University of Alabama plans to cancel spring break

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Madeline Stevenosky, a freshman, lies on the Quad near Denny Chimes and works on her computer at the University of Alabama Thursday, August 31, 2017. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

The University of Alabama has canceled spring break in an effort to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus through travel.

A Wednesday news release from UA said that eliminating spring break will lead to a later start to the spring semester. 

Classes for the spring semester are now scheduled to begin on Jan. 13, a week later than previously scheduled.

Classes will be canceled on March 15 for a mid-semester wellness/study day.

UA says it plans to continue in-person instruction and provide students with on-campus residences for the spring semester.

The news release said that the established public health policies will continue to be in effect at UA, including wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

The majority of classes will have an in-person component and online options if  a student or faculty member is required to be in quarantine or isolation because of COVID-19.

UA says commencement exercises will be held April 30-May 1.

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