The most important components of our efforts to maintain a healthy community are a shared commitment to complying with all health and safety expectations, and to respectfully hold one another accountable for doing so. Before working on campus, all students, faculty, and staff must sign the Middlebury Health Pledge to affirm they are familiar and willing to comply with the state’s COVID-19 restrictions and Middlebury’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy. Failure to comply with this policy places our community at risk for spreading the virus, which could endanger community health and result in further disruption of educational activities. Employees who worked on campus in the fall will be required to review and sign the Middlebury Health Pledge which has been updated for the spring semester.
Returning to Work after Travel
Business travel is suspended for all faculty and staff. Individuals should give careful consideration to personal travel; if electing to travel, individuals must follow the quarantine guidance pertinent to their destination, as well as the Vermont or California requirements upon their return. If an individual is unable to work during any required quarantine, they may use CTO to remain in a paid status. If they do not have sufficient CTO, the quarantine period will be deemed an unpaid leave.
This section of the Campus Guide describes the essential health and safety measures that have become part of daily life during the pandemic. Each member of the campus community has a responsibility to follow these practices to protect themselves and others.
Prior to working on-site, all employees will be assigned training through SafeColleges. Employees who worked on campus in the fall will be required to take an updated training for the spring semester.
Employees working with others on campus must also be trained on the department protocols identified in their department’s exposure control checklist.
Daily Health Check
When someone is sick or has had a possible exposure to COVID-19, staying away from others will reduce the chance of spreading illness. Employees are required to conduct a daily health check prior to interacting with anyone on campus. This means taking their temperature at the start of each day and verifying that they have no symptoms of COVID-19, that they have not been in close contact with an individual who is positive for COVID-19, and that they have not tested positive for COVID-19. Employees working on campus will use this Qualtrics online survey or a department-specific process defined by their manager or supervisor.
Guidelines for Specific Workplace Scenarios
Working in Office Environments: If you work in an open environment, you must maintain at least six feet of distance from others. You must wear a face covering at all times while in a shared workspace or room. If you work in an office, no more than one person should be in the same room unless the required six-foot distancing can be consistently maintained. If another person is in your office, face coverings should be worn at all times. A face covering is not required if you are working alone in a confined office space (does not include partitioned work areas in a large open environment, as face coverings must be worn in open office environments).
Meetings and Office Hours: Convening in person increases the risk of transmission. Where feasible, meetings and communication with colleagues and supervisors should be held in whole or part using email, instant message, telephone, radios, or other available technology rather than face-to-face. You can also use a range of available collaboration tools (e.g., Zoom, WebEx, Microsoft Teams, Jabber, etc.).
Meals and Breaks: Eat privately and away from others whenever possible. If you are eating in your work environment (break room, office, etc.), maintain six feet of distance between you and others. Only remove your face covering in order to eat, then put it back on. Disinfect all surfaces, including table, refrigerator handle, coffee machine, etc., after using them in common areas. Before and after eating, you should wash your hands thoroughly to reduce the potential transmission of the virus.
Entry and Exit: Certain departments and building health officers may coordinate arrival and departure times of employees to reduce congestion during typical “rush hours” of the business day. Employee arrival and departures should be staggered to reduce personal interactions at building access points, hallways, stairs, elevators, etc.