| by Karen Miller and Mark Peluso

Faculty, Staff

Dear Faculty and Staff,
 
We are writing with an update to previous messages regarding coronavirus. As you know, the global situation is dynamic. Over the weekend, the State Department issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Italy, meaning all nonessential travel should be avoided. As we communicated on February 20, Middlebury will not support faculty, staff, or student travel to areas that have a Level 3 Travel Advisory, which now also includes China (Level 4), South Korea, and Iran (Level 4). While Japan has a Level 2 advisory, it is also a CDC-designated international area of sustained transmission, so the same policies apply there as in countries with a Level 3 advisory. We recommend that you give strong consideration to delaying any personal travel to these areas, as well.
 
Self-Isolation Policy
 
We have no reported or suspected cases of coronavirus on our campuses. As we move forward, we must consider the best possible practices for maintaining healthy campus environments.

  • For this reason, all individuals traveling from countries with a Level 3 Travel Advisory, as well as Japan, are required to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to either the Monterey or Vermont campus.
  • Employees in Vermont and California residing with an individual who has traveled to or from one of the designated countries must also observe the 14-day self-isolation policy and refrain from coming to work.
  • For health-related questions regarding employees, supervisors in Vermont should contact Mark Peluso, college physician. Supervisors in California should contact Barbara Burke in the vice president’s office.
  • The Vermont Health Department is also asking anyone who has traveled to countries where there has been transmission of the coronavirus to call their offices at 802-863-7240. Health officials will let you know what to look for and guide you on what to do if you develop symptoms that could be from coronavirus. They will also offer to touch base a few times a week.

You should consult with your health care provider if you begin to display any symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

Working from Home

  • Please contact your supervisor to discuss how you might telecommute or work from home during a period of self-isolation.
  • Employees may use SLR if available, or CTO if a remote work arrangement is not possible.
  • Any questions relating to telecommuting should be directed to human resources.

Please review the prevention measures available on the CDC website. We also encourage you to take CTO if you are sick with other illnesses, such as the flu, so that you can recover quickly and reduce the possibility of your colleagues becoming sick. Thank you for your vigilance.

Sincerely,
 
Karen Miller
Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Risk Officer
 
Mark Peluso
Director of Health Services
College Physician