Mount Holyoke College cancels in-person classes, citing coronavirus concerns

Alternate modes of instruction will be available from March 30

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By Ana Pietrewicz, Assistant Op/Ed Editor

Following the decisions made by Amherst College and Smith College on March 9 and 10, respectively, to postpone classes and move to online learning due to coronavirus concerns, Mount Holyoke College has decided to offer students alternate modes of instruction for students starting on March 30.

According to a press release on the Mount Holyoke College website, all students must move out of their on-campus housing beginning Saturday, March 14 and must be moved out entirely by Friday, March 20. On-campus housing will be provided for students “who have no option but to remain on campus,” according to the press release.

In-person classes will continue through Friday, March 13, and spring break will be extended one week through Sunday, March 29. The college will release more information to students in the coming days.

The announcement follows Governor Charlie Baker’s declaration of a state of emergency in Massachusetts earlier today.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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