Socially distanced nursing classes in the campus cafeteria. Dozens of dorm rooms left vacant for students who may need to quarantine. Virtual instruction and advising appointments. Masks. Testing. Contact tracers.
If colleges reopen without adequate safeguards in place, they risk facilitating virus outbreaks that would endanger students, faculty and staff and be costly to get under control. But if they keep courses entirely online, they risk driving away students who expect a traditional college experience for their tuition dollars, as well as those with limited access to technology and the internet.