COVID-19 Updated Protocols

03 Sep 2021

The health and safety of our community remains our highest priority.  We continue to review our health and safety guidelines regularly. We appreciate your flexibility as we may adjust our policies to best position ourselves for a healthy academic year. Governor Scott has removed all State COVID-19 restrictions and lifted the State of Emergency on June 15, 2021. Our campus has returned to standard occupancy levels including classrooms, labs, meeting spaces, residence halls, and the dining hall. Here are Vermont Tech’s health and safety protocols related to COVID-19.

Masking Policy

All employees, students, and guests are required to wear masks when indoors in shared spaces on campus. The only exceptions are eating, sleeping, working alone, such as in your office, or for on-campus residents when in their room alone or with their roommates.  This policy applies to all employees, students, and guests regardless of vaccination status. We will continue to review this mandate on a weekly basis. We appreciate your flexibility as we adjust our policies to best position ourselves for a healthy academic year.

Do wear a mask that:

  • Covers your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Fits snugly against the side of your face

Monitoring for Symptoms

All employees and students are required to monitor themselves daily for COVID-19 symptoms and should stay home if they are unwell, regardless of vaccination status. Symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea.  If you have any of these symptoms, you should NOT come to campus and contract your primary care physician.

Reporting a Positive Case

If you have received a positive COVID-19 test please notify Vermont Tech immediately:

  • Students need to email Jason Enser, Dean of Students at jenser@vtc.edu
  • Employees need to email Kelly Rue Riso, Director of Human Resources at kriso@vtc.edu

Vermont is operating free COVID-19 testing sites with an appointment needed.

Quarantine and Isolation

Students:

  • Unvaccinated students who are deemed a contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who are symptomatic will need to quarantine in a designated residential space or at home until receiving a negative result from a day 7 test.
  • Vaccinated students who are deemed contacts do not have to quarantine but must monitor themselves for symptoms, if symptoms begin, testing is required and you are asked to stay home or quarantine until you receive results.

Employees:

  • Vaccinated employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate for 10 days from the start of start of symptoms or from the date the test was collected if asymptomatic. Do not come to a Vermont Tech facility or location until you have completed your isolation period. If a vaccinated employee is a close contact to an individual that has tested positive, you will need to watch for symptoms.  If you develop symptoms, stay home and contact your primary care provider for further instruction and to obtain a COVID-19 test.
  • Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate for 10 days from the start of start of symptoms or from the date the test was collected if asymptomatic. Do not come to a Vermont Tech facility or location until you have completed your isolation period. If an unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated employee is a close contact to an individual that has tested positive, you will need to quarantine for 14 days without symptoms, or have a negative test on day 7 or later to end quarantine.

Contact Tracing

The Vermont Department of Health will be managing the contact tracing process. If there is a positive case reported and you are identified as a “close contact”, you will be contacted by the Vermont Department of Health.

Vaccines

Vaccinations are highly effective and strongly encouraged for everyone. Vaccinations are required of all students with exceptions for those who receive a medical or religious exemption. If you haven’t yet received your COVID-19 vaccine, you can register for an appointment or find upcoming walk-in clinics.

Physical Distancing

In accordance with the current guidance, we do not have a required physical distancing policy. Wherever and whenever possible, maintaining physical distancing is a best practice, but is not required.

For more information on COVID-19 please visit the CDC and Vermont Department of Health.