UC Berkeley has decided to make the first week of instruction following spring recess remote for all classes, marking the only change to the previously announced plans for the spring semester.
The first two weeks of spring semester will be remote for all classes; the decision to digitalize instruction the week following spring recess comes after the campus surveyed students and was given feedback from staff and faculty groups, according to a campuswide email sent Thursday.
According to the email, spring recess will take place from March 22 to 26. Campus urges students living in Berkeley to remain in the city throughout spring recess because, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traveling increases the transmission of COVID-19.
“Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19,” the email states. “Over the coming months, the campus will partner with student groups to develop spring recess activities in the Berkeley area.”
If students must travel, they should plan to self-quarantine for seven days upon returning to Berkeley and will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before returning to in-person classes, according to the email.
Spring semester plans remain contingent on community health conditions and approval from local public health authorities, the email reads. If conditions permit, limited in-person instruction will begin Feb. 1, two weeks after the start of the semester, and will resume April 5, one week after spring recess.
“We know the toll that this pandemic has had on many in our campus community,” the email states. “More than ever, it’s important that we prioritize opportunities to rest and recharge. We hope this announcement will relieve anxiety and allow you to better plan for your spring semester.”