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Texas Universities Are Extending Spring Break Over Virus Concerns

University of Texas, Baylor, UTSA and more are extending Spring Break over COVID-19 concerns.

UTSA announced on Tuesday, Spring Break would also be extended one week and resume on March 23. All classes that week will also be conducted online.

In its announcement, the school said: “I understand that these changes will be disruptive, but we believe that the potential consequences of not taking immediate action far outweigh these temporary inconveniences.”

Roadrunners can visit UTSA’s Coronavirus Update page here.

According to UT, classes will resume on March 30 and students should plan on returning before that date. During the extra Spring Break week, the University will remain open as faculty and staff make preparations.

The school says it will increase “social distancing” on campus. This includes shifting many lectures online, reconfiguring spaces where students must meet face-to-face, and reducing unnecessary contact in general.

President Greg Fenves said in the announcement:

“I know this is not the spring break we had expected. Typically, March is a special month, when tens of thousands flock to Austin for South by Southwest and students and community members spend time resting and enjoying new experiences around the nation and the world. I am aware that many of you have had to change your plans, and I appreciate the resiliency you have shown throughout these difficult weeks. We must all come together as a community to make the semester as productive as possible.”

As for Texas State University, they announced it will extend spring break for one week over concerns about the coronavirus. The campus will start preparing for a period of remote classes after that.

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