Joining other colleges, universities and public schools in Tennessee, Tennessee College of Applied Technology will take an extended spring break from March 16-20.

Announced Sunday evening, Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Flora W. Tydings said the change in schedule is an attempt to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“As we said last week, the safety, health and welfare of our students, faculty, staff and their families are always our top priorities, in addition to our mission of student success and workforce development,” Dr. Tydings said. “Health authorities are emphasizing the need for social distancing and other measures to try to limit the spread of this disease. We think this step is an important one to take.”

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In addition to the technical colleges, 11 of Tennessee’s 13 public community colleges are either on spring break or extended spring break this week as they prepare for temporary online delivery of classes starting March 23.

All students should monitor their colleges’ websites, email and alert systems for updates.

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