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DeKalb County higher education institutions have no plans
to close down in-person classes because of the potential spread of COVID-19 anytime soon, said representatives from Northern Illinois University and Kishwaukee College on Tuesday.
Kayte Hamel, executive director of college relations and the Kishwaukee College Foundation said Tuesday college staff met Tuesday afternoon to form a plan of action.
“As of right now, our classes are continuing as scheduled,” Hamel said. “We’re just continuing to monitor the situation, and as of right now we’re continuing to operate as normal.”
Colleges and universities across the country have begun announced an altered class schedule, with some going so far as to cancel classes in-person for the remainder of the spring semester in lieu of online classes to help prevent human-to-human contact as a preventative measure against COVID-19.
At NIU, spokesperson Lisa Miner said it’s also business as usual, as she confirmed Tuesday the university has no plans right now to alter class schedules.
Although, no Kishwaukee College students currently are studying abroad, Hamel said, the university has suspended all international travel as of Tuesday.
“We spent part of the day today discussing a continuity of plans in the event there is an outbreak,” Hamel said. “Right now it’s going through a review process with all key stakeholders.”
Miner said NIU students who are studying abroad are not in high-risk countries.
“We have fewer than 10 students in study abroad programs,” Miner said in an email. “And they are areas where the risk level is low and there are no current advisories to avoid travel to/from. All faculty, staff and students have received communications on the topic of coronavirus and travel.”