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Bring on 2021!

We look forward to having you back in Burlington for spring semester. Here is information to help you plan your return to UVM.

Quarantine Requirements for Students

To comply with State of Vermont regulations, the following students must quarantine before the semester begins:

  • Students coming to campus from outside Vermont.
  • Students who are Vermont residents and are traveling to campus via public transportation.
  • Students who have recently traveled out of state.

The following students are strongly encouraged quarantine before the semester begins:

  • Students who are Vermont residents and have not recently traveled out of state.
  • Students who are Vermont residents and are not traveling to campus via public transportation.

Check out our interactive tool based on the State of Vermont's cross-state travel regulations to view your quarantine plan before spring semester begins. 

Students who have had COVID-19 should plan on following the above quarantine requirements. If you quarantine and have no symptoms after Day 7 of your quarantine you are free to end quarantine without a test.  You are not required to take the pre-arrival test and should plan on getting tested within 7 days of the last day of your testing exemption.

Options for Quarantining Before Spring Semester

Once you have used the quarantine tool to determine your spring semester quarantine plan, you have a few options for quarantining:

Quarantine with UVM (students living on campus only).

This option is for students who live on campus who are arriving by plane or another form of public transportation as well as those who cannot make the trip without prolonged stops (including hotel stays or going to restaurants). Due to capacity, this option is only available to students who signed up using the Spring Planning Form.

Information about quarantining with UVM

Quarantine in your apartment or another private residence in Vermont. 

You can quarantine in your off-campus housing for either 14 days or you can quarantine for seven days, then get tested for COVID-19 and stop quarantining once you get negative test results. Scheduling is available through the CoVerified app.

If you're looking for support during your off-campus quarantine check out Burlington's "Box it In" program.

You're welcome to join UVM's virtual programs or events while you're in quarantine. Check out UVM BORED to see what's going on. 

Quarantine in a private residence or lodging in Vermont.

You can either quarantine for 14 days or you can quarantine for seven days, then get tested for COVID-19, and stop quarantining once you get negative test results. 

You're welcome to join UVM's virtual programs or events while you're in quarantine. Check out UVM BORED to see what's going. 

Quarantine in another state.

You can either quarantine for 14 days or you can quarantine for seven days, then get tested for COVID-19, and stop quarantining once you get your negative test results before traveling directly to Vermont in a private vehicle without any prolonged stops (including hotel stays or going to restaurants).

You're welcome to join UVM's virtual programs or events while you're in quarantine. Check out UVM BORED to see what's going. 

Quarantine Requirements for Parents, Families, and Guests

Parents, families, and guests traveling to UVM to drop off their students also have an important role to play in keeping our UVM and Vermont communities safe. State of Vermont guidelines offer two options if you are coming to Vermont to drop off a college student: 

  1. You follow the State of Vermont’s travel and quarantine requirements OR
  2. You do the drop-off while under quarantine conditions.

The quarantine conditions for option 2 require the following:

  • You must travel by personal vehicle to and from Vermont.
  • Do not enter any college facilities. You may help the student unload at the curb only.
  • Wear a face mask any time you are outside of your vehicle.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from people from outside your household.
  • You may stay overnight at a lodging property in Vermont only if you quarantine at that property for your entire stay. This means you must stay in the room or house and not leave to go to the grocery store, restaurants or any other places where you might come into contact with other people. You may not use lodging property amenities such as pools, spas, gyms, recreation equipment or other general use facilities.

Return to Campus Testing Requirements for Students

Pre-arrival COVID testing

Pre-arrival testing is required for all students coming to UVM who have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days. Students enrolled as “at-home” learners who live in Burlington, South Burlington, or Winooski and do not have an approved testing exemption for spring 2021 are also included in this group. All students need to quarantine from the time they take their pre-arrival test to the time they arrive on campus, including students coming from within Vermont.

Do I need to get tested if I have already had COVID-19?

On July 22nd the CDC and Vermont Department of Health released new testing and quarantine guidelines for people who have previously tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Special rules apply to you for 90 days from the onset of your COVID-19 symptoms or for 90 days from the date of your positive test if you were asymptomatic. During these 90 days:

  1. You do not need to be tested for any reason if you remain asymptomatic.
  2. You do not need to quarantine if you have close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  3. If you become symptomatic during this period, you may need to quarantine and get tested for reinfection based on the recommendations of a healthcare provider.

If you have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 within 90 days of when you need to submit your pre-arrival test, please contact Student Health Services at CHWBSHSnotifications@uvm.edu to determine next steps on how to submit your positive test results and what testing will look like for you going forward.

Arrival Health and Safety Requirements

Arrival Health Requirements

  • Must have met all quarantine requirements
  • Must not have any symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 24 hours, including
    • Fever above 100.4° F
    • Chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
    • Muscle aches
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
  • Must not have been a close contact of anyone with COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to returning to campus.*

*Close contact is defined as being less than six feet from an infected person for a cumulative total of fifteen minutes or more over a 24-hour period without medically appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Note: a facial covering is not PPE.

UVM On-Campus Housing Health and Safety Requirements

Residential Life details health guideline on their Spring 2021 FAQs.

Additional Health and Safety Information

UVM's Return to Campus website details additional requirements for returning to campus for spring semester. 

 

Last updated: 1/12/21