Safe & Healthy Practices for Fall Break

Dear Students,

I hope this message finds you all well as we move toward fall break and the holiday season.

Thank you all for doing your part to help keep our USF community healthy and safe while we navigate the ongoing pandemic. This fall semester, we continue to focus on doing everything we can to keep our entire community — students, faculty, staff, parents, family members, and visitors — as safe and comfortable as possible.

The university is continuing to monitor local and national health trends, and remains committed to emphasizing the importance of healthy and safe practices by all members of the USF community. Currently, we have only three active confirmed COVID-19 cases and 96.2 percent of our students are fully vaccinated. We ask our entire USF community to continue to follow the health and safety guidelines listed below:

Fall Break

As we approach fall break and the holiday season, it is important to keep in mind to practice safe and responsible positive health behaviors while on campus and while away if traveling. These breaks are a time to rest and recharge in the middle of the semester, and I hope you find opportunities to do so.

However, if you do not need to travel for these breaks, please stay local.

If you do travel, take extra precautions with your safety and ensure you are following the below health practices. If you do plan to stay in town, check out the many fun events that will take place during the fall break both on campus and in the city.

Fall Break Trips

Looking for an affordable adventure for the upcoming fall break weekend? Join us for one of these fun trips to explore the unique offerings of the Bay Area. Discounted ($10) trips for current USF students include Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Aquarium by the Bay and Pier 39, and Alcatraz Day Tour and Fisherman's Wharf. Online registration is now open (login using CWID). Space is limited. To request accommodations or additional information, email

Healthy Practices

  • Continue to monitor for symptoms and submit your daily Don’s Health Check or submit symptoms directly to
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds
  • Wear face coverings while both indoors and outdoors on campus and when out in the community
  • Limit large group settings whenever possible
  • Stay home when not feeling well
  • Utilize hand sanitizer stands around campus
  • Get your flu shot at the USF Student Health Clinic


Students who are not feeling well may receive a rapid COVID-19 test on campus. Dignity Health GoHealth is on campus providing testing every Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. in McLaren 252.

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Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping the USF community healthy and safe. And as always, please be sure to continue to reference the resources on USF Together. Updates are made regularly.


Natalie Macias
Director, Health Promotion Services