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Impact of COVID-19 on WTC 2020 Course
The COVID-19 global pandemic impacted the 2020 WTC course as follows:
- Snow Travel Day was cancelled in Orange County.
- Snow Camp was cancelled in San Gabriel Valley, West Los Angeles, and Orange County
- Final classes were conducted remotely in San Gabriel Valley, West Los Angeles, and Orange County.
- For those planning on going to snow camp, we provided notice of the availability of refunds for snow-camp related transportation costs.
- Only Long Beach/South Bay was able to complete all classroom sessions in person and all outings.
WTC management took these actions prior to issuance of statewide stay-at-home orders because the increase in community spread of COVID-19 in the Los Angeles metropolitan region made it impossible to conduct our course without creating undue risks to the health of our students and staff.
In connection with those outings that were cancelled, WTC has waived their completion as graduation requirement. We remain optimistic that there may be sufficient time for students to complete the required experience trips prior to graduation. However, should this not be possible, we will identify substitute activities to satisfy the requirement. It is our intent that COVID-19 not be a barrier to student graduation. It remains uncertain whether our graduation will be held in person or conducted virtually.
Some students have asked about the possibility of attending snow camp in 2021. Because we operate pursuant to a permit from Inyo National Forest, we are limited in the number of students we can bring to snow camp. Thus, participation in 2021 snow camp is not a realistic option for 2020 students. However, we have asked our group leaders to explore options for snow camping opportunities in our local mountains to be made available only to 2020 students. Should these be planned, your group leader will be in contact with you.
We appreciate the outpouring of support from our students when we were required to cancel snow camp. Their disappointment was transformed into care and understanding for their fellow students and staff. As the Sierra Club has noted, “in this frightening, uncertain moment, we must take care of ourselves and our beloved communities—so we are able to keep up the fight for the places and people we care about most deeply.” We all look forward to being able to return to the outdoor places we love so much. In the meantime, stay safe and stay at home.