Sure, this is a little problem for a plan to open schools in Utah. They have to prepare to inform people if anyone dies.
I can fix it, though! Just delete that bullet point. Poof, gone, no worries, at least, not until it actually happens.
My university has a plan, too. It’s called the Return to Campus plan. They seem to be instinctively following my advice and not mentioning the awkwardnesses that would follow if the plan doesn’t work. There’s a lot of questions there that they answer neatly, but the ones I want to ask aren’t there. See, if the question doesn’t exist, you don’t have to have an answer to the problem! So, I wonder:
Will tests be available on campus? What do students & staff have to do to get one? How often will testing be done? Are there conditions for mandatory testing?
What about contact tracing? If a student, for instance, is diagnosed with COVID-19, will we trace and test and isolate anyone they were in contact with? Or do we just shut the whole campus down?
How will the success of the opening plan be evaluated? Are there criteria in place for re-establishing a lockdown? Is there a number of cases or deaths that will make the administration reverse course? Do we only abandon the plan if we get 1% student deaths?
I notice that, in the plan, there is a vague mention of our study abroad programs. Is anyone aware that most countries have closed their borders to US travel? Even Canada!
Has there been any consideration of our liabilities? With all the fiscal concerns, are we prepared for lawsuits?
Speaking of money, do the faculty get hazard pay? Oops, how silly, We’re getting pay cuts instead.
Returning to the original point, who at the university has been assigned the job of writing the casualty letters? My son, the one who is serving in the army, has been periodically put on death duty — one week periods in which he is responsible for traveling to families to inform them of military deaths in his unit. It sounds like a horrible job, and it is. Who is taking that responsibility here?
I know, discussing these possibilities just makes the whole plan look half-assed. Never mind, just pretend I didn’t ask.