Thanksgiving and winter breaks: Housing, COVID-19 testing

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Thanksgiving and winter breaks: Housing, COVID-19 testing

Oct. 27, 2020

As the ASU community prepares for the Thanksgiving holiday and the end of the semester, we want to take a moment to provide some reminders and guidance. 

As shared previously, all classes after the Thanksgiving break will be remote. We know many will be traveling home for the holiday, and it may be easier in the middle of a pandemic to simply stay home with family. We adjusted the academic schedule by one week, so final exams should now be the week of Nov. 30. The semester will end Dec. 4. 

Sun Devils, if you live on campus, you are welcome to stay with us during winter break. Students who have an active housing license agreement for the academic year can remain in their residential community throughout the break. Whether or not you plan to stay on campus, you do need to confirm your plans with your community assistant. Details will be provided in the coming weeks. 

If you are headed home for Thanksgiving, bring along some peace of mind. Get a COVID-19 test before you leave to help protect and care for those around you. Our COVID-19 tests are available to any student who wants or needs one at no charge. This non-invasive test takes about 15 minutes, and you’ll have the results in less than 48 hours. You can sign up for a test here

With the onset of flu season, getting a flu vaccine this fall is more important than ever. This is another way to extend our Community of Care to your fellow Sun Devils and the larger community. You can schedule a flu shot appointment here.   

While connecting with family and friends during the break, remember the importance of wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distancing. We’re also encouraging families who will be spending time together during the holidays to get tested for COVID-19 before getting together. Those living in or visiting Arizona can take advantage of free testing through one of our community testing sites.  

Prior to the start of classes in January, students in on-campus housing will be required to take a COVID-19 test. More details will be provided directly to students living on-campus within the coming weeks.

This has been a semester none of us will forget. Keep moving forward, finish the semester strong, and stay healthy, Devils.

The ASU deans of students: 
Sharon Smith (Downtown Phoenix campus, 602-496-4357)
Lance Harrop (Polytechnic campus, 480-727-5269)
Cassandra Aska (Tempe campus, 480-965-6547)
Kendra Hunter (West campus, 602-543-8152)

Posted Oct. 27, 2020, at 1:50 p.m.