COVID-19 Fall 2021 Update
Updated: May 27, 2021
Dear students and families,
I think it's safe to say that it has been a long year for all of us. Everyone in our community has had to give up so much to keep our campus, our friends, and our loved ones safe. All of those efforts are deeply appreciated, and because of them, we see the light at the end of the tunnel. With the spring semester behind us, we can now look ahead to returning to much more normal operations in Fall 2021. The beginning of our summer break provides an excellent opportunity to update you on our plans for the fall and to thank our students, families, faculty, and staff for an overwhelmingly successful effort to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic this past year.
Because of our community's tremendous effort and sacrifice, we are increasingly confident in providing a campus and academic experience that is much closer to our traditional operations. While we don't yet have all of the details, we eagerly anticipate a much-improved public health situation and a significant reduction in state mandates and restrictions this fall.
I'm pleased to share that we will offer a full slate of in-person courses this fall and anticipate closer-to-normal capacity in the classrooms. And, it is with tremendous excitement that I anticipate much more activity on our campus with a return of arts events, speakers, plays, concerts, and far fewer restrictions, if any, on our events. We also expect that our athletes will again compete in a traditional season with fans in attendance. In short, we are looking forward to a campus that is much more reminiscent of the experience that you expect.
We must also remember that the pandemic has taken many twists and turns, teaching us that we must remain nimble and flexible. However, our priorities never change. All of our decisions are focused on the health and wellbeing of our campus community as we seek to provide the best campus experience possible within the guidelines set forth by the Vermont Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. We will continue to monitor the public health situation throughout the summer to ensure that we have the appropriate safety measures in place.
I'm looking forward to our campus buzzing once again with our typical energy and events. As always, please reach out to us with any questions using our easy contact form. See you this fall!
Dean of Students