For those who have an interest, the most recent podcast from freakonomics, "where will we be in the fall", with respect to colleges and universities. They interview three college presidents, Arizona State, Boston University and American University. Admittedly none of these institutions are a close fit for Bonaventure, American being the closest, private, but size wise around 8;000 students. I have worked in higher ed for over 35 years and I found the discussion by these three college presidents, closer to a sense of reality vs the sky is falling or somewhere at the other end of the spectrum. I think that the powers to be getting us off in running in the health sciences area, was a very smart decision. In particular the physician's assistant program which is supposed to launch in January is a need right across the board, but especially for western New York State.
Finally we are getting some positive news. WGRZ reports "Gov. Cuomo says Western New York close to starting reopening process."
From WGRZ As of Sunday afternoon, Western New York is now at six out of seven metrics to begin phase one of reopening.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in his daily press conference that Western New York still needs to increase the number of people who are prepared to conduct tracing in the region. He says this is a purely administrative function.
From WIVB channel 4 "WNY can begin reopening on Tuesday."
From WIVB -- Cuomo announced big news for western New York. The region needed 521 virus tracers in order to meet its final requirement for reopening. The Governor says 525 have been identified, and training has begun. This means western New York can begin Phase One of reopening on Tuesday. -- So what’s that mean for the region? Certain businesses can reopen, but restrictions are still in place. These businesses are required to create a plan outlining how they will follow safety guidelines. -- Cuomo says he and the state will work with sports teams on plans to play. This includes the Buffalo Bills, Sabres and Bisons. -- “I want to watch the Bills,” Cuomo commented. That being said, he says the organizations should plan on playing games without fans being there.
Notre Dame with an interesting concept. Planning on bringing kids back 2 weeks earlier in August, no fall break just straight through until Thanksgiving. They are hoping to have the semester in before the theorized Fall/Winter second spike.
Not sure if this is ND's plan but have also seen suggested that schools are looking at just doing virtual classes post thanksgiving with the same thought of missing the second wave in mind.