HANNIBAL | Hannibal-LaGrange University welcomed incoming freshman to campus on Thursday, August 20, for move-in day with added safety measures to keep students safe.
The university conducted temperature checks and symptom screenings as new students arrived. Move-in times were staggered to prevent overcrowding and allow for social distancing as students moved into their respective dorms.
“We think that our policies and procedures are going to work and they're going be effective in mitigating any spread of COVID-19,” said Josh Miley, HLGU's head athletic trainer. “We're excited to have all the students back on campus.”
Kellie Hamilton, one of HLGU's residential advisors, said since freshman move-in times were spread throughout the day it allowed for a better experience for her and new students.
“I've enjoyed today a lot and how it's set up differently just because I can have more conversations with the parents and truly get to know the people moving onto my hall instead of being swamped by everybody moving in all at once,” Hamilton said.
While some schools in the area have decided to resume classes online, Julie Brown, parent of an HLGU freshman, commended the university for the decision to remain open. She is confident the school's protocols will keep her son safe.
“I know all the administration and everybody has his best interest at heart and they're going to watch out for him,” said Brown. “But my faith is in the Lord so He's going to take care of him wherever he is.”
Move-in day also included the Walk of Honor, a tradition at the university led by bagpiper, James Hopkins. The walk celebrates the freshman class entering into the university.
In-seat and online classes at HLGU were scheduled to begin Monday, August 24.
More information on HLGU's reopening plans can be found at hlg.edu/student-life/coronaviruscovid-19.