University of Minnesota alters spring break for 5 campuses

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota is changing spring break plans at its five campuses because of the coronavirus.

University leaders are moving the weeklong vacation from March to April for Twin Cities and Rochester students and spreading the days across the semester for those attending in Duluth, Morris and Crookston, the Star Tribune reported.

In addition, university officials said Thursday that social distancing and masking requirements will remain in place this spring and professors will again be given the choice of teaching online or in person.

State health officials have confirmed 107,922 positive virus tests and 2,107 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The spring break plan differs from some Big Ten schools. The University of Wisconsin, the University of Iowa, Ohio State University and Purdue University have scrapped the spring recess entirely to limit the spread of COVID-19.