PC issues stay-at-home order after over 80 students test positive for virus; all classes to be taught remotely

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) Providence College will move all of its classes online after more than 80 students tested positive for COVID-19.

The school also issued a stay-at-home order for all students attending classes. Off-campus students are not permitted to leave their homes and students living in dorms are not permitted to leave the campus.

The private Catholic college broke the news in an email to students and the community from President Father Kenneth Sicard sent Thursday night.

The remote learning is scheduled to continue until at least Sept. 26.

Sicard said violations will result in suspension, adding that Providence police will be monitoring students along with private security.

Meals will be delivered to students living off-campus and will continue to be provided for those in dorms, Sicard said.

Sicard said the measures were the last step in saving in-person learning for the semester, writing:

“We recognize how serious and difficult these directives are, but this is our last chance to remain together in person for the fall semester. Between these actions and the serious steps we already have taken – especially in the past few days – we have used virtually every tool at our disposal. We are out of options.  If we are not successful, we will have no alternative other than to shut down our campus for the remainder of the fall semester. This also will likely affect our ability to reopen for the spring semester.”

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