Students may not fully understand their mix of emotions when deciding to return to campus. Their decision will likely be influenced by parents or friends and their own research, but it will not be taken lightly. They will weigh their personal feelings, wants and needs, and parents’ concerns.
As students plan to return and prepare for a change, they will be on an emotional rollercoaster of excitement to enjoy campus life and concerns over health and safety. They may have moments of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear—and your set must be ready to reassure them.
Projects must address the physical aspect of students returning and communicate the changes being made. And they must also address the mental impact of a campus that doesn’t look or operate as it did when students departed in the spring. Creating a strategy that addresses both aspects and offers comfort and protection to students will help them feel more at ease when they return.
Anything the venue can do to address the health and safety precautions will make an impact. Showing the positive side of the changes and offering a visual, constant reminder of the venue’s commitment to health and safety will ease some of their concerns and anxiety.
VirusSAFE EDU™ offers a way to communicate and create a solid understanding of the new operations to offer comfort and peace of mind. While students will yearn for a sense of normalcy, they do know what it’s like to live in this new world. Students will adapt and be empowered to succeed when they feel protected in a safe environment.