In the midst of all this, Omicron surge worsensFour University of California campuses announced Thursday they will extend remote instruction until January 31st.
The winter quarters at UC campuses in Irvine, Santa Cruz, San Diego and Davis began January 3. They said that the increasing positivity rates for coronavirus infections prompted them to take extra precautions and delay the beginning of in-person instruction until Jan. 31. Davis was planning to return to campus Monday while Irvine, Santa Cruz, and San Diego had announced that they would be starting Jan. 18.
In a Send a message to the campus community Thursday night, UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman said the campus positivity rate of those tested since Sunday was 13% — lower than the Orange County rate of 25% but still “simply too much disease transmission … to assume safe in-person interactions.”He explained that coronavirus cases have increased, which has led to staff shortages. Students might also not be able attend classes in person. This creates a burden for faculty to provide both in-person as well as online options.
“Restarting in-person instruction when large numbers of students may not be able to take advantage of it is not reasonable or fair to students or to the faculty who would need to accommodate students who could not attend in-person instruction through no fault of their own,”He said.
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