YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – As Youngstown State gets ready to start classes Monday, they are keeping COVID-19 safety guidelines in place while also bringing back some fun.
YSU canceled their annual Welcome Week activities in 2020, but this year, it returns with the first events happening Sunday.
The tradition was “brought back by popular demand.”
Welcome week is just one of many things students who started college during the pandemic missed out on.
“We have sophomores that will be talking about events we used to do on campus and they are like ‘well I really don’t know what that is’ because they never even got the chance to experience it. So really it’s just about educating the sophomores and the freshmen about the things that really do go on, on campus,” said student body vice president Gianna Battaglia.
With all the fun does come a lot of safety measures in place for students while COVID cases are still rising.
Some policies include wearing masks, contact tracing and daily health assessments.
Student body president Nicholas Koupiaris says they support the university’s COVID-19 prevention efforts.
“We’re actually going to be doing a social media campaign called “Know the facts, get the vax” and that’s really going to be about student government advocating for students getting the vaccine and really just showcasing all the scientific evidence and facts behind the vaccine as well,” said Koupiaris.
The university is also making it easy for students and staff to get vaccinated.
YSU will be hosting a vaccine clinic on campus. Clinics will be in the Chestnut Room in the Kilcawley Center and anyone interested can sign up for appointments on Wednesday, September 8, from 8 a.m. to noon or Thursday, September 9, from 1 until 5 p.m.
Vaccines are not mandatory at YSU as of now but are strongly encouraged.