Whittier College has officially announced it plans to reopen campus in the Fall 2021 semester, and students will return to dorms at a reduced rate. This comes after an entire year of remote, online courses due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The College originally put out the announcement through Twitter and Instagram posts that linked to the full letter from President Oubré on the Whittier College website, and later sent out an email with the message to current students.
While many have assumed there would be some kind of return to in-person classes in the fall, this is the first official confirmation the school has made of its plans. Addressing the student body, however, President Oubré did say that there will be hybrid classroom options as well, and that dorms will only be partly opened. She also stated that this plan is contingent on future CDC, county, and state announcements, but the outlook is optimistic with vaccines already going out. This school year’s Spring and Summer semesters will remain completely virtual.
The school had not yet given any specific information on the reopening plan or rules that will be put in place. However, President Oubré did allude to ongoing adjustments being made for a safe school year: “we will remain attentive and informed regarding all efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will continue to put the health and wellbeing of every member of the Whittier community as a top priority.” President Oubré did not address any mask mandates, social distancing or quarantine requirements, or rules on how living in dorm buildings would look like.
As for future updates, President Oubré stated that the College will adjust their plan over time, and told students to check their emails, the College website, and the College social media accounts for new updates. She ended her message with a warning to continue to wear masks and social distance. To read the College’s full statement about reopening, readers can visit https://www.whittier.edu/news/fri-02122021-838-am/president-linda-oubre-updates-fall-plans.
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