By Endeja Carter
“Out of an abundance of caution, the University will move to a modified schedule for the next week. University offices and services, including residence halls, will remain open; however, we have decided to move to virtual instruction for one week effective Monday, Nov. 9. Student activities will continue virtually and dining will move to carry-out only beginning with brunch on Saturday, Nov. 7. All university-sponsored in-person events scheduled for next week will be shifted to virtual or postponed,” from the Office of Communications at WPU.
On Friday, November 6th, 2020 William Peace University sent out a very important email to the entire University regarding an abundance of COVID cases that had spread throughout the University.
The University made students aware of the number of cases that were active on campus and due to the amount of cases classes were online and all other extra activities were canceled until further notice.
There have been mixed feelings as to how students are feeling about moving online so abruptly and during the semester. Specifically only two more weeks before Thanksgiving break.
After talking to a few students that live at Village Green which are the off-campus apartments where most of the students live, here are some of their thoughts about the transition.
“When I received the email about transitioning to online classes for the rest of the semester I had mixed feelings about the whole idea. At first, I was upset because we were only two weeks away from finishing the semester in person. Then I took a step back and looked at the situation and the University did a great job in making this tough decision,” said senior Tiffany Camperos-Brizuela.
As many students at Village Green were upset at first with the sudden decision they realized the University made this choice to keep everyone safe so that students could potentially have a future in the Spring which starts on January 20th, 2020.
“On November 6th, which was a Friday I was reading my email from the Office Of Communications. I was so excited when the University announced us moving online. I feel like we as a community are much safer,” said senior Asia Davis. “Things will get better if we continue to work together and practice all the CDC guidelines. Being in the apartment doing school online is also more relaxing.”
Students keep reflecting on the email they all received which seems to be the most important thing they received. The email included some very helpful and valid information that should keep everyone safe for the remainder of the semester.
“Each of the latest cases is a direct result of individuals not following the CDC and WPU health and safety guidelines. We must continue to diligently work together to help control the spread of the virus”.
- Wear a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth
- Wait 6 feet apart and avoid close contact with others
- Practice good hygiene by washing your hands or using hand sanitizer
Overall the University just wants everyone to stay safe so that they can continue to keep the University running smoothly. If everyone follows the proper precautions the University will stay open and everyone will be healthy and happy on and off-campus.
The WPU Community remain’s committed to the health and safety of the campus and they are making the changes. They are continuing to closely monitor campus, county, and state data, and they provide an update regarding the one-week adjustments each Friday.