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Tips for Students Headed Home for a Break

Suggested protocols for students leaving campus for the break

  • If you haven’t done so already:  Get a flu vaccine as soon as possible. The flu vaccine may take up to two weeks to become effective, so getting it soon will give it time to be more effective when you go home. Combined with a COVID vaccination, you may be just that much safer!
  • If possible, avoid contact with others. Consider wearing a mask indoors when not eating/drinking and maintaining physical distancing as much as possible.
  • Stay in your living space as much as possible.
  • If you think you may have been exposed – get tested. But remember that a negative test result is NOT a free pass. Play it safe, continue to follow COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • If you test positive. Stay where you are and self-isolate for 10 days.


  • The safest way to travel if you can, is by car. If you travel with people you are not living with,  everyone in the vehicle should keep a mask or face shield on. Keep hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes handy for stops along the way. See How to be Safe on a Road Trip during a pandemic for travel-by-car-safety-tips!
  • Traveling by train or plane exposes everyone to a higher risk of infection. It’s hard to stay physically distant in crowded airports or train stations. Being on a plane or train increases the length of exposure to anyone who might be sick.
  • Stay informed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have more information on travel. 
    CDC Best Practices for Safe Holiday Gatherings this Year


  • If you can, try to maintain physical distance from others. 
  • If you can stay in a separate room from others when you arrive at your destination – do so.
  • If possible, celebrate only with people in the same household. 
  • Wear a face covering indoors except when eating and drinking. Remember the three W’s:
    1.  Wear a face covering.
    2.  Wash you hands – often!
    3.  Watch your distance.
  • Don’t gather socially indoors. If you can, gather outside with physical distance for all. Avoid going to bars, restaurants and indoor parties.
  • Choose lower risk activities if you see people who you don’t live with. Schedule visits outside where physical distance of six feet can be maintained.
  • Follow all guidance for the area where you are staying.