Dear SDSU community,

With Thanksgiving approaching, we know many students are beginning to plan for a temporary return home, or otherwise traveling for the holidays.

With this message, we provide guidance for those looking forward to holiday travel, and an update about our post-Thanksgiving testing plans for students with access to housing, instruction or research.

Direction for Students with a SDSU Housing License Agreement

Some residential students will choose to stay on campus over the Thanksgiving break. Meal plans, other dining options and Student Health Services’ nurse triage line will be available to support you during the break.

For students planning to leave campus during Thanksgiving to visit family or return home, you may choose to remain at home for the rest of the fall semester and complete the last two weeks of the term remotely.

Regardless of your plans, all students living on-campus with an SDSU housing license agreement are required to complete the Office of Housing Administration’s Thanksgiving Break Form by Friday, Nov. 20.

No matter your plans, be certain to continue following public health guidelines and any public health orders in place.

After Thanksgiving, given the increased risks of bringing students back from other locations where they may have been exposed, students will be required to test immediately upon return, and then weekly through the end of the term. Students will receive emails with specific information about the revised testing schedule. When students return to campus, all students living on campus will be required to stay in their residence until they are tested and receive a negative test result. Students are expected to be tested between Monday, November 30th and Wednesday, December 2nd. Students will be allowed to leave their residence for essential needs, such as food, medical needs, or work. Residential students who return to housing for the remainder of the fall term will also be asked to test again five (5) to seven (7) days after returning, to identify any possible or emerging case due to late exposure in the Thanksgiving holiday. Students should be attentive to their official SDSU email accounts, as additional details regarding required testing are being shared via email.

Students with In-Person Courses, or Involved in University Research

All students taking approved in-person courses or who are involved in university research are also highly encouraged to avoid Thanksgiving travel. If you must leave the region, follow public health guidelines and health orders at all times.

As you have, continue following your scheduled testing protocol, and, as always, ensure that your test results are accurately reflected in HealtheConnect. Required testing frequency for all students in in-person classes or research will be increased to weekly testing for the period of time between the return from Thanksgiving and the end of the fall term in mid-December, out of an abundance of caution. As always, check your official SDSU email frequently, as information and details regarding required testing will continue to be shared via email.

In Closing

We remain proud that we have seen seven consecutive weeks of stable and low COVID-19 cases among members of our community. Thank you for doing your part to keep yourselves and our community safe.

Each of us must continue to be very thoughtful and careful, even if the effects of COVID-19 seem invisible or have not touched some of us personally. Several religious and spiritual observations are before us in the months ahead, and it is disappointing that we will not be able to celebrate in person many of our traditions with our loved ones in ways we have in the past. Limiting travel is an important way to keep our community safe and reduce the potential for COVID-19 transmission.

As always, rely on the university’s COVID-19 site for information and updates, including guidance about how to keep yourself and others safe during the ongoing pandemic.

Adela de la Torre, Ph.D.
San Diego State University President

J. Luke Wood, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity

Libby Skiles, Ed.D.
Student Health Services Director

San Diego State University
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