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Some at Simon's Rock will return to campus, while others go remote

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GREAT BARRINGTON — Classes will resume on Monday at Bard College at Simon's Rock — but students will be learning remotely.

Students at Bard College Simon's Rock and Bard Academy at Simon's Rock were dismissed for spring break on March 6.

Unlike at Williams College, which made the call to close its campus for the remainder of the semester, residence halls and campus facilities will remain open at Simon's Rock. Bard Academy high school students will be required to remain off campus to complete the semester remotely, but Simon's Rock college students have been given the option to complete the semester from on- or off-campus locations.

Students who have been off-campus and experiencing symptoms such as fever or cough, and students who have been traveling in CDC-defined areas of Level 3 high risk for this coronavirus, are being asked to remain off campus.

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In addition to remote modules being taught, "support for senior theses, advisees and students in our courses will be available," campus leaders Dimitri Papadimitriou, Ian Bickford and Sue Lyon said in a March 12 memo to the Simon's Rock community.

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"We thank you for your patience, creativity and flexibility as we navigate the remainder of the semester together. Our work is to keep the safety of our students, faculty, and staff paramount to any decision we make," the administrators wrote.

Bard Academy students, who likely only packed for a two-week break, are asked to contact the college to make arrangements to retrieve their belongings.

Simon's Rock college students who choose to complete the semester on campus are being asked to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for hygiene, refrain from gathering in groups of more than 10 people, and to inform residential staff of any developing flu-like symptoms for further assessment.

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In following suit with Gov. Charlie Baker's order for all restaurants to be closed to on-site diners, the Simon's Rock dining hall now will operate within designated hours on a takeout only basis. The Kilpatrick Athletic Center, which was closed during spring break for renovations, will remain closed, as will the Alumni Library, Daniel Arts Center, Fisher Science Center, Lecture Center, classroom buildings and Kellogg Music Center.

Bard College system President Leon Bostein in a letter to the college community urged people to persist and to help each other out now, and after the crisis.

Additionally he wrote: "I want to wish good health and safety to every member of the Bard community. I also want to urge all of you to stay calm, and to consult only reliable sources of information, ones based on science and medicine."


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