6 Things Students Can do to Prepare for Thanksgiving Break

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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. 



As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.