Many Illinois State University students decided to return to their on-campus jobs as classes for the fall semester have started.
Many of the on-campus jobs had student employees, both new and returning, report to campus and move in early to attend the fall semester’s orientation before the new school year began.
Students were informed of new systems that were put in place to protect themselves and others as well as reminders on how to work each station.
“It has been extremely rewarding to welcome students to campus,” Director of Event Management, Dining and Hospitality Bill Legett said.
The first new system that students were informed to do as a new precaution in place includes checking their temperature before starting their shifts.
When a student comes into to work, they must first wash their hands.
Afterward, student-employees grab a digital thermometer to check their temperature.
If their temperatures are normal, they write their names, log the temperature, the time the temperature was taken and include a signature.
Lastly, students are asked to wipe down the thermometer, return it to its designated area and start working at their station.
Students and staff have both been doing a good job of keeping themselves and the ISU community safe.
This comes as the community started to return to campus in early August.
Precautions for all students, faculty and staff include wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
Students who work on campus are around a large amount of people during their shifts.
As a result, some have expressed concerns about the safety measures and precautions being taken.
Others have expressed that they are fine with the safety measures put into place by EMDH.
Students, like sophomore and business administration major and Qdoba employee Jordan Bivins, believe that the changes are not a big deal.
“Students seem excited to be back, whether to resume their Redbird experience or to begin their first semester,” Bivins said.
With the novel coronavirus, there is always room for improvement and students could still be exposed to the virus.
Another step that was taken to keep the staff and others safe is the mandatory need for a mask as they work.
The masks protect everyone, which is why every staff member must wear them during their entire shift.
Adjusting to face masks has not been going well for some.
For others, it has not been much of an adjustment.
Sophomore elementary school major and Starbucks employee Shelby Harper was able to keep herself motivated with the face mask adjustment by reminding herself that it is for the health and safety of her and her peers.
“I guess I adjusted by telling myself it’s going to not only keep everyone else safe but you safe. Even though I miss being able to smile at people [during my shifts],’ Harper said.