While classes are taking place at Montere Peninsula College, Hartnell College is starting to fall

MONTAY – When Tucker Evans entered Montere Peninsula College for the first time, he let out a sigh of relief. After months of waiting, relief calmed the clouds and instability for security concerns.

Challenges aside, Evans was delighted to be in the yard.

On August 13, the MPC received 5,039 students face-to-face out of 17,855 students enrolled in the class this semester. When the school returns with a mix of physical, mixed and online courses, some students only need a partial reopening.

“You don’t realize how much you miss little things like the occasional smile or compliment or someone doing a good job.” I was relieved to find that I was back in school.

Evans’ classmates echoed the relief, even though there were more restrictions while they were in class, even from the break of Zom’s calls.

“I love it,” said Akasha Brown, who joined the MPC this fall. “I love my teachers, and I think it’s really nice to have a classroom, even masks. It really doesn’t matter to me. It is primarily about that person’s interaction. ”

The MPC requires everyone on campus to wear a face mask while indoors. A free COVID-19 test is available on site, advising students to use it if they suspect vulnerability. Also, MPC encourages students who have been on campus and have tested positive for COVID-19 to contact the school.

Like most California community colleges, the MPC does not yet know the immunization requirements. Although the college’s board of trustees has discussed such a policy, MPC Director of Marketing and Communications Christine Darden said the MPC will implement the vaccine in the spring of 2022.

While masks provide insurance coverage for students, students like Brown look forward to immunization requirements to make them feel comfortable again.

I think I will definitely feel safer after the vaccines are ordered, but for now they think the masks are much safer.

For other students, waiting is less tolerable. In this fall, Bridget Suther, who had hoped to complete her first childhood degree with a partner’s degree, was often distracted by her ill-fated classmates.

“I was in class the other day, and one of my classmates was coughing a lot, which made me feel depressed,” she said. I just walked around the classroom, focusing on that and even on my teacher.

Although inconvenient, Suitor students are not sure if everyone around them is safe, but there is self-government that allows individuals to take care of themselves.

“I felt alienated from her,” she says, “but I was able to focus more on my studies.” “He can control the person to feel more secure in the yard. That goes to the person who decides whether it is appropriate to return to campus.

“I still have a friend who is very worried about COVID, they would not be able to learn if they came back. They focused only on them. It takes their place. ”

Finally, even among those who have chosen physical education, managing classroom models in the midst of the pandemic has been a learning curve. At the beginning of the semester, both Brown and Suther struggled to reconcile their virtual courses with face-to-face programs.

“I actually enrolled in a completely online course, and I thought I was ahead of the program, and I realized I hadn’t seen it in two days,” Brown said. “I had two or three expired jobs, and I didn’t even know about them. I was so anxious that I quit school. ”

Suitor confirmed her friend’s frustration, keeping the first half online, half physically scheduled, but still struggling to organize herself.

“The curriculum was difficult to straighten out, in terms of where you put things in, how you put things in, and when you separate them,” she explains.

However, Suitor is confident in her choice by reviewing her daily interactions with her teacher and classmates rather than being afraid of the dangers and obstacles of physical education during an epidemic.

“I really enjoy being in class,” she said. I enjoy learning, and I feel that I can do more online and in class. I am more motivated to do better in my body parts than in my online lessons. ”

The change on the part of the teachers is obvious. Laura Lopp, director of the School of Nursing at the MPC, suggested how to provide more educational, or class-based, courses for nursing students who have maintained some of the laboratory work ahead of them. The plague started because the field relied on strong working relationships.

Typically, the MPC nursing program begins with a doctoral program to give students time to interact with each other before engaging in clinical work. Admission is something students have missed for the past 18 months.

“Nursing is a team sport, and it is much easier to make friends in the 3D world than in the 3D world. ይመስለኛል I think the Delta variant is very active and there is a general nervous breakdown on campus, but there is academic satisfaction because students have more real-time interactions with teachers and classmates.

At Hartnell College, which began physical and online classes this week, the prospect of learning face-to-face was slim.

“It’s good to know that there will be teacher training on campus in the fall,” said Erika Padilla-Chavez, president of the Hartnell Board of Trustees. I have heard reports from college that there are a lot of fresh students coming in.

Half of the students enrolled in the Hartnell Fall Seminary returned to physical education or some hybrid option.

While Hartnell does not want to be vaccinated except for student-athletes, the school-wide mission may not be far from the Community College. The Hartnell Board of Trustees is currently discussing immunization requirements and will consider the matter at its next meeting on September 7, said Padila-Chavez.

With or without immunizations, Hartnell will take the necessary in-house masks, as well as other precautions to protect against COVID-19 exposure, including hygiene and physical distance in the room. The college also requires all staff and students to test themselves for COVID-19 through an application before entering campus.

“It’s about overcoming the fear that someone might get sick,” said Daniel Scott, director of public safety and emergency management. “Now you laugh in public and people laugh at you. We are trying to alleviate those concerns and make everyone feel safe and comfortable in the yard. ”

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