Happy New Year!
Spring semester arrival and our phased reopening begins Friday, January 15th and continues for four days through Monday, January 18th to ensure the health and safety of our students and their families.
Today, I am writing to remind you that all residential and commuter students are required to quarantine at home for two weeks before returning to campus for the spring semester. Said simply, you should now be quarantining at home, whether you reside in the state of Vermont or out of state. This is in addition to the campus quarantine that all residential students will participate in upon arrival and is extremely important to the well-being of our university family and the central Vermont community who depend upon every one of us to mitigate the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.
In order to distribute student arrivals over the four-day period, we have set up an arrival checklist system where students will be able to pre-schedule their arrival date and time. Arrivals will be scheduled in two-hour blocks from 1000-1200, 1200-1400, and 1400-1600 on each of the four arrival days. This arrival checklist system in Banner SSB will open within the next few days. Please monitor your email in the days ahead for messages with details on how to schedule your arrival date and time.
For those students who are flying into Burlington International Airport (BTV), please schedule your flight on whichever date (January 15th, 16th, 17th, or 18th) that best meets your needs, but make sure you will be on campus prior to 1600 on the 18th. Norwich will accommodate your arrival date and time. Shuttle services will be available through Vermont Tour and Charter for a fee as well. Information on how to sign up for those services will be provided within the next few days.
Spring Semester Webinars:
The spring semester begins Monday, January 11th. Residential and commuter students will be studying online in their classes from January 11th until February 2nd, whether from home or campus.
We have designed webinars with updated COVID-19 procedures for Spring 2021 to make your transition to campus under the COVID-19 regulations as simple as possible. You will be emailed an invitation for the webinar specific to you.
For your planning:
- Tuesday, January 12, 1300-1400 EST, students who studied remotely in Fall 2020
- Tuesday, January 19, 1300-1400 EST, returning students
New and transfer students will be invited to our virtual New Student Orientation on January 7th and 8th, which will include a webinar addressing COVID-19 procedures, public health, and campus life.
Please note that tomorrow, January 5th, is the deadline for submission of your Intent to Return form. No Norwich student will be required to study remotely in the Spring 2021 semester. Therefore, if your selection on your completed Intent to Return Form was to have a residential campus experience this spring, we have a room for you. More importantly, we are expecting you and are very excited to welcome you back to the Hill! If you have not yet completed your Intent to Return Form, please do so immediately via this link.
I hope you enjoyed the holiday season and that your winter break is restorative. We look forward to the start of the spring semester and making 2021 the very best it can be for our students and employees.
Norwich Together, Norwich Forever!
Yours in service,
Dr. Mark C. Anarumo, PhD
Colonel, USAF (ret)