Virginia Tech students unhappy with university’s spring break plans


BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Students at Virginia Tech expressed their disappointment after the university’s announcement earlier this week about the plans for the spring semester.

One of the main issues is the cancellation of the traditional spring break in the middle of the semester. Instead of getting a full week off in March, students will get five one-day breaks spread throughout the semester.

Officials say it’s an effort to encourages students to stay safe on campus rather than traveling amid the pandemic.

“At the end of the day, we needed to do something different with spring break because travel is a key variable to controlling the spread of COVID-19,” said Frank Shushok, Jr., Vice President for Student Affairs at Virginia Tech.

In addition, since all classes are moving online after Thanksgiving, Virginia Tech is encouraging students who choose to return home for the holiday to stay home for the rest of the fall semester.

Virginia Tech leaders held a virtual town hall on Thursday, Oct. 22, to discuss the operational plans for the spring semester, which is set to begin classes on Jan. 19, 2021.

You can read Virginia Tech’s statement discussing the results of the town hall by clicking here.

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