UCSD begins winter quarter with some outdoor, in-person classes

Posted at 12:08 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 15:08:40-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — UCSD is starting the winter quarter with some classes in-person, outside under "teaching tents," as a way to bring some students back to campus for the first time this year.

The tents, which measure about 80 feet by 60 feet, will shelter a small number of classes — only about 10% — outdoors as part of the college's "Return to Learn" program.

The university says the tents will be equipped with wireless internet, audio-visual equipment, and whiteboards. UCSD says it's confident ventilation and continued mask wearing, as well as spaced out seating and limited class sizes, will limit exposure to COVID-19.

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UCSD's experiment comes as the school installs COVID-19 testing kit vending machines at select sites across campus, particularly near residence halls. Students and staff can access the machines and perform a self-administered test. After returning the test, results can be available within two days.

The school says it will require students to be tested each week and they'll require an online screening daily for students to return to in-person learning.

If a student fails to be tested during a week, they can be referred to the student conduct office and go through their "Progressive Discipline Process."