Jiangsu universities ready to welcome students, start new semester
Students returning to three Jiangsu universities April 13 were the first in the province to restart the semester, winning great attention from the public, local media reported April 15.
With six gates opening at the same time, traffic police, security personnel and volunteers from Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology cooperated to help students get back to their dormitories as efficiently as possible.
Once students were seen approaching, the security staff first helped them remove their luggage from the car. The students had to scan a QR code at the school entrance to confirm their health condition and travel history, which had been submitted to the school in advance. The students then had their temperature taken. A volunteer then followed them closely, pulling a handcart with all their bags back to the dorm. All dorms had been ventilated and every student was gifted a thermometer placed on their tables.
China Pharmaceutical University also started their new semester on the same day. Students queued up in lines outside the school entrance, standing at least a meter apart, to wait for checks of their health code and temperature. Shuttle buses stood by to help students carry their bags, and the school's canteens, parcel transfer stations and libraries have opened.
Nanjing Medical University required returning students to prepare in advance personal protective equipment (PPE) to last for at least two weeks. If there was any fever or cough, the student would be quarantined immediately and strictly to avoid further transmission.
Many universities in Jiangsu have partnered with local public transport departments and opened chartered trains, buses and even flights to help students return to school. Parents who accompanied their children to the school enjoy a free return ride. Juneyao Airlines offered students from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics a 40-yuan ($5.60) coupon to cut their air fare.
On the same shining morning, students from the Yangzijin campus of Yangzhou University had their quilts, which had been kept indoors for months, finally aired by dorm keepers.
Jiangsu University received a special gift from Professor Wu Chundu and researcher Jia Weidong, who have together devised an electrostatic sterilizer sprayer to help the school manage disinfection in large public areas.