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State orders all Florida universities to move classes online

Posted at 4:38 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 17:16:40-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — On Wednesday, the state university system advised all public universities to end face to face classes for two weeks following their spring breaks.

Locally, FAMU, TCC and FSU students will leave for Spring Break on March 16. They will not return back to face to face classes until April 6.

" We are going to mostly online and remote forms of classroom instruction during that period," said Larry Robinson/FAMU President. "So it's been a lot that we've been working on the last month and a half or so as this virus has made it's way to the U.S."

A full list of the universities who have announced plans to switch to online courses is below:

Florida A&M University

University tells students not to return before April 4.

For anyone who plans to stay on campus during spring break, residence halls and food service will be open.

As for business at the university, FAMU says the university will remain in operation during this time.

Florida State University

University tells students not to return before April 4.

For anyone who stays in residence halls during spring break and the two week period afterwards who choose to travel, the school says they will not be allowed back into their residence hall during that two week online class period.

Tallahassee Community College

TCC says it will use the time during spring break for deep disinfecting and cleaning.

The state university system and individual schools will monitor what's happening with COVID-19 and make decisions on any further steps.

University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida is "working with local and state health departments and taking proactive steps to help our community be prepared, including moving our courses online effective March 16," according to their website.

University of Florida

"All classes must be moved online as soon as possible and no later than Monday," Andy McCollough, Associate Provost for Teaching and Technology, said in an email. "Further information will be forthcoming, but it is important to note that this move is no longer optional."