COLUMBIA, Mo. – While Missouri lawmakers have a week off due to snow and arctic temperatures, snowy days are a thing of the past at the state’s largest university.
As children, one of the greatest reasons we all loved snow – there was no school. But in Mizzou, the snowy days are gone, and the university says that’s thanks to the pandemic.
“This is likely how we will operate in the near future,” said Mizzou communications director Christian Basi. “If we’re only talking about a few days, a very temporary situation, doing a class remotely is a very possible thing.”
It was a quiet Friday on the grounds of Mizzou. Besides the sound of shoveling or shoveling, a lonely snowman sat in the middle of the school campus while a group of students rushed from one location to another.
“Distance learning helps us maintain our educational mission and the semester with as little disruption as possible,” says Basi. “If we miss too many days, in some cases we have to make up for them.”
The university made the decision on Monday for the campus community to work remotely on Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Thursday afternoon, Mizzou also called the school directly for Friday.
“The private shuttles that serve many of the student apartments in town have had difficulty not only moving through the snow but also maintaining their operations because of the cold,” says Basi.
Basi says there are about 10,000 students living off campus, but in these distant days, 6,000 students living on campus still have access to the cafeterias.
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