CRANFORD, NJ — Union County College is moving classes online starting March 16 as a precaution against the novel coronavirus, the school announced Thursday.

The online instruction will continue through March 22 and the college will decide on remote instruction on a week-to-week basis, college’s announcement said. School officials said they are not aware of any COVID-19 cases in its community.

“We are implementing the practice of social distancing by decreasing the populations on our campuses,” said the college's President Margaret M. McMenamin in a letter to students, faculty and staff.

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During this time of remote education, the following will be in place, school officials said:

All campuses of Union County College will remain open and students who need to utilize support services such as advising or tutoring will be able to do so. Students will also have access to designated computer classrooms at all three campuses.

Staff will continue to report to work.

All members of the College community are asked to stay home if they do not feel well and to continue to follow CDC recommendations related to prevention.

The College has a COVID-19 Task Force assessing the situation daily. All members of the College community are encouraged to check the website for the coronavirus information page at