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Students encouraged to get tested before Thanksgiving break

From: Student Affairs

To protect your family and the community, Virginia Tech encourages all students to continue to follow public health guidelines as they prepare to travel away from Blacksburg for Thanksgiving break. This approach proves to be the best strategy for protecting yourselves, your families, and friends as our campuses transition to an all-virtual format after classes break for Thanksgiving on Nov. 20, 2020.

All students are invited and encouraged to participate in voluntary COVID-19 testing before leaving campus for Thanksgiving and the rest of the fall semester. For many returning home, we recognize that you may live or visit with relatives, friends, and others who may be at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

You will need to schedule an appointment so that we can manage to make this available to as many individuals as possible. Students can indicate their interest in participating by logging in with their VT PID and password to this form before 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.

The university will order supplies to design our departure transition testing plan based on the number of students scheduling appointments. If you’re interested, you must let us know by Oct. 26. This test is free, and we will make sure that all students who schedule a test receive one.

Because we need to manage the staff time and have the proper tests available, we will charge for any students who schedule an appointment but do not show up at their time and do not cancel within 48 hours. This fee for not showing up for your scheduled time will result in a $100 charge.

Currently, our plan is to schedule testing options beginning on Saturday, Nov. 14, and continue through to Tuesday, Nov. 24. Further instructions will be shared directly with students no later than Monday, Nov. 9. Testing will occur at Lane Stadium.

As members of the community, we pledge to care for the health and well-being of others by personally adopting our Community Wellness Commitment.

  • We will affirm our commitment to the safety, health, and well-being of our campuses and local communities.
  • We will affirm that we will support the mental well-being of all community members.
  • We will wear face coverings/masks in public areas.
  • We will practice physical distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others.
  • We will practice good hygiene, including frequent handwashing and covering coughs or sneezes.
  • We will stay home and avoid public spaces when not feeling well.
  • We will contact a health care provider or an urgent care facility if we believe we are sick or have been exposed to the coronavirus.
  • We will support but avoid contact with those who are sick.
  • We will follow public health guidelines and medical recommendations to be tested and self-isolate as necessary.
  • We will make a list of all others with whom we have had close contact, if necessary, to aid in contact-tracing efforts.

For more information, contact Student Affairs at 540-231-6272 or