Find information on Bread Loaf’s planning for the summer 2022 session. Please see our COVID FAQ page for more details.

Bread Loaf School of English 2022 COVID-19 Essential Information

June 2022

We look forward to welcoming students, faculty, and staff back to our campuses this summer, and we are confident that we can come together safely and effectively. We are following Middlebury’s COVID-19 policies, which may change as circumstances dictate. (For the most up-to-date information on Middlebury’s policies, see COVID-19 Essential Information.)

Because of the prevalence of vaccines, Middlebury is transitioning from treating COVID-19 as a pandemic to addressing it rather as an endemic situation – relaxing some of its stricter protocols in favor of more reliance on personal responsibility. The impact of a COVID outbreak, however, could be more disruptive at Bread Loaf than at the College because our session is shorter, our demographic different, and the location of our main campus remote. We are therefore taking a conservative approach in our residential policies. Our aim is to create inclusive campus environments where individuals with different kinds of COVID-related concerns can feel comfortable and where we all can work together to support our community’s wellness.     

Our revised protocols for summer 2022 are outlined below. These may change before or during the session, depending on the COVID-19 situation. We’ll keep you updated by email (please activate your middlebury.edu account) and through the BLSE website. Participants at our Oxford and California campuses will need to follow any additional protocols mandated by those campuses.

Vaccination Requirements

To attend Bread Loaf, all students, faculty, staff, and vaccine-eligible family members participating in campus activities must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and, per CDC guidance, must have received a COVID-19 booster shot, except in cases of approved religious or medical exemptions. See Middlebury’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  

You will need to upload - by June 15 at the latest - documentation of all doses via Sentry MD, Middlebury’s partner for managing health information securely and confidentially. We will be reaching out to you in May, once the Sentry MD portal is open. You will need to use your middlebury.edu email address for the uploading process. Students can access the SentryMD link on Middlebury’s webpage; faculty and staff will receive instructions, with the link, from Human Resources.

We recognize that some individuals may have medical or religious needs that prevent them from receiving vaccinations and boosters. Students may request an exemption by submitting the student COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Form through the SentryMD portal. Faculty and staff may apply for an exemption by filling out the Vaccination Exemption Request Form on the Human Resources forms page.

Family members who are in residence with you for the session are a part of our community and are welcome on our campuses. They will need to upload their vaccination or exemption documentation using this form, and they will need to be compliant with all our COVID-19 policies. Please contact your campus coordinator if you have questions.

Testing

Please note (policy update): You do NOT need to present evidence of a negative PCR/NAAT test at check-in to enter campus spaces.

We encourage you to bring a few home antigen tests to Bread Loaf, in case you develop symptoms mirroring those of COVID-19. We will provide information for each campus on where you can access PCR testing, if needed.

Masks

Please note (policy update): In order to mitigate community exposure to COVID-19 that may come as well all travel to campus initially, you will need to wear a well-fitting mask in indoor spaces when you are with others (except when eating, attending to personal hygiene, or are with your roommate in your dorm room) for the first five days, beginning with your arrival at Bread Loaf (day 1).

Thereafter, masks must be worn in all Bread Loaf classrooms, per Middlebury policy. We will also mandate mask-wearing for certain events, in certain indoor areas, or in response to a change in COVID conditions; we will communicate these locations and situations clearly for and at each campus. Otherwise, masks will be optional.

Like Middlebury, Bread Loaf is mask-friendly and encourages mask-wearing as a best practice, especially to protect those who may be immuno-compromised. When you are off campus, we encourage you to wear a mask when in public locations and outdoors where social distance cannot be maintained.

You should bring an ample supply of well-fitting masks for use throughout the session.

Symptomatic / COVID-Positive Cases

If you are experiencing symptoms resembling those of COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19 within 5 days of the arrival date, you should not come to campus. You may arrive after the 5-day window (on day 6), but you will be required to wear a mask at all times, except while eating, through day 10.

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms during the session, you must self-administer an antigen test. If you test positive, you should contact your campus coordinator immediately. You will be required to self-isolate in their rooms or off-campus housing for at least 5 days and wear a mask inside and outside for at least 10 days following the day of the positive results. We will make arrangements with you for getting meals to you and making sure you can continue your academic work. You may isolate at an off-site location (returning to campus on day 6), as long as you do not travel via public transport.

Campus / Class Guests

To minimize everyone’s potential exposure to COVID-19, we have suspended all auditing of classes, and we are limiting campus guests. Students are not allowed to bring guests on campus at any time during the session.

Seniors in Vermont and Oxford may bring two guests to graduation. Please note (policy update): graduation guests will not need to provide vaccination information but they will need to wear masks in all indoor spaces.

Faculty may invite non-resident family to campus for short-term visits as long as they submit proof of vaccination/exemption in advance through this form and are compliant with our COVID-19 policies. In advance of their visit, faculty will need to give their names and the dates they intend to be on campus to the appropriate campus coordinator.

Best Practices

To enhance the support available to you this summer, we recommend that you:

  • Discuss your telehealth options with your healthcare providers, to supplement the support that Middlebury can provide;
  • Bring at least 2 boxes of antigen tests, several high quality masks, and a pulse-oximeter with you. We will have a limited supply of surgical masks and antigen tests on hand.
  • Make sure you have an ample supply of any prescription drugs you are taking, in case you need to self-isolate during the session;
  • Have a back-up departure plan in case you get COVID-19 at the end of the session and need to return home. We won’t be able to house you after the session ends.

COVID Scenario Summary

Scenario

Participant Action

PRE-ARRIVAL

 

Upload vax info to Sentry

All clear unless we contact you.

Show COVID-19 symptoms/or + test within 5 days before you plan to arrive to Bread Loaf

  • Do not travel to campus.
  • Contact your campus coordinator and on-site director.
  • BLSE dean/associate director will work with you RE study/teaching.
  • May arrive on Day 6, but must wear mask through Day 10.

DURING THE SESSION

 

First 5 days, beginning with arrival day

Wear a mask in all indoor campus spaces when you are with others, except when you are eating, attending to personal hygiene, or alone or with your roommate in your dorm room.

After your first five days at Bread Loaf

Wear a mask in all classrooms, and at/in certain designated events/areas.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms: fever, chills, cough, headache, muscle ache, fatigue, sore throat, loss of taste/smell, congestion, runny nose, nausea, of taste/smell, congestion, runny nose, nausea, diarrhea, shortness of breath

Take a home antigen test; testing again 24 hours later is recommended.

If antigen test is negative, but symptoms continue or worsen

  • Wear a mask on campus indoors and outdoors (except when eating) until a PCR test result confirms the negative result or for at least five days, and for 10 days if symptoms persist. 
  • Initiate social distancing.
  • Contact a healthcare professional (via TimelyCare, local care facilities, or your personal provider.)

If antigen or PCR test is positive, and you live on campus*

Isolate in your room.

Days 1-5 (Day 1 is the day after the test)

  • Notify your campus coordinator and on-site director by email.
  • Wear a mask at all times if you leave the rooms to access the bathroom or food delivery.
  • Contact a healthcare professional, as appropriate.
  • In VT and Oxford, box meals will be dropped off at your room.
  • In CA, use a food delivery service such as Door Dash to have deliveries dropped at your dorm (you are permitted to pick up your food at the door but wear a mask and avoid contact with others).
  • The BLSE dean/associate director will work with you to arrange ways for you to continue your study/teaching, if you are well enough.
  • Monitor your symptoms, and notify a medical professional if symptoms worsen.
  • If you are having breathing difficulties or are otherwise in distress, call 911 or (in Oxford) 999 for transport to the hospital, and notify the BLSE office (during office hours) or onsite director (after hours).

*If you are living on campus, you are permitted to isolate off-site as long as you do not travel via public transportation. Please notify your campus coordinator of your plans and contact info.

 

Days 6-10

  • You may resume in-person activity if you are feeling better, even if the test results are still positive.
  • Masks and social distancing are mandatory, in any case, indoors and outdoors through Day 10.
  • If your symptoms persist or worsen, isolate again, and contact your campus coordinator, on-site director, and a healthcare professional.

If antigen or PCR test is positive, and you live off-campus

 

Days 1-5 (Day 1 is the day after the test)

  • Isolate off campus.
  • Notify your campus coordinator and on-site director.
  • Contact a healthcare professional as appropriate.
  • The BLSE dean/associate director will work with you to arrange ways for you to continue your study/teaching, if you are well enough.
  • Monitor your symptoms, and notify a medical professional if symptoms worsen.
  • If you are having breathing difficulties or are otherwise in distress, call 911 or (in Oxford) 999 for transport to the hospital then notify the BLSE office (during office hrs) or your onsite-director (after hours).

Days 6-10

  • You may resume in-person activity if you are feeling better, even if the test results are still positive.
  • Masks and social distancing are mandatory, in any case, indoors and outdoors through Day 10.
  • If your symptoms persist or worsen, resume isolation and contact your campus coordinator, on-site director, and a healthcare professional.

If you travel off-campus

  • Be mindful of your responsibility to our community.
  • Recommended: Wear a mask in indoor public spaces (except when eating/drinking) and outdoors when social distance cannot be maintained.