University of Lynchburg shares spring semester plans amid pandemic, including replacement of spring break with ‘wellness days’

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UPDATE 1/16/21: The University of Lynchburg has released updated plans for students’ return to campus. To view that story, as well as the complete Spring 2021 University of Lynchburg Reopening Plan, click here.


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — As the end of the fall season grows closer, the University of Lynchburg announced Monday plans for the spring semester of 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to university officials, undergraduate classes at the University of Lynchburg will start as scheduled on Jan. 25, 2021, and final exams will wrap up on May 18, 2021.

However, the graduate calendar may differ, which is why the University of Lynchburg’s president, Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar, advises graduate students to check with their program advisors to confirm schedules, according to a statement released on Monday, Nov. 2.

However, school officials say one change is certain for undergraduates. Rather than offering a formal spring break, the calendar will include five “wellness days” throughout the semester in order to minimize travel to and from campus during the pandemic.

“On these days, classes will not be held, and students will be encouraged to recharge by relaxing or participating in a variety of wellness activities,” Morrison-Shetlar said.

Therefore, the university will not hold classes on the following days:

  • Feb. 15, 2021
  • March 2, 2021
  • March 24, 2021
  • April 15, 2021
  • April 30, 2021

Similar to the fall semester, the university will offer courses in the spring in a variety of formats: face-to-face, hybrid, and online. Students are encouraged to reach out to their academic advisors to review their spring schedule and make any necessary changes.

In addition, the University of Lynchburg will reportedly remain in Alert Level 2 and continue all current protocols when the school opens for the spring semester.

According to the university, residential facilities will reopen on Jan. 22, 2021. However, students will need to sign up for a specific return date and complete a health verification before they arrive on campus.

School officials say they will publish updates to the university’s public health plan — in addition to guidance for a safe departure for Thanksgiving and a safe return in January –to the COVID-19 webpage as soon as they are finalized.

“I want to express my appreciation to all in our community for the diligence and hard work that have gone into keeping our campus open and safe,” Morrison-Shetlar said. “We are nearing the end of the semester, and I urge all to keep up their guard as we look forward to final exams and the close of the semester at Thanksgiving.”

For more information, you can refer to the University of Lynchburg’s COVID-19 webpage.

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