NECC Observer

The student news website of Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill and Lawrence, Mass.

College students are coming home for the holidays, and some are not happy about it

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, college campuses are preparing to send students home for the winter. Many Massachusetts colleges are already primarily online, but plan to transfer to remote learning after Thanksgiving.

College students will stay home and complete their courses online until the second semester starting in February.

A lot of college students are not happy about coming home for the winter. Some are even planning on cheating the system and returning to their college towns after Thanksgiving break.

One student, Ashley Thistlewood, from Plymouth State University said “I’m going to stay home for a bit, but then I think I’m going to live [in New Hampshire] for most of break because I have a job here.”

A lot of students have adjusted to life in these college areas, and do not want COVID-19 to ruin it for them.

Sending college students home was just one of the plans enforced in order to keep communities in Massachusetts safe.

Charlie Baker, governor of Massachusetts, released a statement with many guidelines for the upcoming months. Some of these regulations are a stay at home order from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., along with restaurants and other establishments ordered to close by 9:30 p.m. every night.

With the COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts being over 200,000 as of the fourth week of November, colleges are doing all they can to keep students safe.

Traveling is extremely dangerous during this time, but campuses are giving students time to quarantine in between traveling.