CHICO, Calif. - In just a little over a month students at one northern California University are set to return to classes. But as the coronavirus pandemic shows no signs of slowing what will that mean for back to school season?
Educational leaders from Chico State say they will have a conference next month to discuss more specific details about fall preparations.
In the meantime For fall 2020, there will be no changes to student fees.
There will also be less on-campus living - meaning only 1,036 students will be housed in single rooms. That's nearly half the number of students Chico State typically houses.
The university will also prioritize pick up and delivery services to continue feeding its students. Dining services will conform to social distancing guidelines while continuing to provide limited services.
Action News Now asked one student what questions they might have for the upcoming semester.
"I'm kind of wondering why we're still paying full price for tuition when a lot of the amenities are not available to us. It's very frustrating how we don't get full time at the gym we only have limited hours. A lot of things like the daycare aren't available but we still have to pay full price like it is available," said Courtney Kermen, a Chico State student.
With the majority of classes online - Chico State is offering its staff additional virtual training.
Staff will have two sessions with at least five days of training to ease into online teaching. There are no current plans for staffing changes.
The fall semester for Chico State begins on August 24th.
Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson says they are considering allowing a small number of classes to blend in-person and virtual instruction.
Those courses would primarily have an experiential focus, such as field and clinical labs.