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Valdosta City School closed Wednesday due to coronavirus case, VSU remains open

Valdosta City Schools will be closed Wednesday, March 11, due to a potential coronavirus case. According to a statement released by Valdosta City Schools on late Tuesday, March 10, a student teacher at Sallas Mahone Elementary School had indirect contact with family members who may have previously contracted the virus (COVID-19). The statement added that the student teacher or family ...

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Gov. Kemp orders statewide shelter-in-place to curve coronavirus spread

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp held a televised news conference Wednesday afternoon to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order to curve the new coronavirus. The governor said he would sign the order on Thursday, and it will go into effect on Friday. Also, Kemp ordered that all public schools remain closed for the rest of the academic school year. Georgia has a ...

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Editorial: Concern for our nation in coronavirus pandemic

As I’ve observed the response of the U.S. government to the coronavirus pandemic, my level of concern has been on the same trajectory as the number of reported cases in our country. My two primary areas of concern are combatting the pandemic efficiently and simultaneously dealing with the economic implications that come with it. As of now, the U.S. has ...

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Florida orders people to stay home, Georgia could be next

While Florida makes a move, Georgia waits. Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Wednesday asking people to stay at home across the state due to the overwhelming spread of the coronavirus. DeSantis said people are only permitted to leave their homes for essential services or activities. The order lists the following as essential activities: Attending religious services Participating in ...

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Column: When the sporting world stopped

With the widespread shut down of sports at all levels, including all spring sports at VSU, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’re left reeling as a society with no level of salvation. So, what’s next? My nightly routine typically involves dinner, some homeworkand the NBA action of that night. On March 11, we had the Utah Jazz on the road ...

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Students express anger towards new refund plan

Dr. Vincent Miller, vice president of student affairs released an updated statement regarding student refunds for the spring 2020 term. According to the email, service fee refunds will be issued by April 10. The refund plan that was developed by the University System of Georgia will include $26 worth of student fees as well as 44% of housing fees, 100% ...

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First cases of coronavirus at Valdosta State confirmed

The VSU’s President’s Office confirmed that a staff member and a faculty member have tested positive for COVID-19 in a statement released today. The staff member was last reported on campus on March 18. The faculty member was last seen on campus on March 11. Despite the incubation period for coronavirus lasting two weeks, the President’s Office assures students, faculty ...

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Photos: A campus abandoned: Valdosta State left bare in light of coronavirus pandemic

Normally, VSU’s campus is bright and bustling the week after spring break. Most students are refreshed and ready to finish out the semester. Several students either look forward to the end-of-the-year events, finish up their registration or prepare for the spring commencement. With the front lawn sprawling with activity, most students are either enjoying the warmer weather or catching up with ...

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Petition and student concerns discussed at on-line press conference

VSU’s spring semester will continue as originally planned, despite the transition to on-line classes caused by the coronavirus, according to Dr. Rodney Carr, vice president for student success. Dr. Carr made the announcement and discussed related issues at an on-line press conference Monday afternoon. “We have not made any plans to extend the semester at all,” he said. “It looks ...

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Students rely on petition in hopes to avoid online classes

It’s no secret that all VSU classes have recently been converted to an online format due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, professors have had to tailor their syllabus to fit the online format so students can engage successfully in the classes as if they were still in face-to-face classes. But some VSU students are not okay with the ...

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