The fall semester has begun at San Bernardino Valley College, where for the first time ever, nearly all classes will meet in a virtual setting. With the exception of some hands-on courses, faculty and staff have adapted their procedures and classes to an online format while California’s Stay-at-Home order remains in place. The San Bernardino Community College district’s Return to the Workplace (RTW) plan includes 6 phases as part of its plan to safely re-open campus. SBVC will launch fall courses under Phase B-1, which has remained in effect since May when face coverings became required. This phase requires social distancing of 6 feet or greater and masks at all times. While students may still use some facilities, such as the Library or Valley 360 Resource Center, campus still prohibits large gatherings, athletic events, and self-directed leisure activities.

With Phase B-1 in place as classes began August 17, students will complete the semester virtually unless specifically instructed otherwise for particular courses. In these hands-on courses, students will be required to wear face coverings and to social distance. Campus staff hopes the virtual climate will allow for more efficienct procedures and schedule flexibility.