Bennington College Mutual Aid
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**It is easier to view this spreadsheet on a laptop than a phone
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HOW TO USE THIS SHEET :
This is a centralized place for offering and requesting resources/needs. Please list anything you can offer the community in the offers column and any requests in the requests column (within specific tabs listed along the bottom of this sheet). Please feel free to contact those offering a resource you need and to contact those in need of a resource you are offering. When your offer has been used or need has been met, pleaseindicate so in the column that asks if this offer has been taken so that the spreadsheet stays up to date! Thank you so much.
*FACULTY AND STAFF ARE WELCOMED AND ENCOURAGED TO USE THIS MUTUAL AID SPREADSHEET AS WELL*PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD THIS LINK IS TO A FOLDER WITH PDF AND PNG INFORMATION TO SHARE ABOUT THIS SPREADSHEET! ALSO THERE WILL BE FORMATS FOR OUTREACH TEXTS/EMAILS. PLEASE DOWNLOAD/COPY AND SHARENeed resources in other regions? Curious what other institutions are doing? Look here!*SCROLL DOWN TO SEE COMPILED RESOURCES & INFORMATION! PLEASE ADD! <3*Thank you to the many, many other colleges who inspired this idea and formatting <3
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Note:
please don't use this page to list requests/needs. Use the tabs! This is the general info/announcements page! In the different tabs, there is space to offer and to ask for any sort of resource or a service
Another note:
All the needs requests in this document are completely private! You can help reach out to your network for things but
please do not share the personal info of anyone requesting help beyond this document!
AND if, for whatever reason, you don't feel comfortable posting a need/request here, ask a friend or one of the moderators of this spreadsheet: bennmutualaid@gmail.com, katharineruegger@bennington.edu, katrinasliter@bennington.edu, kelseybroadfield@bennington.edu
QUESTIONS/ COMMENTS / SUGGESTIONS?
bennmutualaid@gmail.com
OFFERS YOU WANT KEPT PRIVATE? PLEASE EMAIL ONE OF THE SHEET MODERATORS (LISTED TO THE LEFT) OR BENNMUTUALAID@GMAIL.COM AND WE CAN ADD IT TO THE SHEET AND LIST OUR EMAIL AS THE CONTACT. IF SOMEONE IF INTERESTED IN YOUR OFFER, WE WILL CONTACT YOU AND PUT YOU IN TOUCH PRIVATELY.
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UPDATES FROM BENNINGTON COLLEGE
*This is for direct communication from Bennington College*
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Bennington College has asked all students who can return home to return home by Saturday March 21 2020. All classes are switching to online learning by Monday March 16th 2020 and will resume on March 30th 2020. If you can not return home please fill out the petition to remain in campus housing until the end of the term and then check the Housing tab.
Bennington has been communicating information through emails to the Bennington College wide community. If you are not recieving these please see the link to a document with the text from the emails.FAQS SENT BY THE COLLEGE ADDRESSING HOUSING, REMOTE LEARNING, COMMENCEMENTMESSAGING REGARDING HOUSING:

"We acknowledge that there are students for whom leaving campus would be a significant hardship or impossibility. As we plan for this possibility, we ask those students to identify themselves using this form, which will be reviewed by the Dean of Students, the Dean of Studies, and the Acting Dean of the College, who will consult with others (such as International Student Services, FLOW advisor, Financial Aid, etc), as needed to receive permission to remain.

If the College transitions to remote learning and students are asked to return home, requests can be made for:

An extension of time to prepare and make travel arrangements
Permission to remain on campus for the rest of the Spring term
We know that Bennington feels like home to many students and remaining on campus is something they would prefer. We ask that students consider the risks to the larger Bennington College community -- especially those staff and faculty in high-risk categories -- and the recommendations of our local health officials that support the need to implement social distancing. Our tight-knit house communities are not built to promote social distancing and we will need to de-densify housing in order to comply with best practice recommendations. If the students who can leave do, they will make campus a safer environment for those who must stay."
ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY SURVEYSTUDENT SECTION INCLUDED IN DOCUMENT IT IS MAKING SURROUNDING TECHNOLOGY PLANNING FOR COVID-19
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RESOURCES/GENERAL INFO
*Space for general information/resources from outside resources pertaining to Bennington College directly. Feel free to add any relevant information*
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IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS AND HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE:
Contact Bennington health services over the phone at 802-440-4426 to get a recommendation for a FREE drive-up COVID-19 test from SVMC

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS AND DO NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE:
Call the Vermont Department of Health at 802-447-3531 to recieve a recommendation for a FREE drive-up COVID-19 test from SVMC
TO SPEAK WITH AN ON CALL THERAPIST
Call Campus Safety at 767 from a campus phone or 802-447-4250 from a cell phone and campus safety will put you in touch with the therapist on call
Official Bennington Page for COVID-19 Updates and Campus ProceduresVT covid 19 updatesIn Depth Info about COVID-19CDC WebsiteFEDERAL TRAVEL BANS FROM EUROPECrowd-sourced map of current cases, recoveries, deaths, quarantines, etc worldwideHAND WASHING INFORMATION https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html Hand sanitizer with over 60% alcohol DOES WORK to kill COVID-19 when you are unable to use handwashing precautions

RECIPE FOR HAND SANITIZER: Hand Sanitizer Recipe (based on recipe from the World Health Organization 1 cup (250 mL) isopropyl alcohol (91%) 1 teaspoon (5 mL) glycerol (or other moisturizer such as aloe vera gel, warm honey or olive oil) 2 Tablespoons (33 mL) water

SOURCES: https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/infectious-disease/2019-novel-coronavirus https://www.factcheck.org/2020/03/contrary-to-false-posts-sanitizer-helpful-against-coronavirus/
Transportation resources provided by the college https://www.bennington.edu/office-of-student-life/transportation
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STUDENT RIGHTS/ORGANIZING
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Federal Work Study InformationSTUDENTS ARE ENTITLED TO FEDERAL WORK STUDY REGARDLESS OF SCHOOL CLOSURE UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES "Federal Work Study (FWS) Federal law includes a provision allowing an institution to make FWS payments under certain limited circumstances to disaster-affected students who are unable to continue working. Given the unique nature of this situation, it is unlikely that an entire region would be declared a Federal disaster area, yet to students enrolled at a campus that must close temporarily, the loss of this important form of financial aid can be devastating. The impact may be magnified if the institution accommodates students by providing alternative instructional opportunities and the student is required to continue paying tuition, but the student loses FWS as an important part of their financial aid award. For students enrolled and performing FWS at a campus that must close due to COVID-19, or for a FWS student who is employed by an employer that closes as a result of COVID-19, the institution may continue paying the student Federal work-study wages during that closure if it occurred after the beginning of the term, the institution is continuing to pay its other employees (including faculty and staff), and the institution continues to meet its institutional wage share requirement. Students who were prevented from beginning a term at the institution as a result of a COVID-19-related disruption would not be eligible for Federal Student Aid for that term, and therefore could not be paid FWS wages for hours they did not work. Graduate students who are paid FWS wages on salary may continue to be paid for the remainder of the term if the institution is also paying its faculty and staff during that period. In these instances, institutions should document (as contemporaneously as feasible) that the COVID-19 disruption was the reason the student received FWS funds without documentation of hours worked."
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HELP SCAN BOOK ON RESERVE AT CROSSETT LIBRARYsee this form for more information and instructions (also linked in technology/books tab)BENNINGTON SCAN LIBRARY
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INTRACOLLEGE MUTUAL AID AND RESPONSE TO COVID-19 Colleges around the country are closing due to COVID-19. The level of support colleges are giving students and workers varies widely with some students petitioning to stay on campus and attending remote classes, to all students being evicted, to in Ohio, students being shot with pepper pellets by police after gathering outside closed housing. In response to this incredibly uncertain time, students around the country are setting up beautiful mutual aid networks (here is an impressive compilation of resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JEwYeYeqhe0xCUSHZHV0ZKeUwxqVCQlcDq-pM-0a9YU/edit ). With the goal of coordination, togetherness, and discussing what comes next, students across the country are invited to a zoom call TOMORROW Saturday 3/14 at 8:30pm EST/ 5:30pm PST. 5:30pm PST. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/872901588
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