Some universities in Texas and California are postponing face-to-face learning and instead choose to conduct remote courses in the first few weeks of the fall semester to reduce the increase in Covid-19 infections.
In the campuses that announced the postponement:
Every university uses the more communicative Delta variant as the reason for the change in courses.
“Delta Air Lines has not finished our work. It really changed the game,” said Joe Gerald, associate professor of public health at the University of Arizona and co-chair of the University’s public health consulting Covid team. “What we might think is enough to work a year ago, when we talk about the Coronavirus classic, no longer has the same meaning, because its spread is several times higher, it just changes the rules of the game.”
The University of Arizona plans to offer face-to-face courses starting on August 24. Although all indoor spaces that cannot maintain social distance need to wear masks, the university is encouraging but does not mandate Covid vaccination.Released by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Executive order Enforcement of vaccines was strengthened in August.
Similarly, in Texas, local government restrictions prohibit vaccinations and wearing masks.and Covid hospitalization and ICU cases surge Gerrard said that in the state, delaying campus reopening can relieve some of the pressure on local hospitals.
“By transitioning to distance learning, you can not only reduce the number of possible interactions in the classroom environment, but you can also reduce the interactions that occur on campus, because students will fall back to smaller social networks and have less interaction overall,” he Say.
The goal of the Alamo College District is to resume on-site guidance by September 7 and allow employees to take turns working on-site. Starting Monday, all employees, students and employees of suppliers who plan to work on site will be screened for Covid on a weekly basis. Wearing a face mask is “strongly encouraged”, but it is not required. The university has cooperated with community laboratories to provide free Covid screening for employees and students.
The leaders of the University of Texas at San Antonio are sending out to all faculty, staff, students, and staff.
Stanislaus State University President Ellen Junn said in a statement on Saturday that the significant increase in local cases of new coronary pneumonia and several recently confirmed cases on campus have contributed to the postponement of the decision.
According to Junn, more than 85% of Stanislaus State University’s students come from California’s Central Valley, where vaccination rates are among the lowest in the state. Last week, when the university confirmed nine Covid cases on the campus before the students moved in, Junn decided to stop the first phase of the campus reopening. There are only more than 11,000 students on the campus.
“Our Covid case rate is soaring,” she said. Most people infected on campus have been vaccinated.
In Stanislaus, fully vaccinated and wearing masks Will be asked Take the class in person. All students and employees must submit proof of vaccination to the university by September 30.
Junn hopes that the additional six weeks of distance learning will give more students more time to vaccinate.
She said: “We hope to make it possible for students to be fully vaccinated before we reopen.”
Gerald said that although delaying the reopening of the campus can buy some time for the campus and provide a temporary solution, it is not a substitute for vaccination.
He said: “Vaccination is our best long-term strategy to deal with the new coronavirus.” “If you really want to solve the problem and solve it long-term, we need to increase vaccination.”