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Old 07-07-2020, 08:09 AM
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School should be online this fall, if not for the entire year. Rush should be virtual. Until people realize we're still in Phase 1 - as Dr. Fauci reminded all this week - we'll continue to see spread and deaths. College campuses are the perfect storm - students who won't distance, won't wear masks unless required (classes) and older faculty/staff...then kids take the disease home to mom, dad, sibling and grandparents. Collateral damage at a mass level.

Life isn't going back to pre-Covid style - not for a few years and I'd bet there are some ways in which we'll never return to pre-Covid living.. Read an article today where a scientist from Johns Hopkins said we'll need to wear masks for at least a FEW years. Long haul unless we want the country to continue to shut down, more people die, global (and national) travel limited to the Nth degree, etc. It's getting ugly. I have no patience for those who refuse to wear a mask unless it's truly medically indicated. Companies everywhere are having to change how they do business, colleges and schools need to as well to avoid spread.

I'm appalled at the governors who've used a mocking tone to talk about New York City saying "we don't have that problem", who won't enforce wearing a mask and now have 'the problem' growing like wildfire. People who think masks are a political weapon. Want to see this insanity in action? Google "Palm Beach County hearing on masks" and watch your jaw drop so fast you won't know what hit you. Women calling the mask message and doctors "evil" and saying "we'll do citizen arrests on anyone who tries to make us wear one." Chilling.

And...now we know it can be travel via airborne droplets:
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/06/h...e=most-popular
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Old 07-07-2020, 09:21 AM
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Georgia Tech just announced school would open without students required to masks. The faculty—especially the older ones—are both furious and afraid. But GA’s governor requires all state schools to follow HIS state guidelines, not allowing each college administration to form their own roles.
Here we go...sometimes the powers that be don’t act with EVERYBODY’S best interests at heart.
It appears that enough faculty members spoke up and now masks will be required at universities in Georgia. Good for them!

University System of Georgia to require masks in classrooms after all
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Old 07-07-2020, 01:34 PM
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GREAT NEWS! This is an example of sound reasoning and the power of organized academic input (not to mention common sense!) over politically-generated decisions. Maybe we’ll see more of this!
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Old 07-07-2020, 01:40 PM
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Great news from Georgia. Meanwhile, in Florida...

Florida Orders Schools to Reopen in Fall Despite Rising Coronavirus Cases
https://www.usnews.com/news/educatio...onavirus-cases

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SCHOOLS IN FLORIDA WILL reopen their buildings for in-person teaching for the upcoming school year, despite the growing number of coronavirus cases throughout the state.

An executive order signed Monday by Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, a Republican and former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, orders all brick and mortar schools, including private and charter institutions, to reopen in August at least five days per week for all students.
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Old 07-10-2020, 06:25 PM
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Hadn't thought about students returning to our local college from all places far and near until this morning's local NPR report. Thank goodness we have a nearby hospital available should COVID19 cases begin to surge with the return of students. Not sure how some small southern campuses in more rural areas will cope with any possible illness surge when the Fall 2020 semester starts.
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Old 09-14-2020, 04:47 PM
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I question the veracity of the reporting that "112 fraternity members" have tested positive. I suspect the reporter in question was leaping to several conclusions and what's more likely is that "112 residents of fraternity houses" have tested positive.

I've been out of school (at the UW) for about ten years but, assuming this hasn't changed - and I'm not sure if this is the case at other schools, as well - many of the fraternities at the UW rent their rooms to non-members over the summer when their houses are largely empty.

We had 40 rooms in our house, all of which were doubles but would be converted into singles during the summer and with gender restrictions lifted. Of those, maybe 1/5 would actually be occupied by members while the remainder would be rented by non-member students (usually persons who either lived in dorms or sororities during the year and would be taking summer classes when both of those housing options were closed or had limited occupancy) .
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