Classes are in-person. Classes are online again. Back to in-person. Online again. This is a cycle playing out at schools across the country, and there does not seem to be an end to the cycle in the short-term. Some schools used the spring and summer closures to prepare classrooms for either virtual or hybrid learning opportunities, while others fully expected to be back in the classrooms in a normal routine by now. Many schools that did not invest in technology upgrades over the summer are beginning to consider these projects, hoping to have them in place for the winter and spring semesters.
Schools that hadn’t prepared their online learning capabilities before now have a significant incentive to invest: grants and legislation that allocate funding for technology and professional development investments that support distance learning.
Current events are causing shifts in how we think about everything, and education is no exception. With K-12 and higher education classrooms closed across the nation, many educational institutions are moving up the timelines for construction and renovation projects, often with an updated scope to account for changes that will need to be in place when students return to classrooms.