COVID-19: University of Southern California to Kick Off Spring Semester with Online Classes in January


University of Southern California will remotely resume back-to-school in January.

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Due to the increase in infections of COVID-19, the University of Southern California reported that they will temporarily return to online classes at the beginning of the spring semester, scheduled for January 10, 2022.

The rebound of positive cases that since last week has been registered in the south of the state, the school authorities chose to take the option of remote instruction to take care of the health of students and teachers.

On Friday, The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health had the day of the most new infections in 11 months, reporting nearly 10,000 new infections of COVID-19, an increase that is due to the Omicron variant, which is highly contagious and has spread in the midst of vacation travel and Christmas parties and gatherings.

USC joins the list of other California colleges that will resume classes online in the first weeks of January, including UCLA, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, and UC Riverside.

The University of Southern California also indicated that all students, teachers, and school workers will need to receive coronavirus booster shots in order to enter campus when classes resume in person.

Tentatively, the USC has scheduled resume face-to-face classes on January 18.

USC housing buildings will open on January 6 and students will need to submit a negative COVID-19 test before moving in.

Similarly, students will have to show negative coronavirus test before resuming face-to-face classes.

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