College Reopening Plans Include How Many Coronavirus Cases Would Close Them Again

Colleges spent the first part of the summer deliberating how to reopen campuses and classrooms. Now, they are spending the remainder thinking through what kind of dangers it would take to close them.

By setting hard triggers for a potential shutdown, schools that are planning to bring students back to campus hope to avoid the chaos that accompanied their March closures. Creating those plans means considering possibilities like student or staff deaths, increasing infection rates and...