Faculties and universities within the U.S. face a troublesome alternative within the coming weeks. Some have determined that closing their campuses and providing on-line lessons is the most secure choice. For others, the safer and extra accountable different could also be to permit college students to return whereas putting in a complete virus-screening program that minimizes the danger of transmission. Contingent on New York state’s approval, we will probably be opening Cornell for residential instruction this fall.
Take into account two eventualities. College A decides to reopen. For the well being and security of scholars, school and employees, it institutes a screening program to establish asymptomatic college students contaminated with the novel coronavirus and forestall them from spreading it by repeated testing and isolation. The varsity additionally displays signs day by day, restricts group sizes, modifies lecture rooms and dorms, secures in depth quarantine capability, restricts journey, and imposes necessities for masks and social distancing.
College B decides that that is too dangerous and chooses to play it secure. The varsity doesn’t reopen for residential instruction this fall and opts as an alternative to show all programs on-line. It takes cautious steps to open for chosen skilled or graduate packages and analysis efforts, however doesn’t implement the complicated strategy of screening hundreds of undergraduates and modifying the educational surroundings for social distancing.