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My kid just cancelled their Fall semester housing, will only do online. Yours?

parentologistparentologist 213 replies21 threads Junior Member
My kid thinks it is very likely that there will be a wave of coronavirus as soon as school reopens, and that the dorms will close again by October. Kid cancelled housing, plans to take online classes. I fully support this decision - I too am convinced that campuses will close as soon as coronavirus pops up.

Has this issue come up in your household? I know colleges are all trying to reopen the campuses for Fall semester, but I don't see how they'll be able to stay open for in-person learning, what with the risk to faculty members. Do your kids plan to return to campus?
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Replies to: My kid just cancelled their Fall semester housing, will only do online. Yours?

  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 10131 replies118 threads Senior Member
    Mine is going back. Her department confirmed today that 3 out of her 5 courses will be in person. (2 have lab components).
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  • happymomof1happymomof1 30743 replies197 threads Senior Member
    My undergrad college has announced a modified calendar and has re-scheduled fall classes. Many of the classes will be offered in distance-friendly format so that faculty and/or students who are not able to be on campus can still teach/learn. Some classes will only be in on-campus format - presumably those with lab components. I expect there will be a fair number of students who elect to just study from home.
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  • whidbeyite2002whidbeyite2002 267 replies1 threads Junior Member
    edited June 25
    My daughter’s college has not announced its finalized plans, but it is likely to be a hybrid solution. My daughter and 2 friends decided to cancel campus housing and instead signed for an apartment a few blocks from the university. In this way, they will not be crammed into a triple. The flip side is that if on-campus classes are cancelled partway through the year, no housing refunds for us.
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  • sushirittosushiritto 5340 replies20 threads Senior Member
    Yes, my kid is returning to campus. Upper division courses, lectures, labs, etc. are typically less than 50 students and her school is limiting class sizes right now and reconfiguring classrooms. Wipes, masks and hand sanitizer will be available to all.
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  • NJWrestlingmomNJWrestlingmom 1727 replies2 threads Senior Member
    Mine is also going back, but he lives off campus. School just posted fall plans yesterday - no triples, masks required in all classes (there are no huge lecture halls), no buffet food or self serve drink options in the cafeteria. They also upgraded tech so all in person classes can be completed virtually if a student or prof isn't comfortable going into the class.
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  • 1Lotus1Lotus 285 replies17 threads Member
    My sophomore son who is on meds that compromises immunity is planning to go back. At least 2 of 4 classes are online...dorm situation, no roommate. He had a video appt with his specialist dr and the dr was ok with him going back...covid 19 is so unpredictable in how it reacts in a person. The dr gave him the the choice to make. I asked the question as to whether it would be crazy to go back and the dr didn’t indicate that it would be although my son would be at a slightly higher risk than peers. His condition is not lung related.
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  • itsgettingreal21itsgettingreal21 329 replies5 threads Member
    I’m concerned about my D’s school reopening plans. But she lives off campus so will go back and if they go completely online due to a huge outbreak (which I think is very likely), she will stay off-campus.
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  • NhatrangNhatrang 1325 replies1 threads Senior Member
    Mine is going back to live off campus apartment. Looks like her chem lab, discussions, and 1 lecture will be in person. The other 4 lectures will be online.

    Good luck to all.
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  • 2plustrio2plustrio 345 replies7 threads Member
    My son is already living off campus (in his college town) and taking courses online. Will see how this fall goes. His classes are typically less than 25 persons already so we think their plan to move forward with some f2f in fall will work out.
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  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 7286 replies34 threads Senior Member
    Going back, living off campus. No question about it. A senior also.
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  • SJ2727SJ2727 2678 replies14 threads Senior Member
    Discussion in our house is exactly opposite. School in large city and nothing is final yet - should know by mid-july of final plans - but D19 and some of her friends are keen to go back (D19 hopefully in a single in a dorm but off campus if not) even if all classes end up being online, and we support that. She hated the isolation of studying online from home during the second half of spring semester and even for those classes that are not in person they want to have study groups for motivation, etc. At no stage are we kidding ourselves that colleges can enforce social distancing outside the classrooms so we are aware there is a risk, and if D was immune compromised or similar this would be a different conversation. (The school will obviously have quarantine plans in place for students who do get sick and we have close family in the city so that also helps ease some concerns.)
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  • samsmom20samsmom20 37 replies2 threads Junior Member
    edited June 25
    D20 is still on the fence due to an underlying chronic health condition, but hoping to be on campus.

    I'm just not sure how it might affect her financial aid if she chooses to work online from home - we're waiting to hear back from her school's financial aid office.

    She's going to a private University with a small scholarship and a grant that make up about half of the cost of attendance in total, leaving us to pay the other half out of pocket. Just worried they will take away part/all of her grant if she isn't on campus. How are other schools handling financial aid for students who choose to attend remotely?

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  • 1Lotus1Lotus 285 replies17 threads Member
    @samsmom20 we spoke to son’s dr. last week with concerns about whether he should go back with a chronic illness that requires a medication that weakens his immunity and he left it to son after explaining some of the facts for the particular med he is taking and said he would be willing to write a note to the school if Ben had concerns about returning. I would think a dr explanation to disability office would help the situation...but I think at this point he plans to return.
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  • Mom2aphysicsgeekMom2aphysicsgeek 4744 replies56 threads Senior Member
    My sr is not going back fall semester. All of her courses are being offered strictly online in the fall. She is pocketing the $$ for fall semester housing to use toward her masters. (She is part of a 5th yr accelerated masters.) She is planning on going back in the spring.
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  • AlwaysMovingAlwaysMoving 697 replies7 threads Member
    Mine is 50/50.

    She has gone down the rabbit hole and has some interesting ideas of what to do if she is not tied to campus. Maybe her friends spend 3 months in Southern California, 1 month skiing in Colorado, and then 4 months in France. Maybe she nabs a paid internship and stays home. Maybe she stays home, saves the R & B money for a 3-4 month trek around the world after graduation. Maybe she just goes back to school and rolls with the virus.
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  • me29034me29034 2061 replies102 threads Senior Member
    Mine is going back but has cancelled his housing contract in order to move off campus. As far as we can tell, some of his classes will be in person and some online but his school has not said anything definite yet so this is just reading the tea leaves. He will stay in his college town to do his classes even if everything goes online. Being at home last spring was not good for him or us.
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  • samsmom20samsmom20 37 replies2 threads Junior Member
    edited June 26
    For anyone who may be in a similar position:

    Received response from DD's school, which states they would "reevaluate your financial aid award and the grant may be reduced" if DD decides to stay home and attend remotely.

    DD is registered with the disabilities office and her medical condition is listed in the "might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19" category by the CDC.

    We're still waiting for her room assignment (school has announced no more than 2 per bedroom) and hoping she gets a small suite with her 3 requested roommates. I wouldn't feel comfortable if she had to share a bathroom with more than just a few other people.
    edited June 26
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