The following message was sent by the president's office to the Missouri State community on March 12, 2020 at 10:08 a.m.
Subject: Coronavirus planning alert
We are not closing campus at this time, but here’s what you need to know
Missouri State has been closely monitoring Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We have provided several updates during the last several weeks regarding the situation, including actions taken by the university.
Please remember that most people who get COVID-19 have very mild or no symptoms and most recover on their own. Those at higher risk are older adults and people with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
Neither Missouri State University campus nor Southwest Missouri has a confirmed case of COVID-19. However, our concern is and always will be the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.
Spring break begins next week. We feel it is necessary to prepare in the event we need to take additional steps to mitigate and slow the potential spread of the virus and to help protect the Missouri State and Springfield community following spring break.
Students, take your books and computer with you when you leave for spring break
We will continue to assess whether we should temporarily move away from in-person delivery of classes and will provide an updated status no later than Thursday, March 19. This information will be sent via email and a Missouri State Alert.
A limited number of laptops are available for check out from Meyer Library for students without access to technology.
The COVID-19 website will continue to be updated with the latest available information.
Faculty should start planning alternative delivery methods
Faculty members who teach a face-to-face class should start planning how to continue instruction through alternate methods if the university decides to move away from in-person delivery of classes.
This may be through use of Blackboard, Zoom, email or other means of communication. Academic leadership will be communicating with you to discuss available options.
More information about resources available for alternative delivery methods and considerations is on the COVID-19 website.
Until otherwise notified, staff should continue to report to work as usual.
Students, faculty and staff with underlying health conditions that put you at greater risk
We recognize that some members of campus may be at a higher risk of infection and may need special accommodations because they are immunocompromised. Individuals who have underlying health conditions that place them at heightened risk and wish to discuss possible accommodations should proceed as follows:
- Students, please contact the Disability Resource Center at 417-836-4192.
- Faculty, please work with your department head or dean.
- Staff, please work with your immediate supervisor.
United States imposes additional travel restrictions from Europe
As many of you may know, President Trump announced last night that the United States is restricting travel from Europe. While there is still uncertainty about how this will be implemented, there is a possibility that any U.S. citizens who travel to Europe after Friday will be placed in a 14-day quarantine when they return.
Missouri State has previously issued travel restrictions to several countries and has urged our community to avoid travel to areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases. Information about travel restrictions will be updated on the COVID-19 Travel Restrictions webpage.
Due to the additional travel restrictions, the university has cancelled all spring break study away programs.
As you know, COVID-19 has created a very fluid landscape that is rapidly changing. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers tips to on how to prevent getting the illness.
Have a safe and healthy spring break.
Clifton M. Smart, III