The University of Pittsburgh will extend its spring break and then transition to an all-distance learning approach in response to the growing threat caused by novel coronavirus COVID-19, but Pitt athletics practices and competitions will continue as expected, the school announced on Wednesday.
University chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced that the school will extend spring break an additional week, with classes set to resume on March 23.
At that time, Pitt will replace in-person instruction with online and alternative learning options and is requesting that students do not return to university housing.
The university is also canceling or postponing all events that exceed 25 participants or that are considered nonessential.
Despite that, the Pitt athletic department announced that the school’s currently participating athletics teams, which include baseball, football, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, swimming and diving, track and field and wrestling, can continue to hold practices and competitions are previously scheduled.
Pitt fans will be permitted to attend on-campus athletics events. The next scheduled Pitt home athletics contest is baseball against Virginia on Friday at 3 p.m.