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Florida's state universities to move classes online, citing coronavirus

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Florida’s state universities to move classes online, citing coronavirus

Florida higher education leaders on Wednesday directed all state universities to move classes online as soon as possible, citing the spread of coronavirus. The Board of Governors for the State University System called for schools to offer remote, online teaching while keeping campuses open and operations regular for students who don’t have the option to relocate. Dorms, dining halls and health centers will remain available to students, said system spokeswoman Renee Fargason. More from the Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

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