Returning Home Safely for the Holidays

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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.
 

Attending Commencement

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  • 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.