Salisbury University move-in week kicks off, adapted for COVID-19
SALISBURY, Md. – Move-in week kicked off at Salisbury University on Monday but officials say the process is substantially different this time around because of the pandemic.
In previous years, all new students would move in during one day but it’s expanded to about a week this year and in smaller increments with about 250 students moving in on Monday. Officials say all students and families check-in, which involves a health screening, among other safety procedures to keep everyone safe. Ultimately, university leaders want to offer students as much normalcy as possible.
“Fewer than a third of classes are face to face so most of them are either online or in a hybrid fashion. We understand that there are lots of students that need that face to face in order to be academically successful. I think to pull that away from them could harm their ability to get a degree,” says Dr. Dane Foust, the Vice President of Student Affairs.
Foust say 65 percent of students are living in a single, meaning no roommate, and every student has that opportunity. If they do have roommates, curtains have been installed around beds to restrict air flow between students as they sleep. Salisbury University also has about 80 rooms available to quarantine any students who test positive and they’ve partnered with a local hotel if they need more space than that.
On Thursday, Salisbury University held its inaugural weekly COVID-19 briefing and announced ten people out of more than two-thousand tested were positive for COVID-19.