Berkeley universities

Rise in COVID cases causing delays, distance education at Bay Area universities

Cal has turned the corner and will begin his spring semester virtually. Officials at the University of California at Berkeley said the first two weeks of classes will be held remotely Jan. 18-28.

The plan to resume in-person learning is set for January 31. The reason for this change is the increase in COVID-19 cases.

Some courses, such as labs or those that require fieldwork, can be taught in person, but it is not required. Anyone unable to attend these sessions in person should be allowed to “make appropriate makeup arrangements,” school officials said.

You can read UC Berkeley’s full statement here.

Meanwhile, across the bay, Stanford University is delaying the start of undergraduate courses by a week, for the same reasons.

Classes will start on January 24. Almost 400 new cases of COVID have been reported among students since New Years Eve. Almost 300 professors and staff have also tested positive.

The University says students with COVID are self-isolating, some in isolation spaces designated by the University. Others are in their usual accommodation.