Time To Plan For A Safe Thanksgiving Break

Time To Plan For A Safe Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving break is rapidly approaching, so this is a good time for students to make plans for how to have a safe holiday and safely finish the semester.

UWM currently plans no change in the mode of instruction after Thanksgiving break. Classes will continue in the mode they have been all semester, whether that’s entirely online, in-person or hybrid.

The UWM community has done a good job at limiting the spread of COVID-19 thus far, and we expect that to continue. Panthers have been masking up, maintaining social distance, washing hands and getting tested regularly. We are grateful to everyone who is doing their part to keep our campus safe.

This is no time to let our guard down. COVID-19 has been surging strongly in Wisconsin in recent weeks, with the state breaking its record of new cases several times. That makes it all the more important to keep taking safeguards and to get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.

Students living in University Housing can stay there over break if they choose. Dining Services will remain open, except on Thanksgiving Day. Staying on campus does eliminate the risk of bringing COVID-19 home and the risk of bringing it back to campus. This may be important to you and your family.

If you do travel home for break, please take several steps to help protect your family, friends and fellow students:

  • Try to isolate yourself from other people as much as possible in the two weeks before Thanksgiving.
  • Get a COVID-19 test before you travel home. Tests are available on campus for all students.
  • If you test positive, you can isolate on campus if you live in University Housing. If you live off-campus, you can isolate there. If you still plan to travel home, make sure there’s a safe place to isolate there.
  • At home, try to limit close contact with others, wear a face covering when you can’t remain distant, and don’t forget to wash your hands often. As a reminder, close contact is being within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes over 24 hours.
  • When you return to campus, get tested again, regardless of whether you have symptoms or think you have been exposed.

Story posted Nov. 11, 2020