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Planning For A Safe Spring Break

March 11, 2020
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti

Sam Houston State University President Alisa White presents a message to Bearkats before spring break. 

With spring break on the horizon, the SHSU COVID Work Group offers the following recommendations to students to ensure a relaxing week off. As you begin to plan ways to unwind, here are some suggestions to help you safely de-stress and refresh.

Test Before and After Spring Break

Be sure to take advantage of the free testing at either the Student Health Center or the new LSC COVID-19 testing site located on the second floor (piano lounge area) before and after the break.

Avoid Public Travel

The CDC advices us to stay at least 6 feet away from people in public, but it's hard to keep your distance when you're crammed into an airplane or bus. Public transportation increases your chance of spreading/getting COVID-19, which is why the CDC does not currently recommend it. Also, if a SHSU employee or student’s travel itinerary includes a common carrier (plane, train, bus, or shared shuttle) there are return-to-campus post-travel plans that must be followed.

Establish and Maintain Your Pod

To combat social isolation, it is still recommended that students form (and stick with) a pod - a group of up to 6 people who follow a shared set of safety practices to protect one another from COVID-19. It may consist of people who share a household or others who agree to form a unit. Don’t attend gatherings with people outside of your pod.

Get Moving

Research shows that exercise can improve your mood. Take a walk, go for a run, or sign up for a virtual class with Rec Sports. There are also plenty of socially distanced activities in the region to enjoy.

Find Purpose Through Service

Looking to give back to your community? Find a volunteer opportunity that speaks to you. At SHSU, you can find numerous ways to get involved. Learn more through the Center for Community Engagement’s volunteer page.

Take Time for Rest

You don’t always have to be busy, pushing yourself so hard. Step back and take care of yourself and remember it’s a break. Those moments of self-care will add value, energy, purpose, and creativity to everything you do. Find a healthy balance.

We hope you find fun and relaxing ways to spend your spring break safely. In the weeks and months ahead, it is important to remain vigilant, adhere to the health and safety protocols put forth, and continue to take care of yourselves and those around you.

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