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2 ‘well-being breaks’ for winter semester up for University of Michigan regents vote

ANN ARBOR, MI — Two “well-being breaks” for students in February and March on all three campuses will go before the University of Michigan Board of Regents.

The regents will vote at their Dec. 3 meeting to adopt these days to replace the spring break that’s been canceled on the university’s winter semester calendar.

The “well-being breaks” for the Ann Arbor and Flint campuses would be Feb. 24 and March 23, while the Dearborn campus would have days off on Feb. 25 and 26, according to the regent’s agenda.

In September, UM modified its calendar to eliminate spring break for the winter 2021 semester. Several other schools, including Central Michigan University, Grand Valley State University and Michigan State University, also eliminated spring break from their schedules.

However, CMU and MSU added “wellness days” to their schedules to give students a short break. CMU students will get five days off and MSU students will get three midweek days off over the course of the semester. Still, several students said they though those days aren’t nearly as beneficial as a formal spring break.

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After a fall semester that saw more than 2,000 COVID-19 cases between September and mid-November, UM asked its students to stay home for the winter semester to reduce density in university student housing. There will be mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing for undergraduate students who need to be on the Ann Arbor campus, as well as increases in asymptomatic testing for all members of the campus community.

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The regents will also discuss renaming the Edward Henry Kraus Natural Science Building to the School of Kinesiology Building.

Kraus was a dean of the College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts from 1933-45, but with the relocation of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Department of Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology, the Kraus Building no longer houses any LSA functions, according to the agenda item.

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