CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Citadel says although cadets are returning to campus, the school is organizing the return this winter a little differently than it did this fall.
To begin, Citadel officials say everyone returning to campus this semester will receive a COVID-19 test before returning to campus. They say it will be a rapid test, and results will be returned within 15 to 20 minutes.
While last semester officials say they weren’t able to administer that many tests in such a short amount of time, this semester will be different.
The Citadel Vice President of Communications and Marketing John Dorrian says they hope this will keep the campus safer by starting the semester in an isolated-type environment.
Dorrian says only cadets, students and faculty will be allowed on campus. He says this means friends, family and food deliveries will not be permitted for at least the first couple weeks.
Upcoming basketball games will be limited to students only and Dorrian says the Corps will be separated into smaller groups over these next three days as they return to campus.
There will be about 550 cadets returning Wednesday, and Dorrian says they will not be allowed on campus until their COVID-19 test results come back.
If a cadet does test positive for coronavirus, Dorrian says there are nearly 100 spaces on campus for quarantine.
Dorrian says that when they restrict all cadets to being on campus, they know it can be difficult on everyone.
“We usually try to make it nice from them, you know, some BBQs and that type of thing, activities on campus to keep a good lifestyle for them too,” Dorrian says. “But while we’re under this early part, we really want to make sure that we get everybody identified that needs to to go into quarantine. And return to the barracks and get going.”
Dorrian says this is an ever-changing process and staff at the Citadel are holding regular meetings in case any changes to the current plans need to be made.
The rules in place banning visitors and outside businesses will be in place on campus until at least January 29th, Dorrian says.