Student and Academic Life

6 Things Students Can do to Prepare for Thanksgiving Break

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Mark Cormelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2020) — This year’s Thanksgiving break is unlike any other. To reduce the spread of the coronavirus, students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving break, and final exams will be held after the break in remote or online learning contexts.

Here are six things students can do to prepare for this unprecedented break. 

  1. Keep practicing the Daily 4.0. Masking up, washing your hands, practicing physical distancing and completing the daily screening.
  2. Get your flu shot. University of Kentucky students who live on or come to campus are required to receive a flu vaccination. UK is offering new locations and times on campus for students to receive their flu shot.
  3. Get a COVID-19 test. Students can receive a COVID-19 test at no cost through ongoing on-campus testing locations at the testing site between The 90 and William T. Young Library. Students are encouraged to time their tests appropriately, so they can receive their results before returning home, to minimize the risk of spreading the virus to family members, community members or others in their hometowns. 
  4. Encourage your family members and friends to get a COVID-19 test.
  5. Register for Winter Intersession and Spring 2021 courses. Designed to provide students with a wide range of educational opportunities to concentrate on a single area of study, enrich learning beyond the normal curriculum, accelerate academic progress and remain on schedule for graduation, the Winter Intersession is a great resource for students. 
  6. Access campus academic and well-being resources when you need support. 2020 has been a whirlwind, to say the least. Additional support is available through the university to help students succeed this semester. 



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