We know these recommendations are challenging and would not ask you to make these sacrifices if they weren’t critically important.
We are grateful to you for taking seriously these mitigation measures and for continuing to follow all public health guidelines to protect the entire UC Santa Barbara community.
Vejas Skripkus, M.D.
Executive Director, Student Health
Laura Polito, M.D.
Medical Director, COVID-19 Response Team
Thanksgiving Guidance for Students
UCSB campus medical experts and Santa Barbara County Public Health officials strongly recommend that all students currently residing in the UCSB area (either on campus or in Isla Vista), remain in the area and avoid travel - particularly for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Avoiding travel during the academic year minimizes the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus to friends and family you visit, as well as to anyone you encounter while traveling. It also reduces the risk of bringing the virus back to our community from other areas when you return.
If you are traveling home for the Thanksgiving Holiday/Fall Break, it is strongly recommended that you remain at your family home for the remainder of the quarter, and complete your courses remotely from home. Please do not return until Winter Quarter begins in January.
If you are currently enrolled in a Fall Quarter in-person class and you must leave Santa Barbara, please consult your instructor to make alternative arrangements for the remainder of the quarter.
If you remain in the Santa Barbara/Isla Vista area, there will be limited campus services available.
- Click here for Student Health Services hours of operation.
- Testing clinics will be run all day Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday morning of Thanksgiving week.
- Housing services will be limited and on an emergency basis only.
If you do leave the area and then later return, you should follow the guidelines listed below to ensure the safety of yourself and our Gaucho community.
Please click here for CDC information on risks involved with Thanksgiving travel and celebrations.
Before you leave…
- It is recommended that you self-quarantine for 14 days prior to your departure to decrease the risk of carrying COVID-19 out of the area.
- Testing will be available and can be scheduled here