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UArizona cancels spring break for 2021, spreads out days off

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PHOENIX – The University of Arizona has canceled next year’s spring break in an effort to reduce travel that could spread the coronavirus.

The Tucson school sent an email to students, faculty and staff on Wednesday explaining the changes, which were approved last week by the faculty senate.

Instead of a week off from classes March 8-12, UArizona is spreading five “Reading Days” across the spring 2021 calendar: Feb. 25, March 9-10, April 2 and April 21.

“This adjustment to the Academic Calendar is a necessary component of our ongoing commitment to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Tucson community and across the nation by reducing travel by faculty, staff and students,” says the email, which is signed by Senior Vice President and Provost Liesl Folks.

The email says UArizona is joined by many other universities in altering spring breaks, including the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, University of Iowa, Purdue, the University of Florida and Carnegie Mellon University.

Arizona State University is still planning to have a spring break for the week starting March 8, a school spokeswoman told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

UArizona is already trying to reduce back-and-forth travel by encouraging students to go home during Thanksgiving break and complete their fall semester work online.

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