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Kent State University pushes back 2021 spring break to combat COVID-19

The University's spring break is shifting to April 12 through April 18, 2021
Credit: Kent State

KENT, Ohio — Kent State University has announced major changes to its upcoming Spring 2021 semester. 

The Northeast Ohio school said in a press release on Thursday that they will be pushing their spring break further into the semester as they actively plan further COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

In an email to students, faculty, and staff, Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Reopening Steering Committee Chair Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D. announced that the school's spring break will be shifting back in the semester.

"Spring break for spring 2021 has been moved from March 29-April 4, 2021, to April 12-18, 2021," the email said. "After spring break, classes will continue remotely through the last day of instruction on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, and through final examinations, May 6-12, 2021."

The change in schedule has been made in an effort to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 due to spring travel.

The spring semester course schedule will be made available on October 5, 2020, with registration beginning October 21, 2020. A mixture of remote and in-person courses will be available for selection for the semester. 

"As a reminder, it is imperative that everyone continues to follow the Flashes Safe Seven on and off-campus, wear a face covering at all times and limit in-person contact with others," the email continues. 

It was recently announced that the Ohio Pandemic Testing Team, a division of the Ohio National Guard, will be on Kent's campus this coming Friday, October 2, 2020 for free testing for a selected, higher-risk student population amid an increase in positive cases.

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