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Health & Safety

 

Saint Michael’s College and the New England Association for College Admission Counseling are committed to ensuring that the 2022 Annual Meeting & Conference takes place in the safest way possible. Please review these FAQs  now and closer to the event itself.  While our goal is to communicate as much detail about health and safety procedures to facilitate your planning, the COVID-19 pandemic remains a dynamic situation which we will continue to monitor.

If health and safety needs or directives from state and local officials necessitate changes to our procedures for the AMC, we will communicate those changes here.


 

Are COVID-19 vaccines required for AMC participants? Are you going to require negative COVID tests for attendees of AMC? 

**UPDATE** From Saint Michael's College: The health and safety of our community and all conference attendees is a top priority. All attendees must follow College policies regarding Covid-19.

We are not testing attendees onsite or requiring proof of a negative Covid-19 test, however we strongly encourage all attendees to test within 72 hours of arrival on campus. Each attendee should consider their personal health situation in deciding to attend the conference, including attendance at particular conference events and activities. 

Masks are optional in all settings during the conference. Anyone who wishes to wear a mask in any setting will have the full support of the College in doing so. 

If you begin to feel unwell while at the conference, we encourage you to take a Covid-19 test. Please see a representative of Saint Michael’s College for local testing resources.

Are you going to require temperature checks or other symptom tracking? 

We urge conference attendees to monitor their own health and get tested if they have COVID symptoms

What are the housing conditions? 

Conference guests staying on campus at Saint Michael’s College will be housed in several different residence halls with single bedrooms and will share common areas/bathrooms.  

Will there be social distancing in educational sessions? 

Saint Michael’s College discontinued the six-foot physical distancing prevention measure after the 2020-2021 academic year. We do not anticipate reinstating it at this time. Sanitizing wipes will be available in each classroom. 

Where will I be eating? 

Meals during the conference will be offered in the Green Mountain Dining Room, located in the Alliot Student Center or under a tent on the field adjacent to Aubin Hall, which is one of the housing options for conference guests.

Are masks required?

Currently, college policy requires face masks that securely cover the nose and mouth for everyone on campus when indoors and regardless of vaccination status, unless you are eating or drinking. In the residence halls, masks are not required in the room where you are sleeping but should be worn in common spaces.

If I am diagnosed with COVID-19 shortly before the Annual Meeting and Conference, how long do I need to isolate before I am allowed to come to campus? 

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 shortly before AMC, please follow any directives from your doctor and local public health officials. Saint Michael’s College policy requires anyone with COVID-19 to isolate for 10 days before coming to campus. Fully vaccinated participants who are no longer symptomatic may conclude their isolation after 5 days, and after testing negative with two rapid tests taken 24 hours apart.

What healthcare resources are there in case I get sick?  

UVM Medical Center has a walk-in urgent care center directly across the street from Saint Michael’s College. You can see it from Cronogue Hall, which is one of the housing options for conference guests.  There is a COVID-19 testing site there requiring a doctor’s referral. Conference attendees could have their primary care physician order a PCR test there.  

PCR testing is also available for walk-ins or by appointment at the O’Brien Community Center located nearby at 32 Malletts Bay Avenue in Winooski. This is a free testing site sponsored by the State of Vermont. Please check the link for updated times, additional locations, or to make an appointment in Winooski or at a variety of other easily-accessible State testing sites.  

The nearest pharmacy is Walgreens at 9 Susie Wilson Road in Essex Junction. Walgreens operates a full retail pharmacy which may serve a variety of your needs during the conference.

If I wake up with COVID-19 symptoms on the day I am traveling to the AMC, who should I contact?  Are there options to update or cancel my registration in this situation?

If you must cancel your registration on or after June 7, 2022, please email [email protected]

Is NEACAC providing refunds to those that can’t attend because of a COVID diagnosis or quarantine required by my local public health officials? 

Refund requests for emergent medical situations that prevent participants from attending AMC are handled on a case-by-case basis by NEACAC. If you need to request a refund because you have been directed to quarantine or isolate on the days of the AMC, please email [email protected]

How does Saint Michael’s College determine it’s COVID-19 policies? 

Saint Michael’s College policies are determined by the Executive Policy Group - a group of campus personnel who have worked collaboratively since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2019. This group includes leadership from many areas including the Bergeron Wellness Center, the Office of the President, Admission, and Campus Events. Decisions are made with guidance from the Vermont Department of Health, who has helped the College apply state public health directives to the higher education setting.  Colleges and universities across Vermont have worked collaboratively to develop policies that reflect State and local government mandates and use evidence-based practices to keep students, employees, and guests as safe as possible. Vermont no longer has a statewide mask mandate, but on November 22, 2021, Governor Scott signed a law temporarily allowing municipalities to pass local mask mandates. While the Town of Colchester has not passed a mask mandate to date, we would need to abide by local laws if they exercise this authority in the future.