March 20, 2020: Student Move-out Date Extension Communication
To help protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and the West Plains community, Missouri State-West Plains will be following the guidance of the Missouri State University System as noted below.
On March 19, 2020 Springfield-Greene County Health Department issued the following guidelines:
As residents return from spring break trips and other travel, it is the advice of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department that they self-quarantine for 14 days.
During that time, travelers returning from outside our region are advised to stay home, avoid contact with others, and monitor for symptoms. If a traveler were to become symptomatic, they are encouraged to contact their provider.
This action is being recommended because of the large number of travelers who will be returning to the area. This is especially concerning regarding tourist destinations that have included large crowd activities.
In alignment with these guidelines, Missouri State is extending the timeline for those who are electing to move out of their residence halls to April 12th. Please contact the Director of Residence Life Cory Neal if this changes your move-out plans.
If you traveled outside of Southwest Missouri within the last 14 days (or away from your home area or to an area with a large number of COVID cases), we request that you wait until after April 5th to return to campus to move out.
If anyone in your family is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing), we ask that you wait to move out.
These recommended actions are to ensure the health and safety of university employees as well as fellow students who will be moving out or who are electing to stay in the residence hall through the end of the semester.
Thank you for helping us maintain a healthy environment.