Adelphi University students begin classes with strict COVID-19 restrictions
Adelphi University students began classes on Monday as other colleges see a spike in coronavirus cases.
They will either be taking in-person classes, online classes or a hybrid blend of both.
Miguel Velasquez says he just experienced his first day of classes as a sophomore at Adelphi University. He says from his part-time job in the admissions department to his socially distanced classes, everything is very different.
Velasquez says one of his classes was accommodated in the concert hall.
Faculty and students at the Garden City college are required to wear face coverings on campus or in public, and must maintain social distancing. They also must do a health survey on the Adelphi app before starting their day.
Students living on campus have to adhere to strict protocols, like no visitors. There are also thermal scanners inside the lobbies of the dorms, and everyone who lives there must check their temperatures every day.
School officials say most meetings and many of the events held on campus will be virtual. They say they are encouraging students to only gather in groups of no more than 10 if needed.
Fall sports have also been canceled.
Even with all of these restrictions, freshman Chloe Adamczyk says she's excited to be on campus. She says she only has one in-person class, and believes she will be comfortable inside the classroom, wearing her mask and staying 6 feet apart.
All students living on campus were tested before moving in and will be tested regularly for the virus. The university will also perform surveillance testing that allows them to test up 700 members of the community during any given week.