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Following Thanksgiving break, all classes at the University of Maryland will be delivered entirely online, with few exceptions, according to a Thursday email from President Darryll Pines. Students who choose to travel over break should not return this semester. 

The announcement comes as cases are on the rise in the nation, including in Maryland and Prince George’s County. The email also marks a shift in policy from an October announcement, which stated that students who leave College Park over the break would be able to return and that in-person classes would continue post-break.

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The University Health Center will offer COVID-19 testing the week before Thanksgiving. 

Students who choose to stay in the dorms over the break should plan to stay until the end of the semester, according to the email.

Services at Stamp Student Union and Eppley Recreation Center will also be reduced starting Nov. 25, according to the email.

This story has been updated.