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South Coast College Going To Be Online Only For Start Of Fall Semester Due To Coronavirus

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Officials at a South Coast college say their fall semester will begin with online instruction only as a result of coronavirus safety concerns.

Santa Barbara City College had planned to hold the majority of classes online, with a few classes offering some face-to-face instruction.

But SBCC officials say that with Santa Barbara County on the state monitoring list for a failure to meet all reopening guidelines, they've been forced to reassess their plans.  They say it appears unlikely that the county will make enough progress to allow face-to-face instruction by the start of the school year August 24.

SBCC may seek exemptions for in-person instruction for a handful of classes in their Career Technology Education programs.  The nine programs train students needed for essential jobs.