Things are starting to look up in 2021 with COVID-19 vaccines and advancements in virus research. Well, the University of California just announced that they are planning to have students return to campus for in-person instruction this fall. The 10 college campus system have been holding primarily remote classes during the pandemic. University officials said they wanted to make this announcement early so current and prospective students can plan accordingly for the fall. UC President Michael Drake said in a statement,
"As the university continues to monitor the evolution of the pandemic, we are also carefully planning a safe return to in-person classes. Current forecasters give us hope that in the fall our students can enjoy a more normal on-campus experiences.''
The specific plans like starting dates and safety protocols will be announced by individual UC campuses in consultation with their local health authorities. As of right now, classes will remain primarily remote, but some in-person and hybrid options will be offered for select courses.
UCLA executive vice chancellor and provost, Emily Carter, sent a message to students regarding remote learning for spring,
"While we celebrate advances like the development, approval and first stages of the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, we also acknowledge that change will not happen overnight. At present, the risks posed by the virus remain. In Los Angeles County, the latest surge in cases is straining our region's hospitals, including UCLA's. The UCLA community must continue to do its part to reduce the risk of transmission by limiting the number of people on campus.''
Do you think it will be okay for students to return to in-person classes this fall?
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