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Schools offer updates on closures

Local educational institutions have shared updates and taken recent action in response to the COVID-19 crisis:

Altoona Area School District

The district will remain closed until otherwise notified but will continue its Grab and Go Box Lunch service for children ages 2 to 18. In a release to parents and guardians of district students, Superintendent Charles A. Prijatelj said that the lunch service has served 1,180 box lunches in three days. The district also continued to encourage practicing good health and safety habits.

Hollidaysburg Area School District

In a release to parents and guardians of district students, Superintendent Robert J. Gildea said that the district will be implementing Flexible Instructional Days starting Tuesday and continuing through Friday, March 27.

The statement says that there will be an opportunity for parents or guardians to indicate the need for a device or Internet access to complete the FID assignments, and that devices will be made available for those in need.

The statement also says that if statewide school closures are extended beyond March 27, parents will be notified of the instructional plans moving forward by the end of the school day Friday.

Allegany College of Maryland

Online classes will continue until the end of the semester, according to a release by the college. The release says that no faculty, staff or student should come to any campus location, effective through at least Sunday, April 12.

A decision about the status of campus operations will be announced on or before Wednesday, April 8. Willowbrook Woods will remain open to student residents.

Students are urged to check in with their faculty members if they have questions about online coursework or concerns about online access. Non-credit classes and training through the ACM Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development are suspended until further notice.

Plans for commencement exercises and other future college events and activities will be decided by Wednesday, April 15. Information about registration for summer and fall classes will be forthcoming.

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