BY ADRIAN PRECIADO
CYPRESS CHRONICLE STAFF WRITER
The Cypress College campus has been closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but there is an option where more students will return to campus during the Fall 2021 semester.
There are currently a limited number of students allowed on campus with exceptions being made for courses such as health professions, automotive technology, and athletics which occasionally attend in-person classes but follow strict protocols.
“In addition, students are welcome to use the free WiFi in Lot #1, and in the coming days we will be re-opening an on-campus study space. Finally, we hold a small number of drive-through events, which include distribution of supplies, laptops/Chromebooks, food bank goods, and the like. The Bookstore, which is run by an outside company, also has availability for students” stated Marc Posner, the Director of Campus Communications.
The health protocols that are currently set in place include health checks, strict (social) distancing and personal protective equipment but will increase once more students return.
When students return, they can expect the existing protocols plus even more strict protocols (I would change this to “they can expect these existing and even stricter protocols” to avoid using protocols twice) which include decreased occupancy in classrooms and limiting in-class coursework.
The main issue is that due to frequent changes in the pandemic, there have not been any formal plans to re-open the campus but there are (potential) ideas in place for when it does happen.
Additionally, similar to nearby Cal State Long Beach, Cypress College has requested COVID vaccinations from the county but it isn’t certain that it will be fulfilled and (take off this and and just add a period, then continue on with your sentence) if it is fulfilled, it will be later in the year or even possibly next year when more vaccinations are available and move into the additional tiers.