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UW-Madison sends email to students laying out COVID-19 expectations for returning to campus

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MADISON (WKOW) — UW-Madison is getting prepared for students to return to campus and sent an email to parents and students Thursday listing expectations in regards to COVID-19. 

The university is strongly encouraging all students to get COVID-19 booster vaccines as soon as possible. It also encourages students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to delay their return to campus, recovering instead at their current location. 

UW-Madison also expects all students who have not had a positive PCR test in the last 90 days get a COVID-19 test before returning to campus. The expectation is that students complete an at home antigen test, rather than seeking a PCR test since the results return faster. 

For students within the United States, a test is expected before returning to campus and within 24 hours of their return. Those in residence halls will be provided an antigen test upon move-in and off campus students will have access to free tests with a valid Wiscard. 

International students are expected to take a test before leaving the country they are currently in and another within three to five days after arriving in the U.S. Those who are not fully vaccinated are expected to quarantine for five days.  

Those who test positive and are not able to immediately return to campus are encouraged to contact instructors to discuss how to access the course virtually. 

Spring semester instruction is set to begin on January 25. 

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