Update on the COVID-19 Coronavirus
FRIDAY, May 29, 2020
Based on the Governor's Addendum 16 to Executive Order 01-20, the college continues to encourage working from home for its employees. Anyone who visits campus must be screened by the resident health officer, per VOSHA regulations. College staff continue to work closely with Vermont's Commissioner of Health on a statewide higher education collaboration to develop common guidelines for reopening facilities in the fall. Vermont Tech's intentions to resume in-person activities in the fall remain in place as we await confirmation by state health officials and a corresponding gubernatorial directive.
In addition, Vermont Tech received helpful reminders of current guidance from the Department of Health:
Wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes, and watch for symptoms.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water and carry hand sanitizer with you when soap and water may not be available.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow or into a tissue that you throw away.
- Avoid close contact (being within 6 feet for a long period of time) with people who are sick.
Call Bob Sivret if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are very mild. Symptoms can look different from person to person, and include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Know the rules about quarantine.
- If you have come from another state or country, you are required to quarantine for 14 days as soon as you arrive. This guidance might change, so make sure to check the Health Department’s website for the most current quarantine requirements.
- If you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must quarantine for 14 days from your last contact with that person.
Quarantine means you need to:
- Stay home until 14 days after your last contact with someone who had COVID-19, or from your arrival in Vermont.
- Stay 6 feet away from others at all times, including roommates.
- Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.
- You can end your quarantine early by testing negative on or after day 7 of your quarantine, if you have not had any symptoms the entire time you have been quarantining. You have to stay in quarantine until you get your test results.
- When you are in quarantine, your roommates can go to work or school, but they’ll need to be the ones who pick up groceries and prescriptions and help take care of other things while you’re staying at home. You can also check out some of the delivery services and restaurants that provide contactless delivery in your area.
- Register for Sara Alert to get symptom check reminders and have a quick and easy way to contact the Health Department.
- If you or anyone else in your house or apartment starts showing symptoms of COVID-19 reach out to Bob Sivret or your personal medical provider right away to see about getting tested.
Mask up and connect from a distance.
- Wear a cloth mask or face covering when you’re out in public and can’t stay 6 feet away from others. Masks protect the people around you in case you are sick and may not know it.
- Vermont businesses may require customers to wear masks, so make sure you always have one with you, or you might be waiting outside.
- Check out Health Department guidance on the use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2020
With the closure of the application for the CARES Emergency funding, the Financial Aid Office staff is processing and reviewing applications. Students will be notified of eligibility and approval via email next week.
TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2020
Vermont Tech has received authorization for students to begin returning to pick up belongings left in their residence hall rooms. This was passed on to the college by Dr. Levine, Commissioner of Health for Vermont. The Director of Residential Life, Theo Manzir, sent the following information to residential students today:
Due to the continued severity of the COVID-19 situation, it is imperative that the move out take place in a safe and controlled manner. Proper social distancing must be practiced at all times. Masks and gloves are required, and must be brought by the student.
Move outs will be allowed only under the criteria outlined below. Per the order of the Governor, they will be staggered throughout several days with no more than twenty percent of students present on any one day to ensure that no one floor or residence hall is overcrowded. Students who arrive outside their scheduled time, or who do not follow proper procedure while on campus, will be asked to leave.
Make an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for a move-out slot. Move outs will take place 9:00AM - 7:00PM (last slot starts at 5pm), Monday - Friday, and 9:00AM -3:00PM (last slot starts at 1pm) Saturday and Sunday. Time slots will be 2 hours long. Your email should include:
- Your name.
- The name of the ONE person who will be assisting you. In order to keep exposure to a minimum, students may not bring more than one person to help.
- The proposed date and time you would like to come.
- Where you (and your one assistant) are traveling from. Students and their move-out assistant will only be allowed to move out if they are coming from a state that does not currently have a stay-at-home order in place.
- The name of your roommate, if you have one. In order to maintain social distancing, roommates will be unable to sign up for the same slot.
- Student Affairs staff will reply to your email confirming your appointment slot. Please do not attempt to come to campus until you have received a confirmation. Your card will be activated only for the time slot you have signed up for.
- Upon arriving to campus, please call Public Safety 802-728-1292 to check in. No one will meet you in person.
- Maintain proper social distance from anyone you encounter while moving your belongings out of your room.
- Once you have finished, please leave your key in the top desk drawer.
Any items left in the room after move out will be considered abandoned and thrown out, and the student will be charged any applicable fees.
Please note that all restrooms will be closed and are not open to the students or anyone that may be traveling with them.
If you notice anything that may be missing from your room, please contact Public Safety to fill out an incident report. The college will investigate, but is not responsible for, missing items.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2020
The college has announced its process for disbursement of CARES Act Emergency Funding and created a landing page for more information. Students are encouraged to apply for additional federal funding to cover expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020
Vermont Tech is planning to be open in the fall at all of our campuses and sites.
Our preferred scenario, the one we are focused on and will implement if it adheres to public health guidance, is to resume in-person activities at our campuses and distance sites for the fall.
We are closely monitoring the recommendations of the Governor and state and local health officials to determine when we will resume in-person instruction. We are planning for several contingencies in order to be prepared for a variety of scenarios.
President Moulton has charged a task force to review and make recommendations about re-opening the campus for the fall of 2020. With the coming months before move-in day ahead of us, we have time to complete the careful preparations needed in order to welcome students back.
The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and guests must lead our decision-making regarding all activities. We are preparing to adapt our instructional and residential life models and on-campus activities, as needed, to protect our campus community while offering the distinct applied learning and social experience Vermont Tech students expect.
Vermont Tech has updated its Student Resources FAQ to include information about the coming fall 2020 semester.
FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2020
Governor Phil Scott extended Vermont’s State of Emergency through May 15, which also extends the expiration date of all corresponding orders and directives issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The original State of Emergency, issued on March 13, was set to expire on April 15, as were the subsequent mitigation measures. As a result of this extension, all measures, including the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order, are now in effect until midnight on May 15 (note, schools remain dismissed for in-person instruction through the end of the school year).
Read the update from THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2020
VIDEO FROM PRESIDENT MOULTON, FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020
Read the update from WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020
Read the update from TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020
Read the update from WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020
Watch the video update from President Moulton, MARCH 13, 2020
Read the update from THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020
Read the update from WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11
Read the update from TUESDAY, MARCH 10
Read the update from FRIDAY, MARCH 6
Read the update from FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28
Prevention and Staying Healthy
Prevention and Staying Healthy You can help avoid the spread of illness by following CDC guidelines for keeping healthy. No single action will provide complete protection from illness, but an approach combining the following steps can help decrease the likelihood of transmission.
Stay home from work or class when you are sick.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
Scrub your hands at least 20 seconds, or roughly twice the length of the “Happy Birthday” song.
When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue and throw the tissue away after you use it. Alternatively, cough or sneeze into clothing -- i.e.. your sleeve rather than your bare hands.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs and viruses spread that way.
Get sufficient sleep, exercise regularly, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.