COVID-19 Update (March 12, 2020)

Posted on March 12, 2020

COVID-19 Update (March 12, 2020)

The administration of New Saint Andrews College continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and assess its impact upon college operations and related activities. For future updates on the college’s response to this evolving situation, go to www.nsa.edu/connect/#news-events.

College officials met yesterday with the Director of the Nez Perce County Office of Emergency Management to discuss measures that would be prudent for mitigating risks. The college is taking steps to implement a robust schedule of facility cleaning in accordance with best practices, and faculty are preparing to offer instruction online to students who need that service.

At this time the college plans to deliver live instruction, as usual, for the coming Westminster Term following Spring break. We also plan to make classes available online to students who do not attend in person. 

The college has canceled disputatio and all extracurricular activities in weeks one and two of Westminster Term. The debate between Doug Wilson and James White, which had been planned for the week one disputatio, is still scheduled to occur. However, it will no longer be an NSA event and students are not required to attend. It will now be a Christ Church event that is open to NSA Students. 

We require students to remain at home and access classes online if they are ill, or if they have been advised by a medical professional or a public health official to remain at home. We urge students, faculty, and staff to exercise vigilance if they have traveled (or if they plan to travel) to any area where known cases of COVID-19 have spread. These areas include King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in Washington (the greater Seattle-Tacoma area), Santa Clara County in California (the area around Palo Alto and San Jose), Westchester County in New York (the New Rochelle area), South Korea, Europe, and Iran. 

As Christians we are called to love our neighbors. We remind our students, faculty, and staff that, while the virus may bring little harm to some sturdy constitutions, even they can easily become carriers, which puts vulnerable people at risk. So for the sake of others, please heed cautions about hygiene and safety. “Let each of you look not only to his own interests,” says the apostle, “but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4).

See all other COVID-19 updates here.


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