King’s College to move fully virtual after increase in COVID-19 cases

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Pennsylvania health officials announced another daily high of coronavirus cases Thursday– 5,488. In Luzerne County, that number is 192 new cases.

And Thursday afternoon, just before 1:30 p.m., students at King’s College were told they were suspending in-person classes. The president of King’s College sent out a mass email Thursday afternoon saying classes would be transitioning online.

“I do not like online at all,” freshman student Caleb Graham said.

President Jack Ryan says classes will resume in-person through Friday, but after that, everyone is expected to transition to online learning. Students Eyewitness News spoke with have mixed feelings about the move.

“I know a lot of people do prefer the in-person learning, but also, a lot of people want to go home and they want to work. It is not the same doing hybrid like online and in-person,” junior student Victoria Rosario said.

Last week the college identified 42 cases of COVID-19 among students. So as an effort to stop the spread, the decision was made to suspend in-person classes. And some students say it’s for the best. Students like sophomore Kiersten Grieco

“I mean I definitely think it is going to be a change, it’s always going to be harder to learn things online. But we’ve made it most of the way in person. That was nice. But, at this point, I think it would be safer if we do go online,” Grieco said.

Other students are not taking the same tone. Graham was enjoying his first year at King’s College.
He says he doesn’t learn the same through virtual learning.

“It is kind of tough online. I am not a big fan of it. I’d rather be in-person learning,” Graham said.

In-person co-curricular activities, like NCAA athletics and intramurals are also suspended for the rest of the semester. The college will remain open, but as for next semester, its fate is still unknown.

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