Updated: Jul 5, 2021
By now some of you have made the decision to drop your child off at college and others are still debating. I am not in a position to tell you what you should ultimately do, but I will say that you should give the decision a great deal of thought. Thoughts, research and diligent prayers are necessary to make a totally informed decision because this is not a situation that should be taken lightly.
Last week students began returning to college. Since then there have been sightings of some students engaging irresponsibility and contrary to the guidelines of the institutions they will be attending in a very few days. While I know that some institutions of higher education have made plans to attempt to keep your students safe, some are operating like the start of this academic year is business as usual. It is anything but. Right now if you do your research you will find that there are still many unanswered questions and there are more questions than answers. Basically total confusion is rampant.
Some questions are, what will happen if anyone in an in-person class tests positive? (This will happen) How will the students and professors deal with the remaining class members as well as the students in all the other classes in which that student is enrolled? What about roommates or any other person with which that student has been in contact? What happens to the online students if a professor and his in-class students need to be quarantined? The list of questions is endless.
The answers are non-existent. I believe that in the rush to have something In place for the students returning to campus, college officials have worked to prepare the campus and classrooms but I don’t believe enough questions have been asked and answered, enough scenarios run. What are the students doing off campus in the days before classes start? For these reasons, as I said previously, I would not have my child on a campus if you paid me. But that’s me.
Maybe I am overly concerned (or perhaps paranoid) but I would rather be safe(r) allowing my student to take advantage of online options rather than in person.
In the meantime, continue to pray pray pray. Only God can help us now.
**these are my opinions based on experience, research and fact.