Updates about new Vermont guidance for the COVID-19 pandemic, changes to Middlebury College workplace exposure control plans, and vaccination documentation requirements.
As we continue to plan for a return to more normal operations in the fall semester, we are writing with some updates about vaccination expectations and requirements as well as our return to more in-person work and learning.
We are writing with important information about summer programs and related policies, procedures, and expectations.
We are looking ahead to focus on the student experience in the coming months.
This is a comprehensive letter with many details—we want you to have all of this information at once so you know what the remainder of the academic year will look like.
As the first group of students return to campus this week and help remind us all of our shared educational mission, we write to provide you with an update on our preparations for returning to the campus workplace.
In our Weekly Update this week we will address some questions about students’ return to campus this fall as well as some procedural information and education efforts for the entire campus community.
We write with some updates on our budget process to emphasize some key points we discussed in yesterday’s Town Hall meeting with staff and faculty.
We write now with a small view into our financial future. Before we do, we thought it worth reminding you of our current fiscal state. In an earlier note we described how we are projecting a $13.0 million deficit for this year ending June 30, 2020, having been hit hard by the stock market downturn and a number of other factors. These include our obligation to refund unused room and board for undergraduates as well as fees from Study Abroad students, expected shortfalls in philanthropy, and lost revenue from auxiliary sources like the ski areas and bookstore as they needed to close early.
We want to follow up on David Provost’s recent email regarding the impact of COVID-19 on Middlebury’s finances. As David described, the impact is significant, and it will affect every department throughout our operations. Working through so many big questions, our top priorities continue to be wage and academic continuity.