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UK featured in NY Times story on reopening campus

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Administrators from the University of Kentucky saved a seat for The New York Times in some of the recent Zoom meetings about reopening campus in the fall. The New York Times was not there to contribute to any of the four concepts for the fall semester — that wouldn’t make sense — but to report on how a wonderful place like UK is dealing with the times.

That story is now online, and in it, we learn UK’s Dean of the College of Medicine painted one potential scene that includes distributing thermometers to students to self report their temperatures each day to a cell phone app:

“Can you hear me?” Dr. Robert DiPaola, the medical college dean, asked during one of the meetings, in what has become an oft-repeated line in the days of virtual conferencing.

Sitting alone at a gleaming oval conference table in his office, Dr. DiPaola injected some of the grimmest reality into the discussions, with concerns about sanitation and testing. The university might have to distribute thermometers to everyone, he said, and require students to report symptoms on a cellphone app every day to be cleared for classes.

The administrators studied complex models, considering if Kentucky could hold in-person classes before Thanksgiving and then online classes for the rest of the fall semester; if it could reduce classroom crowding through a longer day; or if it should allow only certain groups of students on campus, like freshmen, who administrators said would benefit the most from the experience.

It’s only one of many options UK is considering, but at least one option has been completely thrown out and that’s returning to the “normal” of this time last year.

“That’s not going to happen,” Sue Roberts, an associate provost, says in the story.

For more from behind the scenes of UK’s planning process and other universities around the country, read the New York Times’ story, “Fever Checks and Quarantine Dorms: The Fall College Experience?”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

5 Comments for UK featured in NY Times story on reopening campus

  1. Megan
    1:18 pm May 19, 2020 Permalink

    We know carriers of the disease can be asymptomatic. Indeed, it appears people are most contagious when they have no symptoms. So recording temperatures is hardly the answer to clearing students to return to class.

    Instead of taking temperature, we should be focused on TESTING and tracing and isolating. Half-measures are only going to prolong our physical, social and economic suffering.

    • 4everUKBlue
      3:33 pm May 19, 2020 Permalink

      Wake up Megan, people are dying with it not from it. Do some research outside of the MSM.

    • satcheluk
      10:07 pm May 20, 2020 Permalink

      Agreed and 4ever is a retard.

  2. secrick
    2:02 pm May 19, 2020 Permalink

    Some people don’t want this to go away. Misery loves company. No testing needed.