Stanford, to its freshmen and sophomores: Stay home

Guided by medical advice and current health conditions, Stanford University is now telling its freshmen and sophomore students to not come to campus.

The San Francisco Chronicle has the story.

Stanford had previously planned to bring just freshmen and sophomores back to campus in the fall to allow for social distancing in the dorms. For the winter and spring terms, juniors and seniors would rotate in, and freshmen and sophomores would return home.

But the university had warned students in July that these plans might change as the pandemic worsened in California. Now Stanford says that if possible, freshmen and sophomores can move into university housing for the winter term, starting in January, and juniors and seniors can move in for the spring, starting in March.

Perfectly sound and wise decision here. Plans were made, but on-the-ground conditions didn’t allow for them to be enacted. That’s good leadership: acknowledging that plans must be altered.

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