As Covid circumstances rise, schools plan to reopen within the spring

Some colleges only have a few days left to cancel plans to reopen for the spring semester as Covid cases rise. Others just stop.

Stanford University had planned to bring back more students for the spring semester with a late personal start date. However, the university recently announced that freshmen and second grades will not be able to return to campus after all.

The news came a day after it was reported that more than 40 students had tested positive for coronavirus in the past week, according to The Stanford Daily.

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“The deteriorating circumstances of Covid-19 have now undermined our expectations of the experience we students can provide,” said President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell in a letter to the community.

Goucher College in Maryland recently announced that it will stay online for the spring, while other colleges and universities, including Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nazareth College in New York, and Syracuse, are delaying the start of the semester.

Less than two weeks prior to the start of the semester, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced that elementary school classes would begin January 19, as planned. However, face-to-face tuition doesn’t begin until February 8th. (The university also had a rocky attempt to reopen it last fall.)

A student studies in an open air seating area on the University of North Carolina campus at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on August 18, 2020.

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Universities across the country and across the board are struggling to get students safely to campus as the public health crisis deepens but dissatisfaction with distance learning rises.

“It’s a big problem on both sides,” said Hafeez Lakhani, president of New York-based Lakhani Coaching.

The U.S. continues to report record numbers of Covid-19 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University, even if vaccine adoption gains some momentum.

The country currently has an average of 3,239 deaths per day.

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