Middlebury offers additional paid time away for staff members that are unable to report to work due to certain COVID-related absences.


All staff, regardless of benefit-eligibility, are eligible for COVID paid leave in the following circumstances:

  • A staff member tests positive for COVID-19, is instructed to isolate, and is unable to perform their work remotely;
  • A staff member requires time away from scheduled work to receive a COVID-19 vaccination or booster;
  • A staff member requires time away from scheduled work to recover from side effects of the COVID-19 vaccination or booster.

All other absences or leaves will follow Middlebury’s normal processes for Combined Time-Off (CTO), Sick Leave Reserve (SLR), Vermont Earned Sick Time (VEST), Family and Medical Leaves of Absence (FMLA), Short-Term Disability (STD), personal leaves of absence and worker’s compensation.

Guidelines for COVID Paid Leave Usage

See Instructions for Those Symptomatic, Exposed or Positive for COVID-19 for specific guidance on Middlebury’s requirements for individuals that are experiencing illness or identified as a close contact to an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19.  The COVID paid leave plan can be used in the following scenarios:

  1. Staff members test positive for COVID-19 and are required to isolate.
    Staff members that test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate at home based on the current policy outlined in the Instructions for Those Symptomatic, Exposed or Positive for COVID-19. Individuals must contact their supervisors and Human Resources immediately. If unable to perform work remotely, staff members are eligible for COVID paid leave during this time. Human Resources and the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium (GMHEC) absence specialist will coordinate directly with individuals to support any needs for a leave of absence.
  2. Vaccinations and boosters
    Staff members are eligible for up to 2 hours of COVID paid leave to receive a vaccination or booster.  Staff members are also eligible for paid COVID paid leave to recover from any potential side effects of the vaccine or booster. Supervisors are encouraged to demonstrate flexibility if staff are unable to schedule vaccinations outside of normal work hours. Staff and their supervisors should work together to coordinate any time away from work and ensure coverage of operational needs.

Contact Human Resources at hr@middlebury.edu with any questions.