Molloy College students return to class with COVID-19 testing, safety protocols in place

College students are moving into the dorms at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, and administrators say they have precautions in place to make sure students living on campus will be healthy and safe.
About 200 college kids moved into dorms before classes start Tuesday for the spring semester. Administrators say classes will be a mix of in-person and remote learning.
Sophomore Kevin Hart says he'll be taking all of his classes remotely, but he still wants to experience living on campus. "It's so different. COVID-19's definitely affected everything," he says. "Zoom calls is the definite new norm now." In-person class sizes are capped at 30% capacity and about half of the usual number of students are moving into the dorms.
However, students must do a number of things before entering a building on campus. First, they need to be wearing a mask, they have to do a daily health questionnaire online and then do a temperature check at kiosks available in every building on campus.
"We've been reminding parents and students we have a lot of guidelines in place that aim to reduce the spread of COVID and keeping our community safe. Things like wearing a mask indoors, social distancing,” says Janine Biscari, Molloy College vice president of student affairs.
Molloy College is one of the earliest to start classes on Jan. 19. Classes at Farmingdale State College begin Jan. 29, and Stony Brook, Hofstra and Long Island University all start on Feb. 1.
All of the colleges will use a mix of in-person and remote learning.
Molloy, Stony Brook and Hofstra are also reducing the number of students allowed to gather in campus spaces and are requiring regular COVID-19 tests for students living on campus and commuters.