To All Students,

The days are getting longer and a little warmer, which means that Spring Break is upon us. Whatever you have planned—be it service, travel, or connecting with family and friends—I hope you will enjoy your time away from classes. Spring Break is an ideal time to practice some self-care and prepare yourself for the final weeks of the semester.

For those planning to travel during the Spring Break, please remember that it is still flu season. The risk of illness from respiratory viruses, including the flu and COVID-19, make it even more important to take proac-tive steps to prevent the spread of respiratory illness.

Remember to:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your sleeve, not your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often and for at least 20 seconds each time, especially after coughing or sneezing. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if soap and water aren’t available
  • Stay home if you’re sick, especially with a fever
  • Avoid people who are sick

University-sponsored activities during the break (i.e. alternative spring break trips, club sport competitions, etc.) currently are scheduled to continue as planned. Students enrolled in Travel Study Courses have been communicated with separately. 

If you are planning personal or university-sponsored travel, please be aware that you may experience travel delays (at airports, for example). Those traveling internationally should review recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC); if you return to Vermont from locations the CDC lists as high-risk, please contact the Vermont Department of Health at 802-863-7240.

UVM is also maintaining a website with information specific to the campus community.

If you become ill over the break, please take the time to recover before returning to campus. If you have questions or need medical advice, please contact Student Health Services or your primary care physician.

Finally, as always, I encourage you to be thoughtful if you choose to use substances over the break. The mis-use of alcohol or other substances can impact your ability to make your best decisions. When traveling or in new environments making good decisions is critical to staying safe and healthy.I hope that you have a safe, fulfilling, and restorative break.


Annie Stevens

Vice Provost for Student Affairs