JONESBORO, Ark- Once students at arkansas state leave for thanksgiving break, the majority of them will not arrive back on campus until January.
As northeast Arkansas’ rising COVID case count is causing the university to switch to virtual learning for the rest of the semester.
“The issues have been raised by our local leadership in hospitalizations,” says A-State Chief Communications Officer Bill Smith. “So, we wanted to be very cognizant about that and very sensitive about that. At the same time, we’re simply invoking a part of our plan that we established at the beginning of the summer. This is perfect time to give people plenty of lead time as they head into thanksgiving break both for students and faculty.”
The announcement came this morning from Chancellor Kelly Damphousse.
The change comes from A-State’s ‘Ready to Learn’ plan that was introduced this past summer.
Smith says the university will stay open after the transition as they feel more prepared to move to online learning now than they did in the spring.
“Number one the university is not closing and we’re not cutting back on the people in our offices because we still have support services to provide to our students and faculty as we close out the semester."
Most all classes and final exams will be administered online, with the exception for classes such as science labs and practicum classes.
Now says this is the perfect time to find out if your class will continue in person.
“So, for students, they need to reach out to their professors now to figure out and confirm if yes or no on online delivery post- Thanksgiving,” says Smith.
Faculty who want to continue face-to-face instruction or face- to- face final exams must receive permission from the provost to do so.