Arizona Christian University President Len Munsil

A letter from Arizona Christian University President Len Munsil informed the community that the school is closing temporarily as a precaution regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Colleges in the West Valley made announcements late last week or over the weekend regarding precautions for the COVID-19 pandemic.

At  Maricopa Community Colleges, including Glendale Community College and Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale, “Spring break for all in-person classes has been extended one week through March 20,” MCC announced on its website.

“All student activities and college events will also be postponed during this time period.

All online and hybrid classes currently running and those scheduled to begin will continue with their online components as normal.”

Arizona State University announced changes March 11.

“All in-person classes wherever possible will transition to online instruction,” said ASU President Michael Crow, in a letter to the community. “Classes will continue in this mode for two weeks, at which time the university will assess where things stand with COVID-19. Additional information will follow shortly with specific instruction for faculty and students on how to transition to online instruction.”

ASU updated its policy with an announcement Monday, March 16: “With new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Department of Health Services, ASU has made the decision to extend online classes through the end of the spring semester.”

The changes include the ASU West campus in Glendale.

Similarly, Carrington College in Glendale will not have in-person classes for the time being.

“Effective Tuesday, March 17, Carrington College is suspending classroom instruction in all campus locations,” said an announcement. “All students will continue progress in their academic program through online courses. We expect to resume normal classroom instruction on Monday, April 13. This change is consistent with the latest public guidance to mitigate risk from the COVID-19 virus and similar to actions taken at many other educational institutions.”

Arizona Christian University President Len Munsil said in a letter to the community that the school is closing temporarily as a precaution regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The campus is in north Glendale near Peoria.

“Out of an abundance of caution and a desire to preserve the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, and with the approval of ACU’s Board of Trustees, we are taking the following immediate steps,” Munsil said.

“We are extending spring break by one week. There will be no classes during the week of Monday, March 16.” 

According to the letter, instruction will resume in a fully online format on Monday, March 23 and will conclude six weeks later, on schedule. 

“Students are welcome to return to campus, as ACU housing and food services will remain open for the remainder of the semester unless we are directed otherwise by health officials. Additional health, cleaning and disinfecting protocols are already in effect. Students with jobs on campus can continue,” Munsil said. 

In lieu of chapel, ACU Chaplain Tim Reed and others on staff will provide weekly messages and worship through social media. 

The letter noted, “Decisions regarding other, smaller campus events and activities will be made on a case-by-case basis as we monitor ongoing updates from state and federal authorities.”

The letter instructed faculty and other staff to continue work as scheduled, while classes eventually return in an online fashion. Munsil also said ACU expects to be up and running at a normal capacity by the fall semester, with new construction projects such as updated classrooms and athletic facilities still on track.

“We continue to closely monitor all directives from the CDC and the Arizona Department of Health Services and will communicate updates as appropriate,” Munsil said. 

“This moment of crisis will pass.”