CANTON, MO (WGEM) - In less than a week, some local college students will be moving back to campus for the start of the spring semester.
Culver-Stockton College said when students start moving back into the dorms on January 18, they will have already taken COVID-19 tests at home and the school will know students test results.
Students will not be allowed to return to campus until they have a negative test.
“We gave them all a test to take and we gave them specific instructions on when to take it and it gets sent to a lab. The we get the results so we know that they’ve taken it. If they misplace their test, they can get a test at home but they just have to show us that documentation," said Chris Gill, Culver-Stockton College Dean of Students.
Gill added that after students are tested, precautions will be the same as what students saw in the fall.
Masks and social distancing will be required and a priority.
Students will need to quarantine according to CDC guidelines if they test positive during the semester.
Gill added that the college has worked with the Lewis County Health Department to talk about ways of preventing community spread.
“We keep them apprised of what’s going on here. If we have any interesting situations we ask for their advice. Definitely, we have to in this kind of day and age. They’ve become kind of like an arm of us, a partner of us," Gill said.
Health officials at the Lewis County Health Department said they did see a noticeable spike in COVID-19 cases throughout the county when students returned in the fall. They hope the decision to test all students at the college will help control community spread.
Other schools will be heading back to campus soon.
Dorms at Hannibal-LaGrange University open on January 17 and dorms at Quincy University open on January 22.
Quincy University and WIU is requiring students to produce a negative COVID-19 test before returning to campus.
Hannibal-LaGrange is not requiring tests, but school officials say they are strongly recommending them. Hannibal-LaGrange will be requiring temperature and symptom checks.