SANTA BARBARA, Calif.-Santa Barbara City College's campus has been quite during the pandemic, but it is about to get busy again.
Students just received a COVID-19 Spring update letting them know Santa Barbara City College will resume in-person, on campus classes and services this Tuesday, Feb. 22.
Baseball player Colby Downard said he was looking forward to seeing his instructors face-to-face.
"Mostly I'm just looking forward to just getting to meet my teachers it's been really tough to contact them or get extra work when you're online."
Many athletes spent the Presidents' Day holiday weight-training in SBCC's La Playa Stadium.
Many are preparing for an upcoming Vaqueros track meets and baseball games
Track and Field Coach Don Willis said his athletes are looking forward to college activities beyond their meets.
"A lot of them don't like doing the online thing, but it is what it is, "said Willis, "I know most people are happy to be coming back."
Students said some courses such as biology labs said they have been doing in-person work, but the return to in-person for a majority of classes is a first for some students, who have never met classmates during their college years due to the pandemic.
Emma Welch and Ashlynn Urie said they have missed out on the social aspects of college and they can't wait to enjoy the experience they imagined when they enrolled.
"You can't really meet anyone online, so meeting new people and meeting my professors will be a lot better for me," said Urie.
Students will still need to be vaccinated and test for COVID19 weekly.
The campus is also requiring mask indoors through Feb. 28.
Journalism major Emma Welch said she doesn't mind keeping the preventative measures.
"I'm really happy that they are still taking safety measures, like we have to get a negative test each week, and we have to wear a mask, so that's nice that they are still taking precautions," said Welch, " and I'm just happy to be back in person,
Tents are set up next to campus parking for COVID protocol.
Students who complete daily health surveys on a new system called Cleared4 will get a wristband to wear to class.
Parents are happy to hear about the return to campus, too.
Sharon Partee's son, who is studying engineering, called home as soon has he heard the news about the return of in-person learning.
"So glad, feels normal," said Partee.
For more information visit COVIDresponsehotline@pipeline.sbcc.edu or sbcc.edu.