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With coronavirus cases rising and the holiday season approaching, Texas Tech officials have decided on a path forward for classes after the Thanksgiving break.

According to a press release from Texas Tech University on Tuesday, President Lawrence Schovanec announced that the final three days of classes for the semester after the Thanksgiving break will not be held in-person.

Schovanec assured students, staff, and faculty that the campus remains safe but noted that many students would be traveling during Thanksgiving.

According to the press release, all classes will transition to online courses for the final three days of the semester.

We know that many of you will travel over the Thanksgiving break to visit family and friends. Based on feedback from students, parents, faculty, and staff, and with a continuing focus on our community’s health and safety, we will not resume in-person class meetings for the final three class days of the semester (November 30th – December 2nd). Requiring students to return for one or two class periods presents additional travel that may increase risk. Face-to-face and hybrid courses will transition to online instruction and learning for these three days. The day of no classes (Thursday, December 3rd) and the final exam schedule remain the same. Faculty will soon provide students more information about class sessions after the break and arrangements for final exams.

This doesn't mean that Texas Tech is closing. Students can return to dorms and use campus facilities like the library, labs, and studios.

According to the press release, free on-campus COVID testing will continue through December 9th. Classes for the Spring semester will resume on January 13th, 2021 with face to face classes along with online and hybrid classes.