Lyon students will start returning to campus at the end of November for the spring semester, which will start Feb. 2, 2021. The move-in process has new steps to ensure their safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The spring move-in dates are as follows:
Nov. 29: Basketball, International student athletes, Residence Life Staff (RLS)
Dec. 22 – 27: No students on campus. If you are a student who needs a place to stay during this time, contact Residence Life and complete the special housing request form.
Dec. 28: Wrestling/Cross Country/Track & Field/Basketball Teams
Jan. 8: RLS
Jan. 15: Spring Move-In Baseball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Cheerleaders, Golf (All additional residential students)
Jan. 18 – 22: Student Community Project
Jan. 22: Football
Jan. 27 – 30: New Student Orientation
Feb. 2: Classes Begin
Director of Residence Life Sh’Nita Mitchell said the move-in schedule was determined based on the number of students that will need to move in and the COVID-19 testing schedule.
“It provides time for the students to get acclimated to campus and to prepare to have a successful semester.”
When students arrive on campus, they will be greeted by a Residence Life Staff (RLS) member, such as a resident director (RD) or resident assistant (RA), that will present them with information on their spring housing assignment. Parents and other visitors will not be allowed into the residence halls this semester.
Depending on which move-in group students are in, they will either move into temporary housing or their assigned residence hall to isolate until they receive their COVID-19 test results. Students will be able to move their items into their assigned rooms using rollable bins. The RAs will be around to welcome students and answer any questions.
COVID Coordinator Shawn Tackett said Lyon College has a testing block set up for each group of students. After the students are tested, they will return to their room and quarantine until Lyon receives the test results.
“I’ll be shipping those samples out as soon as possible after the test,” Tackett said.
For intake testing, the College will use PCR tests, he said, which provide results between 3-5 days.
While students wait for their results, Student Life and Creative Dining will deliver meals to students in their residence halls. Isolated or quarantined students will be allowed to select items from the menus, and the meals will be delivered between 11 a.m. and noon and around 5 p.m.
Once the test results come back, students who tested negative for COVID-19 will be notified via email, and students who tested positive for COVID-19 will be notified via a phone call so that Lyon can do contact tracing.
“Once they are given a negative test result, they are free to move about,” Tackett said.
After students test negative, RLS members will be available to help them move their items from temporary housing into their permanent residence.
Student Life practiced these procedures with students who moved onto campus in the fall. Spring move-in days have been broken down into smaller groups to make moving in and transporting items more manageable for both students and RLS members.
“It is important for students to follow the guidelines so that we can provide a safe community for all students,” Mitchell said. “Our goal is to help students understand the rules, and we will achieve this by using a three-tier development model.”
To review the development model and consequences, visit Community Standards on Page 9 of the COVID-19 Protocols and Practices.
RLS will support students when they arrive on campus and provide information about their spring residential experience.
“We look forward to having you back on campus and providing engaging opportunities in the community,” Mitchell said.
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