A transition to Phase 2 begins Thursday, September 17. The following is a brief summary of the Phase 2 Guidelines. Students and employees are responsible for compliance with the full text of those guidelines, which are available in Appendix A.

Required Training Course for All Students

Prior to engaging in Phase 2 activities, all students must complete a Phase 2 Fall 2020 course assigned through SafeColleges (use your Middlebury email address as your username).

Engaging in Phase 2 activities prior to completing the training will be considered a COVID-19 conduct violation.

The course is:

  •  Mandatory for all in-person learners living on campus and approved to live off-campus.
  • Mandatory for students who are living in Vermont and are either on leave or enrolled as remote learners.
  • Recommended for all other remote learners and students on leave.

In addition to the mandatory online course, students living in Vermont on leave or enrolled as remote learners must have completed all other requirements identified by the dean of students including full compliance with Vermont and Middlebury College guidelines for arrival quarantine. We will be in touch with these students directly with reminders about requirements.

Phase 2: What Is Allowed

All activities must be done with face coverings and physical distancing (except when exercising alone outdoors). 

As of Thursday, September 17, students who have completed the Phase 2 training may do the following:

  • Patronize local restaurants, shops, and businesses in Addison County, provided they follow both Vermont and College guidelines and the restrictions imposed by the businesses.
  • Participate in outdoor recreational activities in Addison County where state and College guidelines must be followed—including walking, jogging, hiking, bicycling, and golfing (with scheduled tee times at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course, at no charge). Recreational indoor and outdoor activities are limited to 10 people at this time. Note: Students will not be permitted to use the TAM this Sunday, September 20, before 1 p.m. due to a community race.
  • Gather in groups of no more than 10 people, including residents of residential spaces, or to the maximum posted capacity of the space (whichever is fewer). This applies to all gatherings—indoors or outdoors, on or off campus.
  • Participate in organized indoor gatherings with no more than 50 people, only after being approved in advance by Event Management.
  • Participate in organized outdoor activities with no more than 75 people, only after being approved in advance by Event Management.

Guidelines for supervised athletic practices will be determined by the Athletics Department. These practices, unlike impromptu games, are planned and supervised, with mitigation measures enforced by on-site coaching staff. The same goes for artistic performances, where guidelines will be determined by our arts faculty in collaboration with our health and safety officials.

Off-Campus Student Interactions

At this time, no students, regardless of their enrollment status, are allowed to visit students in any off-campus residences.

Students who are enrolled to study on campus who have completed Day 0 and Day 7 testing with negative results—and those who are not studying on campus who have successfully completed Vermont’s quarantine requirements—may begin Phase 2 activities when they have completed the Phase 2 training.

As a reminder, students who are enrolled as fully remote learners or who are on a leave of absence are considered visitors and are not permitted on campus.

Critical Actions for a Successful Phase 2:

  • Conduct your daily health check. Stay in your room if you are sick or if you were in close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19. 
  • Wear a face covering. This is required indoors and outdoors with very few exceptions (such as eating or exercising outdoors alone).
  • Maintain physical distancing from others. Exposure risk goes up when you are in close contact with another person, which is being within six feet of someone for more than 15 minutes or having direct physical contact. You should maintain as few close contacts as possible (four or fewer) and keep a list of your close contacts each day. This will make contact tracing easier should you get test positive for COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands frequently. If access to soap and water is not possible, travel with hand sanitizer.
  • Socialize in small groups (10 or fewer people) and outdoors as much as possible. 

As we enter Phase 2, we will “slowly open the spigot” for activity, following the model of Vermont’s successful approach to reopening.

As you navigate day to day activities, think about reducing your exposure risk. This CDC page offers helpful information on what makes activities safer.

You can find additional details about Phase 2 in the Return to Campus Guide Appendix A and in the Announcements section of our Fall 2020 website.

Increased risk if masks not worn, indoor space, crowded place. Decreased risk if masks worn, outdoor space, 6 feet between people.
Activities are safer if:
• You can maintain at least 6 feet of space between you and others. COVID-19 spreads easier between people who are within 6 feet of each other.
• They are held in outdoor spaces. Indoor spaces with less ventilation where it might be harder to keep people apart are more risky.
• People are wearing masks. Interacting without wearing masks also increases your risk. (Credit: CDC )