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Coronavirus affects local study abroad programs

4 March 2020 Covid19 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News

As the Coronavirus continues to spread, colleges and universities throughout the Shenandoah Valley are cancelling study abroad programs and international trips.

Shenandoah University announced its students and staff will not be permitted to travel on international, university-sponsored trips over spring break. This means the university’s Global Citizenship Project won’t take place this month as planned. This is the first time in the Global Citizenship Project’s 14-year history that the trip has been cancelled. The suspension comes after receiving recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is recommending that higher education institutes consider postponing or cancelling upcoming foreign exchange programs or trips.

In addition, Christendom College and James Madison University (JMU) students are returning to the U.S. after the schools decided to end their current semester study programs in Italy. JMU also cancelled two short-term summer 2020 programs in China and a spring break trip to Japan.

Janet Michael, host of The Valley Today interviewed Dr. Colin Greene, Director of Lord Fairfax Health District this week about the Coronavirus. To listen to that interview, click here: https://theriver953.com/podcast/coronavirus-the-flu-101/

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