News Release Details

3/13/2020

EAC may virtualize classes, limit activities after spring break

By Kris McBride

Thatcher, Ariz— Eastern Arizona College (EAC) President Todd Haynie has announced that the College campus is not closing at this time, but in order to mitigate the growing risk of COVID-19 transmission it may be necessary to implement social distancing practices after students and faculty arrive back from spring break on Monday, March 23. These may include virtualizing classes, limiting the size and number of campus gatherings, restricting College-sponsored travel, and ensuring student attendance policies do not penalize those with legitimate health concerns.

“As of today, there are no confirmed cases in Graham County, and we believe the risk of transmission to our campus is currently low,” stated Haynie. “However, we know that community spread is occurring in various parts of the United States.

We feel it is necessary to prepare in the event we need to take additional steps to mitigate and slow the potential spread of the virus and to help protect the College community following spring break.”

Haynie reminded the campus community to redouble hand hygiene efforts, observe good coughing etiquette, keep at least six feet from anyone who is ill, and to clean work areas.

“The most important step you can take right now is to stay informed and make sure your students, friends, and family are following CDC guidelines.”

EAC will continue to monitor the situation over the break and will provide instruction and updates as appropriate on the College website and through other official College channels. Decisions will be based solely on official reports from the CDC, the Arizona Department of Health Services, and the Graham County Health Department.

Haynie noted that the EAC Residence Halls remain open for international students and student athletes unable to go home for spring break due to intercollegiate sports events and travel restrictions.

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