About a week after four-year universities and colleges in the Twin Ports started announcing the extension of their spring breaks to prepare for teaching classes remotely, all have since asked students in on-campus housing to move out if they can.
All three four-year institutions in the Twin Ports have also decided to continue teaching classes remotely for the remainder of the semester. Community colleges have yet to make that call.
With plans rapidly changing, here's the most recent round-up of safety protocols campuses in the Twin Ports area have taken to distance faculty, students and staff from each other in an effort to help stem the spread of COVID-19.
University of Minnesota Duluth
On Monday, University of Minnesota system President Joan Gabel announced the decision to cancel commencement ceremonies system-wide and directed all campuses to continue teaching courses remotely for the remainder of the semester.
On Tuesday, the University of Minnesota Duluth asked students living in on-campus housing to move out by Sunday. Those unable to do so could petition to remain on campus.
UMD resumed classes in an online or alternative format on Wednesday after two additional days of spring break.
All faculty and staff who do not need to be present on campus to do their work have been asked to work remotely.
College of St. Scholastica
On Thursday, College of St. Scholastica President Barbara McDonald announced the college's decision to cancel traditional commencement and continue classes remotely for the remainder of the semester.
At the time of Thursday's announcement, 140 of 752 on-campus student residents had been approved to remain living on campus, said Bob Ashenmacher, executive director of marketing, communications and media, as students had already been asked to vacate campus.
"We expect that the number will go down now that all these students know we're definitely not resuming in-person, on-campus classes this semester, but we don't know how much," Ashenmacher said.
Students were allowed to stay in on-campus housing if leaving would have caused problems in their lives. Others have been asked to retrieve any items still in residential halls between March 20-30.
CSS will resume classes on Monday after an additional week of spring break. Faculty and staff have been asked to begin working remotely Monday unless their work requires them to be on campus.
University of Wisconsin-Superior
University of Wisconsin-Superior Chancellor Renee Wachter announced in a statement on Wednesday that the campus would continue teaching in alternative format for the remainder of the semester. Decisions about commencement had not yet been made.
Students have been asked to vacate on-campus housing if possible, though some have been approved to remain. If the situation escalates, students may be quarantined to their rooms and potentially monitored, according to the university's coronavirus webpage for residents.
Faculty and staff have been asked to work remotely until at least April 13.
UWS will resume classes on March 30 after an additional week of spring break. In a statement, Wachter advised students who have traveled away to "carefully consider" whether they need to return to Superior or can continue the semester from a permanent residence.
Minnesota State campuses
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, which includes Lake Superior College in Duluth and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, has canceled commencement ceremonies system-wide, but has not made the call to teach remotely for the rest of the semester.
LSC vice president of institutional advancement and external relations Daniel Fanning said the majority, but not all, of LSC's classes will be moving into an alternative format when classes resume on March 30 after two additional weeks of spring break. Welding courses are an example of an exception, so long as students remain 6 feet apart.
"Frankly, this is all subject to change," Fanning said. "Things are changing by the day here and we're just taking directions from the state, but as of right now they're letting us do that."
Minnesota State has directed campus employees to work from home as much as possible and to keep campuses open.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior has not yet made the call on whether classes will resume in an alternative format for the rest of the semester.
Jena Vogtman, WITC director of marketing and communications, said the college's current plan is to make that decision closer to April 6, which is when alternative format classes have been scheduled to take place until.
WITC's current plan is to hold commencement as usual, but Vogtman said the college will be reassessing that in the next couple of weeks. Campus is currently open to staff only and Vogtman estimates more than 90% of employees are working remotely.
Classes will resume on March 30.