The University of Kentucky will not have a spring break in 2021. 

Citing the need to keep students on campus as much as possible during the coronavirus pandemic, UK announced the change Thursday, which is on par with decisions from multiple universities around the country. 

UK wants to make sure students don’t travel around and bring more coronavirus cases back to Lexington. It cancelled the fall break as well and required testing for all on-campus students this semester. 

Other universities to cancel spring break include the Ohio State University, Purdue University, California State University, The University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

“We appreciate the patience of our community as we plan, once again, for reinvented operations this spring,” said an email sent to the campus community from President Eli Capilouto. “This is not how we envisioned this year, but together, we can — and we will — get through this together. We will be positioned to thrive in the future and assured that we did everything we could to protect the health, safety and well-being of the UK family.” 

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UK’s first day of classes next semester is Jan 25 and the last day is May 14. UK’s plan is to be able to keep students on campus until late November, making for a roughly 7-week winter break. 

As of Thursday, UK self-reported 444 active COVID-19 cases on campus and 919 recoveries. The state’s tracker reports 1,673 total cases at UK, including 1,008 recoveries. 

The University of Louisville still lists a spring break, from March 8 to 14, in its 2021 academic calendar.  

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