We’re pleased to announce that our proposal to pilot a limited number of outdoor instructional activities has been approved by the city of Berkeley Public Health. The pilot will kick off on Monday, Oct. 26 and end on Tuesday, Nov. 24, before the Thanksgiving holiday.
After months of sheltering in place and planning for the possibility of resuming in-person instruction, it is exciting to see this pilot moving forward. The pilot is designed to complement existing remote instruction and lay the groundwork for the possibility of resuming additional in-person activities in the spring semester.
All parts of the pilot share a core safety infrastructure that the campus has developed over the past six months. This includes wearing masks, meeting only in small groups, maintaining physical distance, getting tested prior to participating, completing public health safety training, and answering daily screening questions about any COVID-19 symptoms you may be experiencing.
All students and instructors who participate in the pilot will be required to test negative for COVID-19 within one week of participating in each outdoor instructional activity. This pilot will also be aided by a new badge system developed by UHS , which tracks testing frequency on campus. Each participant must also follow all other safety requirements for being on campus. Only individuals who live in the Bay Area will be allowed to participate in this outdoor pilot , as non-essential travel is not permitted by the current public health orders.
Students and instructors who are eligible to participate in one of these pilot programs will be contacted directly with more information.
This is a limited set of occasional, outdoor activities only, consistent with the public health guidance that outdoor activities pose lower risk of transmission than indoor ones.
The pilot includes five components:
This pilot is possible because of the improving trends we’re seeing on campus and in the greater Berkeley community. It is the direct result of all of our sacrifices and adherence to public health guidelines. For this we are all grateful, and please keep up the good work!
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