Updates about new Vermont guidance for the COVID-19 pandemic, changes to Middlebury College workplace exposure control plans, and vaccination documentation requirements.
Middlebury welcomed students back to campus in fall 2020 and spring 2021 for in-person living and learning, with special measures in place to prevent and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Students, faculty, and staff were committed to protecting themselves and one another. As we look forward to a vibrant summer full of many activities and programs, the health and safety of our entire community continues to be our highest priority. When students, faculty, and staff return to campus for the summer, it is expected that conditions within Vermont and Addison County will be much improved, given the widespread availability of vaccines and the growing number of people who are vaccinated.
As Middlebury plans a safe transition from spring semester to summer programs, our priorities are protecting the health and safety of the community, preserving the academic program for Language Schools, and maintaining continuity of summer employment, internships, and other programs for students. Current health guidance and scientific research tells us that to reduce the risk of an outbreak of COVID-19, more than 80 percent of the Middlebury campus community must be fully vaccinated. This is critical for communities with shared living and dining spaces, such as colleges and universities. As such, all students and employees who will be on campus this summer must be fully vaccinated or have an approved religious or medical exemption on file. Fully vaccinated means that two weeks have passed since a person received the final dose of their vaccine.
The basic protective health measures—vaccination, wearing face coverings, maintaining physical distance from others, and washing hands—are proven to reduce transmission of the virus on and off campus. Keeping our campus and our community safe and healthy will require careful adherence to necessary public health measures, along with dedication and commitment to each other.
Our Campus Status web page will serve as the primary source of information about campus restrictions and health measures, and we urge students and employees to reference it often for the latest updates. This website informs the campus community about health and safety requirements, policies, and adjustments to academics and campus life.
This summer, students, faculty, and staff will protect themselves and others by doing the following:
- Staying informed about the latest campus health conditions and requirements.
- Committing to the protective health behaviors that allow for living, learning, and working together (including vaccination against COVID-19).
- Avoiding activities and environments that increase transmission of the virus.
Middlebury will continue to monitor state and federal COVID-19-related guidance, local, and regional health conditions, including local health system capacity and cases in the broader community. In the unlikely event that conditions on campus or in our community change, shifting to room quarantine or sending students and others on campus home to complete their Language Schools classes or summer work obligations remotely could become necessary. In the event of a high number or unexplained clusters of cases, Middlebury will rely on guidance from the Vermont Department of Health and our Porter Medical Center partners to determine how best to proceed.
Middlebury’s policies meet the requirements in Vermont’s Mandatory Guidance for College and University Campus Learning, which remains in effect until July 4. The information herein is subject to change depending on health conditions and state of Vermont guidance. Students, staff, and faculty should consult this website and the Campus Status web page regularly for updates.
Questions about the Summer Campus Guide?
- Language Schools faculty, staff, and students: contact Molly Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Other employees should contact their supervisor.
- Students who are not enrolled in the Language Schools should contact their supervisor, the Dean of Students Office, or Health Services, as applicable.
| by Alessandra Capossela
The situation in these three countries remains difficult, with entry restrictions still in place for international visitors, continued high numbers of Covid-19 cases, and local universities either unable to host international students and/or unsure of the likelihood of being able to hold in-person courses next semester.
We are writing with some updates and important reminders about our transition to summer programs and the arrival period beginning in mid-June at Middlebury College.