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Morningside College recalls students from Italy following travel advisory over coronavirus concerns

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Morningside College officials have announced they will be recalling students involved in the Semester in Italy program, following the U.S. Department issuing a travel advisory to Italy over concerns with the coronavirus.

School officials issued the following statement to students Saturday morning:

" In light of the decision by the U.S. Department of State to raise its travel advisory to Italy to the second-highest-level warning, Level 3: Reconsider Travel, Morningside has made the decision to recall students in the Semester in Italy program to the United States and complete the remainder of the program online.

"Morningside will be rebooking tickets for the students and covering any costs incurred. Given that the students in the Semester in Italy program are on spring break and many are traveling, we will be working with students on an individual basis to plan their return travel. It will be our goal to have all students on return flights to the United States on or before Friday, March 13, 2020.

"Upon arriving in the United States, students will return to their permanent residence (off-campus and/or home) to complete online coursework.

"Students are aware that there may be a chance they will be asked to quarantine or self-quarantine upon their return and have been asked to prepare accordingly (have personal items, acquire at least a three-week supply of necessary medications, etc.). Morningside is in contact with local government and health officials to determine if such measures will be necessary. If students are asked to take part in any kind of quarantine, we will immediately communicate and work with those students as needed."

Twelve students and two faculty members are currently in Sicily as part of the program.

Two students are also currently in the Netherlands studying abroad. On Thursday officials from Morningside College said those two students are at no increased risk at this time.

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