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COVID Keeps Colleges in Virtual Mode Through Spring 2021

October 23, 2020

College student wears mask on campusSeven months after Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order for Californians in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, public higher education systems statewide continue to operate under a mostly remote model through the fall term and beyond.

Even as counties across the state begin to cautiously reopen, and K-12 schools resume varied levels of in-person learning, colleges are committing to online instruction for the rest of the 2020-21 academic year.

In a recent virtual conference, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley said most of the state’s 116 community colleges will surely remain online through the spring term. At least 33 — including Butte College — have confirmed they will continue with predominantly virtual instruction in winter and spring. The California State University system has announced similar plans for its 23 campuses.

The decision to remain closed followed warnings from state health officials that the coming flu season could dovetail with a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, and overburden hospital resources well into spring.

COVID-19 Updates & Resources

As the health crisis evolves, the CCC Chancellor’s Office continues to devote an area of its website to providing COVID-19 information and resources for CCC students, staff, and the colleges.

“Our college communities are working tirelessly to help students and their families get through this crisis and they will play a critical role in our state's recovery,” reads a statement on the website. “With all of us working together and following safety guidelines and procedures we can help keep Californians healthy.”

Butte College has also provided a dedicated coronavirus information page for students and staff at Butte.edu/coronavirus.

Tips for Staying Healthy

To protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and the flu, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following practices:

  • Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-percent alcohol.
  • Keep a physical distance of six feet or more from other people.
  • Wear a mask that covers both your mouth and nose in public settings and when around people outside of your household, especially when it’s not possible to maintain distance.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Don’t go out in public if you’re sick.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash, then immediately wash or sanitize your hands.
    Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Get a flu shot. It will not prevent coronavirus, but it can keep you from getting and spreading the flu and thus reduce the overall impact on the healthcare system in your community during the COVID-19 pandemic.