Los Rios plans to go to remote through summer


According to the Los Rios Community College District chancellor Brian King, all summer courses for the LRCCD will be online with the fate of the fall semester still undecided. (Photo Illustration by Emily Mello)

Alex Muegge, Staff Writer

With the spread of the coronavirus, the Los Rios Community College District plans to remain online for summer courses, according to the LRCCD chancellor Brian King.

King sent out a faculty email on March 18, the day all classes officially resumed online, explaining summer instruction will be online unless the pandemic situation improves drastically.

“While we hope that this situation is resolved by then, guidance from Governor [Gavin] Newsom and [California Community Colleges] Chancellor Ortiz Oakley indicates that it is unlikely schools will reopen before summer,” King said.

The question now lies in what they plan for the fall semester.

According to King, the verdict is still undecided.

With the uncertainty of the situation, Los Rios has yet to announce whether or not they are making their fall instruction remote.

“We are working through the best way to plan for the upcoming Fall term, given how little we know about when we will be back to normal operations,” King said. “We will continue to provide updates on this matter in the coming days.”

Similarly, both California State University, Sacramento and the University of California, Davis are unsure of their instructional futures.

Steve Perez, provost and vice president of student affairs at CSUS says the college hasn’t made a decision about its summer and fall courses.

“We are not sure what summer 2020 will look like and are currently evaluating what will be offered,” Perez said. “It is our intention to determine what will be available as soon as possible to help support our students.”

CSUS has already made its spring semester remote and consolidated on-campus housing into two buildings. In Riverview Hall, each floor has one gender-inclusive restroom to mitigate the spread of the virus.

At UC Davis, all study abroad programs are shut down through the summer and instruction online resumed on March 30. The university has also eased its admission requirements, suspending the standardized test requirements for all freshmen applying for fall 2021 freshman admission.

According to Kaelyn Tuermer-Lee, editor-in-chief of The California Aggie, UC Davis has yet to make any public announcement regarding whether or not summer and fall 2020 courses will be remote.

“The administration has not yet announced information regarding further instruction, and is waiting to see how things play out, given that the situation is fluid,” Tuermer-Lee said.