Message from President West: Huntingdon Plan Travel Update
March 4, 2020
Dear Huntingdon Family,
Huntingdon administrators and faculty have been monitoring global epidemic/pandemic concerns in preparation for the College’s response to potential risks, particularly with regard to international travel. Although there has been no public guidance from the CDC, the World Health Organization, or other government entities recommending the cessation of travel, air travel is and has been a major contributor to the spread of the current outbreak of COVID-19. In recent days, several institutions of higher education in Alabama and around the country have announced cancellation of international travel by students, faculty, and staff, and have recalled students who are studying abroad to return home. As we move closer to spring break and scheduled Huntingdon Plan travel to Ireland, the College has determined that all international travel plans must be suspended until more is known about the current global outbreak. At this time, we are rescheduling the Ireland trip to June 2020, with specifics to be determined in the coming weeks. Decisions regarding June 2020 and other summer Huntingdon Plan travel will not be made until there is more time to evaluate the associated risks involved.
This is a difficult decision and one that I’m sure is disappointing for those who anticipate Huntingdon Plan travel this year. It is disappointing for us, as well, because we know how such experiences enrich and deepen your understanding of the world. Please know it is not a decision we make lightly, but feel we must do with your health and well-being as our chief concern.
If you were scheduled to travel to Ireland, and if the suspension of the trip presents a hardship for you regarding housing during spring break, please contact Dean Fran Taylor.
We will keep you abreast of decisions relating to travel as more information is known.
Sincerely your president,
J. Cameron West