The University of Maryland announced Tuesday it will convert all courses on its College Park campus to remote instruction for at least two weeks after spring break, part of a growing movement to suspend in-person teaching on college campuses to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the Washington region and nationwide.U-Md. also told students their break will last two weeks, twice as long as normal, while faculty gear up for the online transition. College Park’s spring courses will resume online March 30 and continue in that mode until at least April 10, the university said. Classes at the 41,000-student school will not convene in person during that time.“These temporary measures will be inconvenient, even disruptive,” U-Md. President Wallace D. Loh said in a statement. “We will all have to operate in a different learning and working environment.” Loh said the university is canceling an event known as Maryland Day 2020. A decision on spring commencement scheduled for May, he said, “is pending.”The announcement from the state flagship came as Maryland’s public university system and private universities in the region, including American University and Johns Hopkins University, are taking extraordinary steps to halt face-to-face teaching and learning, at least temporarily,

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