COVID-19 Updates & Risk Mitigation

Colorado College is taking a data-driven, evidence-based approach to mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on our campus. Our layered mitigation system is designed to reduce the risk of infection while continuing our signature experiential learning environment including in-person classes, field trips, and campus activities. Because the Colorado College community has a high rate of vaccination, classes, activities, and work are conducted in person by default.

We encourage individuals in the CC community to act in ways that minimize the risk of harm to themselves and to others – including mental, physical, emotional, or psychological harm – and ask them to promote the safety of individuals and the overall community. 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.

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 determine what tests and treatment are appropriate. 

Student Health Center Hours

Monday-Friday:
8 a.m.-noon and 1-7:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday:
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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

Symptoms of COVID-19.

If you receive a positive test result, you must isolate (see the section below on Isolation). 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, working on campus for the 2021-22 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.

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

Mask-wearing is optional on the CC campus, but please keep the following in mind:

  • All may choose to wear a mask at any time, for any reason. 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.
  • CC’s mask-optional policy extends to all public events. 
  • 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. El Paso County is currently in the "low" risk category.

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, if you wish; increasing ventilation of indoor spaces by opening windows and doors; and 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
Screening testing is not currently required. The frequency of screening testing will be adjusted as the situation changes. Anytime you have symptoms, get tested.

Questions for the COVID Response Team should be sent to covidisolation@coloradocollege.edu. This email is monitored by multiple individuals and response times are quick. Students with questions about medical care should call the Student Health Center.

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.

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and away from others.

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

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.

Review CDC quarantine guidance.

Students should quarantine in place and continue regular testing. 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.

Review CDC isolation guidance.

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

Contact tracers 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.

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 the 2021-22 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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