The University of California (UC) new President Michael V. Drake recently announced that all nine UC campuses are preparing for a return to mainly in-person instruction in Fall 2021.
Yet, in the announcement, the UC also acknowledges their plans may be subject to change by the Fall months:
…UC is preparing to welcome students back to all its campuses this fall, while remaining vigilant in all critical prevention efforts and continuing to prioritize the health and well-being of the University community.University of California Office of the President, January 11, 2021
Additionally, Dr. Drake addes:
As the University continues to monitor the evolution of the pandemic, we are also carefully planning a safe return to in-person classes. Current forecasts give us hope that in the fall our students can enjoy a more normal on-campus experience.University of California Office of the President, January 11, 2021
Specific plans for resumption of fall classes, including additional safety measures and starting dates, will be announced by individual UC campuses as they continue to coordinate closely with local public health agencies and follow all local and state health guidelines.University of California Office of the President, January 11, 2021
Particularly when signing on-campus housing contracts or leases, families and students should ask questions about how, or if, they can receive refunds or break their agreements should the health risks once again precipitate a shelter-in-place order and the closure of campuses.
Additionally, as COVID vaccines become more widely available, then students may be required to show proof of being vaccinated as a condition of on-campus attendance or residency, so students should prepare accordingly.
Lastly, students may be wise to monitor the news and public health policies in the county where their UC campus is located, particularly if that locale is different than where they’re currently residing, so they and their families can be as informed as possible when planning a return to campus.
Featured photo of COVID test vending machines, courtesy of Molly Guo, UC San Diego Grad Life
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