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December 8, 2020

Dear Students,

Thank you for being part of Tufts’ efforts to have a meaningful and rich semester given the parameters and restrictions of this global pandemic. While there is much hope on the horizon for an effective vaccine, we still have many months to go before our lives return to normal, and we will need to continue to work together to keep the Tufts community healthy.

As cases of COVID-19 are surging across the country, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has published guidelines for the holidays. We are writing to ensure you are aware of this guidance and to communicate ways for you to maximize your safety and the safety of others with whom you will be spending the winter break. Many of you who have been studying in person this semester already have your plans in place to travel home. 

While we have no news or information about airline travel being curtailed, we do encourage anyone who needs to fly to do their best to stay away from the higher volume travel times right before the holidays (December 23-January 2). If you usually choose to fly home but live within driving distance, you should consider whether driving might be a better option in order to minimize your risk of exposure to others. Many airlines are being flexible about applying credits for purchased flights due to the pandemic.

Please also consider whether traveling even a little bit earlier than planned and taking your finals remotely would be an option for you to avoid peak travel times.

Before and during travel, please do the following:

  • Please remember that you should have two negative tests before traveling, the last one within 72 hours of your departure from campus. Please wait to have the negative result before traveling, not a pending one. Prior to your travel, we also recommend minimizing your social interactions to reduce risk of exposure.
  • Avoid travel if you are sick or if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Do not travel with someone who is sick. Do not travel if you are in isolation or quarantine.
  • Wear masks and maintain physical distance during travel. The CDC advises everyone to wear a mask on public transportation. This includes passengers on airplanes, trains, ships, subways, taxis, and ride shares, and at transportation hubs such as airports and stations. 
  • Know and be prepared to meet travel requirements for your destination state, territory, or country.
  • Be aware of the COVID-19 situation in the place you are traveling to, including the presence of any high-risk individuals, and have a plan to reduce your exposure during travel and the possibility of exposure to others. Review the CDC's travel advice on its website
  • For travel to destinations requiring a negative COVID-19 test:
    • Students who are traveling to a location that requires proof of a negative COVID-19 test may use their Broad Institute PCR test.
    • Test results are sent to your Tufts email address. Check to see if it was moved to your junk or spam folder. The sender would be careevolve@lknotification.com

With all best wishes,

Camille Lizarríbar, JD, PhD
Dean of Student Affairs and Chief Student Affairs Officer for AS&E