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.