Spring Break is a great time to relax, rejuvenate, and gear up for the rest of the semester. But it’s also important to achieve this while actively working to protect the pack. As spring break approaches, The University of New Mexico would like to remind students and staff about COVID guidelines to remain safe over the break.

“I hope all of our students will use their Spring Break time to catch up, get some extra sleep, and take care of yourselves,” said UNM Provost James Holloway.  “But please don’t travel out of state, don’t congregate in large groups, wear your masks – we are not out of the woods just yet, and none of us want to see covid cases spiking on campus after break.”

All guidelines are outlined on the Bring Back the Pack website. As a reminder, students and faculty are encouraged to:   

  • Continue to conduct remote work to the greatest extent possible. Telecommuting should remain the default for the majority of UNM faculty, staff and students.
  • Take responsibility for disinfecting personal workspaces and collaborate with supervisor plans to create a safe shared workspace.
  • Consistently monitor hygiene with frequent, regular hand-washing and frequent cleaning of spaces.
  • Social distance by minimizing, but not eliminating, physical proximity, limiting group sizes, and creating physical barriers.
  • Screen for symptoms and stay home while sick; actively screen every day if it’s ok to come to work or class.
  • Wear masks all the time in public, at meetings, and at in-person classes, including instructors.
  • Make these behaviors and actions normal social expectations so that everyone can mutually keep others safe.

The State of New Mexico recommends for all persons coming into New Mexico from out of state a period of fourteen-days of quarantine and self-monitoring on arrival in the state. All persons coming from out of state should avoid in-person classes and meetings during this time.

UNM faculty, staff and students are still expected to complete a regular symptom screening prior to coming to campus, in accordance with the State of New Mexico's COVID-Safe Practices for all employers. To comply with this order, all UNM workers and students will receive a daily email asking if they intend to come to campus that day, and if so, if they are experiencing COVID-related symptoms.

In the event a facility has a COVID-19 related exposure, a regularly updated Building/Area Closures for COVID-Related Cleaning list is provided showing buildings, or spaces within buildings, that have been temporarily closed for cleaning and when they’ve received an “All Clear” for a resumption of operations.

Links to these resources can also be found on the Facilities Management homepage under the Bringing Back the Pack heading.