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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham State University announced this week it is cancelling its spring break for the 2021 semester.

The University also plans to start its spring 2021 semester one week later than planned.

“The plan is to start the Spring Semester a week late and to cancel spring break. The extra week of Winter Break will provide us with time to test everyone as they return to campus and by eliminating spring break we avoid the risk of people bring the virus back on campus during the week off,” said the University’s spokesperson to SOURCE.

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“The plan for the spring will be a continued hybrid format of in-person and remote courses, though not all the specifics have been nailed down at this point,” said the University spokesperson.

Currently, about 85 percent of classes in the fall semester are offered online, said the University.

Framingham State University has been doing a great job to stop the spread of the virus in Framingham, which has been a high-risk community for the spread of the virus since the end of August.

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There are roughly 725 students living on campus at the moment, said the University.

A group of students and staff are tested weekly.

The University tested 617 individuals on October 13 for COVID-19, and the results were zero positive cases.

In the last 30 days, the University has tested 3,015 students, staff, and employees, with 4 individuals testing positive for the coronavirus. The University’s positive rate for the last 30 days is 0.13%.

The City of Framingham has been over 3.0% positive rate for the last 14 days according to the City of Framingham. The University’s positive rate in the last week is 0%.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.