Returning to Campus Safely for Spring Semester

December 2020

The coronavirus continues to affect communities across the country, even as we look ahead to the promise of a vaccine in the coming months. In order to have a successful spring semester during an evolving public health crisis, the Georgia Tech community must be focused and committed to staying as safe as possible when we return to campus.

We learned a lot of valuable lessons in the fall. Now it’s time to put those lessons to use, and to rise to the challenge again — together. 

During the Break

If You're Staying on Campus

If You Test Positive While Away From Campus


Before You Return

Follow Health and Safety Guidelines

  • Continue to practice social distancing, wear your face covering, and follow health and safety measures in the weeks before returning to campus. Specifically, limit your interactions with people to those in your household for the week before your return.
  • Continue to minimize risk of exposure by avoiding group gatherings and higher risk settings such as restaurants, bars, and confined indoor spaces before returning to campus.

Prepare to Travel

  • Get tested 1-3 days before departure.
    Whether you are traveling to Atlanta from an international or domestic location the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends (but does not require) that you get tested for Covid-19 within 1-3 days prior to departure.
  • If you are flying, check the requirements for testing and travel documentation.
    • If your airline requires paperwork showing a recent negative test result, you will need to find a test site in your area. Georgia Tech does not provide return travel testing.
    • Make a plan in advance to avoid difficulties or delays in traveling to Atlanta.
  • If driving, bring face coverings and hand sanitizer for stops at gas stations and rest areas.
  • 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.

When You Return

Test. Mask. Distance.

  • Test twice. All students should participate in surveillance testing as soon as possible once they arrive on campus, and then 3 to 5 days after arrival. Testing sites will be open every day campus is open, with increased hours beginning Jan. 11. Check hours and locations.
  • Keep your distance. Avoid close contact with others, including roommates, for 7 days after arrival. Note that the CDC recommends that you stay isolated for the full 7 days, even if your test results are negative, and to self-isolate for 10 days if you cannot get tested.
  • Take precautions. After arriving on campus, maintain social distance, avoid group gatherings, and wear a face covering at all times when around others, including small friend groups. 
  • Previously positive, test again. Anyone who had Covid-19 early in the fall semester will be outside of the three-month window of relative protection, and should follow all of the recommendations for reducing the chance of exposure to Covid-19, including regular testing, wearing a face covering, social distancing, avoiding group gatherings, and handwashing. 

If You’re New to Campus


*Note: Georgia Tech currently has a task force working on the planning and implementation of vaccine deployment in the spring. We will keep the Georgia Tech community informed as updates become available.