The University of Alaska system, including the Kuskokwim Campus, is extending spring break, moving most classes online, and canceling events amid the threat of coronavirus.
KuC Acting Director Linda Curda says that in person classes aren’t happening, but that the university isn’t closed.
“The university is still open. We are continuing with our classes and our work, and we are not closed. That’s a first item,” Curda said.
Classes will resume on March 23. Those classes will be conducted online, or through video or phone. The KuC dorms are closed, however. Curda says that there are exceptions for students who might not have anywhere else to go. The university is advising staff and students to physically stand 6 feet from another person, and to avoid large social gatherings. Curda says that people should still lean on their social networks for emotional support.
“This is difficult for everyone. People are feeling scared and isolated, and we are still a strong, vibrant, and resilient community,” Curda said.
Curda says that all gatherings of 25 people or more on campus are postponed or canceled until March 31, when the university system will then evaluate its next steps. The monthly Saturday Market scheduled for March 14 is also canceled. Curda said that the Kuskokwim Consortium Library at the Bethel Cultural Center will also be closed March 14 and 15, and possibly longer as university leadership evaluates whether or not to close the building completely to protect the health of employees and Bethel residents.