Quarantine Plan for Incoming International Students, Fall 2020

Last updated July 27, 2020

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Read and agree to abide by the Duke community responsibility standards for safety. Students will be asked to review and agree to additional policies related to their return to campus.
  2. Get tested for COVID-19.
    1. All returning and incoming master’s and professional students who are planning to take courses in-person and utilize campus facilities, must submit to mandatory testing upon arrival. While awaiting testing results, you will be required to self-quarantine for 48-hours or until testing results are provided by Student Health. Based on daily symptom monitoring results, Student Health may require additional testing.
    2. All returning and incoming PhD students who are planning to take courses in-person or otherwise utilize campus facilities must submit to mandatory testing at the beginning of the fall semester.  Continuing students who were already approved to be on campus earlier in the summer will be instructed by their school or unit regarding the process for testing. While awaiting testing results, you will be required to self-quarantine for 48-hours or until testing results are provided by Student Health. Based on daily symptom monitoring results, Student Health may require additional testing.
  3. Prior to your arrival in Durham, secure a residence for your 14-day quarantine. You can book an Airbnb, Vrbo, or an extended stay suite. In securing a residence, consider the following:
    1. Availability of Wi-Fi/reliable internet connection
    2. Availability of cooking equipment and groceries and/or meal delivery service  (more on this below)
    3. Furnishings – see the International House list of furnished temporary housing.
  4. Arrange for transport from RDU airport to your residence. If you take a cab, Uber or Lyft, wear a mask in the car and ride with the window open.
  5. Arrange for a SIM card for your phone. We recommend this course of action over having to arrive and purchase a new phone in the United States. You can purchase a SIM online, for example the 4GLTEH2O Wireless 3-in-1 SIM Card(available on h20wirelessnow.com, Best Buy, Amazon.)
  6. Arrange for delivery of groceries and food. Durham and the surrounding area have many online opportunities, such as Instacart, that will enable you to order groceries online for delivery or to order take-out meal delivery. Harris Teeter is a grocery store in downtown Durham that will also deliver groceries to your door.
  7. Monitor your symptoms daily. Use the tracker to record your daily temperature and any symptoms you may be experiencing. You can download iThermonitor from the App Store (it works with android phones as well).
  8. To maintain as much normalcy as possible, arrange to check in with family and friends at home.  You may want to schedule a regular time for phone calls or Zoom chats.
  9. Check in every three days with your group leader (named by school, department or unit).

 

UNIT RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Identify students arriving and quarantining for fourteen days and maintain records, overseen by group leaders (see point 2).
  2. Name a group leader for each group of no more than 10 students.
  3. Have the group leader check in via Skype or Zoom once every three days with the student (15-minute check in call).
  4. Deliver remote orientation during the quarantine period.
  5. Encourage group resource sharing and bonding to avoid social isolation. In best case scenarios, provide students with assignments they can work on prior to the start of the semester.