Will the accommodation reopen in the fall of 2021?
National Beat Reporter
After the University of California system announced its fall reopening plan, UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) The Resident Assistant (RA) Selection Committee opened the RA applications. However, if COVID-19 causes further complications for students, these positions may be canceled.
“As we plan to reopen in the fall at our normal (or slightly reduced) capacity… If at any time our campus management decides that we cannot reopen our housing communities, we may need to cancel our job offer, ”the committee said. in an RA Selection informational video.
UCSB students were excited to hear the news of the possible opening of residential housing on campus for the fall term of 2021.
Flora Lin, a third year major in psychology and neuroscience, explained her optimism about the potential reopening of the residences in the fall.
“The University and UCSB housing communities have actively updated housing information and offered opportunities to return to UCSB,” she said.
Due to the limited supply of airline tickets to China last March, she remained in the limited campus accommodation provided during the spring 2020 term.
“The decisions made by the housing committee have helped students like me… who have had to stay on campus due to all kinds of issues – like family issues and flight ticket shortages – get through these difficult months.” , said Flora.
On March 13 of last year, UCSB University & Community Housing Services offered students three housing options for the Spring 2020 term: live in the Santa Catalina Residence, live off campus in April, or completely cancel residence contracts. .
After Chancellor Henry Yang issued an updated letter addressing the statewide stay-at-home order on March 19, the housing committee ordered all undergraduates living in university residences to moving to the dorms in Santa Catalina, a building that “offered ample space to accommodate everyone. students in residence in a way that maintains appropriate social distancing, ”Chancellor Yang said in the letter.
Almost nine months later, in December, UCSB accommodation, catering and auxiliary companies decided to allocate space during the winter term for residents of the San Joaquin, Sierra Madre, and Santa Ynez undergraduate apartments. Those who signed housing contracts that were broken in the fall had a top priority.
According to Jill Hurd, director of UCSB Residential & Community Living, these students were allowed to move into undergraduate apartments between Jan.15 and Jan.18.
All students currently residing there are required to follow medical precautionary instructions before and after entering the new spaces. These medical precautions include wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and “Student Health’s daily COVID-19 symptom screening survey” which was to be completed 10 days prior to arrival.
The California Department of Public Health recently released a health status update advice and lifted the regional stay-at-home order due to the increased capacity of intensive care units. As Santa Barbara County settles into the purple level, indicating the strong spread of COVID-19 cases in the county, campus officials replied in cooperation with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the UC President’s Office to reduce COVID-19 infections.