In an email sent out to students, parents, and staff on Wednesday, Trinity University administration announced that “all classes will be canceled March 16-20” and that beginning March 23 “the University will transition to synchronous remote teaching online.”
This comes after several weeks’ worth of news about the spread of COVID-19 throughout the United States.
Currently, all known cases of coronavirus in San Antonio are being held in quarantine at Lackland Airforce Base and there are no known cases of Trinity students being infected.
“This decision was not made lightly,” University President Danny Anderson explained in the email. “Making this decision now will provide the most orderly transition and protect our Trinity family from potential exposure to the virus.”
He explained further that since many students have traveled internationally during Spring Break, “social distancing” seems to be the best strategy for campus safety. “Experts tell us that this illness has the potential to spread quickly, and social distancing appears to be one of the most effective ways to slow the virus’s advance,” Anderson said.
Over the coming weeks, students will be allowed to return to their dorms to collect their belongings before heading home. However, if one is unable to go back home, exemptions can be made.
We will continue to update as more information becomes available.