Berkeley City College cancels in-person classes, moves spring break

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Students pass Berkeley City College in downtown Berkeley. The college's financial aid computers are down, so students get their aid packages. Tim Maloney/photo

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Update 3/12/2020: This article has been updated to include additional information from a Wednesday board meeting.

Berkeley City College canceled its face-to-face classes, as did College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College, on Tuesday over concerns about the health risks of COVID-19, the new coronavirus.

According to a press release from the health services page of Peralta Colleges, which comprises the four colleges, classes are canceled from March 11 to March 14 in order to allow faculty to attend trainings and explore options to transition to online instruction.

The board of trustees for the community college district voted March 11 to move the colleges’ spring break, which was originally scheduled for April 13-17, to March 16-20, as recommended by their chancellor, Stanback Stroud. A faculty-only day originally scheduled for March 19 has been moved to March 30, as well.

According to the press release, online instruction will begin on March 23 and will continue through April 4.

The colleges and their district office will remain open during this time.

Check back for updates.

Kate Finman is the university news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @KateFinman_DC.