U of R Announces Online Return for First Week of Classes

U of R Announces Online Return for First Week of Classes

Due to a national surge in COVID-19 cases, the university updated its safety protocols and policies for the Spring semester. Most notably, instruction will begin online for the first week from Jan. 10 to Jan. 14 while in-person instruction will begin on Jan. 18.Furthermore, it was announced that COVID-19 testing is mandatory for all students and employees within three to five days of return to campus and three to five days after arrival. The attestation form to report and upload test results can be found via the Redlands App or online.

The on-campus testing site in University Hall will offer extended hours beginning on Jan. 10, however, specific time frames are not mentioned in the University announcement.

All members of the University are required to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status as well as receive their booster shots. Details are vague for now until Jan. 10 when the administration plans to release its updated COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Until then, the University recommends staff and students receive their booster shots as soon as possible if eligible according to CDC guidelines. Both booster and flu shots will be available for community members in the Orton Center as administered by the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health on Tuesday, Jan. 4, and Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Amid adjustments to pre-existing COVID-19 policies, the U of R nonetheless plans for a full return to campus with in-person instruction and residential housing for the Spring 2022 semester–a trend seen amongst other colleges across the country. Most campuses part of the University of California system, including UC Riverside, are beginning the first week or two remotely before an in-person return to campus.

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