WestConn Pauses Start of In-Person Instruction

Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in Danbury has paused the start of their in person teaching this semester due to an Alert from the State Health Department regarding the increase of Covid-19 cases in the city.

On Friday the Ct. Dept. of Health put the city on high alert due the rise in cases from what they said was recent domestic and international travel to and from the City of Danbury. 

The university then issued an advisory that all students who had not yet returned to the campus dormitories were to stay at home and that distance learning (online) would replace in person teaching the first 2 weeks starting Wednesday August 26th. Students already in their assigned dormitories would be allowed to remain on campus.

School president Dr. John B. Clark made the announcement in a letter sent to the school community Saturday. 

“In response to the spike in COVID-19 cases in Danbury, and at the recommendation of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, no students will be allowed to return to WCSU residence halls effective Aug. 22 and for at least two weeks. Commuter students should also stay off campus until further notice.

The only exception is for students who have already moved into the residence halls. Those students must stay on campus for the next two weeks.

All classes will begin in an online only format, starting on Aug. 26 as planned. We hope to return to the original schedule as soon as it is safe to do so.

We understand that delaying the campus experience is inconvenient and disappointing to students and their families, but it is our responsibility to follow state recommendations to keep our students, faculty and staff as safe as possible while doing our part to prevent community spread.

Further information, including scheduling of LEAP Week activities, student COVID-19 testing and other updates will be posted frequently on the WCSU Reopening page.”


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