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Chancellor Dan White outlines UAF’s COVID safety plans for students traveling for Thanksgiving

Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 4:14 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, it is common for people to travel to visit family. But this year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some institutions are encouraging people to refrain from travel to prevent the spread of the virus. One such instance is at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), where Chancellor Dan White asks that students consider staying on campus for the duration of Thanksgiving break.

“We have encouraged, and I sent a note to students or to the university, asking that if people didn’t need to travel that they stick around, and that we have additional activities, virtual activities, and small group activities for students and staff around campus so that students and employees didn’t need to travel outside for Thanksgiving,” said White.

UAF isn’t requiring that students stay on campus, and has a series of safety protocols that will prevent potential viral transmission from students who do travel.

“We have a testing policy for students so if a student does have to leave for Thanksgiving, there’s a testing regimen they need to follow, and quarantine when they return to campus. That is for students who live in residence halls,” said White.

For more information students can visit the COVID-19 information page and dashboard here.

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