As you read in the recent announcement from President Collins, we are looking forward to your return to campus. To do that safely, we have a variety of new processes in place. Please carefully review this information about testing, check-in, quarantining, and other important arrival information.
Testing on August 20 and 21 for Employees and Students
On-campus testing will take place on Thursday and Friday, August 20 and 21, from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. This will also be Day 7 testing for students (their second test) and testing for any students who have not been tested before arrival on campus. All will be screened for temperature upon arrival to the locations listed below. Learn more about the Broad Institute testing program. Testing will continue bi-weekly with a random selection of faculty, staff, and students. Those identified will receive email instructions about where and when. Please send questions related to testing to Jonathan Davis.
Testing Locations by Drop In
- NVU-Johnson: Big tent on the quad adjacent to the WLLC and SHAPE.
- NVU-Lyndon: Big tent adjacent to Veterans Park and the Library Pond.
Check-in will be a drive-thru format in the Bentley (Johnson campus) and Vail (Lyndon campus) parking lot where you will be tested and receive other welcome items. Students may not begin in-person classes until testing is complete with a negative result. Testing will take place again on Day 7. Everyone who comes on to campus is required to wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose.
*Please note, commuters who are moving to the area from a quarantine county will need to quarantine for 14 days before they are permitted to begin classes. Please see the state of Vermont guidelines for quarantine requirements for higher education institutions.
Residential students have be pre-assigned an arrival time, if you do not know your time, please check your email or call our office at 802.626.6418 (Lyndon campus) or 802.635.1200 (Johnson campus).
Your check in block is three hours long, you can arrive at check in no more than one hour before your time slot begins if you wish, but will not be able to enter your residence hall until your time block begins. You will need to have any helpers with you leave at the end of your three hour block to make space for the next check-in group. Please plan accordingly. Likewise, our testing is scheduled for specific hours, if you do not arrive when testing is available, you will not be permitted to check-in/move-in.
- If you have not yet completed the NVU Pledge – please do that prior to your arrival on campus for check-in, you will not be permitted to go through check-in until the Pledge has been received – it can be found here- https://www.northernvermont.edu/northern-vermont-university-health-pledge
- If you have not yet completed the Campus Return Survey, please do so here.
- COVID related packing list suggestions:
- Thermometer (you will need one to report your temperature daily), cleaning supplies, re-usable shopping bags, food storage containers, healthcare products.
The Check-in Process
Check-in will take place in a parking lot on each campus:
- Lyndon Campus: You will need to drive to the Vail parking lot from the Stonehenge entrance and proceed around the soccer field and enter the lot through the first driveway .There will be signage and folks around to direct you but it is important that you NOT arrive through the main front entrance.
- Johnson Campus: You will need to drive to the Bentley parking lot from the College Hill entrance. It is important that you do NOT arrive through the main front entrance.
Check-in will be a drive-thru format where you will be tested and receive other welcome items; there will be a series of tents set up for this process. Once complete, you will proceed to your residence hall to move in. Click here to view instructions for testing and what to expect at the testing tent. In addition, you will receive a testing waiver you will need to complete prior to getting tested.
Students may have one helper for move-in. If you arrive with more people, they will need to remain with the vehicle while on campus. Each person who arrives on campus will need to participate in a COVID-19 screening (which includes a temperature check and symptom review) at the check-in tent. If anyone has a fever or COVID-19 symptoms they will be sent home. Please screen everyone for symptoms and take temperatures before coming to check-in.Everyone who comes on to campus is required to wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose. If you are outside and physically distanced, it can temporarily be removed; anyone entering a building must wear a face covering until you are in your own room with the door closed.
If you are from, or have recently traveled to, a county outside of Vermont which will require quarantine per the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to campus. If you are unable to do that OR if you use public transportation to come to campus, you will need to move into quarantine housing for at least 7 days (until you receive a negative test result on your second test). Once you receive a second negative test, you may move into your fall housing assignment. Being in quarantine housing will require you to self-isolate and remain in the building where you will receive food delivery from our staff. If you are living on campus and fall in this category, please call Residence Life as soon as possible at 802.626.6418 (Lyndon) or 802.635.1200 (Johnson) so we can make these housing arrangements for you.
If you are currently scheduled to live on campus, but you learn your schedule is fully remote, or if you do not feel comfortable returning to campus this fall, or are unable to follow the policies in place, you may opt out of housing. To request an exemption from your housing contract, you will need to complete a housing exemption request on your eRezLife portal. Our office will respond as soon as possible to all requests. Requests must be submitted no later than August 12 to be considered for review.
Post Arrival Details
- Residential Students: You will not be permitted to leave campus or visit other residence halls/rooms until your first negative test comes back- we anticipate this will take anywhere from 1-3 days. You are welcomed to socialize outside while physically distanced and wearing your mask.
- Once your first test result comes back negative, you will be free to follow campus policy in regards to class/campus access, guest policies, travel, etc.
- If you are arriving from out of state, you will need to register through Sara Alert located at this link.
- We strongly encourage everyone to keep a daily journal or file with contact tracing information.
If you have any questions about any of this information or would like any clarification on the Return to Campus FAQs, please use the questionnaire form. Our office will be in touch with any updates or new information regarding check-in and housing as it becomes available. Given that this situation is all still very fluid, changes may occur between now and check-in on August 13. Please stay close to your email for more information as it becomes available.