CMU seniors not happy about the university replacing 2021 spring break

CMU replaced 2021 spring break with “wellness days”
Published: Sep. 30, 2020 at 12:28 AM EDT
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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (WJRT) - Central Michigan University has made some changes to their spring schedule, saying the threat of COVID will extend well into next year and leaders want to be prepared.

There won’t be any beaches or swimming for Chippewa students during spring break next semester. Instead, they’ll be in class.

CMU announced they are canceling the week-long break and replacing it with “wellness days,” which will serve as days with no classes that will be scheduled throughout the semester. The university also is rescheduling Gentle Thursday and Friday.

The university says the intent is to provide time away from normal class day experience., but students have a different opinion.

“I don’t think it’s the right move, because I not only think spring break is a way for students to take a break from school but it’s also a time that is halfway through a semester. It’s a morale booster. It’s good for your mental health," said CMU senior Anna Meyer.

Students also believe the “wellness days” won’t be as advertised.

“Those days will be catch-up days for homework. So, we’ll have one day off from going to class. I just always feel pressured to spend my days off as homework days," said CMU senior Tegan Ferguson.

Some other changes the university has made include:

  • No study abroad programs.
  • Entirely online classes for the first week of the semester.
  • Hybrid-flex class schedules that may include in-person and online learning.

“The stand-up they’re trying to go off of is making sure that everything is safe coming back from a long break, and people being god-knows-where, being able to make sure we’re not causing a big spread right as soon as we get back," said Ferguson.

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