Virginia Western Community College says plan to re-open campus April 6 “no longer realistic”

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The plan for Virginia Western Community College to re-open campus April 6 is “no longer realistic,” according to an email sent to students by the administration.

VWCC President Dr. Robert H. Sandel said things have changed rapidly since the initial plan for moving all classes to an online format were announced earlier this month. The move was intended to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“When we originally planned the transition to online classes, our hope was to completely reopen for face-to-face instruction by April 6,” Sandel said in the email. “That date is no longer realistic in light of guidance from the Governor, the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a result, Virginia Western campus will remain closed to students and the public until further notice. We will continue to hold Spring Semester classes online and remotely for the time being.”

The guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health are followed at the college, Sandel added, and urged students who may be diagnosed with coronavirus to immediately contact the school.

“For the safety and well-being of our college community, we are asking that if you are tested for COVID-19, you inform the college so we can adequately respond,” he wrote, adding that an online form submission was in the works.

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