November 19, 2020 - Start Safe, Stay Safe: Tritons travel safe.

Tritons travel safe.


Tips to travel safely this holiday season:

  • Stay home, stay close. Though it is difficult to imagine the holidays without family and friends at in-person gatherings, there are many ways to connect and celebrate the season. Host a virtual dinner party by Zoom, mail notes of gratitude, connect on social or by phone, or make a donation/volunteer on behalf of those closest to you to help others. 
  • Get a flu shot. If you haven’t already, contact your health care provider to make arrangements to get your flu shot.
  • Carefully plan your travel and holiday gatherings. To ensure the lowest COVID-19 impact to our community, those who do travel should follow the recommendations outlined in the CDC’s Holiday Travel Guide and Holiday Planning Guide. This includes not traveling if you feel sick, wearing a face covering when using public transportation, and limiting gatherings or celebrating virtually over the holidays. Be sure to take essential items such as medications, textbooks or other materials you may need should your return be delayed.
  • If you feel sick, stay home/do not come to campus. Continue to perform a health check daily through the Campus Screen app to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms before travel, leaving home locally or coming to campus.
  • Report symptoms, close contact and positive test results. Whether you're on or off campus, we require all students, faculty and staff to report COVID-19 symptoms, close contact and positive test results. Upon submitting a report, a representative of UMSL Health Services will reach out to provide health guidance and can arrange accommodations with faculty and/or supervisors if needed.
  • Comply with all quarantine or isolation directions. If directed by the Campus Health Officer or other health authorities, follow directions and provide information to contact tracers. Those required to remain off campus must submit a Return to Campus form and receive approval to do so before returning.
  • Spread the word about safety guidelines. Refamiliarize yourself with and share UMSL's safety expectations.
  • Remain vigilant. Continue to wear a face covering, maintain social distancing and clean your hands well – whether on campus or visiting family for the holidays.
  • After Thanksgiving break, take extra precautions upon returning to campus if you continue to engage in in-person blended courses or on-site work. During the week of Nov. 30, please increase face covering use (including around roommates), continue to diligently practice social distancing, do not schedule in-person group meetings during this week, and keep gatherings as small as possible. Make arrangements now if you anticipate needing to work, teach or take classes remotely that week.
Limit gatherings as much as possible. Due to the risks associated with even small gatherings, cancel all office or organizational holiday gatherings, such as parties, group potluck meals, and gift exchanges, on or off campus. This includes on-campus housing, fraternity or sorority housing, and personal housing. The risk of spread is simply too great for any of us to attempt a “normal” holiday season.

Don't forget to download the Campus Screen app

Students and employees will be expected to self-monitor their health on a daily basis for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus or leaving their residence hall.

All Tritons should download a free mobile app, Campus Screen, which will direct users through a daily health check to support self-monitoring efforts and remain home if they are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.


It is important for all Tritons follow safety expectations so we can have a safe start to the semester. Learn more by visiting the Start Safe. Stay Safe. website.