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spring 2021 covid testing

PLEASE NOTE: In the abundance of caution and for the health and safety of the Norwich and central Vermont community, the Norwich campus is closed to the public for the foreseeable future to include all buildings, fields and tracks. Thank you for your understanding.

Effective Monday, February 15, the modified room quarantine period will cease. Residential students will transition to a campus quarantine environment by residential building. All students will be required to remain on campus, but will be allowed to move about the campus more freely. Please note: 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.

CAMPUS QUARANTINE

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. We are all experiencing COVID-19 fatigue and frustration, however compliance with these guidelines is critical to keeping our community healthy and safe. Please review the following details outlining the campus quarantine below:

May I leave campus?

All residential students must stay on campus during the campus quarantine period unless prior approval has been granted to be off campus for medical appointments, military orders or government contracts, or approved academic commitments. Students should submit leave requests using their lifestyle leave request process through their company mentor or the Residential Life staff, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Unit

AC / Co Mentor 

Email

1Bn Staff

LTC Passalacqua

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Alpha Co

CSM DeDominick

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Bravo Co

CSM Bergen

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CTC 1

CSM Putney

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CTC-2

CSM Bosley

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2Bn Staff

COL Smith

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Charlie Co

CSM Billings

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Delta Co

CSM Gallimore

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CTC-3

CSM de Nagy

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CTC-4

CSM Devine

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PrBn Staff

LTC Edwards

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HHC

LTC Lane

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Pr Bn Spec Units

CSM Mercado

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Remaining on campus now is critical to reducing COVID-19 exposure and transmission. We must continue to follow the health and safety measures to prevent and contain potential spread of the virus.

Where do I need to wear a mask?

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 such as fitness facilities.

Am I permitted to interact with my “student household?”

Students will be restricted to their “student household” for any academic study groups or social gatherings. At this time, the “student household” cannot extend to students who reside outside your own residential building.

Any student who has an outstanding question regarding their “student household” should contact their lifestyle leadership immediately whether their company mentors or Residence Life staff, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Am I allowed to leave my room and visit other student rooms?

Residential students are permitted to leave their rooms, wearing a mask and adhering to physical distancing guidelines. Visiting other student rooms in your own residential building is acceptable but it is limited to members of your “student household.” Maximum room capacity is one guest per resident currently assigned to the room (i.e., double room has a four-person max capacity). Students must wear their mask when visiting or having visitors from another room. Masks may only be removed in your room when the door is closed and with only your roommate.

May I visit a friend in another building?

Students will only be allowed to enter the residential building in which they reside and are not permitted to enter any other residential buildings.

May I enter campus buildings?

Academic and administrative buildings may remain locked during the campus quarantine, and students will be prohibited from entering.

Will I be required to move to a different residential room or building?

Some students will be asked to relocate to a new housing assignment in an effort to increase and consolidate quarantine space, to accommodate athletic program needs, or to meet the guidelines of the Vermont Department of Health. We appreciate that this may be an inconvenience to our students. However, it is essential that we make every effort to mitigate the risk of contracting the virus among our student population.

May I go to the bookstore, mailroom and Uniform Store?

Students may visit the bookstore and Uniform Store for in-person services, beginning Monday, February 15, on the following schedule by residential building:

BOOKSTORE, MAILROOM & UNIFORM STORE SCHEDULE

MONDAYS

TUESDAYS

WEDNESDAYS

THURSDAYS

FRIDAYS

0800-1200

Gerard Hall

0800-1200 Ransom Hall

0800-1200

Alumni Hall

0800-1200

Dodge Hall

0800-1200

Dalrymple Hall

1200-1600

Patterson Hall

1200-1600 Hawkins Hall

1200-1600

Goodyear Hall

1200-1600

Wilson Hall

1200-1600

South Hall

Cadets can also contact the Cadet Bookstore or Cadet Uniform Store for Friday appointments.

How do I send and receive mail?

Student mail and package delivery will continue to residential buildings. Students who need to send mail or return essential mail may visit the mailroom during their assigned time.

Return Packages:

  • If sending back to a company (e.g., Amazon), make sure the label is intact, tape the box neatly with clear tape and place in your designated residence hall or barrack drop location. Mailroom staff will pick it up and ship at no additional charge to students. Students will be solely responsible to track their return packages.

Prepay:

  • Students should prepay and print shipping labels. Place packages in residence hall or barrack drop location.
  • If sending packages home or to a specific postal address, students will need to go to the mailroom to pay by credit card or charge their shipment to their student Norwich account.

Returning U.S. Mail:

  • If returning any unopened U.S. Mail to sender, you must print or write “Return to Sender” on the envelope.

Please visit the Mailroom to purchase stamps. You may pay by card or charge to your student Norwich account.

Delivery Services:  Please note that no delivery services of any type will be permitted on campus. We appreciate that this weekend is Valentine’s Day weekend however to mitigate the risk of contracting or spreading the virus our campus will remain closed to outside services.

May I have food delivered to campus?

Food delivery (e.g., Instacart) is currently prohibited. We will revisit providing delivery services access to campus in the future and provide an update to students as the policy changes.

Are students permitted to work on campus?

Students should contact their campus employer and ask if remote work is available for their Work Study or temporary employment position. Remote work is perfectly acceptable if the campus employer can support that work modality.

If a campus employer cannot support remote work, in-person student work may be approved on an individual basis.

Will we have a Corps of Cadets experience?

Yes. Your cadet experience will commence in earnest on Monday, February 15, when we transition to Campus Quarantine. We will start reveille/accountability formations on Monday morning (masked and double arm interval). Commandant’s Training (TAT, FAT, SMT) will commence in either virtual format or small groups, in physically distanced settings. Promotion boards are commencing virtually. Uniforms, grooming standards, room inspections and Corps standards will go into effect on Monday, February 15. Cadet leaders will be allowed to check on/inspect their subordinates and their rooms with adherence to COVID-19 guidelines.

Cadets will follow the published Barbershop schedule.

Will we have an ROTC experience?

Yes, students will continue to have an ROTC experience. Academic classes will be taught virtually until further notice. Military Lab and Leadership Lab will be conducted as per each individual ROTC program – expect a combination of virtual engagement, outside activities, and small unit training. Physical Fitness will also be conducted; however, these activities will also be conducted in smaller groups.  Exact physical locations of MILLAB/LLAB and PT will be forthcoming. Proper PPE will be worn at all times. Please work directly with your individual ROTC unit for additional details.

May commuter students come to campus?

In the interest of public health and safety, and to mitigate risk of potential spread of the virus, commuter students may not come to campus during the campus quarantine. As long as we continue remote learning, in general commuter students should not come to campus for COVID-19 testing or for any other reason. The exceptions will be for students approved in-person classes, such as nursing and lab sciences, and for students participating on in season athletic teams. These students will be required to come to campus for COVID-19 testing as assigned.

Can I leave campus and study remotely for the remainder of the spring semester?

Students are welcome to transition to remote study and are encouraged to make the decision that’s right for you. Please contact your academic adviser and ask them to complete the Request to Transition to Remote form of your behalf.

We are providing you this update now and in advance of the coming weekend to encourage you to use this time to reflect upon the campus quarantine environment going forward next week. If your decision is to leave campus in advance of campus quarantine, we will fully support your transition to remote study.

Students will need to coordinate their own transportation needs, and will be expected to bring all of their belongings home if they opt to study remotely for the balance of the spring semester.

What can I do to help reduce spread?

Stay informed: Health conditions can change in the immediate area and on our campus. Stay up-to-date so you know what requirements or conditions are changing on campus with the most current campus information.

Be smart, protect yourself from the virus:

  • After you visit or have a visitor in your room, use sanitizing wipes to disinfect your space. Clean your chairs, computers, phones, chairs, desktops, etc.
  • After you visit the restroom, use a sanitizing wipe for the area you used including the sink and door handles.
  • Wear your mask properly — cover your nose and your mouth fully at all times.
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially before and after eating and after using the restroom.

Enjoy your opportunities to engage with others while keeping your physical distance. Limit close face-to-face contact.

Avoid gatherings: We know that outbreaks and spread occur at gatherings, especially when masks are not worn, and distancing is not maintained. Limit gatherings to members of your “student household” who live in the same building, keep your distance when together, and be outside as much as possible when you are together.

Complete the Daily Health Screening. When someone is sick or has had possible exposure to COVID-19, avoid being around others to reduce the chance of spread. Students, faculty and staff are required to complete the Daily Health Screening, check your temperature, and note any symptoms. Call NU Health Services (802) 485-2552 immediately to report symptoms.

ACADEMICS

In-person academic instruction will be limited to specific academic programs.  Currently, only nursing clinicals and select upper-level lab classes in Engineering, Health Science and Environmental Science will be held in-person.

The following courses will have an in-person component. If you are enrolled in one of these classes, you should contact your instructor about the specifics (days/times) of the in-person component.

CE 328

GL262

HE214

NR 215/215L

NR 341/341L

PE371

CE 446

GL451

ME 356

NR 217

NR 421/421L

PE399

ES 451

HE136

MG 450

NR 331/331L

NR 431/431L

SM301

All other academic instruction will continue in a remote learning modality. Students with questions about their specific academic program and expectations should contact their academic advisor and/or the instructors of their classes.

Kreitzberg Library

Kreitzberg Library, Archives, and the Sullivan Museum & History Center will continue to provide support to students remotely, with a possibility of curb-side pick-up of physical materials (books, printouts, etc.). The Library will be closed until further notice.

How can I access academic buildings if I have in-person classes or labs?

Students should work with faculty to determine the appropriate time and entrance for accessing the academic buildings for in-person classes or labs.

Can commuter students come to campus for classes?

Commuter students in specific academic programs, such as nursing clinicals and select upper-level lab classes in Engineering, Health Science and Environmental Science will need to come to campus or clinical sites for in-person classes.  Commuter students with in-person classes will be required to come to campus once weekly for COVID-19 testing.

ATHLETICS

We are working hard to put our institution in a position to safely allow participation in athletics for Winter and Spring sports.

Will we be able to practice this semester?

In-season Winter sports practices will begin on Monday, February 15.

In-season Spring sports practices will also begin on Monday, February 15. We are waiting for a decision from the GNAC regarding Spring sports competition.

We do not yet have a definitive answer for Fall sports’ non-traditional seasons. The Athletic Director will be providing updates to student-athletes, coaches and athletic trainers as information is solidified.

Can commuter student-athletes come to campus?

Commuter student-athletes must continue coming to campus for testing three times each week, and may come to campus for scheduled team activities.

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES

We are working very hard to find ways to provide you with programming, especially exercise and outdoor activities, while prioritizing public health and safety, to prevent further spread of the virus. Students will be able to continue participating in outdoor activities as well as indoor physical activities with some restrictions.

Students can continue to sign up for activities at various campus locations within the following parameters:

  1. Participation is restricted to roommate groups of 2. Students in single rooms are welcome to identify a friend who is also in a single room to register for activities together as “activities roommates.” Alternatively, students in single rooms can contact Residential Life staff, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or company mentors to request an “activities roommate.” The lifestyle leadership will assign a roommate. Students are still welcome to register for activities individually if preferred.
  2. All locker rooms and shower facilities are available as assigned to in-season varsity teams only.
  3. Students assigned to room quarantine as close contacts, patients under investigation with symptoms, or currently assigned to isolation as positive cases, are strictly prohibited from participation in this programming.

Students who register for activities but cannot attend must cancel their registration. Other students need the opportunity to register. Students who register and do not show up for their scheduled time may be prohibited from future registration.

The Kreitzberg Arena ice rink will be open for skating, based upon 8 students/4 rooms per hour. There is no physical contact and masks are required. Physical distancing will be strictly enforced.

Andrews Gym will be open for basketball, one roommate pair per hoop. There is no physical contact and masks are required. Physical distancing will be strictly enforced. Games like HORSE are allowed.

The Plumley Armory Fitness Center will be open to 12 students/6 rooms each hour. Masks and physical distancing will be enforced. The CoLAB Fitness Area will be open to 8 students/4 rooms each hour. Masks and physical distancing will also be enforced.

Music Rooms in White Chapel will be open for one student per hour. Academic use has priority.

Sign Up Link for Kreitzberg Arena, Andrews Gym, Plumley Armory Fitness Center, CoLAB Fitness Area and White Chapel Music Rooms:

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  • Students must sign up and provide their name, the name of their roommate, their residential building and room number
  • Only one roommate should sign up

Goodyear Pool will be open for swimming with lifeguard coverage, one student per swim lane (come ready to swim)

  • Students can sign up for one-hour pool sessions and roommates must sign up separately.
  • You must depart the building before your hour is over. This way students aren’t crossing paths and staff can clean between swimmers.
  • Locker rooms will NOT be available for showering and changing. Swimmers shall arrive with their swimming attire on and exit after drying off or deck changing. Curtains will be available on deck.
  • If you book pool time and can no longer use it for any reason, please cancel the booking so others can use it!
  • You MUST perform a self-assessment of symptoms before entry.
  • Continue to wear a mask in the pool area until behind your assigned lane and ready to enter the water.

Sign Up Link for Goodyear Pool:

https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./bookings/

Please contact Coach Jen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with any questions about Goodyear Pool access.

The Shaw Outdoor Center will be open from 12:00 Noon – 5:00 p.m. weekdays, and 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. weekends. Masks and physical distancing will be enforced. No sign up is required.

  • Outdoor recreation equipment may be signed out for 2-hour use
  • The Shaw’s trails are all open: RED, YELLOW, BLUE, GREEN, and the ski terrain.
    • Students are prohibited from accessing Northfield Town property, including Freshman Field (open area north of the quarry)
  • Hot chocolate provided Saturdays & Sundays
  • Bonfire on Friday Nights (registration is required)

The Outdoor Ice Rink is available for up to 4 students/2 rooms per hour, no physical contact, with masks. Physical distancing will be strictly enforced.

DINING OPERATIONS

In-Person Meals: Beginning Monday, February 15, all students will have the opportunity to eat one meal in the dining hall each day. Students will have in-person lunch and dinner on alternating days. Students will go to the dining hall according to the current schedule by residential building, and will have 35 minutes for in-person dining each day.

Students will be required to present their colored wrist band identifying their residential building. Please contact the Residence Life staff or your company mentor if you need a replacement.  Please do not enter Wise Campus Center until your assigned mealtime.

Students are asked to be respectful of their assigned mealtime to allow adequate opportunity for Sodexo to clean tables between dining groups.

Food will still be served on paper products so students can choose to take-out meals if preferred.

Seating has been spaced in the dining hall for your safety. Please do not move chairs or tables.

Below is a table with the current and continuing schedule for in-person dining. This schedule will repeat, allowing students to alternate between lunch and dinner in-person each day, and the daily schedule will be posted outside the dining hall.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Residence Hall / Barrack

Food Pick Up time

Seating Time

Residence Hall / Barrack

Food Pick Up time

Seating Time

South

10:00-10:15

10:00-10:35

South

4:00-4:15

none

Gerard

10:20-10:35

none

Gerard

4:20-4:35

4:20-4:55

Patterson

10:40-10:55

10:40-11:15

Patterson

4:40-4:55

none

Ransom

11:00-11:15

none

Ransom

5:00-5:15

5:00-5:35

Hawkins

11:20-11:35

11:20-11:55

Hawkins

5:20-5:35

none

Alumni

11:40-11:55

none

Alumni

5:40-5:55

5:40-6:15

Goodyear

12:00-12:15

12:00-12:35

Goodyear

6:00-6:15

none

Dodge

12:20-12:35

none

Dodge

6:20-6:35

6:20-6:55

Wilson

12:40-12:55

12:40-1:15

Wilson

6:40-6:55

none

Dalrymple

1:00-1:15

none

Dalrymple

7:00-7:15

7:00-7:35

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Residence Hall / Barrack

Food Pick Up time

Seating Time

Residence Hall / Barrack

Food Pick Up time

Seating Time

South

10:00-10:15

none

South

4:00-4:15

4:00-4:35

Gerard

10:20-10:35

10:20-10:55

Gerard

4:20-4:35

none

Patterson

10:40-10:55

none

Patterson

4:40-4:55

4:40-5:15

Ransom

11:00-11:15

11:00-11:35

Ransom

5:00-5:15

none

Hawkins

11:20-11:35

none

Hawkins

5:20-5:35

5:20-5:55

Alumni

11:40-11:55

11:40-12:15

Alumni

5:40-5:55

none

Goodyear

12:00-12:15

none

Goodyear

6:00-6:15

6:00-6:35

Dodge

12:20-12:35

12:20-12:55

Dodge

6:20-6:35

none

Wilson

12:40-12:55

none

Wilson

6:40-6:55

6:40-7:15

Dalrymple

1:00-1:15

1:00-1:35

Dalrymple

7:00-7:15

none

 

Hearth & Salad Bar: Both are now open!

Bagged Breakfast: Bagged breakfast will continue to be picked up during dinner. Students will select 6 items to place in their own bags to go. The offerings were expanded Monday, February 8, to include protein and perishable items. Students need to make sure perishable foods are kept cold until consumed.

Isolation and Quarantine Meals: Beginning Tuesday, February 16, hot lunch and dinner meals will be served in Milano Ballroom for students assigned to isolation and room quarantine in Crawford Hall. The schedule will be published to students upon receiving an isolation or room quarantine assignment. This dining service will replace meal deliveries in this location.

Meals will still be delivered to students assigned to room quarantine in South Hall and Ellis House.

Sodexo Food Truck: Beginning Monday, February 15, the Sodexo food truck will visit each residential building Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with a special treat for that day. Treats will include hot chocolate, hot breakfast sandwiches, loaded mac & cheese and more on a rotating basis.  The serving times will be announced on my.norwich.edu and Sodexo social media for each event.  

Food will be available at the food truck for each building, separately, with contactless delivery outdoors. Masks and physical distancing will be strictly enforced.

These services will be available at no additional cost to students.

Dunkin’ Limited Menu: Beginning Saturday, February 13, Dunkin’ will open Saturdays and Tuesdays from 07:00-10:35 a.m.

Residence Hall / Barrack

Food pickup time

Gerard

07:00-07:15

Patterson

07:20-07:35

South

07:40-07:55

Ransom

08:00-08:15

Dalrymple

08:20-08:35

Hawkins

08:40-08:55

Alumni

09:00-09:15

Goodyear

09:20-09:35

Dodge

09:40-09:55

Wilson

10:00-10:15

 

Food will be available at Dunkin’ for each building, separately, with contactless delivery. Masks and physical distancing will be enforced.

There is no additional cost to students.

For additional information, or to contact the appropriate university officials with specific questions, please visit the Norwich.edu/psa website. If you have any questions, or concerns, about campus quarantine, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for your continued compliance to our health and safety guidelines to ensure the well-being of our campus community.

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