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Local community colleges to continue with remote classes for spring semester

Posted at 5:24 PM, Oct 20, 2020

Local community colleges will continue with remote classes for the spring semester.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Allan Hancock College and Cuesta College announced Tuesday the majority of spring classes will be done in a remote format, which includes classes through Zoom and other forms of online learning.

“The safety of our students, employees and community continues to be at the forefront as we prepare for spring,” said Hancock Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D. in a press release. “The decision to continue a remote teaching modality reflects a phased and measured approach to reopening that will keep Hancock healthy while continuing to provide a quality education to our students.”

Dr. Jill Stearns, Cuesta College superintendent/president, said, “We look forward to the full return to campus, but we will continue our current protocols to ensure the well-being of the Cuesta College community,” said Dr. Jill Stearns, Cuesta College superintendent and president.

Cuesta says, “Some difficult-to-convert courses with a laboratory component or activities that require in-person meetings will be held on campus with strict safety protocols, including daily health screenings, the wearing of masks, and physical distancing.”

Hancock says some lab and career technical education (CTE) classes will take place in-person “in a safe, socially-distanced manner, adhering to state and county protocols.”

Hancock has offered virtual counseling, online tutoring, emergency funding and other services to assist students during virtual learning.

Spring semester classes at both colleges begin Jan. 19.