COVID-19 Read: Holiday Gatherings/Travel Guidance and Short Reminders on Spring Return to Work

Clarkson Employees,

Yesterday marked the last day of the Fall Semester for Potsdam undergraduates as well as some graduate programs.  A limited number of graduate programs will be finishing up the semester in the next few weeks across all of our campuses.  We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season.

The CDC has shared guidance for celebrating Thanksgiving in 2020 given that more than 1 million COVID-19 cases have been reported in the United States over the last seven days.

While the CDC recommends that the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with, we recognize that some members of our community may still travel or spend it at gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you.  If this is the case for you, please follow Clarkson’s travel policy at and familiarize yourself with the NYS guidance for travel.   NYS also has a new way for you to enter a NYS address to see the prevalence of COVID-19 and hot zone spots in the state by entering an address at:   

Traveling to these areas and out of state may require testing and quarantine time to return home.  If you travel in the NYS hot zones or beyond NYS and the contiguous states, please contact to confirm the protocols to return to campus for the remainder of the year. 

In preparation for Spring 2021, the University continues to welcome back more faculty and staff to campus.   By adhering to the health and safety protocols put in place and following the counsel of public health representatives, there were no reported cases of COVID-19 among employees working on campus in the fall semester. 

We posted yesterday the information for employees to request a medical exemption to continue remote work and supervisors will continue to be speaking with employees about planning a phased return to workplace offices and facilities for campus operations in 2021.  Please contact with any questions. 

More information will be posted about the testing plan for employees returning to work on campus and the communications going to students that will help them prepare for returning to campus for the Spring Semester.   A summary of the recent communications that have been issued to faculty, staff and students is at  

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and we look forward to seeing many of you in 2021.

Amy McGaharen

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