In an announcement made Thursday afternoon, Fort Hays State University will transition to online classes after Spring Break in an effort to safeguard the health of students faculty and staff.
The notice comes as numerous colleges across the U.S. take a similar path to continue to provide students with educational options amid the growing coronavirus fears.
The University of Kansas was the first Kansas Board of Regents institution to make the switch, although that school’s Spring Break was this week. Kansas State University and Emporia University also are taking similar approaches.
The announcement notes FHSU will continue to strive to ensure completion and success for students.
The movement to online instruction will officially begin March 23. Spring Break at FHSU is scheduled for March 23 to 27.
The online instruction model will continue indefinitely, with university officials making week-by-week assessments on the coronavirus situation and adjusting accordingly.
Classes already online will see no change.
The transition to classes does not mean the remainder of the semester is canceled. Classes in progress will be moving online.
Employees of the university are expected to continue working during the transition while observing proper health protocols, unless notified by their supervisors.