Amid the coronavirus pandemic, California Maritime State University Academy (Cal Maritime) has received permission to resume limited in-person classes for this semester, starting in May, reported the Associated Press.
The academy also hopes it can send 350 students and staff on its annual summer training cruise, which is a graduation requirement for cadets, said the San Francisco Chronicle.
“I am pleased to report that as a result of the hard work and good planning of our COVID-19 task force and the academic leadership team, Cal Maritime received approval from Governor [Gavin] Newsom’s office for a limited reopening of our campus to resume face-to-face instruction for the completion of our Spring 2020 semester as planned,” said Cal Maritime president Thomas A. Cropper in a letter to the campus community on the academy website. “I know that this offers us the opportunity to get seniors to graduation and to keep the rest of the Corps of Cadets on track to a timely graduation.”
Newsom’s office told AP the school is the only one of its kind in the state.
“The CSU Maritime Academy trains merchant marines, and the maritime workforce is required for shipping and logistics,” said Newsom’s press secretary.