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Cuesta College to begin fall semester Aug. 17, reopen Aquatics Center Aug. 24

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Posted at 5:44 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-15 01:19:10-04

Cuesta College will begin its fall semester on Monday and reopen its Aquatics Center on August 24.

According to a news release sent to KSBY, nearly 12,000 students are expected to enroll this fall, with all lecture courses being held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nine percent of 1,200 course sections include on-campus activity "with strict hygiene protocols and safety modifications."

"I am proud of the ways in which our employees are working collectively to protect the health of our community and ensure that students have access to academic resources, technology and support services," said Dr. Jill Stearns, superintendent and president of Cuesta College.

Cuesta College students can continue to register for courses with instructor approval through August 30 on the college's registration page. Students can also access the class finder here.

Though the Cuesta College Aquatics Center previously announced it will reopen the same day the fall semester is scheduled to begin, college officials later issued an update Friday afternoon clarifying the facility will push back its reopening date.

The Aquatics Center website reads in part: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will not be reopening for Community Aquatics as planned on Monday, August 17. Our current plan is to shift our opening to Monday, August 24, but keep an eye out for confirmation next week."

The facility will limit lap swimming to one person per lane and will be available to adults and teenagers who want to swim without a floating device. Guests must register in advance and pay $5 per visit, according to the release.

To learn more about the institution's response and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the college's website here.