CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - As Southeast Missouri State University students prepare to move back on campus soon, they can expect a new process for move in day.
A drive-thru check-in process will be used to encourage social distancing.
The drive-thru will be at the Show Me Center parking lot.
Students will receive their key, first-year t-shirt, parking permit and other items.
This new check-in method could take a little longer than the former process, but it is ensure the safety of students, parents and campus staff members.
“A typical move in for a new student only takes place one day. We’d welcome anywhere from a thousand to 1,200 students in that day,” said Residential Life Director Kendra Skinner.
Also new this year, the move-in process will take several days beginning Saturday, Aug. 15.
“We’ve created a seven-day move in process where students will actually reserve a day and time to move in,” she said.
Students will have an option for early drop off.
“They’ll reserve a 30-minute time slot where they can come into campus and just drop off items off into their rooms and they won’t be unpacking or setting up their room,” she said.
No move-ins are scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 18. This day will be used for cleaning.
Skinner said once students are all moved in, they have rules to keep them safe.
“We are limiting guests in the halls,” she explained. “Students will be allowed to hold one guest in their room.”
And she said they’ve also created a space just for people who may have to quarantine.
“We’ve set up some spaces in Dearmont Hall, that’s one of our buildings that’s offline right now, that we’ll be able to move those students into that facility,” she said.
One student said he has a plan to protect himself and his roommate this semester.
“Make sure no extra company, and stay six feet apart,” he said.
And another student said even with new rules, he can’t wait for school to start.
“I’m very excited,” he said. “It’s definitely going to be different with everybody getting back and I’m ready.”
First day of classes begin on Monday, Aug. 24.