Some UC schools announced Tuesday that they will begin the winter quarter approximately next month to reduce the potential COVID-19 spread on campus, saying they will allow travel and vacations with students and staff during that time. Planning to return from meetings.
The spread of the Omicron version “is forecast to be particularly intense in late December and early January,” UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gilman said in a letter announcing the distance learning period to his campus community. Classes at the Irvine campus as well as UC Riverside and UC San Diego will be virtual from January 3 to 14.
Gilman and UCR officials said in a statement, the two-week period will provide time to test, isolate and re-test those returning to campus. Both the premises will be open for other functions as usual.
UCI spokeswoman Sherry Ledbetter said testing protocols for students returning to the university are still being worked out, but are expected to be announced later today. They will attend the test on their arrival in the campus and then again after some time.
“We are literally working through all of that today,” she said, adding that “this past weekend was a little bit of a game changer” in reference to the Omicron spread.
The school’s chancellor, Kim Wilcox, said in a statement that UCR students would either be quarantined before they arrived on campus or when they arrived, and tested again five days later.
He said that employees should also be tested before the start of the quarter.
UCLA officials didn’t have an update on their website as of Tuesday afternoon, but previously said they were monitoring the Omron version and “and its potential impact on our campus.”
In a systematic note to chancellors on Tuesday, UC President Michael Drake called on officials to create and implement a plan for January that minimizes public health impacts, responding to the unique circumstances facing your campus. is, and maintains our teaching and research operations. ,
He added that campuses may be required to start virtually quarterly, but did not mandate any specific time frame, adding that “given differences in local conditions and on campus operations at the university, the length of this remote instruction period” May vary from campus to campus.”
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