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University of Maine cancels spring break, continues travel restrictions

In addition to changing the schedule for breaks, students will continue learning by remote instruction after Thanksgiving.
As the University of Maine System prepares students to return to campuses around the state, officials have revealed more details of that plan.
As the University of Maine System prepares students to return to campuses around the state, officials have revealed more details of that plan.(WABI)
Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 11:05 AM EDT
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ORONO, Maine (WABI) - As the University of Maine System prepares students to return to campuses around the state, officials have revealed more details of that plan.

Among them, defining restrictions on travel for students and staff.

University-sponsored travel outside of Maine will be prohibited and any personal travel is discouraged.

Anyone who does leave the state will need to adhere to the existing testing and quarantine restrictions.

Administrators have also altered the schedule in an effort to limit back and forth travel.

Residence halls will close for most students the day before Thanksgiving and the rest of the semester will be remote instruction only.

Fall semester room and board fees will be reduced by 20% to compensate.

Winter break is extended an extra week to January 25th and Spring break has been cancelled.

University of Maine president Joan Ferrini Mundy spoke to us today about the changes.

“These announcements today simply signal our continuing ongoing contingent planning using the best available science, the best data that we have knowing that these plans can change and be refined and adapted as we go and this is an ongoing activity for leadership across the entire system.”

Testing capabilities will be in place to handle up to 1,000 students per day.

A website has been created to publicly report on aggregate testing activity and results for the UMaine system as a whole.

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