Florida college union wants online-only classes this fall

By Andrew Atterbury
Florida’s higher education faculty union, representing 40 colleges and universities, urged the state to transition back to online learning ahead of the rapidly approaching fall semester.
About 61 percent of colleges have not changed their reopening plans since July 1 as Florida coronavirus outbreak worsened, United Faculty of Florida President Karen Morian told reporters Monday.
The union wants Gov. Ron DeSantis and other state leaders to move classes online for the entire fall semester in case more Covid-19 hot spots pop up.
“Too many of our schools are not making plans that we consider are fully safe,” Morian said.
Coming soon: Many college and university campuses are expected to offer a fraction of their classes in-person.
State university reopening plans have already been approved by the Board of Governors, but the faculty union has issues with some proposed safety measures.
Not all schools have protocols for housing and contact tracing of students who fall ill with the coronavirus, according to UFF. It isn't clear at many campuses how courses would carry on should a faculty member catch Covid-19.
A letter: UFF sent a letter to DeSantis on Monday pushing for distance learning The Republican governor has been a vocal proponent of bringing students back to school, both in K-12 and higher education.
Colleges and universities pivoted to online courses in March as the coronavirus began spreading through Florida. The move proved costly to schools that reimbursed students for housing and meal plans. The university system is defending lawsuits over other student fees.