Legislative Update on Thursday, April 2 in Montgomery County.
Canceled/Closed: Freedom Fest 2020 at the New Freedom Farm in Buchanan on Saturday, April 4 is canceled, but the raffle will continue on Facebook live. The New Freedom Farm will also be closed until further notice.
Postponed: Highland County Maple Festival on Saturday, March 14; Sunday, March 15; Saturday, March 21; and Sunday, March 22 in Highland County.
Postponed: Jeff Dunham’s tour stop at the Berglund Center has been pushed from Sunday, March 22 to Wednesday, July 8. Tickets for the original date will be honored on the new date.
Postponed: Kazim Shrine Circus at Salem Civic Center has been pushed from Thursday, March 19 through Sunday, March 22 to Friday, Oct. 30 through Sunday, Nov. 1
Canceled: Lynchburg Lyrics Songwriters Competition on Saturday, March 28.
Canceled: Lynchburg Public Library programs, public meeting room use, and class visits are canceled through Tuesday, March 31. The library’s volunteer program has been suspended until further notice, but the AARP tax preparation services held at the library will continue as long as staffing permits.
Canceled: March Madness basketball tournament on Friday, March 13 at Lynchburg City Armory.
Postponed: Montgomery County ribbon cuttings through Thursday, April 30.
Canceled: Montgomery County Parks and Recreation community programs, fitness classes, senior programs, youth and adult athletics, and other events are canceled from Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, March 29 at the earliest. Parks and trails will remain open, but all current rentals at Montgomery County facilities, athletic fields, and shelters are canceled and all future rental requests will not be accepted until further notice.
Canceled: National Vietnam War Veterans Day event on Saturday, March 28 at Lee Plaza in Roanoke.
Canceled: New River Valley Home Builders Association Home Expo on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 in Christiansburg.
Postponed: New River Valley Leading Lights awards banquet on Thursday, April 16.
Suspended: Pulaski County Parks & Recreation games, activities, and programs are suspended starting Friday, March 14. All county parks facilities and the Pulaski County Welcome Center will close March 14.
Canceled: Pulaski County Rotary Club meeting on Monday, March 16.
Closed/Canceled: Roanoke City Public Libraries and the Discovery Center will be closed for at least two weeks starting on Monday, March 16. PLAY Roanoke after-school programs at Eureka, Grandin Court, and Preston are cancelled for at least two weeks, but all library and library community room events are canceled for the next 30 days.
Canceled: Roanoke City Parks and Recreation events and rentals for the next 30 days, but Preston Park and Eureka Recreation Centers will remain open at this time.
Canceled: Roanoke City Jail visits for the next 30 days, but virtual visits are available.
Closed: Roanoke County Public Libraries and Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed from Monday, March 16 through at least Sunday, March 29. All programs and events at these facilities will continue for the weekend, but all events starting Monday, March 16 will be canceled.
Postponed: Roanoke Valley Gun Show has been pushed from March 21 and Sunday, March 22 to Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7.
Canceled: Roanoke Valley SPCA Tail Chaser 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk on Saturday, March 21.
Canceled: Salem Kiwanis meetings are canceled on Tuesday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 24. The meeting for Tuesday, March 31 will be decided over the coming weeks.
Closed/Postponed: Salem Museum is closed and all events through the end of March are postponed until further notice.
Canceled/Closed: Salem Parks and Recreation youth and travel team sporting events, including practices and games, have been canceled through Friday, March 27. All City of Salem athletic facilities will also be closed through at least Monday, March 30.
Canceled: Salem Rotary Club meetings are canceled for the rest of March, but April meetings will be evaluated at the end of the month.
Closed: Salem Public Library is closed from Sunday, March 15 through Tuesday, March 31, but staff will answer questions and renew materials over the phone from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All fines will be waived while the library is closed.
Closed/Canceled: Salem Senior Center will be closed to the public from 8 a.m. on Friday, March 13 until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27. All community activities affiliated with the Salem Senior Center, along with all Senior and community trips, are canceled during this two week period.
Canceled: Shamrock Volleyball Tournament at the Salem Civic Center.
Postponed: Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on Thursday, March 19; ribbon cutting for Aqua Pros Pools and Spas on Friday, March 20; education seminar at the Franklin Center on Wednesday, March 25; SML Connects networking event at Mama Ann’s Gifts and Goodies on Thursday, March 26.
Canceled: Square Dance on Friday, March 13 in Lynchburg.
Canceled: St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Friday, March 13 in Salem.
Canceled: St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Shamrock Festival on Saturday, March 14 in Roanoke.
Postponed: Straight No Chaser’s tour stop at the Salem Civic Center for the Open Bar spring tour from Thursday, April 2.
Canceled/Postponed: Valley View Mall’s seasonal Easter Bunny photo program and other upcoming events at the mall.
Postponed: Vinton War Memorial Senior Services Expo has been pushed from Tuesday, March 24 to Tuesday, April 28.
Canceled: Virginia State Bullseye and 3D tournament for Saturday, March 14 in Amherst County.
Postponed: Women’s Leadership Conference on Thursday, March 19 in Montgomery County.
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