On Friday, May 15, the University of Notre Dame held a meeting to help determine their course of action moving forward amid the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, they announced their plans to open up for the fall semester.
After consultation with experts and health officials to develop a plan to ensure the health and safety of all members of the campus community, we will welcome students back to campus for the fall semester the week of August 10: https://t.co/b3aVqc4r39 pic.twitter.com/llm96lzHSI— Notre Dame (@NotreDame) May 18, 2020
Among the many things listed, the highlights are:
- Students start earlier for fall semester during the week of August 10
- Forego fall break in October
- End the semester BEFORE Thanksgiving
What isn’t announced just yet is anything about the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football season.
There are rumors circling that decisions have been made about moving the game against the Navy Midshipmen to Annapolis rather than in Ireland as well as moving the date to September 5th. These are JUST rumors at the moment, and again — nothing has been announced as of publishing.
There are still a lot of questions OTHER than the Navy game to consider such as:
- Will Notre Dame be able to play the USC Trojans and Stanford Cardinal this season?
- What will gamedays be like in South Bend?
Hopefully these questions (and more) will be answered in the coming days rather than weeks, but everything has been been a waiting game with the COVID-19 pandemic, so anything is quite possible.