Virginia Tech gears up for spring 2021 semester with COVID-19 measures in place

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia Tech’s spring 2021 semester will continue to move forward, but certain measures will be in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

There will be a gradual move-in process for residential students. According to the Virginia Tech spring 2021 semester plan, classes will begin on Jan. 19. and all courses will be held virtually, regardless of the instruction method on schedule. Courses will switch to their designated instruction method on Jan. 25.

The traditional spring break will be canceled. The university will offer five one-day breaks designed to offer downtime and stress relief.

There will be voluntary and mandatory COVID-19 testing. Virginia Tech has increased both testing and laboratory capacity for the spring semester and is currently investigating several alternative sampling methods. The university will continue to offer mandatory prevalence testing for students and high-contact employees, and voluntary testing for employees and students.

For the latest updates on testing clinics, visit the Virginia Tech Ready site testing page and follow VT News.

Students and staff will have to wear a face-covering in all public spaces, maintain physical distancing, and stay home when feeling unwell, among others.

All university members should complete the Hokie Health assessment within the Hokie Ready App before heading to a campus location and access the app often for COVID-19 and safety resources.

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