Campus Guidelines

Updated Campus COVID Health and Safety Guidelines: Effective as of 8/9/22

Students

If you test POSITIVE, click the button below.

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Here is a resource guide which includes information about isolation for students who have tested positive.

Employees

If you test POSITIVE, click the button below.

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Here is a resource guide for employees who have tested positive.


Close Contacts

Students

If you have been identified as a close contact, please read this resource letter for next steps.

Employees

If you have been identified as a close contact, please click here for guidance from the Vermont Department of Health.


Guidance After Covid-19

Students

If you completed your isolation for COVID-19, click this resource for next steps.

Employees

You can leave isolation when you meet ALL three of these conditions:

  1. You no longer have symptoms or symptoms have significantly improved, AND
  2. You have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fever, AND
  3. You have completed 5 full days of isolation from your positive test or the start of symptoms, whichever came first.

You must continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others for a full 10 days! You may return to work on the morning of day 6, if you meet all of the above conditions.


Vaccine policy

The College requires all students, whether residential or commuter, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless you have an approved medical or religious waiver. Students can apply for a religious or medical exemption by completing this form.

Employees are also required to be vaccinated or apply for a religious or medical exemption. To apply for an exemption, complete this exemption form and return to Human Resources. For the full employee vaccination policy, click here.


Masking Policy

Effective August 9, 2022, our mask policy for students, faculty, staff, and visitors will be as follows:. 

  • Masks are optional in all settings. 
  • Anyone who wishes to continue to wear a mask in any setting will have the full support of the College in doing so. Each of us has our own circumstances and concerns, and we must all respect the decision of anyone who chooses to continue to wear a mask, as many of us will.
  • We highly encourage wearing a mask if you feel unwell, even if you have tested negative for COVID. 
  • All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are strongly encouraged to carry a mask at all times. If someone asks you to wear a mask in their presence, including in academic spaces, please respect their request and comply.

Visitors to Campus

Visitors are allowed to come to campus, but must adhere to current College guidelines, be vaccinated, and not come to campus if feeling unwell.


Employees

COVID-19 Work Related Absence
Staff members who are unable to work due to a COVID-19 related reason may be eligible to receive donated PTO time. This is an expansion of the typical use of Donated PTO time beyond FMLA eligible leaves. Employees should work with their supervisor and Human Resources to request up to 80 hours of Donated PTO time (per calendar year) to cover absences directly related to COVID-19, even if the employee has a PTO, Grandfathered Vacation or Sick leave balance. PTO will continue to accrue when using Donated PTO time.

Faculty who are unable to work due to a COVID-19 related reason should inform their chair and the Dean’s office immediately. We encourage departments to coordinate their plans with each other and plan for the possibility of illness and/or unexpected absences, ahead of time. We require all faculty to plan their courses on Canvas and populate them with learning materials ahead of time; this not only provides consistency for the students but also facilitates instructional continuity in the case of illness.

*Note: Childcare challenges that are directly related to COVID-19 are covered under this policy. We recognize the challenges faced by parents when schools or childcare providers may be closed and will strive to be as flexible as possible. To protect the health of our children and the SMC community, at this time, faculty and staff should not bring children on campus for extended periods. Exceptions may include quick trips to campus, as long as all of the safety protocols are followed. If you have childcare challenges that cannot be mitigated through regular absence processes, please speak with your direct supervisor about potential options.