Everyone knows this has been a challenging semester, especially without even a fall break. As a result, everyone on campus is particularly eager for the Thanksgiving holiday. The presence of COVID-19 makes it all the more complicated, so we are offering some considerations and sharing links to CDC recommendations for students as they prepare to return home for Thanksgiving and the remote remainder of the fall semester.
Particularly as COVID cases are rising sharply nationally, we encourage students to plan carefully so their travel is least likely to expose them to the virus and so that they are not bringing COVID home with them.
Planning for Travel
Traveling by personal car is the safest way to travel, so it is fortunate that most Ursinus students live close enough to Collegeville to make that the reasonable way to return home. If you must travel by air or by other forms of public transportation, you should be aware of recommendations on travel from the CDC.
If you are in isolation on campus, you should not travel until you have completed your isolation period. If you are in quarantine on campus, we recommend against traveling home by any mode other than private car, even if you have no symptoms.
For all students, we encourage you to time your travel to occur shortly after results have returned from your regular testing, or for you to take advantage of the special testing opportunity on Monday, November 23.
International travel continues to be challenging. Any students who were planning international travel should consider CDC recommendations by destination. Additional support is available from Director of International Programs Paula Alvarez. Contact her at email@example.com.
It is important to remember that a negative COVID test is only a snapshot. It takes anywhere between two and fourteen days for the disease to develop and become detectable following exposure. For this reason, we strongly encourage students to keep as practical a quarantine even at home for two weeks following arrival.
Ideally, this would include sleeping in a separate room, using a separate bathroom, wearing masks, keeping physically distanced and washing hands frequently. Not all of these will be possible, but students should be particularly conscious of household members who may be at greater risk from COVID-19.