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VSU expects thousands for freshman move-in amid pandemic

Posted at 6:26 PM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 18:26:50-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — COVID-19 did not stop move-in day for students at Valdosta State University.

The Housing Department is trying to get students settled as safely as possible before the start of the semester.

On a normal move-in day the Valdosta State University campus would see hundreds of students getting room assignments and meeting their roommates. This year looks a bit different in the middle of a pandemic.

Dorm life at VSU won’t be the same as masked up students and parents try to get prepared for school.

The university is expecting 2,700 students to live on campus this year.

Monday, 10 students per hour checked into their residence halls while social distancing with Housing staff making sure every person entering wore their masks.

Upon arrival, freshmen must attend health and wellness sessions.

Alyssa Braithwaize admits she is a bit nervous being on campus but wanted the full college experience.

“Before I came I really didn’t know if it was going to be safe especially with the COVID cases rising," said Braithwaize. "But when I got here I realized how many precautions they’re taking. So I think I’m pretty safe.”

Braithwaize says people have been handing out hand sanitizers and masks for people who need them.

Masks are not mandatory in their dorm rooms.

Move-In has been spread out over the course of a week to reduce the number of students on campus at a time.

In the past, freshman move-in would be just one day with over 350 students.