Cal Poly students asked to return home until further notice

Posted at 3:21 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 18:25:23-04

With San Luis Obispo County’s shelter-at-home ordinance set to go into effect Thursday evening, Cal Poly has asked students to return to their permanent home residences.

Whether students live on or off campus, the university is strongly advising them to attend the upcoming spring quarter virtually from their homes.

Students with no other options or limited resources can continue to stay on campus if needed as residence halls and campus dining will remain operational with social distancing.

"It's kind of a bummer that we all had to leave three months earlier than we planned and I have been really sad the past week and it’s really stressful with finals and having to do those online and have to worry about packing and saying goodbye to everyone that you didn't think we'd have to say goodbye to now,” said student Gabrielle Charest. “It’s for the best but it’s a bummer that my freshman college experience has been cut short.”

“I am sad because she has really enjoyed the Yosemite dorm and the lifestyle that she’s got going on here and she’s an art student, so for me, it’s going to be challenging for her to do studies remotely, but when I found out, I couldn’t get her here soon enough, so I rented a car and drove up here this (Wednesday) morning,” said Gabrielle’s mother, Gina Charest.

Students that leave the area during the shelter-at-home order have been asked to not come back until further notice.

All spring quarter classes will be held virtually.