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SDSU issues holiday travel guidance for students during pandemic

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Posted at 1:22 AM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 04:22:24-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego State University released its plan Monday relating to holiday travel during the pandemic. It comes as students are getting ready to travel home for the holidays in a few weeks.

The policies apply to students living on campus and those with in-person classes.

Roughly 2,100 students live on-campus, and about 2,200 students are enrolled in an in-person class or participating in on-campus research, according to SDSU. There is a crossover between the groups.

Students living on campus can choose to stay on campus over Thanksgiving. Meal plans and other student services will be available during the break.

Students who choose to go home and see family have an option. The plan says they “may choose to remain at home for the rest of the fall semester and complete the last two weeks of the term remotely.”

Those that travel and return to on-campus housing will be tested for COVID-19 immediately upon returning and then tested again, five to seven days later.

Those taking in-person classes will be asked to test weekly upon returning; they are currently required to test every 14-days. Those taking in-person classes are being encouraged to avoid holiday travel.

The notice to students goes on to say:

"Each of us must continue to be very thoughtful and careful, even if the effects of COVID-19 seem invisible or have not touched some of us personally. Several religious and spiritual observations are before us in the months ahead, and it is disappointing that we will not be able to celebrate in person many of our traditions with our loved ones in ways we have in the past. Limiting travel is an important way to keep our community safe and reduce the potential for COVID-19 transmission."