University of Maryland releases plan regarding coronavirus outbreak

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Posted at 7:18 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 19:18:01-04

As officials continue to monitor the coronavirus outbreak, the University of Maryland has released their plan regarding the virus.

Starting on March 30 and continuing to at least April 10, all classroom instruction will be conducted virtually.

"For functions that can be performed remotely, supervisors are encouraged to offer employees the option to telework," officials say in the plan. "Guidance for employees and telework exceptions will be provided soon."

Students should plan to depart for spring break and not return to campus until at least April 10.

The University will be open for staff Wednesday, March 18 to Friday, March 20, 2020, as planned.

March 23-29, 2020

  • The University will have reduced operations the week of March 23, 2020.
  • Classes are canceled this week and students should not return to campus following spring break. Of course, we will provide exceptions and accommodations for those who need it.
  • Faculty training to prepare for the move to online instruction is already underway. In addition, faculty will also have this week to participate in further training sessions. The training will continue through March 27, 2020.
  • Except for classes, the University will remain open. Staff are expected to report for work that can be performed either by telecommuting or in person, as agreed upon with their supervisor.
  • Graduate students who work or conduct research on campus should consult with their supervisors on how they would conduct their work this week.

Governor Hogan stated state colleges and universities are going to ask students to stay home two weeks after spring break to prevent a coronavirus spread.

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Events around Maryland are also being canceled due to the outbreak as well as field trips for several public schools.

For a list of events and field trips canceled, click here.