NEW PALTZ – SUNY New Paltz students won’t be spending spring break on the beaches of Fort Lauderdale or Daytona Beach next year.
In an effort to keep the coronavirus in check, the college has canceled the annual student rite, said school President Donald Christian.
“We have canceled spring break to avoid students traveling to far-flung places and bringing the virus back to campus. We have replaced that five-day-long spring break with five separate, we are calling them ‘mind, body and spirit days’ throughout the semester when no classes will be held and that is to give students and professors a needed breather and mental health break from this intense work,” he said.
One student and two staff members have contracted the virus, but Christian noted the school has tested over 3,800 students and employees and has a positivity rate of 0.23 percent, well below the state’s goal of 1.0 percent.