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Education at every level across the country is operating under unprecedented circumstances, and one UW education researcher thinks that the state should be making it easier for students to take this time off from school and manage this crisis at home. 

For many students, taking a quarter off could mean sacrificing their financial aid and delaying graduation. Education lecturer Tom Halverson said that increasing institutional flexibility and using spring quarter to reach out to students who may have already been struggling under normal circumstances would better allow students to be successful under increased stress. 

“In this situation now where it’s harder to communicate, where it’s harder to get engaged, where you may have internet access or technology access challenges,

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