As the fall semester draws to a close, the Georgia Tech community is not letting up in our efforts to remain as safe as possible — for ourselves, for those around us, and for our families and loved ones who we may be seeing during the holidays. Here’s what you need to know to prepare for a safe and healthy winter break.
Before the Break
Remember: Test. Mask. Distance.
- Get tested before the break. We strongly recommend that you participate in asymptomatic surveillance testing 7-10 days before returning home, and again 1-2 days before you leave campus for the break. Testing Locations and Hours.
- If you need an accommodation due to physical difficulties accessing test sites, personal assistance to complete a Covid-19 test is available to students through Stamps Health Services. To schedule, please email Dr. Benjamin Holton, senior director.
- Research the testing options in the location(s) where you will be staying during the break.
- While you are away from campus, continue to follow health and safety measures — including the daily self-checklist, social distancing, and wearing a face covering.
Preparing to Travel
- Do not travel if:
- You are sick or experiencing a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
- You test positive for Covid-19 within 10 days prior to travel.
- You have close contact with someone who has Covid-19.
- Before traveling, familiarize yourself with the public health guidelines or mandates in the location(s) you’ll be visiting.
- If flying, check travel requirements. You may need to provide paperwork showing a recent negative test result.
- Georgia Tech’s surveillance testing is not a diagnostic test; travel-certified testing is conducted with Vault test kits.
- Students needing certified test results for general travel and employees needing test results for business-related travel can visit Covid-19 Tests for Travel for more information.
- If driving, bring face coverings and hand sanitizer for stops at gas stations and rest areas.
During the Break
Staying on Campus
- Students staying on campus during the break will remain in their current residences.
- Continue to follow health and safety measures — including the daily self-checklist, social distancing, and wearing a face covering.
- Continue regular surveillance testing. For testing hours during the winter break, check the Testing Locations and Hours page.
- Campus operations, including dining, parking, the Student Center, the bookstore, and other services, will be reduced during the break. For a complete listing of hours of operation, visit Campus Services Hours of Operation.
- Stamps Health Services will be closed on weekends, as well as Nov. 26 – 27, Dec. 21 – 25, and Jan. 1. For symptomatic testing during these times, visit Additional Covid-19 Testing Locations.
- Campus will be closed Nov. 26 – 27, Dec. 21 – 25, and Jan. 1.
- Commencement ceremonies for spring, summer, and fall graduates will be held in Bobby Dodd Stadium Dec. 11 and 12. For more information, visit Commencement Ceremony Announcement.
- Each ceremony will have physically distanced seating for students, faculty, speakers, and guests, and all attendees will be required to wear a face covering while inside the stadium.
- If you are flying back, follow the guidance under the "Preparing to Travel" section above.
- Get tested when you return to campus. We strongly recommend that you participate in asymptomatic surveillance testing. Testing Locations and Hours.
- Continue to follow health and safety measures on campus — including the daily self-checklist, social distancing, and wearing a face covering. Remember: Test. Mask. Distance.