The CMRO has offered the following advice for students to help protect your family, friends, and loved ones at home as you plan travel at the end of the fall term. In addition to these steps, they recommend developing a plan in consultation with your family to ensure that everyone involved is aware of and comfortable with the precautions you plan to take. 

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Plan to shelter in place. Students should limit close contacts and extracurricular activities in order to lower the risk of exposure to the virus. However, as detailed below, going to classes and other academic activities is permitted.  

Shelter-in-Place for at least 14 days total, at least 10 days on campus.  Undergraduate students should shelter in place for at least 14 days before interacting with others at home without wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. The beginning of the shelter-in-place period should start at least 10 days before a student plans to leave campus. Ideally, students will spend at least four days of this shelter-in-place period at home.

Start dates: On the Pittsburgh campus, the shelter-in-place period begins at 12:01 a.m. on November 9, 2020. A shelter-in-place period will begin on November 12 for all undergraduates on the regional campuses. During this time, students should limit close contacts and interact virtually whenever possible. In-person classes will still be permitted, and dining halls will be open for takeout only. Although it may vary by campus, the University will close some public spaces that are higher risk or difficult to monitor during this time:

University Public Spaces (availability varies by campus) Open?
Dine-in Campus Dining No
Grab-and-Go Campus Dining Yes
Gyms and Recreation Spaces in Residence Halls No
Campus Recreation Facilities and Campus-wide Gyms for indoor exercise. Reservations required. Yes
University Libraries for studying. Please check library hours.   Yes
Lounges in Residence Halls No
Kitchens in Residence Halls No

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the Daily Health Check app during the entirety of the shelter in place.

Shelter-in-Place at home. The best things you can do to keep your loved ones safe when you arrive home are to wear a face covering, maintain physical distance, and continue to use hand sanitizer or frequently wash your hands for at least four days after you depart campus.

While sheltering in place once you arrive at home, you should do the following for at least four days:

Only leave the household for work, medicines, food or emergency situations.

  • Modify your exercise routines by maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet, when possible, or by wearing a face covering when 6 feet of separation is unlikely.      
  • Wear a face covering and maintain a safe physical distance around any household member.
  • Eat separately if members of your household are unable or unwilling to keep a safe distance.

In addition, students should follow state and local guidelines regarding quarantine following travel.

Please note that this advice applies to students who are asymptomatic at the end of the term. If you are symptomatic, in isolation, or quarantine at the time that your shelter-in-place period would begin, consult with Student Health Service regarding a plan for your transition home. 

Optional At-Home Testing.  In accordance with public health guidelines, we will not conduct mass testing due to the risk of false negatives. However, we understand that some of you are interested in including a testing component as part of your campus departure strategy, and are exploring options to make optional at-home testing available to those students. Details on this program will be provided in prior to the end of the term.