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Returning to Classroom Training

Revised July 16, 2021


Why go back to in-person classes?

In-person classes make it easier for participants to ask questions and get immediate answers. We have seen that the participants don't ask as many questions in Zoom classes, which means people are learning less.

Another important reason for in-person classes is the opportunity for interaction and conversations among participants before class and during breaks. The community building that results is important and helps us and our organizations in any number of ways.

Numerous educational organizations have concluded that remote learning via Zoom or similar methods is not as effective as in-person learning.

With the recent loosening of county and state COVID-19 requirements, we're returning to in-person training classes at the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety (DPS)building.

Face Coverings

Santa Clara County Health Order of August 2nd, 2021 requires face covering for everyone indoor regardless of vaccination status.

While food and drinks are allowed in the classroom, we will not be having donut or coffee service for the immediate future. You are welcome to bring your own drink and snacks. Face coverings may be removed temporarily while eating or drinking.

If there's a valid reason you're unable to wear a mask, please contact halchin @ to see whether an accommodation might be possible.

Even though current regulations require no social distancing, we intend to provide as much spacing as possible between people, but that will depend on the number of attendees in each class.


We will monitor the requirements of Sunnyvale DPS, regulations from Cal/OSHA and other state and local requirements for any changes. Any changes will be emailed to those signed up for a class before the class.

We appreciate your patience, understanding, and cooperation as we all work thru this.


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This page was last updated 16-Jul-2021