Photographer's Note

I do not believe in taking attendance at college level. College students are adults and have the privilege and responsibility to manage their own time. If they can succeed in a course without attending lectures, all the more power to them!

That said, we are required to take attendance in our classes this year. Not only that, students are supposed to have assigned seating. These measures are taken for the sake of contact tracing. That way, if a student comes down with COVID-19, we can trace with whom he/she had sat in previous classes. For those professors who do not like to take attendance, our provost suggested we could take a snapshot of the class and keep it in lieu of a roll-call. This is an "attendance record" of one of my classes.

You might note that it was taken on Aug. 29, which was a Saturday. In an ordinary semester, we do not have Saturday classes. However, this year's academic calendar is a bit different. We started Fall semester a week earlier than usual. We eliminated fall break and will continue till Nov. 25, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. That will be the last day of classes. Students will not come back from Thanksgiving break, but finals will be administered remotely. Two Saturdays were used to make up for the Thursday and Friday of that last abbreviated week. Our neck of the woods is relatively safe and the campus has pretty tight measures to keep the spread of infections under control. By keeping students on campus and not sending them away for breaks, we are hoping to prevent the importing of the virus from other parts of the country.

Exif Data:

Make: Apple
Model: iPhone XR
Software: 13.6.1
Exposure Time: 1/60
F-Stop: f/1.8
ISO Speed Ratings: 64
Focal Length: 17/4 mm
Date Taken: 2020-08-29 14:04
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode
File Size: 979 k

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