Delaware State University tells students not to return from break until April 5 moves classes online


Natalia Alamdari,

Following the announcement of the state's first case of coronavirus, Delaware State University told students who are currently on spring break not to return to campus until Sunday, April 5. 

Courses will resume online beginning March 18 and will continue online until at least April 3. 

The campus will remain open, but students who are currently on campus have been told to go home by Sunday if possible. The university is figuring out how to handle special housing cases for students who are unable to return home, and more details will be released in the coming days. 

The university's Early College High School will also move to online instruction and students have also been told not to return until April 5. 

Spring sports are continuing for now, but spectators will not be allowed into events. 

The Lab School — the university's on-campus child care facility — will remain open until otherwise noted.  

Delaware State University's decision to move everything online follows the University of Delaware's move to suspend classes for the rest of the week.

Delaware's first presumptive positive case involves a New Castle County man who is a professor at the University of Delaware. 

At UD, spring break has been moved up to begin Saturday, and classes will be held online starting March 23. Classes will remain online until further notice. 

Natalia Alamdari covers education for The News Journal. Have a story about schools to share? You can reach her at (302) 324-2312 or

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