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YSU cancels spring break, plans 'wellness days' for next semester

The university canceled the usual weeklong spring break since it could increase the spread of COVID-19. Instead, students will have five wellness days throughout the semester.
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YSU logo painted on the sidewalk along Wick Ave. (Mandy Jenkins photo)

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel has announced the cancellation of the weeklong spring break for the 2021 spring semester.

Tressel said in a letter to the university that public health experts advise against lengthy breaks since it could increase the spread of COVID-19 in the community, especially if people travel in and out of the area.

“We also recognize, however, that time off from the rigors of school can help reduce stress and can be conducive to overall improved mental health,” Tressel said.

Instead of spring break, the spring semester will now include wellness days with no classes. The wellness days are Feb. 16, March 11 and 12, April 7 and April 23. As previously scheduled, there will also be no classes on Jan. 18 for the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

While there are no classes on these days, the university will remain open, and services will remain available.

“We believe this approach to spring break is in the best interest of the physical and mental well-being of the entire YSU community,” Tressel said. “Thank you for your continued patience, understanding and perseverance.”

Tressel also reminded students to remain vigilant to keep everyone safe from COVID-19 during the holiday breaks. YSU announced last week that classes will be primarily virtual after Thanksgiving break due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.

He said the behavior of everyone away from campus over the next two months will have an impact on the university’s ability to return for the spring semester on Jan. 11, 2021.