Colleges and universities are going back to raising coronavirus protocols amid rising infections and a new COVID-19 variant, and Glendale Community College continues to monitor the situation as it relates to its two West Valley campuses.
The Associated Press reports this month some colleges are starting to require booster shots, extend mask mandates, limit social gatherings and, in some cases, revert to online classes.
A GCC spokesperson said the local campus continues to follow federal, state, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Maricopa Community Colleges mandates, guidelines and protocols.
“We require masks when in campus buildings and require social distancing while on campus,” GCC public information officer John Heckenlaible said. “As of right now we are offering in-person, online and hybrid learning environments for the spring semester, again following current mandates, guidelines and protocols.”
GCC has two campuses: its main campus at 6000 W. Olive Ave., and a north campus at 5727 W. Happy Valley Road.
The threat of the omicron variant comes as schools were hoping to relax safety measures in the spring. Now, many across the country are telling students to prepare for another term of masking, testing and, if cases get bad, limits around social life.
Cornell University abruptly shut down all campus activities this month and moved final exams online after more than 700 students tested positive over three days, according to AP. Hours later, Princeton University moved its exams online and urged students to leave campus “at their earliest convenience” amid a rise in cases.
Also this month, AP reports, Syracuse announced all eligible students and employees must get COVID-19 booster shots before the spring term. Students also will face a round of virus tests when they return, and officials are weighing whether to extend an existing mask mandate.
More than 30 colleges have issued booster shot requirements in recent weeks, according to the report, and others say they’re thinking about it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging boosters for people ages 17 and older.
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