Thanksgiving break update for on-campus residents

Residents, 
We hope you are doing well, and are ready for a relaxing holiday break. Please take note of a few important reminders, and one change regarding COVID-19 testing after Thanksgiving break. 

COVID-19 Testing

Due to the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases across the country, the COVID-19 task force has discussed, and changed the testing date for all those that are going home for the Thanksgiving break to December 4th. Residence Life will require that all students who go home, and then return to campus after the break, to practice the Petrel Pause again until testing is done on December 4th. 

This means no in-person dining in the TLCC, no visitation inside of residence halls, and no in-person programming on-campus. Students who violate these measures will be subject to sanctions from the COVID Conduct Panel. 

This change is to ensure our campus community stays as safe as possible, and we catch as many potential positives as we might have. 

Students who choose to go home for the Thanksgiving break must use their health insurance, if available, for the COVID-19 testing on December 4th. More information on COVID testing, and how to sign up for a testing time, will be sent shortly to those that have indicated they are going home. 

If you would like to change your mind, and you would like to go home for the Thanksgiving break, and not return until the spring semester, please communicate with your RA about that change. You will still be eligible for the $500 spring housing credit if you change your mind now. 

Dining Information

If you are staying on-campus during the Thanksgiving break, you received notification about dining on Wednesday-Sunday via email. Please check your email to ensure you received it. If you did not get that email, that means you have not communicated with your RA that you are staying on-campus during the break. 

Regular dining hours will stop on Tuesday, November 24 at dinner, and resume Sunday, November 29 at dinner. 

Thanksgiving Travel Information

We encourage all those who are traveling to travel safely.

  • Review any local public health regulations that might apply where you are traveling.
  • Reduce the number of stops on your trip, take a direct flight, and if driving, pack food/snacks for the car.
  • Remain vigilant with social distancing and wear your face covering.
  • Use hand sanitizer liberally on your hands and on touchable surfaces, particularly if you are using any public transit.

Please visit this CDC Website for more information on Thanksgiving travel.

In-suite cleaning

Facilities will be coming through each residence hall on Wednesday, November 25 to disinfect all residence hall bathrooms and common rooms. This is the same cleaning that occurred in October. 

If you wish to not have your room cleaned, please fill out this form by Monday, November 23.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please reach out to residencelife@oglethorpe.edu

Thank you, 
Residence Life