COVID-19 Update: Enjoy Student Wellness Days Safely

Bell Tower at night
The Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower is ceremoniously illuminated blue to represent a General Alumni Association tradition of relighting the bell tower prior to the start of the academic year on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. July 28, 2020. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Dear Tar Heels, 

Our first set of student Wellness Days are coming up, Feb. 15-16. The University has provided these days as an opportunity for you to relax, rest up and recharge your batteriesI want to share a few resources to help you enjoy this time while protecting yourself and others. 

 Social and Wellness Activities 

During your days off, we know you may be looking for ways to get into a good self-care routine or socialize safely with friends, and it feels hard to do it under the current public health guidance and especially difficult during the winter. Check out the helpful suggestions and ideas from UNC Healthy Heels and The Well for ways to focus on your health and stay engaged. Here are some other great resources: 

 Testing Guidance 

I hope you saw Tuesday’s message from the Carolina Together Testing Team with COVID testing guidance during our Wellness Days. We strongly encourage you not to travel out of the area during any Wellness Days. If you must travel over Wellness Days, you are expected to make arrangements to test immediately upon your return and once again in the week following your return.We encourage you to take full advantage of our Carolina Together Testing Program and the testing sites available to you. Also, be sure to limit your social interactionsand continue to practice the 3 W’s – wear your mask, wait six feet apart and wash your hands. And remember that a test result is only a snapshot of your status at the moment the test was taken, so it’s important that you take those two tests when you return and limit your interactions, even if your initial re-entry test is negative.  

I hope you enjoy these Wellness Daystake time to care for yourself, and do things you enjoy in a safe and thoughtful way. We all play a part in keeping each other safe and healthy. 

Be well, take care of each other, and Go Heels! 

Amy Johnson 

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs