Spring 2021–Important Return to Campus Details for Residential Students

Dear Resident,

Please read this email carefully as it provides the instructions you will need to select a date to return to campus and reserve a check-in date and time for your return to campus. All residential students are required to register for a check-in time before arriving on campus. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will not receive access to your residence hall without an Express Check-in reservation.  

Please follow the three steps below to determine if you are required to quarantine, whether you will quarantine at home or on-campus, and select a check-in date and time.

>> Step 1: Determine if you need to quarantine

If any of the the following are true, you must quarantine:

  • You are arriving from out of state, or
  • You have left the state of Vermont since January 8, 2021, or 
  • You have remained in Vermont but attended multi-family gatherings since January 8, 2021

If you are required to quarantine, please proceed to Step 2 to determine whether you will quarantine at home or on campus. 

No Quarantine Required
If, based on the criteria above, you have determined that you are not required to quarantine before arriving on campus, and will not be participating in campus quarantine beginning January 23–24 (see details below), you will select a check-in time on Thursday, February 4 from 9:00 AM–4:00 PM or Friday, February 5 from 9:00 AM–4:00 PM. Please proceed to Step 3 for instructions on reserving your check-in date and time. 

>> Step 2: Determine where you will quarantine

Students will determine whether to quarantine on campus or at home depending on the specific criteria outlined below. 

Quarantine on Campus
On-campus quarantine is required for any student who: 

  • is unable to safely and adequately quarantine in their off-campus home
  • must take public transportation to return to campus
  • will be brought to campus by a friend or family member who has not been able to quarantine

Additionally, any residential student who prefers to quarantine on campus rather than at home, may choose to do so. This option is also available to students who are not required to quarantine but wish to return to campus January 23–24 and agree to participate in all aspects and requirements of the campus quarantine.

Quarantine on-campus move-in options:

  • Saturday, January 23, 9:00 AM–4:00 PM 
  • Sunday, January 24, 9:00 AM–4:00 PM 

Students who quarantine on campus are not required to submit a pre-arrival test; however, taking a pre-arrival test is strongly encouraged. Students who quarantine on campus will take a Day 0 test upon arrival, and will remain in quarantine until receiving a negative test on or after Day 7. To submit your pre-arrival negative test result, use this Google Form.

Quarantine requires that students remain on campus for the duration of the quarantine period. No visitors to campus or the residence halls are permitted, and students may not host other residence hall residents in their rooms (including those residents in their same residence hall). Quarantine protocol requires that you only leave your room to use the restroom, pick up take-out food from the dining hall, or participate in socially distanced activities and walks/exercise outside while still remaining on campus. A list of services that will be available to students was provided in this email earlier today. The Dining Hall will provide take-away meals for students with a meal plan participating in the on-campus quarantine program.

Please proceed to Step 3 for instructions on reserving your check-in date and time.

Quarantine at Home
This option is available only to students who meet both of the following requirements:

  • You will be able to safely and adequately quarantine at home or another off-campus location.
  • You will be taking a private vehicle to return to campus or travelling with others, including family members, who have also adequately quarantined.

If you do not meet these requirements, you must complete your quarantine on campus.

Home quarantine as required by the state guidelines must be 14 days or 7 days with a negative test on or after the 7th day. 

Prior to returning to campus, students who quarantine at home must submit a negative COVID-19 test taken within 5 days prior to your selected arrival date. To obtain a pre-arrival test during quarantine, you must do so without breaking quarantine: avoid public transportation, maintain distance from others, wear a mask, etc. If this is not possible, please contact the Student Health Center at 802.860.2711 or healthservices@champlain.edu to discuss options. Help locating a test in your area is available here. Submit your negative test result using this Google Form. You will also receive a Day 0 test when you arrive on campus

Quarantine at home move-in options:

  • Thursday, February 4, 9:00 AM–4:00 PM 
    • Requires a negative test result with a test date of January 30–February 3
  • Friday, February 5, 9:00 AM–4:00 PM 
    • Requires a negative test result with a test date of January 31–February 4

Please proceed to Step 3 for instructions on reserving your check-in date and time.

>>Step 3: Reserve Your Move-In Time 

To register for a check-in date and time, follow this two-step process: 

Step A. Log in to THD (The Housing Director) and submit the application “Move-In Schedule.”

Step B. Return to the THD home page and choose your Express Check-in Date and Time. (Express Check-in will not be visible to you until you have submitted the Move-In Schedule application.)

Upon submitting the Move-in Schedule application (Step A), you will receive a confirmation

email to your Champlain MyMail account. Be sure to read and save your confirmation email as it will provide important details about the check-in process. 

Each Express Check-In time block is limited to reduce congestion during check-in, testing, and move-in to your residence hall. Once a time block is filled, it will no longer be available for you to select. 

If you believe you will need an alternate arrival date, please first complete Step A by submitting your Move-In Schedule application, then read your confirmation email. Only after you have fully read your confirmation email, reach out to reslife@champlain.edu.

IDX Dining Hall will open January 23 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner pick-ups. Please remember your ID. Beginning on February 8, IDX will be open throughout the day. Beginning on February 8, IDX will be open throughout the day. Don’t forget to bring your ID. In-person dining is expected to begin a few weeks into the semester, if conditions allow. 

Spring semester parking permits for residential students are $120. Permits go on sale January 15.

All campus buildings will be restricted to key card access. Prepare to carry your ID with you at all times. If you lost your ID, please contact Compass in advance of your arrival date to have a new one printed before you arrive.

As detailed in the email you received earlier today, we will begin with a fairly restricted campus experience and ideally move to one that allows for more freedoms over the course of the semester. This phased approach will allow us to establish a healthy community while following state guidelines. These restrictions will be different than what you experienced this fall.

Changes to the phases will be communicated to students and published on The View over the course of the semester. 

We look forward to seeing you soon and please remember that if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to anyone with a known case of COVID-19, please email us to request a modified check-in date. Do not come to campus if you are sick or have been exposed.

If you have questions about Spring 2021, please visit the FAQ section of our COVID-19 website


Jerome Holland, Jr.
Director of Housing and Residential Life