Harvard Moving Classes Online Over Coronavirus Concerns

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Harvard University announced Monday that classes will soon be taught online because of concerns over the coronavirus.

The schools said in a statement this "will limit exposure to the disease among members of our community."

The transition to online classes is set to be completed by March 23, which is the "first day of scheduled classes following Spring recess."

Students are being asked not to return to campus, and to work remotely until further notice. It is currently unclear when that will be.

Also, the school said their guidance is changing so that non-essential gatherings will not have more than 25 people.

"The decision to move to virtual instruction was not made lightly," Harvard said in a statement. "The goal of these changes is to minimize the need to gather in large groups and spend prolonged time in close proximity with each other in spaces such as classrooms, dining halls, and residential buildings. Our actions are consistent with the recommendations of leading health officials on how to limit the spread of COVID-19 and are also consistent with similar decisions made by a number of our peer institutions."

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas reports

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