Spring Arrival Schedule

February 21 and 22 are the arrival days for the spring 2021 semester. Due to testing and quarantine requirements, arrivals must occur on these two dates. Students will book an arrival date and testing appointment for February 21 or 22 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Incoming new Feb students, all Feb orientation leaders, Feb mentors, and all student Res Life staff are asked to arrive on February 21. 

The arrival date selected will determine when a student starts their 14-day prearrival quarantine.

Start Prearrival Quarantine at Home Arrive on Campus for Day 0 Testing
February 7, 2021 February 21, 2021
February 8, 2021 February 22, 2021

14-Day Prearrival Quarantine

Completing the 14-day prearrival quarantine is one of the most important ways that students contribute to a healthy campus. All students enrolled to be on campus this spring, whether they will live on or off campus and regardless of mode of transportation used to travel to campus, must quarantine for 14 days prior to traveling to campus. 

The prearrival quarantine reduces the chance that a student is infected with COVID-19 or other viruses before traveling to campus. Remember, some young adults with COVID-19 may not experience symptoms but can still be infected and transmit COVID-19, even after having a negative test result. A negative test result can provide a false sense of security, because it only reflects a point in time and is not as effective in reducing transmission as a prearrival quarantine is. Also, because individuals vaccinated with COVID-19 can still become infected and transmit COVID-19 and other viruses such as flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), they must also complete a 14-day prearrival quarantine.

Quarantine means staying away from and using precautions to reduce exposure to others. Quarantine requires that individuals must do the following:

  • Stay home and monitor their health conditions daily using the PolicyPath app. 
  • Wear cloth face coverings and maintain physical distancing when interaction with others living in the household is unavoidable. If there are people in the household with you, wear a face covering and ask everyone in the household to wear face coverings in shared spaces inside your home.
  • Eat meals and sleep separately from others.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Do any errands (shopping, appointments, prescription pickup, etc.) or farewell visits prior to the start of the prearrival quarantine.

Students for whom a prearrival quarantine presents exceptional hardship may request exemption by emailing the dean of students no later than one week prior to the start date of their prearrival quarantine period. Requests for exemption sent less than one week prior to the prearrival quarantine start date will not be approved and will jeopardize the student’s ability to return to campus. Exemptions will only be granted in cases of truly exceptional and compelling personal circumstances. Under no circumstances will a student be allowed on campus without having completed a 14-day prearrival quarantine or having been granted an exemption. Students granted an exemption will be required to do a seven-day room quarantine upon arrival to campus and will be released from room quarantine only after a negative Day 7 COVID-19 test result is received.

Students returning to Vermont who are on leave or enrolled for remote study only must comply with Vermont’s travel and quarantine requirements, state of Vermont COVID-related requirements, and the requirements set forth in the Health Pledge for Fully Remote Learners and Students on Leave and Living in Vermont. Students must begin their prearrival quarantine period based on the date they plan to arrive in Vermont.

Frequently Asked Questions: 14-Day Prearrival Quarantine

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Yes. All students enrolled to be on campus this spring, regardless of where they are traveling from, must quarantine for 14 days prior to arrival. The prearrival quarantine reduces the chance that a student is infected with the virus before traveling to campus.

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All students, regardless of their mode of travel back to campus, are required to complete the prearrival quarantine. The prearrival quarantine reduces the chance that a student is infected with the virus before traveling to campus and is one of the most important ways students contribute to a healthy campus. 

Students will then travel with precautions (wearing face coverings, practicing hand hygiene and physical distancing, avoiding crowded indoor spaces) to keep their exposure risk as low as possible. The Day 7 test, which is a mandatory requirement by the Vermont Department of Health, is a way to identify any infection that may have occurred during travel.

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Yes. Quarantine means the student stays home and away from others for 14 days. When in quarantine, other people in the home can go to work, school, or leave the house, and they’ll need to be the ones who pick up groceries and help take care of other things outside of the house while the student is staying at home. The student should remain away from others as much as possible while quarantining. If interactions with others in the household is unavoidable, maintain physical distancing and have everyone in the household wear face coverings if in common areas at the same time to reduce exposure.

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Students for whom a prearrival quarantine presents exceptional hardship may request exemption by emailing the dean of students at least one week prior to the start date of their prearrival quarantine period. Requests for exemption sent less than one week prior to your prearrival quarantine start date will not be approved and will jeopardize your ability to return to campus. Exemptions will only be granted in cases of truly exceptional and compelling personal circumstances. Under no circumstances will a student be allowed on campus without having completed a 14-day prearrival quarantine or having been granted an exemption. Students granted an exemption will be required to do a seven-day room quarantine upon arrival to campus and will be released from room quarantine only after a negative Day 7 COVID-19 test result is received.

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For anything routine that can be rescheduled, the appointment should be scheduled for either before the prearrival quarantine date or after the semester ends. If that is not possible, traveling directly to and from the appointment, maintaining physical distance from others (in waiting rooms, etc.), wearing a cloth face covering except when being examined or treated, and following hand hygiene practices would be a reasonable exception for most required medical visits. A breach in those measures or an unexpected exposure to COVID-19 during the 14-day prearrival quarantine could jeopardize the student’s ability to return to campus.