Quarantine, Isolation, and Testing

Student and Employee Notification Requirements

Students who experience symptoms of COVID-19, are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or who have tested positive for COVID-19 must notify Health Services and follow their guidance. Employees should notify their healthcare provider and follow their guidance, and they must also notify Human Resources and their supervisor. Notification is required for contact tracing purposes so that students and employees can receive instructions on next steps regarding testing, quarantine, or isolation.  

COVID-19 Testing Availability 

COVID-19 testing for students is available through Health Services. Employees must arrange for testing through the Vermont Department of Health, a local pharmacy, or their healthcare provider. Testing site information is available here

Individuals Who Experience Symptoms of COVID-19 

All students, faculty, and staff must get a NAAT/PCR test immediately and self-isolate in their dorm rooms or off-campus housing if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19. Students must notify Health Services and employees must notify Human Resources and their supervisor.

Vaccinated individuals who test negative should wear a well-fitted face covering, practice good hand hygiene to avoid spreading illness, and stay away from others until their symptoms resolve. If new or different symptoms develop, they must self-isolate, get another NAAT/PCR test, and contact Health Services (students) or Human Resources and their supervisor (employees), as applicable.

The above requirements apply to unvaccinated individuals; however, unvaccinated individuals may also be subject to additional testing and isolation protocols depending on the circumstances.

If an individual who is experiencing symptoms also learns that they were exposed to someone with COVID-19, they must contact Health Services (students) or Human Resources and their supervisor (employees) for further guidance. They must also follow the instructions for individuals exposed to COVID-19 as stated below.  

Students and employees who test positive must follow the instructions below for Individuals Who Test Positive for COVID-19. 

Asymptomatic Individuals Exposed to COVID-19 

Asymptomatic fully vaccinated individuals who have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to get a NAAT/PCR test five to seven days after their exposure date. These individuals are not required to quarantine while they are awaiting test results unless they develop symptoms. However, they must wear a well-fitted face covering indoors when around other people and monitor for symptoms for 14 days or until receipt of a negative test result on or after Day 5 to 7 following their last exposure. If symptoms develop, they must immediately self-isolate, arrange for a NAAT/PCR test, and follow the instructions above for Individuals Who Experience Symptoms of COVID-19.  

There are separate requirements for unvaccinated individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19, including an immediate NAAT/PCR test (to identify an infection early) and quarantine. They must remain in quarantine for 14 days or until receipt of a negative NAAT/PCR test taken seven days after exposure. If the Day 7 test result is negative and the individual remains asymptomatic, they may return to normal activities but must monitor for symptoms and wear a face covering indoors for the remainder of the 14-day period following exposure. If symptoms develop, they must remain in quarantine, arrange for a NAAT/PCR test, and follow the instructions above for Individuals Who Experience Symptoms of COVID-19. 

Individuals Who Test Positive for COVID-19 

Individuals who test positive for or are diagnosed with COVID-19 must notify Health Services (students) or Human Resources and their supervisor (employees), as applicable, and they will need to isolate in designated isolation housing (students) or in an off-campus residence or other location (faculty and staff) for at least 10 days, although the isolation period could be longer depending on the circumstances. Faculty and staff may not come to campus until cleared by their healthcare provider. Students must be cleared by Health Services.

Continuation of Studies While in Quarantine or Isolation

Students in quarantine or isolation will have an opportunity to continue their Bread Loaf studies. Students who prefer to isolate elsewhere may travel off-campus, but only by car (not public transportation) and only with permission from Health Services. 

For additional information, please see Middlebury’s Isolation, Quarantine, and Testing policies.