From the DOU: Message about move-in and testing on Monday and Tuesday

From the DOU:  Message about move-in and testing on Monday and Tuesday

Dear undergraduate students –

A few minutes ago, our Crisis Management team sent a message to campus about our operational status on Monday.  Because of the arctic storm moving into Texas, projections from the National Weather Service indicate unsafe travel conditions are likely to occur early next week.  For this reason, we are moving all classes online on Monday and asking everyone (except essential personnel) to stay home. If any of you work on campus and have questions about your work activities, please contact your supervisor.  

We are closely monitoring this situation and will provide an update over the weekend regarding our operational status on Tuesday.

For this reason, I am writing to ask everyone to refrain from traveling on Monday and Tuesday, if at all possible.  For students already in Houston, please do not come to campus if you are off campus – and for those living on campus, please do not travel off campus if you can avoid doing so.  Stay home, stay off the roads, and take care to stay safe.

The timing of this storm is especially unfortunate since some of you are scheduled to move back to campus on Monday or Tuesday.  If possible, please accelerate your arrival and move-in this weekend. SARS-CoV-2 testing appointments are still available on Saturday and Sunday (and testing rescheduling/sign up for Saturday will remain open until 10pm tonight, and sign up for Sunday will remain open until 10pm on Saturday night).  Alternatively, you can delay arrival until after Tuesday.  If you have any questions about rescheduling your testing appointment, please contact covidtesting@rice.edu.

If you are unable to reschedule your travel plans, and you are able to arrive to campus on Monday or Tuesday, please know that we are uncertain at this time if our testing providers will be operational on these days.  For this reason, if you arrive on Monday or Tuesday for move in, you may be required to quarantine in your room until a testing appointment can happen (which may not occur until Wednesday or later next week). If this happens, meals will be provided by Housing & Dining during this time, but you should be prepared in case your stay in your room is longer than originally intended.  If you do move in Monday or Tuesday, please let your college magister know by Sunday evening so we can prepare properly for your arrival.

To all, I hope you will take care over the next few days.  Those of you who hail from colder climates might not find the forecasted artic storm conditions to be all that worrisome – but please remember, Houston is not equipped to clear roads and walkways if there is ice on the ground, and many residents are not experienced in driving on icy roads.  As such, caution is advised.  The days ahead would seem to provide an excellent opportunity for bundling up and watching a favorite show or reading a good book.  

Stay warm everyone,

Bridget Gorman, Dean of Undergraduates