Colleges close on Thanksgiving and … until the end of the semester

Colleges close on Thanksgiving and ... until the end of the semester

In spring, three quarters of large U.S. universities converted classes into a remote format, researchers said.

As Thanksgiving approaches, more and more U.S. colleges and universities are suddenly closing their campuses before the end of the fall semester due to the increasing incidence of COVID-19 throughout the country.

Colleges and universities began closing in the spring, early in the pandemic, in an effort to ensure the safety of students.

A study by George Mason University found that three quarters of the 575 colleges with at least 5,000 students had switched classes online, objected to student dormitories, cancelled trips, closed campuses, and telecommuting jobs.

The study, published on October 16, analyzes the actions of the colleges in the period from February 25 to March 31.

More than 321,000 COVID-19 cases and at least 80 fatalities have been reported on campuses since the pandemic began. The New York Times cites these figures based on data from more than 1,900 U.S. colleges and universities.