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UMD, UWS, CSS extend spring break due to coronavirus

Updated: March 11, 2020 10:27 PM

The University of Minnesota system UW-Superior, and The College of St. Scholastica are taking steps to prevent the COVID-19 coronavirus.

In a statement to all students, staff, and faculty, University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel announced that all non-essential University-funded travel, both domestic and international, is canceled as of Monday, March 16.

The U of M is also suspending in-person instruction, including field experiences and clinicals, across all five campuses until further notice. They will move to online or alternative instruction in the meantime. 

Spring break will be extended on the Duluth, Rochester, and Twin Cities campuses until Wednesday, March 18. After that, students will resume classes only through online or alternative instruction.

UW-Superior has also extended their spring break by one week, which means spring break will now take place March 16 to 29.

On March 30, on-campus classes at UW Superior will begin in an alternate delivery mode. UW Superior says the first possible date that campus may resume face-to-face classes would be April 13.

The College of St. Scholastica also announced they are extending spring break for students and will resume classes in a virtual format amid coronavirus concerns.

The College will extend spring break for students until March 20. Beginning March 23, all classes will be offered in a virtual format. 

"In light of the World Health Organization designation Wednesday of COVID-19 as a pandemic situation, the College has moved to the next level of our pandemic planning. We are acting out an abundance of caution and in light of our Benedictine values and traditions of Community, Hospitality, Respect, Love of Learning and Stewardship."

All CSS courses, including "Spring 2" only will resume or start on March 23. The college says their significant institutional experience in distance and online education will guide their efforts to deliver all classes online where possible and to construct alternative delivery methods for specific classes that require it.

Programs that include clinicals, practicums, or other required experiential learning formats, will contact students with specific program information. This includes all College sites.

The College intends to continue the alternative delivery methods until at least April 8. A decision whether and when in-person instruction resumes this semester will be shared on an ongoing basis, and at least five days prior to the resumption of in-person classes.

For more details on CSS coronavirus efforts, click here.

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