Without federal or state mandates or guidance, colleges across the country are left to develop their own Covid protocols. In California, expectations are that the pandemic will soon be endemic and long term options are being discussed to cope with student and teacher illness. Many still don’t feel safe on campus but can’t follow lectures or classwork because no online option is given. Will online class options be normalized in the future? Read more from Cal Matters here.
Did you know that colleges are some of the most vaccinated places in the country? But, as COVID continues to spread and case numbers climb, campuses are short of resources and students and faculty don’t feel safe. Read more from NPR here.
While students continue to wait for colleges to finalize plans for fall semester, professors are growing more concerned. Some universities have been open to letting professors decide for themselves what to do by suspending the normal requirement that teaching be done in person. Many other schools are requiring professors, with few exceptions, to be on campus for in-person teaching.