Taking into consideration the rapid spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world, Champlain College is updating its travel guidelines for students, faculty, and staff. The full Champlain College travel policy can be found here, and was communicated this week in an email from Interim President Laurie Quinn. The text below represents advice for Champlain Montreal students, faculty, and staff, and takes into account the upcoming Burlington policy. This policy may be subject to changes and updates as the situation unfolds.

Travel to countries with a “Warning Level 3” advisory issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which currently includes ChinaItalyIran, and South Korea, is strongly discouraged. The CDC is advising people to avoid all nonessential travel to these countries. Due to the growing spread of coronavirus, travel to other destinations should be evaluated carefully and taken at your own risk. Since the COVID-19 outbreak is rapidly evolving, countries designated with a “Warning Level 3” are likely to change at any time (even while you are traveling) and should be checked frequently. The latest travel advisories are available here.

Self-Isolation Policies and Guidelines 

In order to protect the health of the Champlain community and limit the spread of the virus, students, staff, or faculty who have done any of the following will be required to self-isolate for 14 days after their trip or last contact with a potentially infected person:

  • Traveled to a county with a Level 3 advisory
  • Been in close contact with a person who is suspected to be infected with or tested positive for COVID-19

Any person who develops symptoms at any point, whether or not they have traveled recently, should contact their healthcare provider (811 in Canada). If COVID-19 is suspected, they should self-isolate for 14 days if suggested by their health care provider.

Students required to self-isolate should not attend class, work, social activities, or take public transportation, and should contact their faculty to arrange online options for coursework. Individuals who self-isolated should not return to normal activities unless they have been symptom free for 14 days.

Note that guidelines for self-isolation are subject to change, and may be influenced by rules imposed by our Montreal student residence at Evo.

Montreal-Specific Advice (Canada)

There are no current restrictions on travel around Canada. 

There are currently two confirmed and isolated cases in the province of Quebec, and 45 total cases in Canada (including Ontario and British Colombia).

We will have further updates should any of this advice change. Please share this message with family and friends, especially those who may be visiting you in Montreal in the near future.

Stay safe, wash your hands, sanitize, and be well!

Geneviève Lord
Champlain College of Vermont – Montreal campus