The following email was sent from the president's office to parents of Missouri State students on March 10, 2020.
Dear Missouri State parents and families,
Spring break is just a few days away and we wanted to touch base with you about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and any spring break travel you might have planned.
I know many of you are concerned about the news surrounding COVID-19. There are still no confirmed cases in Springfield, Mountain Grove or West Plains. The university is working to protect the health and safety of our students and making preparations as the situation evolves.
One key aspect of our prevention strategy is to restrict university travel to countries with CDC Level 2 and Level 3 advisories related to COVID-19. Students and faculty currently studying or working in these countries have been advised to return.
Those returning from these areas are being directed to Magers Health and Wellness Center for screening and monitoring, which may include a 14-day quarantine.
As spring break approaches, we encourage you to consider how travel plans could be affected by the spread of the virus and urge you not to travel to countries that have been designated as CDC Level 2 and 3. Countries with travel restrictions as of March 10, 2020, include China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea.
The university remains in frequent communication with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, continues to monitor the status of the virus, and is following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
You can stay informed by checking the COVID-19 website for updates, answers to FAQs, travel guidelines, and more.
Your student’s health, safety and well-being are our highest priorities and will continue to be at the forefront of our decisions moving forward.
Clifton M. Smart, III
Missouri State University