UW-Milwaukee kicks off staggered approach to student move-in day

Posted at 2:39 PM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 18:26:33-04

MILWAUKEE — Move-in day at UW-Milwaukee has a much different feel than before because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the pandemic, the university now takes a staggered, drive-in approach to getting students settled during a move-in process like no other.

Dale and Donica Mohr helped their daughter Makenna, a freshman, transition from home in Green Bay.

“It’s a little more slower not having more than two people," Makenna Mohr said.

Thursday, 300 students moved into their dorms and suites, marking the first of 2,100 students to make the big move at a time filled with uncertainty.

“I personally learn better and like in-person classes better but most of my classes are online due to COVID," Makenna Mohr said.

Liv Solbjerg, another student, opted for a virtual experience.

“All of my classes are online. I’m going to spend a lot of time in my room," she said.

Because of COVID-19, just two people are allowed to help students move. Students will be required to wear masks in all common areas.

They were given COVID-19 kits with masks, thermometers, information, and a COVID-19 case reporting form.

UWM Housing Director Arcetta Knautz said the move-in strategy took a lot of planning.

“My team worked hard," she said. "Throughout the night constantly playing out, what do the numbers look like. What if we did this?"

Parents told TMJ4 News they're hoping for the safest move-in possible, for obvious reasons...

“I would love for the kids to know that if they want to live on campus, they have to follow the rules," said Tricia Kopplin, a parent.

The university hopes to have all students living on campus in dorms in the next two weeks.

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