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    Doug Most is a lifelong journalist and author whose career has spanned newspapers and magazines up and down the East Coast, with stops in Washington, D.C., South Carolina, New Jersey, and Boston. He was named Journalist of the Year while at The Record in Bergen County, N.J., for his coverage of a tragic story about two teens charged with killing their newborn. After a stint at Boston Magazine, he worked for more than a decade at the Boston Globe in various roles, including magazine editor and deputy managing editor/special projects. His 2014 nonfiction book, The Race Underground, tells the story of the birth of subways in America and was made into a PBS/American Experience documentary. He has a BA in political communication from George Washington University. Profile

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There are 17 comments on BU to Set Up COVID-19 Testing for Students, Faculty, and Staff

  1. I saw that many graduate programs were added today to the hybrid program. When can we expect to hear details of what the program changes will be?

  2. I realize antibody testing is not the focus here, but- I believe it would be beneficial to develop such testing in an official capacity as part of a return to normal.

    Is there any parallel planning for antibody testing?

  3. BU has a large number of faculty who are in the CDC “high risk” category (over 65 and/or with underlying medical conditions). Will this be taken into consideration with the return to campus plan?

  4. If 5 students test positive, they are likely to have infected a hundred more, and all of their faculty. Everyone will have to self-quarantine for at least two, possible three weeks. So remote teaching will be the norm, not the exception. At what point will we have to close again? Ten positive students in a week? One hundred?

    1. I highly doubt a hundred people and all their faculty will be infected as long as masks are worn, proper hygiene is followed, and direct bodily fluid isn’t being passed from one individual to another. Is it better to be at college where everyone is required to wear a mask, or at home where family is going back to work/getting groceries/running errands and do not wear a mask at home? There really is no win win situation thats why BU is focusing on giving people options they find comfortable.

  5. There are students and faculty with pre-existing conditions/at risk. How does the school plan to keep both students and faculty safe considering this? Also undergraduate large style dormitories all over campus will be high risk as it is not feasible to social distance there with elevators, dining halls, common areas, and even roommates. What about international students who cannot enter the US under current circumstances? The school cannot have a situation where a student or faculty dies from COVID19 complications. Testing a sounds great but that does not necessarily mean everyone is safe.

    1. Thats why the people who do not feel safe can choose to student from home as stated in the 5th paragraph of the article “Our classroom instruction will be designed with flexibility in mind, offering both remote learning with in-person participation, so that every student, whatever their location or personal circumstance”. Reading comprehension is really key when reading this article. Also, the fact that BU will give students a choice to stay at home is pretty commendable since some schools have not announced they will be doing the same. How they will keep students safe in high density situations like elevators? No body knows yet, but then again as mentioned before there is the option of staying home, which will not only lessen campus density but allow all students to feel comfortable in their environment.

    2. The article states that there would be an online option for those who aren’t able to make it back to campus whether it be due to high risk or travel restrictions. It seems they are accommodating to everyone’s situations and allowing students to make the choice whether they’re comfortable or not to return to campus, class, etc., on their own.

  6. Hello.. it would be good to know the plan for international students who are not currently within United States but will need to go back for the Fall 2020 session? Will they continue remotely?

  7. This is absolutely ridiculous to think that you could possibly control the health that many students. From move in to classes to extra curricular activity seriously!
    If my child were to get sick where would you quarantine them? How would you monitor the illness and make sure they are getting the best health care? What about students with pre existing health concerns?
    Students coming from all over the country and the world. Not only are they being put at risk just to get back to campus they put everyone around them at risk. What if there is another shutdown just getting that many kids home is a disaster not only financially draining but then you risk the health of everyone they come into contact with at home. I can’t even imagine my child being sick and not being able to get to them in our case 1400 miles away.
    I hope you really consider online classes for all of our health.

    1. I suggest you reread the article. Your child has the CHOICE to stay at home. As does every other student, including the student with pre existing health concerns. NO ONE IS FORCING STUDENTS ON CAMPUS. The plan to have a hybrid learning environment is specifically designed with international/immunocompromised students in mind. Your child can also transfer or take a gap year if they/you truly do not like the fact BU is opening up like many other schools. BU should be applauded for taking this measure when many other schools aren’t. It only takes one incident to contract the virus, this can happen anytime when masks aren’t being worn by both parties. As long as everyone wears a mask, and uses proper hygiene the risk is at a MINIMUM.

      I think you need to remember that COVID-19 very likely will not go away EVER. There is no guarantee that a vaccine will actually work (much like the flu vaccine), considering there have been other SARS outbreaks and a vaccine has still not been invented. How long should universities chose to take online classes, and provide inferior education than what was promised? Is it better for them to open now, or wait till winter when its prime flu and COVID-19 season? No economy or business can remain closed until 2021/2022 the projected date for a vaccine, it is time to be realistic and do a cost benefit analysis regarding the choices that BU has given you.

      1. Great response! I totally agree with you! I am a parent and I want my student on campus! We understand the risks! If you are too afraid stay home.

  8. How would this affect international students and their visas? From all I know if you are international you have to complete some requirements including in person classes. What if an international student decides to stay in their country? How would that decision would affect their visa status?

  9. The earlier the students move to campus the faster they overcome the fear of the unknown which wouldn’t be as bad as being stuck at home exposed to working parents.We need to cross that bridge to move on.

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