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FSU extends remote learning period for spring semester to allow more time for COVID-19 testing

In-person starts Jan. 19
Florida State University
Posted at 1:43 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 16:49:37-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The start of in-person learning on FSU's campus for the spring semester has been pushed back to Jan. 19, 2021, university officials announced Tuesday.

In an email sent just after noon on Tuesday, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Sally McRorie wrote that the spring semester will still begin Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, but said all classes will be taught remotely through Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

This means all spring semester face-to-face, hybrid, flex and remote classes, including those at FSU's Panama City campus, will meet remotely between Jan. 6, 2021, and Jan. 15, 2021.

"This additional week of remote classes will give the university more time to test members of the campus community for COVID-19 as they return and reduce the potential for community spread of the virus," McRorie wrote. "With rising cases across the nation, we’ve made this decision out of an abundance of caution and believe the extra week of remote classes will allow FSU to begin the spring semester in the safest possible manner."

Students staying on campus or those involved in select academic programs may receive additional follow-up communications with specific instructions.

University officials said students in internships or experiential classes outside of the Tallahassee or Panama City campus areas should follow the guidance of their individual programs and local officials.

FSU had already announced the cancellation of Spring Break in 2021, which means the spring semester will end Friday, April 23, 2021, a week earlier than originally planned. Commencement will follow the weekend of April 23, though plans on how it will be done have not yet been announced.