Say Yes Response to College and University Efforts to Curb Spread of Coronavirus
As Say Yes partner communities reach out to Say Yes Scholars and their families about the rapidly-unfolding impact of the coronavirus on American college and university campuses, the Say Yes National Higher Education and Communications team has provided the chapters with the following messaging points.
- As colleges and universities seek to slow the spread of the coronavirus, many are choosing to move the next few weeks of spring classes online, and in some cases to cancel in-person classes and gatherings outright for the remainder of the semester
- Say Yes Scholars and their families should be in direct touch with the colleges and universities they are attending, for up-to-the-minute information on school plans and policies
- In an effort to slow the spread of the virus, many colleges and universities are also postponing or canceling campus tours and other sessions for high school seniors admitted for the fall semester and for their families — and they, too, should be in direct touch with those institutions for the latest information
- With many colleges and universities curtailing employee travel, some college fairs in the coming weeks may be impacted — and high school students should check with fair organizers or their college counselors for the latest information
- While direct outreach is recommended, given how quickly the situation is changing on individual campuses, families should feel free to reach out to their college counselor or to the Say Yes community chapters with questions and concerns