Spring Break Return-To-Campus COVID Protocols
Dear Champlain Students,
As we approach spring break, I am writing today with a few updates on our COVID protocols for returning to campus after the break. As a reminder, spring break takes place from March 14-18, with residence halls closing Saturday, March 12 at noon. Residence halls will open on Sunday, March 20 at 8:00 AM and in-person classes will resume on Monday, March 21.
Champlain has done an extraordinary job navigating this unprecedented pandemic. This is due to YOU, and your commitment to protecting your own health and the health of our community. Being attentive to how you are feeling and seeking out testing if/when you are experiencing possible symptoms have been significant components that have helped our campus to maintain relatively low case numbers. As transmission rates across New England continue to decline, our continued diligence to this personal practice will continue to be important.
All students are encouraged to complete a COVID test when they return from spring break. The testing center located in Whiting Hall is available for asymptomatic testing Monday through Friday 9:00 AM–12:00 PM and symptomatic testing is available Monday through Friday by appointment.
The Student Health Center has home COVID tests kits available for students to pick up and have on hand for symptomatic testing. If you would like a home COVID test kit for while you are on spring break, please stop by the Whiting Hall Testing Center during asymptomatic testing hours, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM–12:00 PM.
The Whiting Hall testing center will remain open with regular hours during Spring Break. The Student Health Center will be open for limited hours during the break. Email or call the Student Health Center to book an appointment. The Student Health Center can be reached at (802) 860-2711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College’s current masking requirements will continue to be in effect. All students, employees, and visitors are required to wear masks when in shared indoor spaces. The CDC has recently shifted its guidance on mask use, and many communities are no longer requiring the use of masks indoors. The College’s intention is to keep campus masking requirements in place for the weeks following spring break, during which time we will follow data and assess the impact of spring break to determine our plan moving into April.
As a reminder, if you are not feeling well and/or are experiencing symptoms, including mild symptoms, you should stay home and get tested. Do not travel to campus if you test positive for COVID-19, are in quarantine, or are experiencing COVID symptoms. If you have been identified as a close contact, please contact the Student Health Center prior to travel to campus. If you test positive for COVID—on campus, in the Burlington area, or at home—please self isolate and contact the Student Health Center.
Thank you for all of your efforts to follow campus protocols. We wish you a restful spring break!
Vice President, Student Affairs & Emergency Management Coordinator