Barstow Neighborhood School outlines new health- and tech-focused measures forward of campus reopening

Barstow Community College.

As it prepares to reopen for a new semester, Barstow Community College plans to relax some restrictions for those who’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine while keeping most courses online and adding new health- and tech-focused measures, such as a mobile app that centralizes testing and contact-tracing across campus.

In an email on July 8 to college community members, BCC Superintendent-President Dr. Eva Bagg laid out a general timeline and a set of guidelines for students and employees in the coming semester. The college began its partial reopening Monday, when managers returned to their campus posts.

On Aug. 2, the campus itself will reopen and “classified professionals” will return, while “in-service” is scheduled to return Aug. 13, Bagg said in the email.

Much of the blueprint currently laid out by the college isn’t set in stone, as a potential resurgence of the virus’ spread remains impossible to ignore. The reopening plan includes some semblance of a pre-pandemic semester, though, like a small number of in-person classes and an option to not wear masks for some students and employees.

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