UC Berkeley to return to in-person instruction starting fall 2021

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In a statement from the UC Office of the President, UC President Michael Drake announced that the UC system is planning to return to in-person instruction in the fall 2021 as long as public health conditions permit it.

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The UC Office of the President announced Monday that all 10 UC campuses plan to conduct in-person classes for the fall 2021 semester as long as public health conditions allow for it.

According to a statement from UC President Michael Drake, current forecasts for the COVID-19 pandemic suggest students will be able to return to their respective campuses next semester. Public health conditions are still subject to change, Drake added in the statement, and information on additional safety measures and starting dates will be announced later by individual campuses.

“As the University continues to monitor the evolution of the pandemic, we are also carefully planning a safe return to in-person classes,” Drake said in the statement. “Current forecasts give us hope that in the fall our students can enjoy a more normal on-campus experience.”

In a campuswide email sent Monday, UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ said the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine will help strengthen prevention measures and aid the safe return of students.

Christ added that in addition to working closely with local health authorities, the campus recovery management teams will aim to keep students and staff informed of any developments over the next few months.

“This is exciting and represents light at the end of what has been a difficult and challenging time for all of us,” Christ said in the email. “We assure you that we will proceed toward this goal with our eye on what has been our number one priority all along: protecting the health and safety of members of our campus community.”

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