| by Karen Miller

Dear Institute Staff:

As we all continue to navigate the rapidly changing situation around coronavirus, I wanted to reach out to you again with an update about our work together as we plan for the temporary suspension of classes and regular activities. 

For staff, we expect to continue our usual operations for the next two weeks—though, as we all know, there is nothing “usual” about the environment we are in right now. You are doing extraordinary work in a most difficult time, and we are so grateful for that.

I want to let you know we are working on a set of Frequently Asked Questions specifically for staff, which we will share as soon as possible. If you have questions for consideration for the staff FAQ, please email them to vphr@middlebury.edu. FAQs for MIIS—and those for the whole institution—may also be helpful to you and can be found here.

We are developing protocols for staffing in the event of different levels of viral presence and will share information as soon as we can. For now, we are reiterating that work is proceeding as usual and employees should report for work as you normally do. We are working on sending you guidance on when and how requests for remote work may be accommodated, particularly for staff with underlying health conditions. That may change as the disease spreads, so please check regularly for updates on our coronavirus page, here.

I want to close by thanking you for your extraordinary efforts in supporting students, faculty, and other staff at this difficult time. 


With gratitude,



Karen L. Miller
Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Risk Officer