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More colleges extend spring break due to coronavirus

More colleges extend spring break due to coronavirus Photo: WDIO-TV file

Updated: March 12, 2020 04:52 PM

Minnesota State has announced that 37 campuses, including Lake Superior College and numerous other locations in northeastern Minnesota, will extend their spring breaks to two weeks due to concerns about the new coronavirus.

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The 32 colleges and universities currently on spring break will extend it by another week, with classes resuming on March 23.  Another five Minnesota State colleges scheduled to have spring break March 16 to 20 will suspend classes the week of March 23, with classes resuming March 30.

During the extra week of break, Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra says "administrators, faculty, and staff will spend that week exploring alternative modes of delivery and adjust campus learning spaces to ensure the safety of our communities."

All campuses will remain open.

Minnesota State campuses in northeastern Minnesota include:

  • Bemidji State University
  • Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College
  • Hibbing Community College
  • Itasca Community College
  • Lake Superior College
  • Mesabi Range College
  • Pine Technical and Community College
  • Rainy River Community College
  • Vermilion Community College

Meanwhile, Gogebic Community College in Ironwood has extended its spring break by two days and will then move to online learning for a month.

And the University of Minnesota Duluth, UW-Superior, and College of St. Scholastica all extended their spring breaks on Wednesday.

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