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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.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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