The University of Maryland’s upcoming Thanksgiving break will be extended, university president Darryll Pines and senior vice president and provost Jennifer King Rice announced in a campuswide email Monday.

Classes will move online on Monday, Nov. 20. There will be no classes on Tuesday, Nov. 21. In-person classes were initially scheduled for both days before Pines and Rice sent Monday’s campuswide email.

The university will still remain open both days. Wednesday, Nov. 22 will be an administrative leave day for all regular and contingent II faculty and staff, according to the email.

The change is a way for university administrators to express their gratitude for the increased support between students and staff during “challenging” events that have unfolded this semester, the email said.

“We recognize that we have experienced a challenging fall, punctuated by loss around the world and in our own community,” the email said. “Many support staff at our university have worked around the clock to provide care and support to our many faculty, staff and students. Our faculty have shown care and compassion. And our students continue to inspire us in the ways they respect and support one another.”