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Back To School: How California Colleges, Universities Plan To Reopen Amid Coronavirus

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO - AUGUST 17:  Jose Villar (2-R) talks to students while they walk on campus as classes begin amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the first day of the fall 2020 semester at the University of New Mexico on August 17, 2020 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the university has moved to a hybrid instruction model that includes a mixture of in-person and remote classes. According to the school, about 70 percent of classes are being taught online.  (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)
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Jose Villar talks to students while they walk on campus as classes begin amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the first day of the fall 2020 semester at the University of New Mexico on August 17, 2020 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

As September rolls around, college students are preparing to start their fall semester against a very different backdrop. 

As September rolls around, college students are preparing to start their fall semester against a very different backdrop. 

New rules are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which means courses at various campuses will be online and on-campus housing will be limited. While state and county rules differ, here in L.A. County, health officials have outlined stricter rules and say no in-person classes are allowed, with some stringent exceptions. In a statement released last week, the Los Angeles Department of Public Health said colleges and universities must limit campus activities because younger people have recently been driving high community transmission rates.

Today on AirTalk, we discuss reopening plans and what the fall semester will look like for students this year. If you’re a student or a professor, how do you feel about your campus’ reopening plans? Call in and share your thoughts at 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Michael Thomas, president of Concordia University Irvine

Lindsay Ellis, senior reporter for the Chronicle of Higher Education; she tweets

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