Colleges in LA County Extend Remote Instruction Amid Omicron Surges

By Alice Sun
Alice Sun
Alice Sun
January 12, 2022 Updated: January 12, 2022

With the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County, colleges and universities have started their school year online.

Schools are expecting a significant number of students testing positive for COVID-19 and require isolation. To give students more time to get tested or recover from COVID-19, many schools have either postponed the date for students to return to campus or decided to conduct classes online.

University of California–Los Angeles started its winter quarter remotely on Jan. 3. UCLA, along with all other colleges in the UC system, plans to hold remote learning until at least Jan. 28.

University of Southern California, a private school located near downtown Los Angeles, started its spring semester on Monday, Jan. 10. It also announced last week that it will extend remote learning by an additional four days and will resume in-person classes on Jan. 24.

Loyola Marymount University, a private Jesuit and Marymount research university in Los Angeles whose semester also started on Jan.10, similarly said to return to face-to-face instruction on Jan. 24.

California State University–Los Angeles, whose spring semester starts on Jan. 24, plans to have remote instruction through Feb. 11.

California State University–Long Beach begins its spring semester on Jan. 20 and will delay face-to-face instruction to Feb. 7.

California State Polytechnic University–Pomona begins school on Jan. 23 and announced that they will hold the first three weeks of classes online. Students will resume face-to-face instruction on Feb. 12.

Biola University, a faith-based institution in La Mirada, is currently conducting its first week of classes online and will resume in-person instruction on Jan. 18. The COVID-19 vaccine is recommended but not required for both the students and faculty.

Pomona College, a private liberal arts school in Claremont, will begin its first two weeks of classes, from Jan. 18 to Jan. 28, with online instruction. Beginning Jan. 10, all staff and faculty working on campus must be tested weekly.

Occidental College, a private liberal art school in Los Angeles, announced last week that the school will delay the start of the spring semester for a week to Monday, Jan. 24. The first week of classes will be remote.

California Institute of Technology, a private research university in Pasadena, started school on Jan. 3 and held the first week of school online via zoom. The University went back to in-person instruction on Monday, Jan. 10 with social restrictions.

Alice Sun