Since some colleges have reopened this fall, thousands of cases connected to campuses have emerged. This then forces students to quarantine in dorms and shift to online classes. For Thanksgiving, as students head home, it raises the risk of the virus spreading.
“The responsibility and the reach of the impact is not just to the student body anymore, it’s to those close contacts,” said Emily Rounds, who helps collect data on college testing plans nationwide for the College Crisis Initiative at Davidson College.
According to the College Crisis Initiative website, “Davidson College proposes the College Crisis Initiative (C2I) to enhance understanding of institutions’ responses to the COVID-19 global crisis and to plan for other potential crises.”
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“Capitalizing on Davidson’s small size and nimble approach to problem-solving, C2I will conduct research and provide data resources to leaders engaged in planning and researchers seeking to understand the higher education sector’s response to crises,” the website also reads.
The researchers have seen a noticeable increase in schools that require or encourage students to get tested before Thanksgiving. They have noticed this since early November. “Some colleges are turning to states for help paying for the extra tests,” Fox News reported. Meanwhile, “others are relying on those developed by their own researchers.”