The president of my alma mater recently sent an update on the school’s reopening, and it’s so far … so good.
According to the report, after a week’s worth of classes, there had only been four positive COVID-19 tests, and two of those had been “safely resolved.”
Contrast that with another local college, where they’ve already suspended in-person classes for two weeks, and the governor has sent a “SWAT team” to help deal with the situation.
“It seems like the smallest thing, but I don’t think a campus could function if people didn’t hold doors for each other. Imagine how much time would be lost, a second or two at a time, if everyone had to stop, open the door, stop, open the door … over and over again.”
— “Things I learned in college, but not in class,” Aug. 19, 2018
I personally question why any schools are going back right now, but I also understand any decision — so long as it’s being made carefully and in good faith — is at best … at best … trying to find the best of no good options.
The college’s reopening plan was included with the president’s message, so I gave it a look.
It’s 16 pages long, and seemed like it was pretty detailed, with plenty of precautions.
But then I read this.
“A valid ID card will be required for entry to all buildings, and no individual may hold or prop open exterior doors for any other person, in order to assist with contact tracing efforts.”
It probably wouldn’t be the first thing you’d think of, but it’s smart that someone thought of it.
But if any school has to get to that level of detail to avoid outbreaks — and again, well-done for doing it — I do wonder what the point of it all is.