Regional Campus Faculty and Staff: What to Expect After Thanksgiving
Dear Kent State University Faculty and Staff,
As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many changes to the traditional university schedule. We want to ensure that you are well-informed about what is going on in the coming weeks as the university transitions to all remote classes after Thanksgiving and other changes to campus life.
Thanksgiving break for students is Monday, Nov. 23, through Sunday, Nov. 29. Beginning Monday, Nov. 30, all classes are delivered fully remote through the end of the fall semester. Final exams will take place Dec. 14-20. The change to fully remote classes after Thanksgiving will occur at all campuses.
All university offices are closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, and the Friday after, Nov. 27.
Know Before You Go – Get Tested
We strongly encourage everyone to get tested for COVID-19 before attending family gatherings for Thanksgiving or traveling over the holiday. It is crucial that we do our part to not spread the virus to those more vulnerable, such as elderly relatives, and others you may encounter over the holiday. This is particularly important for those who plan to travel throughout Ohio and to other states for Thanksgiving. Know your status so you don’t unwittingly infect others. For all COVID-19 testing options, please visit our COVID-19 testing website.
Those traveling out of state for Thanksgiving break need to be mindful of COVID-19 levels at their final destinations. Depending on Ohio’s level of COVID-19 cases in November, you may be required to quarantine for 14 days upon your arrival in a different state or country. Anyone traveling out of state should notify the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525 upon their return to campus.
Those who will return to campus after Thanksgiving break need to be aware that if they are returning from a high-risk state, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they will be expected to quarantine for 14 days upon their return. Currently, the states in that group include South Dakota, Idaho, Wisconsin, Iowa, Alabama, Nebraska, Kansas, Nevada and Utah. Weekly updates on travel advisories for returning to Ohio can be found at the Ohio Department of Health.
For travel within Ohio, you will need to monitor the COVID-19 risk level for the county where you are heading. Currently, Portage County is one of 38 Ohio counties at Red Level 3, however, it is possible that you could be going to a county that is at Purple Level 4, where it is advised that people stay home and only conduct necessary travel. Anyone traveling to a Purple Level 4 county is asked to use the utmost caution in their activities, wear a face covering at all times and do not attend gatherings.
As we head toward Thanksgiving break, it is more important than ever for us to step up, unite and commit to halting the spread of COVID-19. Get tested, be vigilant about following the Flashes Safe Seven safety protocols and avoid gatherings.
Taking precautions against this virus doesn’t stop when we leave campus. Most spread of this virus is happening at social gatherings and through our interactions with others, so we must use extra caution throughout the holiday season. Upcoming travel for the holiday has the potential to create a significant increase in the spread of this deadly virus. Let’s do all we can to protect our families and communities. Flashes Unite – Do What’s Right!
Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Interim Dean of Graduate Studies
Chair, Pandemic Leadership Committee