As the University of Delaware continues to balance service during the COVID pandemic with drops in revenue, it announced Wednesday that it will not include a week for spring break in its schedule.
The spring semester will start Feb. 15, one later than originally planned, according to a release from UD and President Dennis Assanis.
“This will reduce campus activities during the flu season, provide more time for a longer move-in process and allow more campus activities to take place in warmer weather,” the release said.
The announcement came among other details about how the university will deal with the rest of the 20-21 school year.
Spring semester will end May 18, with final exams on May 27.
The press release repeated that the school will try to bring 4,000 students into dorms, which is 60 percent of occupancy. Fall semester was limited to 1,300 students, only 20 percent of capacity.
For fall semester, in-person classes end before Thanksgiving break. They resume online afterward.
Any students who choose to remain on campus for the week of Thanksgiving break, or return after Thanksgiving break, must get tested during that week of Nov 30, the university announced.
Among other things, Assanis said that so far during fall semester the school has not reached occupation levels above 12% in their quarantine and isolation facilities.
The school has also been doing 1,000 surveillance testings a week, which it hopes to ramp up to 4,000 a week soon.
Spring will be different, Assanis said.
“At this time, we expect to offer more face-to-face classes, residence hall accommodations and campus activities for more students in the spring semester,” Assanis said in an email sent to students and staff.
The school will teach classes in person whenever possible while also offering many online classes for students who won’t be able to make it on campus. Any classes with more than 50 students will be held online because of current social distancing regulations.
The school also plans to bring back person-to-person student engagement in the spring, with more student activities than allowed in the fall — as much as the rate of the virus will allow.
One aspect of student life that is coming back is student athletics.
All sports that had been canceled during the fall semester will return for the spring semester, starting Jan 24. Winter sports will begin on Nov. 25 and spring sports will start on their normal schedule.