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As businesses shut their doors and officials release stay-at-home orders, UF has extended keeping classes online through the remainder of summer.

Classes will remain online through the second half of summer, according to a memo sent to all UF employees from UF Provost Joe Glover and UF Chief Operating Officer Charlie Lane. Until today, UF was still evaluating whether or not to have classes online in Summer B.

Summer B classes will start July 6, a week later than previously announced. The calendar change also will extend the Summer C break to two weeks instead of one, pushing Summer C to conclude about a week later on Aug. 14.

All classes were moved online for the remainder of Spring on March 17, the same day that Gov. Ron DeSantis announced to the state that four UF students tested positive for COVID-19. Thirty people in the university community have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as more than 120 people in Alachua County.

Hours after the March announcement, UF spokesperson Steve Orlando confirmed that Summer A classes, which occur during the first half of summer, and Summer C, which proceed for the entire summer, would also be online. UF was the first Florida public university to announce this change for summer classes.

“We thank you for your flexibility in accommodating this shift, since we believe pushing the start date of summer B back by a week will make it easier on students and faculty as the peak Coronavirus incidence rate declines,” Glover and Lane wrote in the memo.

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