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Thousands of students moving into Cal Poly under new COVID-19 guidelines

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Posted at 6:05 PM, Sep 04, 2020

Cal Poly will soon be home to 4,300 students -- half the number that usually live on campus.

Move-in for fall quarter is currently underway.

"I'm super stoked," said student Bailey Frost. "I mean, it's beautiful out here. The campus is awesome so I'm super excited."

The move-in period is 10 days long this year.

"Normally, we do all first-year students in about a 24-hour period. We've taken the first-year students and spread them out over 5 days and our continuing students out over another 5 days," said Keith Humphrey, Vice President for Student Affairs.

On Friday, about 675 students moved in.

"I think the move-in went really smooth," said student Caitlyn Perillo. "I'm glad that we were able to have spread out check-in times."

"It went really easily," said another student, Grace Ralston. "Honestly, I think with everything going on, it's just made move-in easier."

On Saturday, closer to 900 will do the same. The busiest day will be this upcoming Tuesday with 1,200 Mustangs slated to arrive.

This year, only two parents or supporters are allowed to help with the process.

"They took our temperature and there was a list of symptoms we had to say we didn't have so I felt very safe about that," said parent Natalie Perillo.

In order to move-in, students must test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours.

Those who can't get a test, can go to the Student Health Center and get results within several hours.

"We're testing daily under 10 percent of the students who just for whatever reason in their local community or here could not obtain a test prior," Humphrey said.

The university says all those campus tests have come back negative so far.

"We have been in communication with several students who as part of the pre-arrival testing requirement learned that they were positive," Humphrey added.

Those students have been asked to stay home.

177 apartment spaces have also been reserved for isolation and quarantine if students on campus test positive.

"I'm glad that I'm still able to be here on campus," Perillo concluded.

Move-in will continue through September 13. Classes begin the following day.

Cal Poly says so far, the university is aware of 63 students, faculty or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19. Fifty-seven of those are in San Luis Obispo County.