Health Alert: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Saint Michael’s College continues to closely monitor the developments around the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and together with the College’s Emergency Management Team, are actively working on contingency plans to address its potential impacts on the College, its people and programs. As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off campus. We will continue to update the community regularly to keep you informed of additional measures.
Most Recent Community Update
Update as of April 30, 2020
From President Lorraine Sterritt
Dear Saint Michael’s community,
I hope this message finds you and your family safe and well. As we reach the end of the semester, please know that we feel your absence on our campus daily, and we look forward to the day when we can all be here, together, again.
With that goal in mind, I want to provide you with an update on our current thinking about the fall semester. The College believes that Vermont has managed the COVID-19 crisis well. After careful consideration, and with the caveat that decisions will be impacted by a number of outside forces, I am pleased to inform you that Saint Michael’s College expects to return to on-campus, in-person instruction in late August on our regular fall schedule. Doing so will necessitate appropriate mitigation strategies to which all members of the community will be required to adhere and particular strategies for any members of the community who are in high-risk groups.
We will continue to follow health agency recommendations to protect the health and safety of the entire community. The College is also developing contingency plans should state and federal health agencies dictate otherwise.
There are many details that remain to be worked out, and many questions we will be better positioned to answer as we continue to monitor the course of the virus through the spring and early summer, but I wanted to share our current intentions with you as soon as possible.
During this challenging time, I hope that you will find comfort in these plans as you prepare for our shared future. I look forward to welcoming you back to campus.
Update as of April 22, 2020
From Mary Masson, Director of Student Health Services
In order to comply with current state and federal guidelines related to COVID-19 and to keep both our community safe and be good citizens, Saint Michael’s College is instituting the following policy. We ask that ALL members of the Saint Michael’s College community wear a cloth mask to cover your mouth and nose when entering and doing work in campus buildings and around others. Since COVID-19 may be transmitted by someone who does not have symptoms, a mask helps you protect others. Students alone in their residence/room, or employees in their own offices, please use your judgement whether to wear a mask or not in those spaces. If you work in shared offices, where others may also be working or using equipment or facilities in the area (photocopiers, restrooms, etc.), you should wear a cloth mask.
PLEASE do not use N95 masks that are greatly needed by our healthcare community and continue to practice social distancing.
If you do not have access to a cloth mask, students can find masks available in a basket outside of Student Life in Alliot Hall until supplies run out, and employees may contact Public Safety. There are a limited number of masks available, so request one only if you otherwise cannot obtain one.
CDC information on using and maintaining cloth face masks.