Dear Students and Families,
I am following-up on the
message sent to students on Thursday. After our announcement
of the indoor mask requirement, a number of students and parents
contacted UVM with questions about whether UVM intends to revert
to social distancing, remote learning and other measures taken
during the height of the pandemic. Knowing that the past 18 months
have been challenging for all and something of a roller coaster
for our students, I am taking this opportunity to add some clarity
to the previous message.
At this time, UVM has no plans to add restrictions beyond indoor
masking. Not only does the State of Vermont have the highest
vaccination rate in the US, but Chittenden County is even a bit
higher at 86%. UVM students have already reported a 90%
vaccination rate and that number is increasing each day.
UVM employees returned to campus at the beginning of this month,
and everyone is busy preparing the campus for the enthusiastic
arrival of new and returning students.
With indoor masking and reaching even higher rates of vaccination,
we will be in a great position during this coming academic year.
As always, our highest priority is the health and safety of UVM’s
students, faculty, and staff. We will continue to monitor the
pandemic and keep you up-to-date on our campus situation. I look
forward to seeing students and families on move-in day!
Patricia A. Prelock
Provost and Senior Vice President