Smith College not bringing students back to campus for Fall 2020


NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) — Smith College president Kathleen McCartney announced changes to the college’s back to school plan for the Fall 2020 semester.

According to a letter from McCartney posted on the Smith College website, the college has decided to not bring students back to campus for the fall semester, citing the continued high risk of COVID-19.

22News spoke with one vendor near the campus about the impact of students not being around to patronize local stores, restaurants, or bars.

“We have pretty good local support so that’s really nice. But yeah we’ll definitely be impacted not having the students coming back,” said Juthapathra Dechanupong of Noodles.

Smith College will offer courses remotely, including those for graduate and post-baccalaureate students.

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