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Belmont College to Resume Virtual Learning Following Thanksgiving Break


St. Clairsville, OH (November 12, 2020) — Belmont College is monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation carefully and is taking proactive measures to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty and staff in accordance with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Governor Mike DeWine’s Office.


Per Governor DeWine’s guidance, beginning Monday, November 30, 2020, following the Thanksgiving break, Belmont will resume classes virtually. Only those students and faculty with labs will be permitted on campus until the end of the fall term which is December 11, 2020. All other classes will finish the fall term online. 


Belmont College is well-positioned for online/remote learning thanks to the College’s BEConnected Initiative. Through the college-wide program, iPads are used for nearly all instruction and learning by students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, with the Canvas Learning Management System, Belmont has been able to transition most courses to an online remote learning platform.


According to Dr. Paul Gasparro, President, “We have been in-person on campus for quite some time, and our public health measures appear to be working thanks to the commitment of all our students, faculty, and staff. That being said, we planned to go back to virtual classes following Thanksgiving break and Governor DeWine’s recommendation further solidified that was the right decision.”


Gasparro continued, “We feel it is in our best interest to follow the Governor’s guidance and do all we can to prevent any outbreaks on campus following the Thanksgiving holiday. Belmont College cares about the health and safety of our College community and we are committed to providing a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff.”


College staff will continue to be available for enrollment, financial aid, bookstore, IT, and business office needs. The College is encouraging students make an appointment for any of these services. 


Belmont College will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as needed for the spring term with the health and safety of the college community being their first priority.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding the coronavirus, please contact the Ohio Department of Health’s call center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). The call center is staffed with licensed nurses and infectious disease experts who are available seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


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