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Will soon be quicker to list colleges staying open, but in the meantime, Olin College is going online only

Olin College in Needham has told students not to return from spring break.

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Currently, Longy and Berklee schools of music. New England Conservatory also remains open, but the public are no longer allowed to attend any concerts there.

I don't know how you could teach music performance "virtually".

Lesley also appears to be operating largely unchanged.

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Says it will make an announcement tomorrow.

BC, BU and Northeastern have yet to announce closings.

Same for UMass Amherst.

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Mass. College of Art

UMass-Boston (largely non-residential, which may matter here)

Wellseley. This presents a problem for students who are cross-registered between MIT and Wellesley.

Brandeis

Simmons

Wentworth

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You can certainly teach individual music lessons over Skype or Zoom or similar. Ensemble playing, not so much.

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Music teachers have been known to give lessons by Skype.

It's tricky, but not as difficult as a science lab class would be.

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There are scientists teaching lab science courses on Outschool.com. You have to order your preserved squids, scalpels, chemicals, glassware, etc. yourself and have them shipped to your location, and then you take the course via live video sessions, and the instructor can watch you and tell you what to do or change. Then you write up your report and post it to the classroom and the teacher grades it. It is a thing that is done and has been done since before this outbreak. There are a lot of Worldschoolers who travel full-time, parents work remote jobs, kids learn from museums, nature preserves, etc. and take things like essay writing and lab science on Outschool and similar platforms. Also regular homeschoolers take courses on these platforms, though at least in this city, most that I know take their science classes in person at the various places that offer them since we are heavy on resources. Oh, and Massachusetts has two accredited free charter public schools that are 100% online and serve K-12, so, similar things are offered there. The online school thing is hardly new.

EDIT: Oh, and in the wake of the quarantines, if anyone wants $20 off a class on Outschool (enough to take most of the one-time courses) use my linky thing: https://outschool.com/?signup=true&usid=PjrneCZx&utm_campaign=share_invi...

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I don't know how you could teach music performance "virtually".

unless you're a performance major, you only do 4 semesters of ensemble classes. and even then, students only do one 1 credit ensemble per semester.

most classes are just like the classes at any other college, honestly. textbooks, homework, and essays.

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It’s only the flu. Stop this bullshit.

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If it wasn't for the flu vaccine, this would be a yearly occurrence. Thank god everyone got their COVID-19 vaccine early this year, right?

You're an ignorant piece of shit. You're not pushing against fearmongering, you're pushing against the containment of a disease that is likely to infect >40% of the United States, killing north of 3 million people. Jesus fucking christ you're stupid.

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I don't want your Italian Flu...

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The flu "only" killed 38,000 Americans last year--and that's with vaccination, and doesn't consider deaths elsewhere in the world. I'm not taking health advice from someone who thinks 38,000 lives are irrelevant.

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A: Legions of doctors and infectious disease experts in the city with perhaps the best medical research on the planet.

B: A failed businessman-turned-president with no medical training and a general distain for those who aren't healthy and/or rich.

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For many COVID-19 is no worse than a normal to serious bout with the flu. The real problem for society and the reason that containment is important is that our hospitals can't handle a giant influx of patients. I read yesterday that there are about 200,000 ICU beds in the whole country. They are typically 90%+ occupied on a normal day. If thousands of people need intensive care (for breathing problems primarily) where are they going to go? You can tell people to postpone optional procedures, but those people are mostly not in ICU beds anyway. Yes the cat is out of the bag, but even if some high percentage of people eventually get this, spreading it out over several months will hopefully allow the hospitals to keep up with the new demand.

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