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BYU spring semester to be completely online, school says

The welcome sign to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. (Photo: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

PROVO, Utah — BYU will be offering all of its classes for the 2020 spring term through remote instruction only. 

In a release from the university on  Tuesday, Brigham Young University President Kevin J. Worthen says he has been incredibly grateful for the effort done by all who have made the shift online.

“I offer my heartfelt thanks to the many individuals within our campus community who have worked tirelessly to help make this major shift to remote coursework go smoothly, especially the many faculty members who have had to make extensive adjustments and adaptations to their classes to continue to provide our students an outstanding education under these new circumstances.

“My thanks also to our students for their patience and fortitude through this transition and the many changes associated with it,” Worthen said.

The school says that the shift will look similar to the one made at the end of the winter semester, where most classes will be delivered through online platforms like Zoom.

On-campus housing will continue to be available for students who need it, BYU said, but they encourage all students who are enrolled in the spring term to consider returning or staying home.


How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronavirus is transmitted from person to person. It is a virus that is similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet)
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.)
  • Get a flu shot.

Local resources

State of Utah:  https://coronavirus.utah.gov/

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States