Tarleton State University’s President’s Office sent out an email to all students and faculty late Wednesday night announcing that Tarleton’s spring break will be extended for an additional week to allow university officials to prepare for the completion of the spring 2020 semester amid concerns for the coronavirus pandemic.

The email states that faculty and staff will have a one-day extension to spring break and will report back to campus on March 17 to prepare for the remainder of the semester.

“Faculty and staff will return on Tuesday to look at next steps for providing service to students and continuity of classes or academic programs,” said Cecilia Jacobs, assistant vice president for marketing and communications at Tarleton.

Classes will resume on Monday, March 23 for Tarleton students.

“The health and safety of our students and employees are top priority,” President James Hurley wrote in the letter to students. “However, as reports of COVID-19 continue to spread across the state and our service region, our priority continues to be the current and future well-being of all Tarleton Texans.”

TEXAS COLLEGES EXTEND SPRING BREAK, SWITCH TO ONLINE CLASSES

More than a dozen Texas universities announced Wednesday and Thursday they would extend students' spring breaks and start switching to online classes, according to texastribune.com.

Most Texas institutions extending their breaks said they plan to use the extra time to prepare faculty for teaching online. Many have canceled events, prohibited large gatherings, stepped up their sanitation measures and restricted university-sponsored travel.

• Trinity University is transitioning to remote teaching for the remainder of the spring semester.

• Texas Tech University has canceled classes the week after its spring break and said teaching will move online beginning March 30.

• University of Texas at Austin and San Antonio are extending students’ spring break by one week.

• Texas Southern University will host classes remotely after spring break ends March 22.

• The University of Houston has canceled classes for the week of March 16 and will begin hosting them remotely starting March 23.

• Baylor University President Linda Livingstone announced that spring break will be extended one week and classes will be provided exclusively online for two weeks after, from March 23 to April 3.

• Prairie View A&M University will suspend classes until March 23, and students are "encouraged" to remain off campus during that time.

• Texas Christian University is extending spring break through March 20 and will move to online classes for the two weeks that follow.

• Texas Wesleyan University is suspending on-campus classes for a week, and then moving to online instruction starting March 23.

• On Tuesday, Texas A&M released a statement announcing that their spring break was extended for two additional days and for classes to resume on Wednesday, March 18.

For a list of more Texas universities and their decisions concerning the coronavirus, visit: https://www.texastribune.org/2020/03/11/texas-universities-extending-spring-break-prepare-coronavirus/.