San Mateo County’s Community Colleges Won’t Reopen Until January 2022

Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to reopen schools by March 31, but that doesn’t apply to community colleges in San Mateo County, whose board has decided to keep classrooms closed until January.

The proposal by Chancellor Mike Claire didn’t draw much criticism at last Wednesday’s board meeting, though Trustee John Pimentel said he wanted to wait hold off on finalizing the summer and fall schedule until the trend in Covid cases is clear.

“It seems premature to me to make a statement that we will stay 100% online in the fall,” said Pimentel. “What we are all reading is that numbers are down and we have two, now three, vaccines that … are rolling pretty good now.”

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