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William Carey turns to online learning after tornado

William Carey University says it will use online systems as much as possible to finish winter trimester classes and to teach students during the spring trimester.

The school’s Hattiesburg campus was heavily damaged by Saturday’s tornado in south Mississippi, leading officials to send home 800 students who live on campus and call off classes on Monday for the 3,200 students who study there.

Spokeswoman Mia Overton told The Associated Press Monday that William Carey’s medical school is likely to offer classes in a former nursing building recently vacated by the University of Southern Mississippi. USM, which was hit by a 2013 tornado, has pledged support to William Carey.

Overton says the Baptist school is trying to find places for other classes that require laboratory work or in-person meetings.

School officials are trying to find temporary housing for about 150 students from foreign countries or faraway states, and Overton says they hope to reopen four lightly damaged dorms within 30 days. Some international students are now staying at USM, and others could stay at the National Guard’s Camp Shelby.

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