Updated: Jul 29, 2020
The school has now re-opened and it is wonderful to have the energy of the students back in the barn working hard and creating beautiful work.
Like schools across the country, we are constantly staying up to date and adjusting our protocols to make sure we're keeping our community as safe as possible. We have updated our semester schedule, and have enacted many safety protocols. Below you can find detailed information about everything we're doing here at the barn to keep our students, faculty and staff safe.
We have adjusted our fall semester calendar to start and end earlier, and have cancelled our standard October break and our Thanksgiving break to limit the opportunity for virus exposure. This will also ensure we offer as much education as possible before a possible COVID surge this winter.
Our Fall Semester will run from Tuesday, August 18th through November 20th, the Friday before Thanksgiving. We are offering additional start dates of August 24th and September 21st for students who are unable to arrive by August 18th.
For students who would like to continue working in the shop beyond the end of the semester, we will be holding a socially distanced Thanksgiving celebration at the barn. After Thanksgiving, students who have not left campus may pay a reduced rate and continue to work in the barn until December 11th.
Please reach out with questions or to discuss your options. Email us.
Since the barn has re-opened, we have an onsite COVID Health Officer who is responsible for ensuring that VWS is in compliance with, and goes above and beyond, Vermont's ACCD guidelines for how to be open responsibly during the pandemic.
Masks are required at all times while in the barn, and bench assignments are all at least 6 feet apart. In addition to these measures, we are sanitizing all high-touch surfaces three times each day and have increased ventilation throughout the barn. We have restricted access to the barn to only those who are enrolled in courses at VWS.
All students & employees fill out a daily form that includes their temperature and a series of questions. This helps us be prepared for contract tracing in the (hopefully very unlikely!) case of a COVID case in our community. We are also helping students arrange COVID tests upon their arrival on campus, and are making sure everyone is up to date on all quarantine requirements in Vermont.
Finally, we are expecting all of our community members to maintain a high level of vigilance when it comes to protecting themselves and our community from a potential coronavirus outbreak. This includes frequent hand washing, wearing masks at all times in public, limiting trips to the grocery store, and avoiding indoor dining.
We are confident that we can weather this storm together, and we are grateful for how everyone is working together to maintain a safe environment here at VWS.
Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns you might have. We look forward to spending a safe, healthy, and productive fall together!