Regional Campus Students: What to Expect After Thanksgiving

Dear Kent State University Students,

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.

University Calendar

Thanksgiving break 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 on Dec. 13; 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 heading home or to see family for the holidays. It is crucial that you do not spread the virus to others who may be more vulnerable, such as elderly relatives, as you travel throughout Ohio and to other states over Thanksgiving break. Know your status before Thanksgiving break so you don’t infect others. For all COVID-19 testing options, please visit our COVID-19 testing website.

Travel

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 from 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.

At the same time, those planning to 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 returning home to a county that is at Purple Level 4, advising people to 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.

Remain Vigilant

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, particularly at Halloween. 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!

Sincerely,

Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Interim Dean of Graduate Studies
Chair, Pandemic Leadership Committee

POSTED: Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 10:47am
UPDATED: Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 12:05pm
WRITTEN BY:
Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D. Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies, Chair, Pandemic Leadership Committee