Katelyn Hutchison, a student at Ithaca College in New York, will return to campus this fall, in Chicago on Aug 5, 2020. The usual parental worries, whether a college-bound child will be happy, or productive, or find a suitable major leading to a stable career, are getting sidelined this fall by one overwhelming concern: With coronavirus cases spiking in many parts of the country, will students be safe at school? Nolis Anderson/The New York Times

Parents of college students worry, should they stay or go?

‘This is a situation where you have to pray for the best and be ready for the worst,’ one father says