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COVID-19 Update: Read latest guidance for Fall 2021 campus residential programs.

Coronavirus Response

After a successful start to our fall semester, the health and safety of the Landmark College community continues to be our top priority.

Protective measures that will be in place will be guided by science, recommendations through our network of college and university health care providers, and what the College determines to be in the best interests of public health. Our current guidelines include:

  • Vaccinations—All students and employees who will be on campus this fall must be fully vaccinated or have an approved religious or medical exemption on file. All visitors must show vaccination status or a negative PCR test administered no earlier than three days before arrival on campus.
  • Masking—Masks are required indoors for all individuals (unvaccinated and vaccinated) through October 17, 2021 (updated), and outdoors when in large groups or where distancing cannot be maintained. See below for more details and any exceptions to this requirement. Individuals may choose to wear face coverings at other times as well.
  • Testing—The College will require weekly testing of unvaccinated individuals through Health Services. Pre-arrival testing may also be required for unvaccinated individuals when large groups are coming to campus (Orientation, Family Weekend, Homecoming).

For more detailed information on the fall semester, please see the information below. If you have any questions, please feel free to send them to PublicHealth@landmark.edu. These emails are received by the entire Critical Incident Response Team.


Guidelines for Campus Operations for 2021 Fall Semester (as of 9/11/2021)

  • 9/11/2021—COVID-19 Masking Policy Update Students | Parents & Families

    9/07/2021—COVID-19 Update—Week 1 Students | Parents & Families

    8/18/2021—Online Town-Hall Meeting on 8/20 Students | Parents & Families

    8/18/2021—Reminder: Complete the Vaccination Requirement Status Form before Arrival Students | Parents & Families

    8/07/2021—Fall COVID-19 Guidelines Update Students | Parents & Families

    7/28/2021—Returning Students: What you need to know about returning to campus

  • To reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and the possibility of acute illness if an individual is infected, Landmark College will require that all employees and students who will be on campus at any time during the fall semester are fully vaccinated (14 days past the final vaccination) by Wednesday, August 11, 2021.

    Getting vaccinated is an important step we can all take to help protect the College and the community at large, and one of the better options to return to an active fall semester with the least restrictions.

    1. Students should submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination by completing the College’s Vaccination Status form. This form will also be used to register all guests that may come to campus with you at the start of the semester. See Campus Arrival below for more information.

    2. Fully vaccinated employees should send proof of their COVID-19 vaccination to HumanResources@landmark.edu (unless a submission has already been uploaded to CoVerified).

    3. Exemptions for religious and medical reasons will be considered on a case-by-case basis. File an exemption using the student form or employee form.

    If the College has not received proof of full vaccination, an individual will be considered unvaccinated.

    Students will not be permitted to return to campus until they have uploaded proof of vaccination, submitted and have been approved for a medical or religious exemption, or made provisional plans with Health Services (i.e., for rare cases where full vaccination is still in progress due to extenuating circumstances).

    Employees will not be able to report to work until they have uploaded proof of vaccination or submitted (and have been approved for) a medical or religious exemption to HumanResources@landmark.edu.

    As held by the College, employee and student vaccination records and status are not considered protected health information (PHI) and may be shared with others at the College as needed to manage public health and safety standards. For students, this may include the disclosure of vaccination status to residential staff, faculty, advisors, and Student Affairs staff. For employees, this may include disclosure to supervisors. Reasons behind an individual’s vaccination status (medical or religious) will not be redisclosed.

    If you have any additional questions, feel free to direct them to PublicHealth@landmark.edu.

  • Exemptions for religious and medical reasons will be considered on a case-by-case basis. File an exemption using the student form or employee form.

    The College reserves the right to require unvaccinated individuals to follow more restrictive protective measures while on campus, including masking and distancing.

  • While most of the restrictions from previous semesters have been lifted, the College will require some protective measures to be taken before student arrival and during the semester.

    1. Before arrival, students should complete the College’s Vaccination Status form for themselves and anyone who will be accompanying them to campus at the start of the semester. All students are expected to use this form to submit their proof of vaccination. Guests must provide either proof of full vaccination, proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 infection administered within 3 days of arrival to campus, or proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the 90 days prior to August 30, 2021.

    2. From their arrival on campus until September 12, 2021 (roughly the first two weeks of the semester) all students, families, guests, and employees will be required to wear a mask when they are indoors or if they are outdoors and within 6 feet of others, regardless of vaccination status. Exceptions to this requirement include when a student is in their residence hall room with just their roommate/suitemates, when employees are alone in their offices, and when individuals are sitting in the Dining Hall or Fireside Café to eat a meal.

    3. Unvaccinated students and employees will be required to continue to wear a mask after the September 12, 2021 “Smart Start” period ends.

    4. Unvaccinated students and employees will be required to submit to weekly PCR testing for COVID-19 infection throughout the semester.

    For students, families, and guests traveling from international locations:

    1. Unvaccinated individuals are required to get tested with a PCR test for COVID-19 infection 3 – 5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel (even if you test negative).

    2. Vaccinated individuals who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization are required to get tested with a PCR test for COVID-19 infection 3 – 5 days after travel. Being fully vaccinated means a person is 14 days past their final dose of the vaccine. No self-quarantine is required, but if the test is positive, isolation will be required.

    3. All individuals traveling from an international location should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if they develop symptoms.

    Additional requirements for students, families, and guests traveling from international locations can be found below.

    If you have any additional questions, feel free to direct them to PublicHealth@landmark.edu.

  • For students, families, and guests traveling from international locations, please review the following resources and requirements:

    1. State of Vermont Advisory & Requirments on travel
    2. COVID-19 travel information from the U.S. Embassy in Canada, including testing requirements for all airline passengers to the United States, and land border restrictions for travel to the United States.
    3. For other international travel, U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries need to follow the CDC guidance on testing and international travel.
    4. All students, families, and guests are required to follow the CDC’s after-travel guidance when they return to the U.S.

    If you have any additional questions, feel free to direct them to PublicHealth@landmark.edu.

  • The College’s masking requirements will continue to be evaluated on a regular basis and are subject to change based on various factors including rates of transmission in the area.

    1. All students, employees, and guests to campus will be required to wear masks through October 17, 2021 when indoors, or if they are outdoors and within 6 feet of others, regardless of vaccination status. Exceptions to this requirement include when a student is in their residence hall room with only their roommate/suitemates, when employees are alone in their offices, and when individuals are sitting in the Dining Hall or Fireside Café to eat a meal.

    2. After October 17, 2021, only unvaccinated individuals will be required to wear masks when indoors, or if they are outdoors and within 6 feet of others, regardless of vaccination status. Exceptions to this requirement include when a student is in their residence hall room with just their roommate/suitemates, when employees are alone in their offices, and when individuals are sitting in the Dining Hall or Fireside Café to eat a meal.

    3. Masks will be required on all campus shuttles by all riders, regardless of vaccination status. Shuttles may be run at full seating capacity.

    4. Masks will be required when entering the Health Services suite in the Strauch Family Student Center, regardless of vaccination status.

    5. When off-campus, it is recommended (not required) that students and employees follow CDC masking guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals based on the level of community transmission of COVID-19.

    If you have any additional questions, feel free to direct them to PublicHealth@landmark.edu.

  • There are no restrictions for students entering other residence halls or visiting other student rooms on campus (except during the “Smart Start” period where anyone entering a room/suite that is not their own will need to wear a mask).

    After the “Smart Start” period, unvaccinated students will be required to mask when visiting another student’s room.

  • The campus is open to all guests and visitors in accordance with College policies and the masking requirements noted above. Campus visitors are required to follow all current campus guidelines related to their vaccination status.

    Students will not be able to host unvaccinated overnight guests in the residence halls.

    A Campus Group Visitor Authorization form should be completed for any upcoming events, meetings, or presentations that will bring five or more guests to campus at one time (excluding prospective student/family visits).

    For visits with less than 5 off-campus persons, it is the host's responsibility to ensure that guests are fully vaccinated or can produce a negative test administered within three days prior to the campus visit.

     

    If you have any additional questions, feel free to direct them to PublicHealth@landmark.edu.

  • Students may travel off-campus (and out of state) without any restrictions on their return. The CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.

    For students and employees who are traveling in areas of substantial or high transmission, the CDC highly recommends all individuals wear a mask indoors in public spaces.

    Those who are not fully vaccinated should also consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who may not be fully vaccinated.

    When traveling off-campus, you may be required to wear a mask in some settings even if you are fully vaccinated. Examples include some businesses, health care settings, long-term care facilities, and public transportation.

    Travelers should follow the guidelines of the state or country they visit. These rules may be different state by state or country by country.

    If you have any additional questions, feel free to direct them to PublicHealth@landmark.edu.

  • All building and room capacity and distancing restrictions for classes, dining, gatherings, events, activities, College shuttles, and general operations (indoors and outdoors) have been lifted.

  • Students and employees should monitor their health on a daily basis before interacting with others and stay home if they are sick.

    Students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not go to class and make an appointment to see Health Services in the Strauch Family Student Center.  Appointments are required and can be made by emailing HealthServices@landmark.edu or by calling (802) 387-1636.

    Employees who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not come to campus and call their health care provider for further guidance.

    Symptoms related to COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, congestion or runny nose, sore throat, the new loss of taste or smell, nausea, or vomiting, and diarrhea.

  • The most reliable way to prevent infection from surfaces is to wash hands or use hand sanitizer regularly. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be provided in common areas throughout campus and in all classrooms. Handwashing stations with soap and water are available in all bathrooms across campus. Handwashing or hand sanitization is recommended frequently.

As part of the College’s Emergency Operations Plan, the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is a small, focused team that is called on to manage threats that require efforts beyond the capacity of the College’s daily operations. The CIRT was activated in March 2020 to coordinate the College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to meet regularly.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send them to PublicHealth@landmark.edu. These emails are received by the entire CIRT membership:

  • Peter Eden, President
  • Michael Luciani, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Jon MacClaren, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Gail Gibson Sheffield, Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Mark DiPietro, Vice President for Marketing & Communications
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