COVID-19 Information

Colorado College is committed to creating an environment which nurtures the development of the whole person and empowers individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices. Members of the CC community are encouraged to act in ways that minimize the risk of harm to themselves and to others — including mental, physical, emotional, or psychological harm. The college is committed to keeping the in-person, on-campus experience intact and has implemented precautions that limit disruption to classrooms and campus life; individuals should take precautions based on their personal situation.

Protocols are subject to change as the COVID-19 situation requires.

Health

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and away from others. If you must interact with others, wear a mask.

Students should contact the Student Health Center at (719) 389-6384 or use the online scheduling system to make an appointment with a provider who will help with tests and treatment. 

Employees should contact their healthcare provider to determine what tests and treatment are appropriate. They should also contact their supervisor. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you receive a positive test result, you must isolate (see the "Isolation" section below). If your test is negative, please stay home until your symptoms subside or you have confirmation that your symptoms were due to a non-communicable condition.

If you are showing emergency warning signs or any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you, call 911 and seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds

Colorado College requires all students, faculty, and staff who are learning, living, and working on campus for Summer 2022 and the 2022-23 academic year to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including a booster dose as soon as they are eligible. CC students, faculty, and staff will be most protected from COVID-19 if everyone is vaccinated. Medical, religious, and personal exemptions are available.

Students:

Employees:

Find a vaccine provider near you. Please review CDC guidance for information about booster eligibility.

We understand that this situation is causing anxiety for many people. There are numerous resources on campus for support and assistance, including the Counseling CenterChaplain's OfficeEmployee Assistance Planthe Butler Centerthe Advising Hub, and the Wellness Resource Center.

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Mitigation and campus protocols

All may choose to wear a mask at any time, for any reason. Keep the following in mind:

  • If you are feeling unwell, including exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, wear a mask when interacting with others.
  • KN95/N95-type masks are the most protective.
  • Faculty, staff, or students may ask others to wear masks in the classroom, office, or meeting space. Please respect these requests.
  • Follow masking guidance in relation to isolation and quarantine protocols.
  • If you are not up to date with vaccinations you should wear a mask in public indoor spaces, in accordance with CDC guidance.
  • The college will continue to provide KN95 masks while supplies are available.
  • As always, show respect and consideration for the health concerns of others.

CDC masking guidance recommends indoor masking in areas of “high risk” and mask-optional in areas where risk is “medium and low." Check the COVID-19 Data Dashboard for the current community level in El Paso County.

Because CC is a highly vaccinated community, students, faculty, and staff do not need to physically distance when on campus. Individuals who are vulnerable to severe illness due to underlying health conditions may wish to continue physical distancing.

Public events are college-sponsored, on-campus events that are open to the general public. Mask-wearing at events is optional. Visitors must not come to campus if they are experiencing symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 within 10 days, or have otherwise been instructed to quarantine or isolate.

COVID-19 is an airborne virus. We can get sick if we inhale air that contains viral particles. Mitigate by: indoor masking; increasing ventilation of indoor spaces by opening windows and doors; and increasing filtration using portable filters. You can also create your own filtration with these DIY plans.

Colorado College departments and programs may welcome visitors to campus. Mask-wearing when on campus is optional. Visitors must not come to campus if they are experiencing symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 within 10 days, or have otherwise been instructed to quarantine or isolate.

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Testing and quarantine

Students
To keep the CC community healthy, all students are required to participate in initial screening testing at the beginning of each block. During the block, CC has an adaptive screening testing system, where we test more frequently when incidence is higher and less frequently when incidence is lower. Students should look for email notifications from covid19@coloradocollege.edu prompting them to participate in screening testing. Students with questions about medical care should call the Student Health Center.

Anytime you have symptoms, please also seek testing.

Note: CC Summer Conferences handles testing and isolation of visiting groups as needed.

Staff and Faculty
Faculty and staff are encouraged to test when feeling sick and may obtain up to two tests from the Worner Desk each week, while supplies last. To help keep track of inventory, please fill out this test kit request form. All positive test results must be self-reported via Qualtrics.

Learn about the different types of COVID-19 tests.

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and away from others. If you must interact with others, wear a mask.

Students
Students should contact the Student Health Center at (719) 389-6384 or use the online scheduling system to make an appointment with a provider who will help with tests and treatment. 

Staff and Faculty
Employees should contact their healthcare provider to determine what tests and treatment are appropriate. They should also contact their supervisor. 

See the section above about "What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?" for additional information.

Learn about the different types of COVID-19 tests.

CC follows CDC guidance on quarantine for individuals who have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with a person who has COVID-19. Mask wearing does not affect the close contact definition.

If you are up to date with vaccinations (boosted OR within five months of completing Pfizer series OR Moderna series OR within two months from receiving J&J) and no symptoms are present: 

  • Mask for 10 days*. 
  • Test with an antigen test on day five. 
    • If negative, continue masking until day 10*. 
    • If positive, follow isolation protocol (see ‘Isolation’ section below). 
  • If symptoms develop, test. If positive, follow isolation protocol (see ‘Isolation’ section below). 

If you are not up to date with vaccinations (eligible but haven’t yet received a booster dose OR unvaccinated) and no symptoms are present:  

  • Quarantine for five days. Day 0 of quarantine is the date of last known exposure.
  • Test with an antigen test on day five.  
    • If negative, continue masking until day 10*.  
    • If positive, follow isolation protocol (see ‘Isolation’ section below). 
  • If symptoms develop, test. If positive, follow isolation protocol (see ‘Isolation’ section below). 

*Per CDC guidance, this means masking at home and in public when around others indoors. No travel and no visits to restaurants or places where masking is not feasible. It is important to mask consistently, even at home, until day 10 even if quarantine was ended on day 5.

Students should quarantine in place and continue regular testing. Students in quarantine will be connected with Bon Appetit, who will work with students on a one-on-one basis for food needs.

Students in quarantine should notify their professor and discuss with them the need for support, adaptation, or assistance with the course.

Close contacts of close contacts do not need to quarantine.

CC follows CDC guidance for isolation. Students should isolate in place and continue regular testing.

Day 0 of isolation is the day of symptom onset or the day of your positive test result.

If you have no symptoms on day five and have been fever-free for 24 hours without medication: 

  • Test with an antigen test on day five.
    • If negative, end isolation period. Mask until day 10*. 
    • If positive, continue isolating until day seven.
      • Test again on day seven. If negative, end isolation and mask until day 10; if positive, continue isolating until day 10.

If symptomatic, isolate until symptoms have resolved and fever has resolved for 24 hours without medication. Mask until day 10*. 

*Per CDC guidance, masking means at home and in public when around others indoors. No travel and no visits to restaurants or places where masking is not feasible. It is important to mask consistently, even at home, until day 10 even if isolation was ended on day 5.

Students in isolation will be connected with Bon Appetit, who will work with students on a one-on-one basis for food needs.

A CC employee will conduct daily check-ins and refer students to additional support services. Students in isolation should notify their professor and discuss with them the need for support, adaptation, or assistance with the course.

Contact tracing will be aided by an electronic intake form. The contact tracing team will send students with positive test results a link to the form. Students are expected to fill in the form with as detailed information as possible.

If a student receives a positive test result, the whole class will not be notified; only those who interacted with that student in a six-foot-or-less radius are categorized as close contacts and will be notified. All CC community members are expected to cooperate with CC and county contact tracers.

The COVID-19 Data Dashboard continues to serve as a central data repository for testing data, campus exposure metrics, and vaccination rates.

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When off campus

You can look up transmission levels in El Paso County (and any other county, e.g., when you are traveling) on the CDC website and use them as a basis for your own decision making. You can also check the COVID-19 Data Dashboard for the current community level in El Paso County.

All travelers must follow CDC travel guidance for domestic and international travel. 

Students who receive a positive test result less than 10 days before a break may not be able to travel due to required isolation periods, per the local health department’s requirements (see the "Quarantine" and "Isolation" sections above).

Field trips may be conducted. Vehicles may be used at full capacity.

Student athletes will follow NCAA guidelines for travel and participation requirements.

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For Employees

All campus offices are open during regular office hours with full coverage and service available to students, staff and faculty, and families.

Supervisors may allow staggered shifts and/or staggered on-campus work schedules to accommodate employees working remotely, as long as full service is available. Remote work is not an option for all positions and it is up to the supervisor to determine whether or not a position may work different hours and/or days on campus.

Employees experiencing any symptoms or warning signs should contact their healthcare provider to determine what tests and treatment are appropriate. They should also contact their supervisor. 

If an employee receives a positive test result, they should follow the isolation procedures outlined above before returning to campus.

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Questions

Please feel welcome to send your questions to covid19@coloradocollege.edu.

 

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Submitting Proof of Vaccination

CC requires all students, faculty, and staff who are accessing campus for Summer 2022 and the 2022-23 academic year to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 or to submit a claim for exemption. All members of the campus community are required to provide proof of vaccination or exemption.

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