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Amid pandemic, students move back into dorms at Arizona State University

Posted at 10:37 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-08 01:38:38-04

PHOENIX — It’s a big day for Bailey Michaels.

She, her mom Bobbi, and dad Flint arrived at Arizona University's downtown campus Friday morning, ready to unpack the car and move her into her dorm at Taylor Place.

They arrived to find a long list of rules and precautions in place.

"I was a little nervous just because of all the health concerns," said Michaels. "I had to get COVID testing and it had to be negative."

Michaels says move-in day wasn’t crowded. In fact, she touted efforts from housing officials to keep families at a distance as everyone made their way in and out of the building.

She received a care kit, complete with a thermometer and other useful tools to keep students safe and able to keep tabs on their health while on campus.

Arizona State University also implementing several requirements for students to meet before classes start in the fall.

Students will be required to complete daily symptom screenings through the ASU Mobile App.

The self-screening portion of the app is expected to be available August 7, said Housing officials.

Also mandatory, completing ASU’s Community of Care: Coming to Campus Training. Officials say the course aims to educate students on the university’s expectations for students while on campus, including protocols students must follow.

Michael’s parents are supportive of their daughter, who is set to major in Medical Studies.

“We feel we have done the best we can to prepare her,” said Flint Michaels. ”It’s up to her now to spread her wings and if something happens we will deal with it... It’s her decision, we trust her that she will and do the best she can.”