On Wednesday, March 18, Porter Medical Center announced that an individual in Addison County had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. It is our understanding that the individual was tested by Porter’s drive-through service after being screened via telemedicine. The patient is receiving care, following CDC guidelines, and self-isolating at home. We ask all community members to respect the individual’s privacy and avoid speculation and rumor as to their identity.
Q Is it really necessary to move exclusively toward remote learning when you’re in a rural area with no outbreak of the virus?
Unfortunately, it is not possible to isolate the campus, and we have limited ability to control when students or others leave campus. The strategy we’ve outlined focuses on social distancing in order to prevent a local or regional surge in cases and preserve critical medical services. Due to shared facilities, including dorms, bathrooms, dining facilities, and classrooms, college environments are not ideal places for social distancing. Dispersing students, ideally before there is a known case on campus, allows for the strongest level of social distancing.
- All students will be able to fulfill their academic requirements remotely.
- Middlebury began its spring break a week earlier, starting Friday, March 13, following classes.
- The break will last for two weeks.
- Students will be expected to remain at home and not return to campus until further notice.
- Classes will resume via remote learning on Monday, March 30.
- Middlebury will reevaluate this policy within the first two weeks of April.
Yes, as of 10 p.m. on March 10, all spring athletic practices and events are canceled until further notice.
For students who left campus by March 15, we will apply a prorated credit for room and board (housing and meal plan) for the time students would have been on campus. Understanding that students may be returning to campus to finish the semester, we cannot at this time know the amount of the credit or when it will be applied to student accounts.
We will know more in the next three weeks, by which time we will determine the prorated credit. Following that decision, our staff will apply the credits to the student accounts via our online billing system. We will keep you updated as things unfold.
While we will require most students to leave campus, we know that some students cannot go home for spring break and will need to remain on campus for the rest of the semester. (This would include, for example, international students and U.S. students who might be at risk in their home communities because of the prevalence of COVID-19.) We will provide the support you need here on campus. Your courses, too, will be delivered online.
We will be reevaluating our plan during the first two weeks of April.
There will be no College-sponsored travel of any kind, including trips by athletic teams and clubs, faculty and staff in-person participation in conferences, and other engagements, until further notice.
Middlebury’s Study Abroad office has developed an FAQ specifically to answer questions related to students who are currently abroad. Click here to read.
Effective immediately, no visitors, including prospective students, alumni, speakers, job applicants, performing artists, etc., will be permitted on campus. To the extent possible, visits and meetings will be conducted online.
Q How will this announcement affect summer programs such as the Language Schools, Bread Loaf School of English, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences?
At this time, there are no plans to cancel or postpone summer sessions for 2020. We continue to accept applications and enrollments. We will continue to review and assess the situation.
As with many events in the coming months, we will have to monitor the situation and make an evaluation as we get closer.