It’s been over four months since East Georgia State College (EGSC) has seen students on campus because of COVID-19. In March, students at EGSC and all other University System of Georgia (USG) colleges and universities transitioned to an online format to finish out the spring semester. This was done to keep students, faculty and staff safe and in an effort to try to stop the spread of COVID-19.
On August 10 the EGSC-Augusta campus began classes on the Augusta University campus. The EGSC-Statesboro and the main campus in Swainsboro began on August 17.
Over the summer EGSC has been working to come up with a safe plan as students return for the fall semester. Protective face coverings are now required in all campus buildings where there isn’t enough space to social distance. Classrooms and other areas have been moved around so students can be a safe distance apart. Extra hand sanitizing stations have been added around campus along with signs notifying students and employees of all the new rules on campus. The EGSC webpage now has an online form for students and employees to fill out if they have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone who may have COVID-19. There are many other changes being made on campus including hybrid classes, event location changes, and dining services changes.
The first students to experience these changes were the students who moved into the on-campus residence halls, Bobcat Villas, on the Swainsboro campus. Students began moving in August 7 and continued through August 15. Allowing for more housing move in days gave students a more staggered move in process to keep the number of people in a particular place at one time as low as possible.
When moving into Bobcat Villas, students were given a set time to move in and were only allowed to bring two people to help them move in. Everyone moving in or helping with move in were required to wear protective face coverings and social distance as much as possible.
Each semester during the first week of classes, EGSC Student Life plans events for the students on campus to enjoy. This semester the events were planned and modified with social distancing guidelines in mind. On Monday, August 17 the Daytime Kickback was held for students to have some fun on the first day of classes. Water gun wars, sno cones, popcorn, dancing and fun was had by all. On Tuesday students were able to enjoy a snapshot scavenger hunt where they would solve clues and take photos to win the contest. Wednesday was street signs day. This event is always a favorite of students. Each student that attends the event will get to make a personalized street sign that they can take with them. On Friday the events will wrap up with the EGSC Power Hour. Grab bags, cupcakes, popcorn and sodas will be served to students.