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Information on Thanksgiving Break

Massachusetts is requiring all residential students to be tested BEFORE leaving for Thanksgiving break AND immediately AFTER returning to campus from Thanksgiving break. Note: Students who have communicated to Housing and Residential Education that they plan to stay on campus for the duration of the Thanksgiving break do not need to participate in additional testing – they must just continue to participate in weekly asymptomatic testing.

  • After Thanksgiving, all instructional activities, including final exams, will be offered remotely. There are no changes to the academic calendar for the fall semester.
  • End of Fall Semester Select Offices Hours of Operations
  • Visit our Testing website for an updated schedule for the end of the fall semester.
  • UMass Dartmouth will not be hosting events that are open to external visitors in 2020.

Leaving for Thanksgiving break

  • If you plan to leave campus for any period between November 25-30, you must participate and receive a negative result from asymptomatic testing within 72 hours (3 days) of departure.
  • Don’t forget about travel quarantine requirements that include self-isolation on return to campus until a negative test result is confirmed.
  • On-campus testing is available on November 19, 20, 23, and 24 and will resume on Monday, November 30.
  • Note: While we typically do not allow residential students to be tested on Fridays, Health Services will make an exception for this Friday, November 20 only.
  • If you do not already have a test scheduled immediately before your planned departure, it is imperative to schedule that now utilizing the Health Services Patient Portal.

Returning to campus after Thanksgiving break

  • Residential students may not return to campus until Monday, November 30 at 8 a.m.
  • Residential students must schedule and participate in a test before returning to residence halls, just as you had to do at the start of the fall semester.
  • The Testing Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. on Monday, November 30, and Tuesday, December 1.
  • To ensure you can test quickly and be cleared to move back into housing, we will require all residential students to schedule their post-Thanksgiving test before leaving campus for the break.
  • Note: Access to your housing assignment will not be activated after Thanksgiving break until this testing requirement has been completed.

Travel Quarantine Requirements

  • Residential students who spend Thanksgiving break outside of the identified “low-risk” states will be subject to the Massachusetts State COVID-19 Travel Order.
  • Residential students returning from out of state travel after the break (unless returning from a "low-risk" state) must complete their travel quarantine in Elmwood Hall upon return to campus
  • These students will not be permitted to return to their permanent housing assignment until a negative test result has been returned. Students may avoid this required travel quarantine by providing a negative test result produced within 72 hours of their return to campus.
  • This test must be the RTPCR test, and results will be reviewed and cleared by a University Health Services provider once submitted in the Health Services Patient Portal. Review and clearance will begin on Monday, November 30, 2020.

Self-Isolation on return to campus

  • In addition to these pre-and post-Thanksgiving break testing requirements, all residential students will be asked to self-isolate until negative test results have been returned.
  • After Thanksgiving break, no guests will be allowed in residence halls until at least Monday, December 7.
  • This will also mean the use of all public and commonly shared spaces within the residence halls will not be permitted during this period as well.
  • Dining Services will function on a grab-and-go basis for students in self-isolation to support this requirement.

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