December 14, 2020

Ball State To Offer Weekday 'Study Days' Instead Of Spring Break To Students

Original story from   Indiana Public Radio

Article origination Indiana Public Radio
Ball State University via Facebook

Ball State University via Facebook

Ball State University wants to give students a break during the spring semester.  But with COVID-19’s spread, many schools have canceled a traditional spring break. Ball State has come up with another solution.

Ball State University students will return to campus on Jan. 19. And instead of a week-long spring break where students could travel – potentially spreading or contracting COVID-19 – the university is offering three “study days” throughout the semester.

As Provost Susana Rivera-Mills explains, the days are intended as a “mental break.”

“We do not expect academic activities to introduce new materials, have exams on that day, or have assignments due on those days.”

Read More: Ball State Requires COVID Test For Students To Return In January

The days will be spaced out – February 24, March 23, April 14 – and in the middle of the week, so students receive a break but are discouraged from traveling.

With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise alarmingly in the state and nation, Ball State is planning 23 percent more online classes than a typical semester.  And officials say the school is ready to go to online-only learning again if national health officials recommend the move.

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