It's going to be the unmasked party students that you can't see which will make or break the semester.
Yep. The university has already put two fraternities on double secret probation after some parties last weekend.
KU has been testing students and faculty/staff that are going to be physically on campus. The overall infection rate is something like 1.2 percent. The data broken down for students shows the fraternity and sorority students have infection rates 8.5 times the rates of the other students.
I'm glad my class is fully online. That was the plan before the pandemic. But the pandemic caused all kinds of uncertainty about whether they could hire me to redesign the course. It worked out ok, but instead of having two+ months to work on it, I had about two weeks.
What's up with SMU?
My brother's school is having students in classes. But they start with a 14 day quarantine and have to wear masks and face shields. The students at CIA are a lot more disciplined than regular college types.
I reckon just about anyone is more disciplined than a bunch of frat boys. Probably even mathematicians exercise greater amounts of discipline!
We're doing the flex. Many faculty are fully remote due to health risk concerns. About 1 in 10 students choose to be fully remote. The rest of us are doing flex where there are red students and blue students. On red days the red students come in-person and the blue students Zoom to class. Vice versa on the blue days. It's a bit of a juggling act speaking to both sets of students during class. And have some fully remote students in China who are fully asynchronous so I have to keep track of them as well. Definitely more to think about for class management but it will be fine.
What's unclear yet is how bad C19 will be in our population. It's early stages for us yet since class just started on Monday. We're expecting a spike in the first two weeks just like we have a spike (no pun intended) in trouble making during early parts of a regular semester. The issue will be the amplitude and duration of the spike, and whether it is bad enough that the powers that be call it quits on having students on campus. The admin's tolerance for amplitude and duration is going to be greater than the typical faculty member.
SMU has exactly the same set up as my kids ISD. But they won't go to 50/50 learning until mid September when tourism dies down and the infection rate doesn't increase. Apparently over 10's are high spreaders. So the Elementary are 100% at school. Grades 6 and above are 100% remote.
From today's paper:
"Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health has issued quarantine orders for current residents of nine University of Kansas greek community chapter houses and is in the process of a 10th, according to a news release from the agency Wednesday evening."
Our other local university, Haskell Indian Nations University, is online only for the Fall semester. They made that decision and announced it back in June.
The frat boys never disappoint.