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(Journal News)   College to start fall semester in the middle of summer to try to beat the flu season   (lohud.com) divider line
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2020-05-29 2:11:54 PM  
So... open in the middle of corona season; avoid the rush?
 
2020-05-29 2:31:36 PM  
My son's school is doing a similar thing.  They start early,run through Thanksgiving, no breaks, end the semester then.

Trying to avoid students traveling around thanksgiving then return gin to campus after going through busy airports, etc.
 
2020-05-29 2:35:31 PM  

koder: So... open in the middle of corona season; avoid the rush?


I guess they figure that it'll be safer due to increased temps and less complications from other seasonal maladies to ensure completion rates for the fall semester.

Of course with this strategy to give students free reign of travel for the entire damn holiday season, they've just decimated attendance for the following spring semester thanks to increasing infection rates due to increased exposure. But hey, that's a problem for other people in the future to solve.
 
2020-05-29 2:36:42 PM  

Claude Ballse: koder: So... open in the middle of corona season; avoid the rush?

I guess they figure that it'll be safer due to increased temps and less complications from other seasonal maladies to ensure completion rates for the fall semester.

Of course with this strategy to give students free reign of travel for the entire damn holiday season, they've just decimated attendance for the following spring semester thanks to increasing infection rates due to increased exposure. But hey, that's a problem for other people in the future to solve.


With any luck we'll have a vaccine or antiviral treatment by January
 
2020-05-29 2:37:33 PM  
My daughter, who got accepted into Dalhousie University, in Nova Scotia, was informed yesterday that her Medical Sciences classes will be taking place online in the fall. They didn't give any indication of how long they think it might be before they allow physical attendance, nor did they mention any change in the cost.
I appreciate the notice they're giving this early. We're in Ontario, and she'd already given notice to her employers that she'd be leaving mid August to move, but they told her she has a job as long as she's still here.
This has really taken a load off her mind. I empathize with the parents and students who still don't have any information about their upcoming University or College year.
 
2020-05-29 2:39:36 PM  
I wouldn't mind if my son's school did this. Would save me from having to drive back and forth Thanksgiving and then a few weeks later for winter break.
 
2020-05-29 2:42:42 PM  

IndyJohn: My son's school is doing a similar thing.  They start early,run through Thanksgiving, no breaks, end the semester then.

Trying to avoid students traveling around thanksgiving then return gin to campus after going through busy airports, etc.


My husband's University is expected to announce this next week.  I say we keep it this way for a while.  It will be a long slog, but it was so difficult to get the students to refocus after Thanksgiving even before everyone was sick.
 
2020-05-29 2:44:30 PM  

Sim Tree: Claude Ballse: koder: So... open in the middle of corona season; avoid the rush?

I guess they figure that it'll be safer due to increased temps and less complications from other seasonal maladies to ensure completion rates for the fall semester.

Of course with this strategy to give students free reign of travel for the entire damn holiday season, they've just decimated attendance for the following spring semester thanks to increasing infection rates due to increased exposure. But hey, that's a problem for other people in the future to solve.

With any luck we'll have a vaccine or antiviral treatment by January


Hahahaha no.
 
2020-05-29 2:48:14 PM  

Sim Tree: Claude Ballse: koder: So... open in the middle of corona season; avoid the rush?

I guess they figure that it'll be safer due to increased temps and less complications from other seasonal maladies to ensure completion rates for the fall semester.

Of course with this strategy to give students free reign of travel for the entire damn holiday season, they've just decimated attendance for the following spring semester thanks to increasing infection rates due to increased exposure. But hey, that's a problem for other people in the future to solve.

With any luck we'll have a vaccine or antiviral treatment by January


I live in Las Vegas. I worked in a casino until the layoffs from this pandemic. You should never gamble more that you can afford to lose. Especially when your mortal life is on the line.

"Luck" is not something you should ever count on.
 
2020-05-29 2:48:15 PM  
Indiana University is having fall classes start on time, then at Thanskgiving, classes go online exclusively for the rest of the semester.  Wonder what they know that the rest of Indiana doesn't?
 
2020-05-29 2:54:31 PM  
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2020-05-29 3:05:57 PM  

IndyJohn: My son's school is doing a similar thing.  They start early,run through Thanksgiving, no breaks, end the semester then.

Trying to avoid students traveling around thanksgiving then return gin to campus after going through busy airports, etc.


Why would he return the gin to campus?
 
2020-05-29 3:22:14 PM  

Canucklehead68: My daughter, who got accepted into Dalhousie University, in Nova Scotia, was informed yesterday that her Medical Sciences classes will be taking place online in the fall. They didn't give any indication of how long they think it might be before they allow physical attendance, nor did they mention any change in the cost.
I appreciate the notice they're giving this early. We're in Ontario, and she'd already given notice to her employers that she'd be leaving mid August to move, but they told her she has a job as long as she's still here.
This has really taken a load off her mind. I empathize with the parents and students who still don't have any information about their upcoming University or College year.


It's a gigantic game of chicken.

Nobody wants to be the first in their area to announce they're online, since they're all afraid that students who want in-person classes will transfer to another place instead.  So they're holding off on making final announcements until they've got as many deposits and commitments in place as they can.
 
2020-05-29 3:27:40 PM  

Eli WhiskeyDik: IndyJohn: My son's school is doing a similar thing.  They start early,run through Thanksgiving, no breaks, end the semester then.

Trying to avoid students traveling around thanksgiving then return gin to campus after going through busy airports, etc.

Why would he return the gin to campus?


Because of Apple autocorrect
 
2020-05-29 3:55:23 PM  

koder: So... open in the middle of corona season; avoid the rush?


"By moving the semester to an earlier start date, we can get ahead of any surge some are predicting the virus will have in the fall," Iona President Seamus Carey said

Yep, that is exactly their idea.

Of course, they could be facilitating the spread of the virus for the upcoming surge.
 
2020-05-29 4:07:31 PM  
I really hope there are some plans being developed right now for K-12 - because "opening up" doesn't matter one bit without a plan for all those kids.

And the plan has to be better than "go back to normal" - a lot of parents and teachers won't go for that.
 
2020-05-29 4:35:35 PM  

stbookworm: IndyJohn: My son's school is doing a similar thing.  They start early,run through Thanksgiving, no breaks, end the semester then.

Trying to avoid students traveling around thanksgiving then return gin to campus after going through busy airports, etc.

My husband's University is expected to announce this next week.  I say we keep it this way for a while.  It will be a long slog, but it was so difficult to get the students to refocus after Thanksgiving even before everyone was sick.


Exactly this. I would have loved being done by Thanksgiving. We always had one week after Thanksgiving then straight into finals the next week. It sucked.
 
2020-05-29 4:46:23 PM  
But, it's not flu, or so they keep telling me.
 
2020-05-29 4:47:51 PM  
I've only seen private ($) colleges offering up these options here in my general NE area. So far, the big university/public schools haven't said a thing. I wonder why ($$)?

Also, the virus isn't following a calendar. Bring groups of people together in close contact for extended periods of time and you risk another outbreak. Holding off until after Thanksgiving? COVID-19 don't care.
 
2020-05-29 5:17:29 PM  

kevinatilusa: Canucklehead68: My daughter, who got accepted into Dalhousie University, in Nova Scotia, was informed yesterday that her Medical Sciences classes will be taking place online in the fall. They didn't give any indication of how long they think it might be before they allow physical attendance, nor did they mention any change in the cost.
I appreciate the notice they're giving this early. We're in Ontario, and she'd already given notice to her employers that she'd be leaving mid August to move, but they told her she has a job as long as she's still here.
This has really taken a load off her mind. I empathize with the parents and students who still don't have any information about their upcoming University or College year.

It's a gigantic game of chicken.

Nobody wants to be the first in their area to announce they're online, since they're all afraid that students who want in-person classes will transfer to another place instead.  So they're holding off on making final announcements until they've got as many deposits and commitments in place as they can.


Reasonable. Kids wanna screw and do drugs and drink their faces off, can't do that online.
 
2020-05-29 5:43:07 PM  

Sim Tree: Claude Ballse: koder: So... open in the middle of corona season; avoid the rush?

I guess they figure that it'll be safer due to increased temps and less complications from other seasonal maladies to ensure completion rates for the fall semester.

Of course with this strategy to give students free reign of travel for the entire damn holiday season, they've just decimated attendance for the following spring semester thanks to increasing infection rates due to increased exposure. But hey, that's a problem for other people in the future to solve.

With any luck we'll have a vaccine or antiviral treatment by January


Narrator:  They didn't.
 
2020-05-29 6:13:45 PM  
We should just move all the holidays to flu season and lock down during that crap.
Also, we should make everything open 24/7. And outlaw lines and crowds.
Or alternatively, just go all hungry games if you think my ideas are bad. Because this whole rush to herd immunity is exactly that u jerks.
 
2020-05-29 9:30:56 PM  

IndyJohn: My son's school is doing a similar thing.  They start early,run through Thanksgiving, no breaks, end the semester then.

Trying to avoid students traveling around thanksgiving then return gin to campus after going through busy airports, etc.


This is really ruining my Dumpsgiving Advent Calendar that begins with Fall Break
 
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