Dear Staff and Faculty Colleagues,
As you may know, late this afternoon Governor Scott issued a new Executive Order titled “Stay Home/Stay Safe” that will take effect at 5:00 pm tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25. The order states that many Vermont businesses must suspend in-person business operations, except for “businesses and entities providing services or functions deemed critical to public health and safety.”
As you also know, Middlebury continues to provide essential services such as food and shelter to approximately 120 students who remain on campus. It is our understanding that colleges and universities that are providing distance learning, and that continue to have residential students, are intended to be included as providing services or functions that are critical to public health and safety.
Middlebury must continue to serve our students, protect our campus, and support our educational mission.
Many of you will want to know whether you should report to work. Among Middlebury’s essential functions that must continue—and may require the presence of employees on campus—are:
- Health Center operations
- Public Safety activities
- Facilities Services, including custodial, plant, and other maintenance roles
- Dining Services
- Residential Life
- Information Technology support for our network and infrastructure
- Faculty and staff providing instruction and/or supporting remote teaching and learning that must be done on campus
You are expected to report to work if you are already scheduled to work tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25.
If you are scheduled to work tomorrow, please report to work as usual, at your scheduled time. Employees who are in job categories considered essential and whose work can only be performed on campus will be notified tomorrow by their Assistant Vice President or Vice President as to scheduling and work expectations after Wednesday. Depending on your operational area, you may be scheduled to work on a rotation or be on call. More information for these types of work areas will also be provided by your Assistant Vice President or Vice President.
All employees working on campus will be required to adhere to following guidelines:
- Maintain a distance of 6 feet between persons
- Practice appropriate hygiene measures including regular, thorough handwashing
- Employees who are sick must remain at home
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Please know that the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is always our highest priority. We therefore remind you to follow best practices for social distancing at all times. The work environment for essential services employees will comply with social distancing recommendations, consistent with the Governor’s Executive Order.
Thank you for all you do for Middlebury, especially during this tumultuous time.
VP for Human Resources and Chief Risk Officer
EVP for Finance and Treasurer