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BASIS Prescott closing campus, shifting to online due to concern over coronavirus
Closures mean shifting to online, distance learning

BASIS Prescott in Prescott. (Robert Van Doren/Courtesy)

BASIS Prescott in Prescott. (Robert Van Doren/Courtesy)

BASIS Schools in Arizona, including BASIS Prescott, is closing its 22 campuses beginning Monday, March 16, because of coronavirus concerns, according to internet and social media posts Saturday morning.

BASIS Prescott will transition to “distance learning,” which is expected to begin Tuesday, school officials stated.

In the Prescott area, BASIS joins several other schools that are taking alternative measures to educate their students, amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. The decision to move to online learning is out of caution at this time, multiple public and private school websites state.

No confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in Yavapai County; health officials have said only a handful of presumptive cases of people in quarantine exist, and they are awaiting test results. As of Saturday afternoon, 12 cases have been confirmed in Arizona, up from nine on Friday.

Schools in the Prescott area that are included are as follows, as of Saturday morning:

• Primavera School, a private school at 1446 Moyer Road, will be closed March 16-20 for “an extended Spring Break,” school officials posted Friday on Facebook.

• Mountain Institute CTED’s face-to-face classes are canceled for March 16-20. CTED works closely with Yavapai College, which adopted the same cancellation plan Friday and will transition to online classes beginning March 23.

• BASIS Prescott, 1901 Prescott Lakes Parkway, will be closed through March 20, and officials “will continue to monitor the situation” and issue updates for the following week.

• Prescott-area colleges and universities, such as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, also are shifting to online learning, as the Courier reported Saturday.

Click HERE for a full list of closures and delays.

Click HERE to read about the Prescott-area school districts' response to the coronavirus.

Multiple schools and districts have shut down across the country, some in southern Arizona. One in Colorado has closed for three weeks for deep cleaning and sanitation, while no cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed near that district.

Watch the Courier and dCourier.com for more information.

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