Many colleges and universities across the country have said they hope to reopen in the fall after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down campuses this spring. But some universities have crafted contingency plans for the possibility that in-person classes may not resume until 2021.
Boston University, which has already called off in-person classes through the end of the summer, was one of the first schools to acknowledge that it may not be able to reopen the campus until January 2021.
Harvard University also acknowledged that “a tremendous amount of uncertainty” lingers around an in-person start date, though it remains “focused on the fall.”
Oregon State University said it “can hope for a full return in fall 2020, but hope is not a strategy,” and therefore has crafted a 2021 contingency plan. Public health experts lauded the universities for making multiple plans, pointing out that social distancing may be a reality until 2022.
source: Campus Safety Magazine