The California State University system’s classes will be mainly online this coming fall, reported the Los Feliz Ledger.
The system’s chancellor Timothy White said the reason for staying mostly online is that experts predict another wave of COVID-19 cases later in the year. He said there will be some exceptions for parts of courses that require in-person work, such as some clinical nursing classes, life-science laboratory courses and interactive architecture or engineering programs. For these classes, social distancing guidelines will be compulsory.
White made these observations at an online meeting with the system’s board.
“The nonpartisan academic researchers and medical and public health experts forecast a second smaller wave later in summer, followed by a very significant wave coupled with influenza forecast for late fall, and another wave in the first quarter of 2021,” White told the board.
“Experts also point out that immunity in the population is now approaching the 2 to 3% range, and needs to be in the 60 to 80% percent range to begin to achieve the so-called `herd immunity.’ That won’t happen in the next 18 months, and there’s no vaccine yet. And while hope springs eternal, it is unlikely that one will become widely available during the coming academic year.”