When You Arrive in Middlebury

Travel directly to campus. To protect yourself and others from possible exposure to the virus, do not stop anywhere in town to get a snack, pick up supplies, or visit with friends.

Individuals living on campus will be restricted to campus during the arrival period (at least the first week) and should bring essentials they will need with them on arrival day. 

Day 0 Testing Protocols for Unvaccinated Individuals or Individuals Who Have Received a Foreign-Government-Approved or EUA Vaccine

When arriving on campus, unvaccinated individuals will make their first stop at the COVID-19 Testing Center in Virtue Field House at the Peterson Family Athletics Complex for a Day 0 COVID-19 test. The COVID-19 Testing web page and this video of the arrival testing center provide more information about the testing process.

Individuals Who Have Already Had a Positive COVID-19 Test

Individuals living on campus this summer with laboratory confirmed RT-PCR viral test positive who have been notified by Health Services that they do not have to do arrival testing, must still check in at the Arrival Center at the Virtue Field House at the Peterson Family Athletics Complex. Students should have uploaded their positive test result to their health portal prior to arrival, and summer faculty and staff living on campus should bring a copy of their test result with them.

Individuals Who Have Been Fully Vaccinated

All students and employees living on campus this summer who have been fully vaccinated must check in at the Arrival Center at the Virtue Field House at the Peterson Family Athletics Complex. 

Move-In and Drop-Off Procedures

After receiving a Day 0 test, individuals will be allowed to go to their assigned dining hall for a to-go meal. The dining halls will be open at the start of arrival; however, we will be operating under strict COVID-19 protocols until all Day 0 results are in. During this time, all meals will be to-go, and individuals must wear a mask and follow the signs within the dining halls to remain physically distanced. There will be limited outdoor seating. Individuals who are unvaccinated or who have received a foreign-government-approved or EUA vaccine must take their meals back to their room until they receive a negative Day 0 test. Once all Day 0 results are in, we will allow limited indoor and full outdoor seating, and the self-service bars will open. 

Individuals may have two vaccinated guests with them to help them move into their dorms on arrival day. Unvaccinated guests must conduct a contactless drop-off. During a contactless drop-off, guests may not enter any College facilities, must limit activities outside the car to helping the individual unload at the curb, and must avoid contact (within six feet of any individual) with anyone outside their household. Face coverings are required. During the testing process, we ask that families and visitors remain with their vehicles. A designated restroom facility will be available at the Testing Center.

Due to health and safety restrictions, arrival day visitors will not be able to enter the residence halls or any other College buildings. Visitors must limit their activities outside the car to helping the student unload at the curb and must wear face coverings and maintain physical distance from others. Students will be responsible for moving all of their belongings into their rooms by themselves.

Students or employees who need assistance with move-in due to disabilities should contact the Disability Resource Center at ada@middlebury.edu or Human Resources, as applicable.

Room Quarantine Requirements

After they move into their rooms, individuals who are not fully vaccinated will remain in room quarantine. During this time, those individuals will be able to leave their rooms only for meals at the dining halls following all protocols in place, in cases of a medical emergency, and to use the bathroom. It is critical that during room quarantine all protocols for physical distancing, use of face coverings, and hand hygiene are followed. Individuals also must conduct daily health checks.

It is expected that test results will be back within 36 hours. Should there be a delay in testing results, room quarantine will be extended. Individuals in room quarantine may move to campus quarantine if their Day 0 test is negative, and they have no COVID-19 symptoms and no known exposure for 14 days prior to coming to campus. This means individuals may leave their room for activities and exercise if they are wearing face coverings and maintain physical distancing from others.

The Campus Status web page will have the most up-to-date information on dining status and will indicate when dining halls are open for students to pick up takeout meals.