It is fascinating to read how different segments of American society are adjusting and changing their operations because of the coronavirus crisis.
Businesses want to reopen with health guidelines, schools and colleges recognize that the short-term will look different, and government agencies seek to update their archaic policies.
The Ragon Institute, a research facility in Cambridge, MA, wants to bring employees back to the workplace with staggered shifts, social distancing, weekly employee testing, and daily employee temperature readings. Employees would be given daily masks, gloves, and sanitizer. Anyone symptomatic or feverish would be barred from entering the building.
Staggered classes and longer days are among the plans at K-12 school districts, to include continued distance learning and online education.
“The new norm is that public education is probably not going to be what it’s always been for the near future. But it would be a shame to take this crisis and not improve on how we interact with students, how teachers are teaching and kids are demonstrating their learning.”Source: Chris Funk, superintendent of the East Side Union School District in San Jose, CA
College presidents across the country intend to reopen campuses this fall but it’s unclear if students will be there. Based on a survey of 1,171 high school seniors, 1 in 6 will not attend. In another survey, 40% of parents said their kids may delay going to college.
The U.S. Supreme Court begins holding oral arguments via telephone today for a series of postponed cases. And for the first time in the Court’s history, the audio feed will be available to media organizations for rebroadcast to the world.
Chris Pugliese, the general manager of Tompkins Square Bagels in New York City, says it best:
“I tell my guys at the store that everything is related to the first Rocky movie. We don’t have to win. We just have to get through this fight. We’re going to get up, get bloodied. We just need to be standing when it’s over.”Source: Bon Appetit