In universities, severe on-campus restrictions have led to the evictions of some students from dormitories for hosting visitors. More than 800 students signed a petition last October to lift the restrictions.
“The consequences are severe, so people are scared,” said Fok Theng Fong, a 24-year-old law student.
A different student culture
Most students in Singapore do not live on campus. And Singapore does not have fraternities and sororities.
Olyvia Lim, a senior at the Nanyang Technological University, said reports about American college students partying amid a pandemic baffled her friends.
“We all said, ‘Why would they risk themselves to do such a thing?’” Lim said. “It’s a bit hard to believe because we are of similar ages, but I think it’s culture. They are all about freedom, but when the government here says, ‘Wear a mask,’ we all do.”
Around the country
After the University of Alabama won the college football championship Monday night, thousands partied in the streets to celebrate, in a potential super-spreader event.
Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte joined a growing list of schools delaying the start of in-person learning. And a community college in California, Chaffey College, canceled in-person classes for the spring term.
Many colleges in Rhode Island plan to open soon, despite rising cases.
Art amid chaos: Three students at Dartmouth College shared their artistic creations with Emma Ginsberg, a reporter for the student paper. Jazz, baking and acting still thrive.
A good read: Our colleague Billy Witz took a hard look at the often absurd inequalities of college sports. “It is difficult to untangle the hypocrisy from the heartwarming in the mega-business of college sports, where the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the inherent conflicts wrought by a financial model that reaps billions on the backs of unpaid players.”
About 250 public schools in New York City are offering full-time, five-days-a-week instruction to all of their students, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
After delays, Utah started vaccinating teachers on Tuesday.
Arkansas will expand its vaccine distribution to teachers and workers in child care and higher education.
Boston plans to bring more public school students back for in-person learning starting in February. Last week, Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled plans to begin pool testing for students and staff across Massachusetts.
An opinion from Chicago: Stacy Moore, the executive director of Educators for Excellence-Chicago, did not mince words. “If the leaders of our school district and teachers’ union continue on this path, no one wins,” wrote Moore, a former teacher. “It is time for both sides to act like adults and come to the table to compromise.”
A worthy watch: A public school educator in Baltimore posted a powerful video with testimonials from students. “It’s so hard to stay engaged with your computer,” one student said. “It’s like a curse.” Alec MacGillis, a reporter at ProPublica, wrote on Twitter that it was “the first collection of first-hand student testimonials that I’ve seen from anywhere in the country.”
Tip: Covid tests for kids
Our colleague Christina Caron wrote a handy explainer for everything you need to know about Covid tests for kids. She spoke with five doctors and two of the largest urgent care providers in the United States to parse questions: Are there less invasive tests? If so, where? Are they accurate? And how should parents prepare a squeamish young child for the swab?
There’s a ton of information in the piece. But in general, to calm nerves, Christina recommends going to a pediatrician. “Doctors and nurses who test children regularly will most likely know what to do if your child is nervous or scared,” she wrote.
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