Students Upset Over Alabama’s Spring Break Cancellation

University Of Alabama

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kenzie Morgenlaender

TUSCALOOSA, Ala- The University of Alabama announced changes for Spring Semester 2021 in an email sent to students and staff earlier this month. 

UA says they will begin the spring semester on Wed, Jan. 13, a week later than planned.

Many UA  students are upset with this decision. 

“I really think giving us a longer break on both ends, sending us home the Friday before Thanksgiving is a little much,” said Katie Southerland, a University of Alabama student.  

UA has chosen to cancel its spring break in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 associated with travel.

“I’m annoyed, I would have understood them canceling it in Jan. or Feb., but almost six months in advance is asinine to me,” said Southerland.

“I was planning something with my friends that I was super excited about. It’s even more disappointing with corona because our college experience already looks so different now and then they take away spring break too” said Amber Reddish, a University of Alabama student.  

Many students believe that this will affect their performance in school.

“I think that it will also negatively affect mental health and grades because we aren’t getting a break or anything to look forward to and motivate us,” said Reddish.

“I understand they are trying to keep everyone COVID free but if classes remain like this next year kids will just take trips anyways,” said Southerland. 

Other important dates for Spring 2021 include the following:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (UA closed) – Jan. 18
  • Honors Week – April 5-April 9
  • Honors Day – April 9
  • Final Exams – April 26-30
  • Commencement – April 30-May 1

Classes will be canceled on March 15, as a mid-semester wellness break. UA offices will remain open on this day.

A statement made by UA said: “Classes will look much the same as they do this semester, with the majority having an in-person component and remote options in case a student or faculty member needs to quarantine or isolate.”

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