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Academic Calendar

The Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 academic calendar is modified as follows:

  • Thanksgiving break will extend from Monday, November 23 through Friday, November 27.
  • Remote instruction for all classes will begin Monday, November 30 and continue through the end of the semester, December 10.
  • No face-to-face instruction or testing may occur after Thanksgiving break unless an exception has been sought and obtained prior to the start of the semester. Such exceptions may only occur in experiential courses and will be noted in the syllabus.
  • The start of full-term classes for the spring will be moved back from Monday, January 11, to Tuesday, January 18. Eight-week courses scheduled to begin on January 11 will begin as previously scheduled on January 11. The spring 2021 semester will still end on Friday, April 30.
  • There will be no spring break, originally scheduled for the week of March 1-5.  Classes will be held on Easter Monday, April 5, and Fontbonne Day, April 16. However, classes will not be held on Monday, February 15, and Friday, March 12; offices will also be closed these two days. Easter break will be shortened to Thursday and Friday, April 1 and 2.
  • Summer 2021 classes will start on May 3 as originally scheduled and end on Friday, August 20. The fall 2021 semester will then start on August 23 and conclude on December 10 as originally planned. 

Class Formats

The format of courses during the fall semester will vary with a mix of in-class, remote, and blended instruction. Some courses will have limited on-campus components. Students should use their Canvas calendars and other organization devices to stay abreast of physical and virtual meetings.

Regardless of the modality of teaching in place at the beginning of the semester, circumstances in the community and orders from St. Louis County may mandate a switch to distance learning at any time. Faculty are developing plans should this occur.

Academic Resources & Support

Tutoring and other academic support services will be available both in-person and remotely. Details will be available on the Kinkel Center for Student Success, Academic Advising and Engagement website.

High Risk Students

According to the CDC, certain persons may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection and may need temporary accommodations. An up-to-date list of risk factors is available here.

Students who have a high risk of contracting COVID-19 are encouraged to register with Fontbonne’s Office of Academic Support and Accommodations by contacting Regina Wade Johnson, Academic Support and Accommodations Coordinator, at or 314-719-3627. Students can also access and submit an online request for academic accommodations here. 

Remote Courses

High-risk students should work with advisors to plan remote participation if possible. A list of remote courses can be found on GriffinNet. High-risk students who must take an on-site class should contact Regina Wade Johnson, Fontbonne’s Academic Support and Accommodations Coordinator, at

Academic Support

Fontbonne’s Kinkel Center for Student Success, Academic Advising and Engagement will offer in-person services in Room 318 of Ryan Hall Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or virtually through WConline. First-time WConline users must create a profile to schedule a 30-minute appointment online.

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