In a recent discussion with the New York Times, the University of Kentucky was frank about what college may look like in the fall semester due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. What are some of the changes that students need to be prepared for, and how will this change the future of learning?
Here are a few potential adjustments a school may make to help protect students:
- Temperature checks – Stopping anyone with a fever from entering the door may extend beyond the hospitality and travel industries. Colleges will face pressure to keep sick students quarantined, and regular temperature checks may be one way to catch students who are trying to tough it out, despite the risk to their classmates and teachers.
- Face masks – From the classroom to the cafeteria, face masks may be required at many schools, even if states have started to relax regulations by then. The fact is that schools cram students into crowded classrooms, and that makes them a breeding ground for illness. Masks keep someone who is ill but doesn’t know it yet from spreading a virus as easily, and it also provides a little protection for the wearer.
- Quarantine – Quarantining sick students in dorm rooms may become the norm if someone does start to show symptoms or is actually diagnosed with COVID-19, quarantining the student can help limit the spread.
These are just some ideas that universities across the country are discussing. You should be planning ahead as well.
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