Vermont State Colleges to go remote starting next week

by Guy Page

March 13, 2020 – Vermont State Colleges – all five of them – will transition to remote learning beginning next week, the VSC trustee board decided Thursday.

The five colleges are Vermont Technical College, Community College of Vermont, Castleton University, and Northern Vermont University (Johnson and Lyndon campuses).

Online learning will continue until at least April 3. Students are strongly encouraged to go home immediately.

Earlier this week, UVM, Middlebury College, Champlain College, St Michaels College, and Vermont Law School all announced the decision to stop onsite classes.

The following letter was published yesterday on the VSC website:

Dear Vermont State Colleges System Community,
Each of our colleges and universities continue to monitor the rapidly evolving
situation with the COVID-19/Coronavirus and keep their campus community as up
to date as possible, given the circumstances. As with institutions across Vermont
and throughout the country, the VSCS’s first commitment is to the health and
safety of our students, staff and faculty. Based on the most recent available
information, in consultation with our presidents, we have determined that each
institution in the VSCS will undertake the following steps. You will be receiving
additional information shortly from your institution’s President.
Course Instruction:
• In-person instruction at all VSC institutions will be transitioned to remote
delivery after the end of the day tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020.
• Online instruction will continue as scheduled.
• You will hear from your institution president a specific timeline for
transition of classes to remote delivery.
• Students and faculty should anticipate that remote instruction will continue
at least through Friday, April 3, 2020.
• During this period, the VSCS and institutional leadership will be assessing
the situation as it evolves; however, faculty should be prepared to teach
remotely through the end of the semester.
For Residential Students:
• You are strongly encouraged to return home no later than the end of the
day, Sunday, March 15, 2020.
• Those students who are unable to return home will be allowed to remain
on campus, as determined appropriate by campus leadership.
• You will hear from your institution’s president with further details.