EWC extends Spring Break over COVID-19 concerns


TORRINGTON – The Eastern Wyoming College administration announced Thursday a planned delay in the start of classes following spring break.

Students will have an extra week of vacation over ongoing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release from the college. All classes and other activities on both the Douglas and Torrington campuses will be cancelled for the week of March 16, including on-campus events and community education classes.

In addition, the EWC Fitness Center on the Torrington campus will be closed until further notice, beginning Friday, March 13.

Employees are requested to report to work as regularly scheduled, including those employees returning from spring break unless they are sick, have been sick or have traveled out-of-state. The College will be open for business, but no classes, events or activities will be held. All employees will participate in in-service and training activities beginning at 8 am, Monday, March 16.

All employees and students should follow recommendations from the Center of Disease Control regarding health and safety including proper handwashing and staying home when sick.

Updated communication and announcements regarding the College’s response to this virus will be available at ewc.wy.edu/alerts/. All students and employees are asked to visit the EWC website, follow the EWC social media feeds and check EWC email for continued announcements and updates.

In Laramie, University of Wyoming likewise has extended its Spring Break, postponing the start of classes until March 30, according to a press release. UW classes are cancelled through the week of March 23, but students who must return to campus will be given access to essential services, including residence halls and food service.

The additional week's delay will allow UW instructors to prepare for the potential of having to move classes to an an online-only scenario. The delay in the start of classes will not extend the regular university semester, the press release said.

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