All state colleges and universities will switch to online platforms for remote classes amid the Coronavirus outbreak.
The State University System of Florida released a statement on Wednesday that the decision comes from a place of being proactive rather than reactive.
Colleges and universities are being asked to switch over to remote instruction as soon as possible. For schools who are currently on or about to start Spring Break, they have been directed to ask students not to return to campus for at least two weeks after the break was scheduled to end. These schools include Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University, New College of Florida, the University of North Florida, the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida, and the University of West Florida.
Campuses that currently have students on them who have already returned from spring break are asked to implement remote classes as soon as possible and send students back home for at least two weeks. However, each university is also being asked to develop a plan to provide residential housing for students who cannot return home or need assistance.
Essential services such as dining halls, health services and libraries will also remain open, but potentially on a limited or remote basis.
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