Chabot College will remain predominantly online for the spring 2021 semester.
Remaining online ensures all Chabot students’ safety while we remain in the midst of a pandemic that has no current end date.
Classes will continue as they have during the fall semester. Chabot has shifted online and quickly adapted to offer many, if not all, of the same services online that would typically be provided on campus.
There’s currently state guidance for colleges, released by California’s Department of Public Health, that addresses schools’ concerns opening back up during the pandemic.
The 34-page state guidance states that most California colleges must offer classes virtually except for limited hands-on courses that will require social distancing.
This guidance has various rules and mandates for schools electing to return to in-person classes next semester. However, Chabot has decided to forego the risk and remain online in the spring, giving students one less place where they could potentially be exposed to the Coronavirus.
So when will it be safe to go back to campus? Some states have already resumed in-person teaching to mixed results.
In Oregon, the Department of Education, Colt Gill, estimates that they currently have 600,000 students participating in in-person classes. Gill remains optimistic that all schools will transition online.
The Oregon Health Authority has reported that 160 COVID-19 cases spread across 83 schools in Oregon over November.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas has many in-person schools in session, with an estimated 2.8 million students currently attending school in person.
The Texas Health and Human Services reported 6,835 positive COVID-19 tests by students just in the week of December 6th.
We may not know precisely when it will be safe to go back to in-person classes. Still, we know Chabot is putting student safety as its top priority.