Carroll College says it has created an incident command team that is meeting regularly to develop a plan should the virus show up on campus, or in the Helena community.
In a news release, Carroll says it has not yet made a decision on whether to move to remote learning, and is doing everything possible to continue campus operations including academics, housing, dining services, and campus events until guidance suggests otherwise.
They are in contact with other universities and following the guidance of health authorities.
While other colleges across the U.S. have made the decision to move to remote learning, Carroll has not taken this step yet – although preparations are in place .
Carroll continues to be in contact with their peer institutions and are following the guidance of health authorities, in this regard.
Carroll recognizes that this is a very fluid situation and circumstances may change rapidly.
The college continues to work with their faculty and technology and digital course delivery experts to develop contingency plans should the need arise.
Wednesday and Thursday of next week, the college plans to do two full-days of testing of their online learning capabilities involving both faculty and students to help ensure that they are well-prepared should they have to suspend in-person classes.
The college says safety and security of staff and students is a top priority.
As of Thursday afternoon, there are currently no known cases of COVID-19 on Carroll’s campus, in Helena or in Montana. Current updates can be found on the CDC website .