Guidelines for Returning Home
As you prepare to leave campus and return home, there are important steps you can take to help protect your loved ones.
Prior to Departure
- Schedule your COVID-19 test three to seven days prior to leaving campus, and avoid as many potential exposures as possible between this test and your departure.
- Wear a face covering, keep your distance from others, limit your contact as much as possible on and off campus and avoid large gatherings.
- If your test is negative, travel home as safely as possible by practicing all of the safety measures you have learned over the past eight months. Wear a face covering, wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, avoid eating in restaurants and limit stops to only those that are necessary.
- If you are concerned about a possible exposure prior to or during travel, avoid contact with high-risk relatives and plan to quarantine at home for 14 days after your potential exposure.
- Reduce the number of people with whom you have close contact prior to departure. Any close interaction with persons outside of residence hall roommates will present an opportunity for infection.
- Review the regulations governing travel to your destination. Some states require the completion of a travelers' form prior to arrival, along with specific restrictions and testing requirements after arrival.
- Finally, if you have not received your annual flu shot, please call Student Health and schedule an appointment at 570-577-1401.
Day of Travel
- Reduce the number of stops on the trip. If traveling by air, take a direct flight if possible. If driving, pack meals or snacks for the car trip home.
- Take safety precautions during travel, especially if using public transportation. Wear a face covering at all times and consider also wearing a face shield. Stay at least 6 feet away from other people; if that's not possible on public transportation, sit as far away as you can from other passengers. Carry and frequently use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Use disinfecting/sanitizing wipes to clean any touchable surfaces around you in the vehicle in which you are traveling. This includes planes, trains and other forms of transportation.
- Recheck for any COVID-related requirements or restrictions at your travel destination.
- The least risky option is private transportation by yourself or with your family members. If you are in a car with individuals who are not members of your household, wear a face covering and sit in the back seat if someone else is driving. If weather conditions permit, open the windows.
What if I Am in Quarantine?
If you are in quarantine, you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19. Because the incubation period for COVID-19 is up to 14 days after an exposure, it is recommended that you remain in quarantine for 14 days and that you do not travel. If you choose to travel before your quarantine period is over, even with a negative test result and no symptoms, you may still develop COVID-19 and can spread it to those around you. Bucknell will continue to provide quarantine housing, meals and contact tracing after the end of classes for those who are quarantining. If you are planning to leave a quarantine period early by way of public transportation, please contact the carrier to see if there are any restrictions or regulations.
What if I Test Positive for COVID-19?
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, it is recommended that you complete 10 days of isolation and are fever-free for 24 hours prior to traveling per CDC guidelines. Bucknell will continue to provide isolation housing, meals and health checks until your isolation period is completed.