California State University Long Beach Students Worried About Spring Semester As COVID Cases Rise

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) – Students at California State University in Long Beach begin spring semester on January 20.

Some students say they are not ready and would like to have the option to take all online courses as cases of COVID increase.

“I feel like every day the cases of COVID are increasing. It gets worse. I’m nervous to go back to campus because it won’t be just a small group of people. It will be quite crowded and regardless of whether or not it is happening. ‘being masked or being vaccinated, I have the impression that it is still spreading very quickly, ”said Andrea Lopez, junior at the CSULB.

Other students are comfortable returning to campus.

“I’m excited. I have my classes in person and I hope, fingers crossed, it will stay that way. I wouldn’t mind going all virtual. I had time and space to myself, but this is my last semester and i want to enjoy the memories, be back on campus, ”said Katin Cedarholm, senior at CSULB.

School officials say students can create their class schedule to be all online when they register, but students tell us they don’t have that option.

They say that when they register for courses, they are already designated as in person or online.

“Everyone has the right to choose what makes them feel safe. Do I think there should be online classes and online classes for people who don’t want to go back to campus? ? Yes, “said Kaila Sayeg, a second year student at CSULB.

Other California state campuses have taken action.

California State University at Los Angeles has announced that the first three weeks of classes will be distance learning.

The California State University system requires all faculty and students to be fully immunized and given a booster to access school facilities or their programs. But some decisions like classes are left to each individual school to decide.

ABC7 has contacted CSULB officials and they said they are reviewing options for the upcoming semester and will provide an update in the coming days.

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