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TUCSON — University of Arizona officials said on Monday that students who plan to travel home for holidays should consider staying there for the rest of the semester.

University President Robert Robbins said students will be encouraged to study remotely if they can rather than risk contracting COVID-19 from traveling. Campus dorms will stay open for those who have nowhere to go.

Robbins said the university is working to prevent an uptick in cases around Halloween, which is on a Saturday this year and could lead to an increase in cases just before many students head home for Thanksgiving.

The university is taking three steps to promote safe travel over the Thanksgiving break, which is Nov. 26-27.

All main campus students will be required to complete a Thanksgiving Travel Survey, which will be available beginning Oct. 23. The survey will allow the university to be informed of each student’s plans.

A testing blitz will take place from Nov. 9-15, giving students who test positive time to quarantine for 10 days before the holiday.

Students are expected to choose from one of three travel options designed in concert with federal guidance and best practices for minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

“As we turn toward the home stretch of the semester, please remember to do your part,” Robbins said.

“Wash your hands, cover your face and keep physically distanced from each other as much as you possibly can.”

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