Effective immediately, the modified room quarantine period is concluded. Residential students are now immediately assigned to campus quarantine by residential building.
During the campus quarantine, it is vital that students continue to fully comply with the Student Behavioral Contract, the Daily Health Screening, adhere to the face mask/coverings policy, maintain physical distancing, and follow hand hygiene guidelines.
Staying on campus now is critical to reducing exposure to COVID-19. We must continue to follow the health and safety measures that have worked thus far to prevent and contain potential spread of the virus. This includes wearing face coverings, physical distancing, hand hygiene, and quarantine if symptoms are present.
In the barracks or residence halls, facial coverings are required at all times except when students are in their own room alone, or with their own roommate only and the room door is closed. Facial coverings should also be worn at all times while on campus, in classrooms and labs as well as in all public areas, indoors or outdoors, especially in congregate settings, and where it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet.
Students will only be allowed to enter the residential building in which they reside and are not permitted to enter any other residential buildings. Students will be able to participate in outdoor activities as well as indoor physical activities and student events with some restrictions to keep residential groups separate.
Students are encouraged to utilize the Shaw Outdoor Center (SOC) recreation equipment and Paine Mountain Trails, and enjoy a free hot chocolate! Please go directly from campus to the SOC and return directly back to campus. The SOC will be open daily from 12:00 Noon – 5:00 p.m., beginning Saturday, January 23. Students can sign out equipment, including snowshoes, fat tire bikes, cross-country skis, sleds, helmets and goggles by knocking on the SOC garage door for contactless equipment delivery.
All residential students will receive a second COVID-19 test on day-7. The campus quarantine will continue until all tests are back and it is determined that we can safely lift additional restrictions. We anticipate that date to be January 28th and will provide an update to the Norwich community.
Thank you for your continued compliance toward public health and safety on campus.
Brigadier General Frank T. Vanecek, Vermont State Militia
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Information Technology