State Releases College Reopening Guidelines

The California Department of Public Health issued reopening guidelines for colleges and universities on Friday. The main takeaway is that college students should be ready for plenty of online coursework and few live classes taught indoors.

The 34-page document calls for virtual learning at most schools. Schools in counties on the state’s coronavirus monitoring list for three consecutive days are barred from holding live, indoor instruction. For courses that require some hands-on work, schools are encouraged to utilize outdoor space.

Student life is also a major concern. The guidance calls for reducing the number of students in dorms—if possible, to one student per room. It also calls for reducing the number of people using bathrooms at one time, prohibiting visitors to on-campus housing, and making lunches “grab-and-go.”

Masks should be used when distancing is not possible and regular and systematic testing should be employed, though it is not required.

The University of California, the California State University system, and the community college system have already announced fall classes will be taught almost exclusively online.


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