Wednesday, December 9, 2020

CSU Aims for In-Person Classes in Fall 2021

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2020 at 4:03 PM

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The California State University system, of which Humboldt State is a part, is looking to return to primarily in-person classes by the fall of 2021, according to a news release from the Chancellor's Office.

“It’s critical that we provide as much advance notice as possible to students and their families, as we have done previously in announcing our moves toward primarily virtual instruction,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White in a news release. “While we are currently going through a very difficult surge in the pandemic, there is light at the end of the tunnel with the promising progress on vaccines.”

Campuses have been operating primarily in a distance learning mode for most of the COVID pandemic, but there were some local tensions after HSU opted to bring a limited number of students back to live on campus during a spike in cases and when it allowed the San Jose State football team to live on and use campus facilities because the Spartans could not practice in Santa Clara County due to COVID restrictions there.

The CSU release states it is still unclear what will happen with the summer of 2021 semester.

Read the release from the CSU Chancellor's Office below:
In keeping with previous efforts to provide current and prospective students and families with information, clarity and time to plan, the California State University (CSU) has announced that it is planning for an anticipated return to delivering courses primarily in-person starting with the fall 2021 term.

“It’s critical that we provide as much advance notice as possible to students and their families, as we have done previously in announcing our moves toward primarily virtual instruction,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “While we are currently going through a very difficult surge in the pandemic, there is light at the end of the tunnel with the promising progress on vaccines.”

“We are approaching planning for the 2021 fall term with the goal of having the majority of our on-campus experiences returning,” said CSU Chancellor-select Joseph I. Castro. “This decision comes at a good time as high school and transfer students have until December 15 to complete their applications for fall admission. I urge eligible students across the Golden State to apply for admission to one or more CSU campuses.”

Prospective students apply to CSU campuses online through the Cal State Apply website. Application fee waivers are available, and there are robust financial aid programs for eligible students with need. The CSU remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring the health and safety of all members of its 23 campus communities throughout California. This is why CSU necessarily is conducting the current 2020-21 academic year primarily in the virtual space.

The emerging evidence provides optimism that the upcoming 2021-22 academic year can be conducted much more in person. It is too soon to determine what the science will allow for the 2021 summer term. That determination will be made closer to the deadlines for summer 2021 student registration.
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