Will students sign a community safety pledge? Campus leaders hope so

From the Tallahassee Democrat

Tallahassee student leaders Wednesday introduced a community health pledge campaign, worried about the possible spread of COVID-19 on local campuses.

The #PledgeTLH COVID-19 Safety Pledge initiative, led by student government leaders at Florida State and Florida A&M universities and Tallahassee Community College, also enlists the support of Tallahassee’s business and community leaders.

Similar campaigns are being held in university communities across the country and in Florida, including Gainesville.

“It is imperative that we as students come together to ensure that we are united for our institution and for the Tallahassee community,” said Jonathan Levin, FSU Student Body President, in a release.

“It has been a blessing and a privilege to return to Tallahassee and walk around our campus. However, for this blessing to once again become a daily part of our FSU experience, we must take the necessary precautions to fight COVID-19.”

Xavier McClinton, FAMU Student Body President, added: “We all know that college is the best four years of our lives, but safety has to be our number one priority through these difficult times.

“We all must do our part to help protect the FAMULY and the Tallahassee community from the spread of COVID-19 because these tough times won’t last forever and the best way to push through this is together.”

And TCC Student Body President Micah Mitchell said, “Be mindful of your health, as you determine the health of your community.”

The pledge, available at pledgetlh.fsu.edu, asks those signing to commit to following public health guidelines, such as gathering only in small groups, practicing social distancing, wearing masks or face coverings in public, and frequently washing hands.

It comes on the heels of stern warnings from FSU President John Thrasher following incidents of students ignoring campus safety guidelines by holding large parties and ignoring the use of face masks.

Florida A&M University on Friday announced a curfew for on-campus students after getting word of off-campus events popping up on social media.

The City of Tallahassee, Leon County and the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce all are supporting the student effort.