Spring break at Connecticut’s four state universities was canceled and several public schools around the state were closed Monday because of the resurgence of the coronavirus.
Leigh Appleby, a spokesman for the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system, told the Associated Press Monday that spring break, originally scheduled for March 15 to March 21, has been canceled at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Western Connecticut State University in Danbury and Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic.
"After consulting with public health professionals, the Connecticut state universities will be moving forward with a modified spring calendar, which includes a one week delayed start of the spring semester providing a longer winter holiday break, the elimination of a week off at spring break, and the originally planned end date to the spring semester in May. The community colleges and Charter Oak State College will continue to follow the original calendar,” Appleby said in a statement to NBC Connecticut.
The University of Connecticut is not a part of the CSCU system and school officials said spring break remains on UConn’s calendar for March 14-20.
Central Connecticut State University President Zulma Toro announced changes to the spring semester -- that it will start on Jan. 26, a week later than originally planned, and that spring break, which was scheduled for March 15-21, has been eliminated.
Finals will go on as scheduled from May 10-16.
“I hope you are settling into the semester. Campus is certainly quieter this fall, and I eagerly look forward to a time when we are able to return full-time, but the ongoing pandemic makes it unlikely that we will return to near normal this spring,” Toro wrote in a message posted on the CCSU website.
“At this time, we are developing our plans for next semester and our intent is to continue the combination of on ground and remote classes and activities. Also, the CSCU System Office, in collaboration with the university presidents, has also determined that two changes in the academic calendar next semester will help ensure the health and safety of our campuses:
- The spring semester will begin on January 26, 2021, which is one week later than originally scheduled.
- Spring Break (March 15-21, 2021) will be eliminated,” the statement says.