Checklist for Heading Home Safely

As the cases of COVID-19 are reaching record numbers in Ohio counties and beyond, and cold weather is moving in, now is the time to prepare for going home safely for the holidays.


Here is a checklist you can use to stay healthy and keep your family and friends safe.

Read the Nov. 9 letter to Kent Campus Students

  • Stay clear of gatherings of 10 or more, and any size gathering where people are not wearing face coverings.
  • Avoid Halloween parties and gatherings where people may be less likely to adhere to the Flashes Safe Seven safety protocols. Remember that Halloween is just a few weeks prior to the time when you likely will be returning home for Thanksgiving break.
  • If you have COVID-19, you might not be able to go home on time or you when you get home you could infect your family members, some of whom may be at higher risk for a poor health outcome.
  • Do the right thing and save the parties for another time.

Kent State University offers free COVID-19 testing. Schedule your test now for a day or two before you plan to leave campus.

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While you are at it, schedule your flu shot at the same time. Remember, a negative COVID-19 test does not mean you will stay negative. Remain vigilant to the Flashes Safe Seven to reduce your risk.


Only you know what risks you have been taking. If you have not been following the Flashes Safe Seven, commit to quarantining for 14 days either before you go home or immediately upon arriving home. This is the only way to be sure that you will not spread COVID-19 at Thanksgiving. If possible, avoid any risks at least 10 to 14 days before you leave campus. If you have been asked to quarantine, follow the instructions given to you by the Kent City Health Department, to ensure that you are not going home ill.

  • The best way to travel home is in your own car or in a car with everyone wearing a face covering and the windows down at least part-way to allow fresh air to circulate.
  • If you must use public transportation, be sure to take clean face coverings and hand sanitizer with you; always maintain a safe distance from others when standing in lines, always wear a face covering and don’t touch your face.
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