The North Dakota University System is asking students to minimize their activities prior to leaving campus if they plan to visit loved ones outside of their normal social circle. If students choose to leave campus, they are encouraged to get a test prior to leaving campus and then once again when they return.
Students may be at lower risk when they are on campus, as opposed to elsewhere, due to the high mask use and social distancing on campus. Many campuses encourage students to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by staying on campus during the Thanksgiving holiday break and are offering flexibility with class delivery methods as the semester continues.
Several institutions are planning special events and observances for students who choose to stay on campus during the holiday break. Students should check with their individual campuses for special arrangements and activities that may be planned during the holiday break.
Williston State College will continue fall semester classes as scheduled after Thanksgiving. WSC encourages all students, faculty, and staff to take advantage of the COVID-19 testing events before traveling home for the holiday, and after returning to campus following the Thanksgiving Holiday. Since the holiday season typically means students, faculty, and staff travel to spend time with family and friends, remember that when you travel, you are at greater risk to become infected with COVID-19 and to transmit COVID-19 to others. It is important to protect yourself and others with proper masking, social distancing, consistent hand washing/hygiene, and an awareness of where you are, the size of group you are in, and who is around you.