Dear GW Community,
The university’s spring break begins next week, March 15-20, and other school systems throughout the D.C. area will host their spring breaks in the upcoming weeks. Given the continued high rate of transmission of COVID in the U.S. and internationally, we do not recommend that you travel for spring break. However, if you plan to travel during these times, we encourage you to remain vigilant in following CDC-recommended public health protocols to ensure not only your health and safety but the health and safety of others around you.
- Remember to wear masks in public settings and anywhere you may be around others. The CDC has issued new guidelines for more effective uses of masks, including layering masks.
- Continue social distancing and limiting gatherings, including indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants. Be sure to check public gathering guidance in areas outside of the District, Maryland or Virginia.
- Be aware of any specific requirements for testing or quarantine that are being imposed by other countries or states, as well as transportation companies.
Please note: The university has updated its travel-related quarantine and testing guidance based on the District of Columbia’s guidance. Travel quarantine and travel-related testing requirements will be waived for a person who:
- Is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is defined as 14 days after completion of a COVID-19 vaccination series, which means after the second dose of a two-dose series (for example: Pfizer or Moderna) or after one dose of a single-dose vaccine (for example: Johnson & Johnson); AND
- Is within 90 days of the last required dose; AND
- Does not have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
If you received a complete COVID-19 vaccination series, please upload your immunization record to the medical portal.
If you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, the District requires you to quarantine upon returning from travel outside of D.C., Maryland or Virginia, until you receive two negative COVID-19 tests, or 14 days if you choose not to test.
The GW Campus COVID-19 Support Team (CCST) provides additional information in its quarantine guidelines for students, faculty and staff.
Finally, even if you have received the COVID-19 vaccine, you should still continue your weekly testing and follow CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others and adhere to travel related quarantine requirements imposed by D.C. and other jurisdictions. Regardless of vaccination status, on-campus cohort members are required to continue weekly COVID-19 testing and daily symptom monitoring.
In any case, do take advantage of a spring respite from classes. We wish you a safe, healthy and restful break.
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Vice President and Chief People Officer
Vice President for Safety and Facilities
Dean, Milken Institute School of Public Health
M.L. “Cissy” Petty
Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs