March 5, 2021 - Avoiding another surge -- tips for spring break

Sent to all students living in campus housing on 03/05/21:


Hello residential hall student,

First, we want to thank you for your dedication this year — we know it hasn’t been easy, but through your actions, you helped stop the surge we experienced a few weeks ago. With spring break coming up, we ask that you continue to remember the health and safety of your fellow Bears and help us avoid future surges.

Avoid travel and other high-risk activities during spring break
This year’s spring break is Monday, March 22–Friday, March 26, 2021. As noted in yesterday’s campus-wide message, for public health reasons, we strongly recommend that you avoid travel and other high-risk activities (such as indoor gatherings, spending time with others without masks, using mass transit, etc.). 

Check out this campus video about ways to reduce risk.

You can also visit the CDC’s resources for reducing risk in common activities.

Residence halls will be open and dining locations will be open with slightly revised service
We encourage you to remain in your campus housing during spring break. Residence halls and apartments will be open, and Cal Dining will have meal service available for students. Read more about Cal Dining hours of operations during Spring BreakFind ideas for local, outdoor, virtual, and physically distanced activities you can join in this spring break.

If you plan to travel, notify Residential Life in advance
Again, we strongly recommend you do not travel. However, if you are planning to travel, please fill out this form to notify Residential Life so that they can account for your absence from your residence and provide you a short term exemption from testing compliance. 

Self-sequester after spring break if you travel or engage in high-risk activities
If you travel or engage in high-risk activities during spring break, you will be asked to self sequester in your room for 10 days after your return. If you do not travel or engage in high-risk activities, you will not need to self-sequester, but please continue to use the mitigation strategies you are currently using (wearing face coverings, physical distancing, handwashing, etc.) 
For those who must self-sequester:

  • Remain in your room as much as possible, and avoid gathering with others, even those in your residential household grouping. 
  • Solo outdoor exercise is permitted. 

For all residents of campus residence halls and suites:

  • Meals: To reduce the risk of transmission in the dining commons, Cal Dining will again provide outdoor kiosks for you to pick up meals outside the residence halls from March 26–April 8 (do not use the dining commons during this time, regardless of whether you traveled). Read more about Cal Dining Post-Spring Break Operations
  • Shared spaces: We’ll provide further guidance soon about how to reduce risk in common areas, including bathrooms.

For residents of campus apartments:

  • Meals: If you traveled, please plan for food supplies so you can remain at home as much as possible. If you have an off-campus meal plan, you may go to the dining locations. Please note that because we will need to arrange for food delivery to the residence halls, there will also be some changes to normal Dining operations. Read more about Cal Dining Post-Spring Break Operations.

Testing before, during and after spring break
Whether or not you travel, you are expected to remain on your UHS testing schedule leading up to spring break. If you travel during spring break week, you are required to be tested the same calendar week that you leave campus, and then schedule a test for the first business day upon your return, then twice-weekly according to your usual schedule. UHS testing will be available during spring break week.

If you test positive, or have had close contact with someone who tested positive with COVID-19, you will be offered a space in the campus’s designated isolation/quarantine housing. Learn more about contact tracing, quarantine and isolation housing.

Keep following best practices:

  • As always, please continue to follow protocols such as physical distancing and wearing face coverings. 
  • Bears Protect Bears! Learn more about how you protect yourself and others.

Any student experiencing symptoms or who may have been exposed to COVID-19 (or any students with concerns), please call the University Health Services Advice Line 24/7 at 510-643-7197 for consultation. 
We truly hope you will partner with us to reduce virus transmission and avoid high-risk activities this spring break. Only with your help will we be able to turn a corner and return to the in-person student activities we all miss. Please reach out to UHS with any questions you may have.

Thank you,

Cal Housing Office
2610 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94720