• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 9 comments on Will Move-in 2020 Be Different from Years Past? Very.

  1. Despite “gentle policing” and more stringent masking regulation, I fear that busy move in environments like this are places where airborne transmission of COVID is going to be unavoidable, especially for the volunteers helping students move in.

    1. Hi. My daughter moved in Monday and I can tell you that I was extremely impressed. I was concerned about the # of people as well but you do not have to worry. In the 4 hours we we were there I only saw a handful of students moving in.
      What I/we failed to consider was the fact that the 300 or so students moving in during each block will be located across the campus, not in one dorm. It makes a huge difference in #’s at any one location and I was extremely relieved.
      I hope this helps alleviate any stress in this regard!

      As an aside, the structure and protocol for moving in was very easy, safe and quick. It was not a problem at all to maintain the 6′ distance rule and everyone was wearing masks and very respectful. I can only pray this continues!

  2. Could you please clarify how students make an appointment for their first Covid-19 test the day of move in? Or do they just show up at one of the testing sites? And how do they make the follow up appointments during the following 8 days?

    1. I believe they make their appointment on patient connect (a portal all students have for student health services) and they’ll be notified for further appts through a reminder

  3. It was previously announced that the University is developing a health app and web portal through which students, faculty, and staff report symptoms of the virus. Every day, residential students will be required to take their temperature and report any symptoms through the health app before leaving their rooms.

    What happened to that? It does not exist.

  4. Schedule Appointment
    Appointments available to book via the web:
    For the 14 days following: 8/22/2020
    Visit Type: COVID-19 Mass Testing

    No appointments are available for the specified range.


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