Students set to return to Pittsburgh-area colleges amid pandemic

Safety is a priority for students returning to college campuses in the Pittsburgh-area amid the coronavirus pandemic. Corey Barksy is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh. He went home to Philadelphia for winter break and plans to return to Pittsburgh on Sunday. “The university is actually doing a really good job. They’ve kept us all informed over the break,” Barsky said. “I think they’re all doing the right thing, so I feel pretty safe going back.”The university is advising all students to plan to arrive on campus beginning Jan. 29. Students living on-campus must receive a negative COVID-19 test result and finish a seven-day shelter in place period before traveling. The university expects them to shelter in place for at least 10-days after arriving on campus. Barsky is looking forward to his final semester. “For me, I’m going to be just doing the online thing and wearing the mask and hopefully looking to get the vaccine at some point,” he said. Alec Skomo is already back on campus at Duquesne University, where students received COVID-19 test kits in the mail. “They mailed those out had you take the test at home, mail it back in,” he said. “Then you got your results online and after that you’re allowed to come back on campus. Students must take the test five days before getting to campus and quarantine until they arrive. After arrival, the university plans to test those present on campus every two weeks.Students can move in starting Jan. 17. Skomo said it’s nice being back but not as nice as previous years. He said he hopes that near the end of the semesters the university’s regulations will lighten up. “My mindset was I kind of already knew like what this semester was going to be like just the same old same old kind of thing,” Skomo said.

Safety is a priority for students returning to college campuses in the Pittsburgh-area amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Corey Barksy is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh. He went home to Philadelphia for winter break and plans to return to Pittsburgh on Sunday.

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“The university is actually doing a really good job. They’ve kept us all informed over the break,” Barsky said. “I think they’re all doing the right thing, so I feel pretty safe going back.”

The university is advising all students to plan to arrive on campus beginning Jan. 29.

Students living on-campus must receive a negative COVID-19 test result and finish a seven-day shelter in place period before traveling. The university expects them to shelter in place for at least 10-days after arriving on campus.

Barsky is looking forward to his final semester.

“For me, I’m going to be just doing the online thing and wearing the mask and hopefully looking to get the vaccine at some point,” he said.

Alec Skomo is already back on campus at Duquesne University, where students received COVID-19 test kits in the mail.

“They mailed those out had you take the test at home, mail it back in,” he said. “Then you got your results online and after that you’re allowed to come back on campus.

Students must take the test five days before getting to campus and quarantine until they arrive. After arrival, the university plans to test those present on campus every two weeks.

Students can move in starting Jan. 17.

Skomo said it’s nice being back but not as nice as previous years. He said he hopes that near the end of the semesters the university’s regulations will lighten up.

“My mindset was I kind of already knew like what this semester was going to be like just the same old same old kind of thing,” Skomo said.