BLACKSBURG, Va. – With winter break almost over, thousands of students will return to Blacksburg next week.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Virginia Tech is asking its students to take certain precautions before returning.
The school is adopting similar practices for the upcoming semester that they used in the fall.
Virginia Tech is asking students to self-quarantine for 10 days before they step on campus, which includes practicing social distance and wearing a mask.
Secondly, students are strongly encouraged to secure a negative COVID-19 test result within 5 days prior to returning to campus.
To reassure good hygiene practice, students will also need to review training videos.
Those who choose to live on campus will be tested as they return.
While Virginia Tech has published is a preliminary COVID-19 testing schedule, a final one will be released at the start of the semester.
“We want to remind our students that even though a vaccine may be on the horizon, we are not out of the woods yet,” said Virginia Tech spokesman Mark Owczarski. “We still must practice all those good behaviors.”
Though vaccine distribution for students and faculty is months away, school leaders are working with the Virginia Health Department to develop a plan when the time comes.
Residence halls will open at noon on Jan. 16 for move-in with online classes beginning Jan. 19 and in-person and hybrid classes starting on Jan. 25.