SAN DIEGO — San Diego State University will move nearly all classes to virtual instruction for the first two weeks of its spring semester in a move to combat the worsening COVID-19 pandemic.

The school announced the decision Wednesday morning in an email to its campus community. The online-only learning will last from Jan. 19 through Feb. 4 with “minor exceptions.” A normal, in-person schedule is expected to resume by Monday, Feb. 7.

Campus will remain open, meaning students will have access to critical services including health facilities, psychological counseling and the university library. While kids who live on campus are discouraged from returning before Feb. 4, campus dorms will also remain open.

“The temporary start in the virtual space will allow the January case spike to subside, and also provide a window for those who recently received their COVID-19 booster an additional two-week period for it to take full effect,” a school spokesperson wrote.

Coronavirus testing is available to students and staff through SDSU Student Health Services.

SDSU joins UC San Diego and several other public universities in California in moving instruction online for a period of about two weeks in hopes that they can curb the spread of cases from students who traveled or attended holiday gatherings during their break.

“The health and safety of our entire campus community remains paramount, and we remain incredibly proud of our extremely high COVID-19 vaccination rates among our students, faculty and staff,” school officials wrote in a closing statement. “With these proactive measures in place, we can safely and successfully enter into the start of the spring 2022 semester together.”