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Updated 4/4/22

As we communicated prior to the spring break, we have relaxed the mask requirement beginning Monday, March 28. Masks are no longer required indoors, but are strongly recommended. This opportunity came as a result of improving public health conditions at Otis and within our region. Declining COVID-19 case rates led to an easing of mitigation protocols by L.A. County and the State of California in recent weeks and Otis has chosen to do the same.

We recognize the fatigue that comes from two years of navigating a global pandemic and the corresponding social sacrifices. We also recognize that many members of the Otis community remain vulnerable and concerned due to the easing of mitigation protocols while the virus remains active, although risk of spread is significantly reduced.

It is important that we all acknowledge and respect these different perspectives and work together as a community to help everyone feel as comfortable and safe as possible. For those who take advantage of the relaxed mask requirement, we ask you to be considerate and respectful of those who choose to continue to wear a mask. We highly recommend that everyone continue to mask in classrooms and at events and larger gatherings out of respect and support of those who may be more vulnerable or concerned. Public health authorities are still strongly recommending masking to mitigate the risks of infection that still exist.

Faculty are welcome to engage their classroom community in a discussion about the new safety guidelines, and if all agree, to create a classroom space where masks continue to be worn by all.  Some useful guidelines for developing a community agreement such as this are offered by the National Equity Project at this link: https://www.nationalequityproject.org/tools/developing-community-agreements#:~:text=Agreements%20come%20from%20a%20consensus,as%20they%20take%20transformational%20action.  It is important that no one is asked to divulge health information; and that no one is asked to wear or remove a mask if they do not agree.

Course Modalities:

For the Fall 2022 semester, we are planning course modalities inline with our anticipated accreditor's requirement of limiting the online or blended course offerings to no more than 50% of all courses. At least 60% of all courses are planned for the on-campus course modality. The list of course modalities (on-campus, blended, and online) has now been published. See the definitions of codes below. You may check the master list for all classes here.

Course Codes:

  • CAMP – 100% of instruction is on-campus. Some courses may also include 2 - 3 weeks of online meetings.
  • BLAY—At least a 1/3 of instruction (5-8 weeks) is delivered online rather than on-campus. At least 1/3 of instruction (5-8 weeks) is delivered on-campus and all students must be present on-campus. The virtual course contact will occur asynchronously (not at the same time).
  • BLSY—At least a 1/3 of instruction (5-8 weeks) is delivered online rather than on-campus. At least 1/3 of instruction (5-8 weeks) is delivered on-campus and all students must be present on-campus. The virtual course contact will occur synchronously (at the same time). 
  • OLAY—This course is delivered 100% online rather than on-campus. The virtual course contact will occur asynchronously (not at the same time).
  • OLSY—This course is delivered 100% online rather than on-campus. The virtual course contact will occur synchronously (at the same time).