Message from President Patton

Hi Midd Students,

I just wanted to share this message with you about the important of pre-arrival quarantine. It’s about to start on February 7th or 8th, and it’s one of the most important things you can do to ensure a successful start to the spring semester.  Studies have shown, and our own evidence at Middlebury suggests, that quarantine is a critical mitigation measure to prevent asymptomatic transmission in the early days of arrival.  Without a strictly observed quarantine by each student, every else we might do to stop the spread of the disease is less effective.

For everyone, and specifically for those starting on Sunday, that might mean finding an alternative way to enjoy the Super Bowl. It’s also important to make sure you have family goodbye gatherings before quarantine, or do them virtually. There are lots of other tips we can give you; there’s information on website about how you should go about it, and how do it effectively. Please go on to our new Spring 2021 Campus Guide, under the section “Living and Learning on Campus.”   Pre-arrival quarantine was one of the major keys to our success last fall. We’re counting on you to do the same this spring.

As you quarantine, please know that we’re very busy here getting the campus ready for you. We have new pavilion going up, the ice rink in the middle of campus is almost finished, and the lights on the trees and firepits are ready to be lit to welcome you. We miss you and can’t wait to have you back.

Take care of yourselves and your loved ones.