A message from President Thrasher: Thanksgiving Break

Dear FSU Family,

As we approach Thanksgiving, I want to express my gratitude to you — our students, faculty and staff — for your flexibility, your resilience and your dedication to Florida State University during these unusual times.

After an increase of COVID-19 cases on campus in early September, FSU’s positivity rate has remained relatively low thanks to the members of our community who have been doing their part to adopt healthy behaviors.

Now is not the time to let our guard down. In fact, COVID-19 cases are rising in Florida and across the nation, and public health experts are predicting the surge to continue throughout the holiday season.

I strongly encourage you to remain vigilant about protecting yourself, your family members and others. Take some time to learn how you can have a safer and healthier Thanksgiving break and modify your plans if necessary.

Along with the State University System of Florida and the Florida Board of Governors, Florida State University is urging you to follow these recommendations:

  • Students, if you go home for the Thanksgiving break, please stay there until the start of the spring semester.
  • If you must travel, begin reducing the number of people with whom you have contact prior to the trip.
  • Consider virtual gatherings with family and friends who don’t live with you. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.
  • Get a flu shot. Flu shots will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, on Landis Green. Shots are free for students and $20 for faculty and staff.

And as always, please wear a mask, practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently.

For more information about how to make your holiday celebrations safer, please visit stayhealthy.fsu.edu.

It’s going to take all of us working together to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for doing your part.

Happy Thanksgiving, and Stay Healthy FSU!


John Thrasher