UNCW students return for first day of classes

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Today was the first day of spring semester classes for the Seahawks.

This semester, UNCW approached COVID-19 safety protocols head on. Students living on campus or taking on-campus classes were required to provide proof of a negative COVID test result within five days of returning.

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Students could get tested at the Burney Center as late as today or tomorrow, depending on when their first class is.

If their test result was negative, students were issued a green band to wear.

Now, some students are relishing being back on campus and around others.

“The day is going really well,” said Camille Bayer, a tour guide. “I haven’t had any classes yet. I gave my first tour back for the semester, I give tours. So, yeah it feels really good to be back on campus and feel like, the life coming back into campus.”

Last semester, UNCW de-densified dorms and classrooms. Not as many students returned to campus as a result.

When getting their test results, students were issued a pack of PPE, including masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies.