William Peace University reacts to the coronavirus spread across NC

Several universities around North Carolina have canceled all in-person classes for online instruction courses.

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Patsy Douglas
, 2020 CBC-UNC Diversity Fellow
RALEIGH, N.C. — William Peace University released a public statement Thursday announcing all in-person classes would be moved online March 23.

Earlier this week, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper discouraged gatherings of more than 100 people as part of the state's response to the coronavirus.

William Peace joins other universities, including those in the University of North Carolina system and Duke University, which have extended spring break and started online classes. This is to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Monique Deleege, the marketing director for William Peace, says school leaders are working to make the transition as smooth as possible.

“Right now they're in the process of making those adjustments to their curriculum so that when they do present those online courses that it's the experience that they want to give the students,” Deleege said.

Peace's student body president, Deja Gainey, is encouraging her peers to keep their peace during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re going to finish strong regardless," Gainey said. "The Peace community is really tightknit. We're going to get through this together.”

Students around the university community are all packing up and heading out as the virus continues to spread throughout the state.

William Peace University said in a statement, “We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates and additional communications as appropriate. Students who have international travel planned through the University will receive additional information from their faculty as we are currently engaged in discussions with our travel partner about our May term trips.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers guidance for schools, childcare programs and colleges and universities. Make sure you are getting reliable information from sources like the CDC. Up-to-date information on the response by the State of North Carolina is available online.

The following hygiene tips can help stop the spread of the virus:

  • Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds, using soap and water.
  • Use paper towels to dry your hands and to open and close doors.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with tissue or your sleeve (not your hand).
  • Use hand sanitizer when you don’t have access to running water.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Monitor yourself for fever, cough and shortness of breath, which are symptoms of coronavirus. Seek medical attention if you may have been exposed.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Be mindful that your mobile phone should be cleaned and disinfected, following the guidelines for cleaning provide
  • Avoid traveling to areas where there is a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • If you are in a higher risk group (over 65 or have a chronic health condition) avoid large gatherings or mass travel.