K-State, ESU join KU in preparing to shift to online classes
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Kansas State University and Emporia State University are joining the University of Kansas and other colleges across the country in shifting classes online to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus.
All three campuses are on spring break this week. The University of Kansas announced Wednesday and Kansas State and Emporia State said on Thursday that they would delay the start of classes that usually meet in-person until March 23, when the classes will be taught remotely. Kansas State and Emporia State said the remote classes would continue “until further notice,” while the University of Kansas said they may continue for several weeks.
Kansas has reported only one COVID-19 case, in Johnson County. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover. In mainland China, where the virus first exploded, more than 80,000 people have been diagnosed and more than 58,000 have so far recovered.”
Kansas State urged students to remain at home, away from the regular campus, unless they can’t return home due to travel restrictions.
“We are working to accommodate learning that typically takes place in laboratories and other in-person situations,” Kansas State president Richard Myers said in a written statement. “Our success will depend on the creativity and resourcefulness of our students and faculty, in which we have great faith.
The Kansas Board of Regents, which governs the state’s public universities, voted Wednesday night to allow each school to make its own decision. None of the other campuses have made announcements.
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