More than 3,000 University of Maryland dorm residents will leave the campus for spring break, according to numbers provided by the Department of Resident Life at a RHA town hall Tuesday.
About 400 dorm residents will be staying on the campus over the break, Resident Life Director Valronica Scales told the Residence Hall Association.
About 370 students who live on South Campus will stay in their dorms over break, Scales said, and about 40 North Campus residents will relocate to Carroll Hall for the break. North Campus dorms will be closed from March 12 at 7 p.m. to March 21 at 9 a.m., according to emails from Resident Life.
This semester, dorms are operating at 45 percent capacity, according to an email from Resident Life spokesperson Tracy Kiras, which means about 3,900 students are living on the campus.
All students who travel off-campus during spring break must take a PCR-based COVID-19 test at most 72 hours prior to arrival and confirm negative test results before returning to campus, according to a March 5 email from University Health Center Director Dr. Spyridon Marinopoulos.
Testing will not be offered on the campus during the break. All students are required to get tested as soon as possible after the break, Marinopoulos wrote in the email.
Undergraduate course instruction will be conducted online for the two weeks immediately following spring break, according to Marinopoulos’ email. Students are advised to limit their contact with others as much as possible during those two weeks.