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.
With more high school students working during remote school days and others taking late-night shifts leaving them too tired for school, it’s no surprise that high school graduation rates are declining. Read more from Chalkbeat 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.
For students to gain emotional resilience, they need time to process the stress and sense of loss from the pandemic, recover and grow from it. Read more from the NY Times here.
When The New York Times asked students, “How has this year challenged and changed your generation?”, the responses ranged from extreme loss to a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. In many ways, these students speak for all of us as they express what was lost and gained from the pandemic.
While more than 100 colleges already have plans to require students to get vaccinated in the fall, some schools, including California’s public university system, will not require shots while the vaccines have only emergency authorization. With major outbreaks continuing on campuses, more colleges will undoubtedly require shots for students attending in-person classes in the fall.