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 allowing us to resume 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.

Students should contact the Student Health Center (719) 389-6384, to make an appointment with a provider who will determine what tests and treatment are appropriate. There will be no co-pay. They can also help you with a range of other tests and treatment to help you recover as quickly as possible. Provider appointments are available seven days a week (see schedule below). Students should also contact their professor to discuss their needs for support, adaptation, or assistance with class.

Student Health Center Hours

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

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

In accordance with CDC guidance, even if you are fully vaccinated you should stay home and away from others and get tested. 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 or accessing campus for the 2021-22 academic year to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including a booster dose. CC students, faculty, and staff will be most protected from COVID-19 if everyone is vaccinated.

All individuals who are fully vaccinated are required to get a booster dose as soon as they are eligible. If not yet eligible, you must receive your booster as soon as you are eligible.

Students:

Employees:

You may choose which vaccine you receive as a booster shot. CDC recommendations allow for mixing and matching booster shots. Find a vaccine provider near you. Please review CDC guidance for information about eligibility. CC is not granting exemptions to this new policy. 

All members of the CC community are also encouraged to get a flu shot. It is safe to receive a flu shot and your COVID-19 booster dose at the same appointment.

Colorado College students, staff, and faculty who are eligible are required to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster. If not yet eligible, you must receive your booster as soon as you are eligible. You may choose which vaccine you receive as a booster dose. CDC recommendations allow for mixing and matching booster shots. Find a vaccine provider near you.

Students: Follow the instructions on Immunization and Health Documentation to upload your booster documentation. If you are eligible for a booster and you don’t upload your documentation, your Gold Card access will be restricted.

Staff and Faculty: Upload your booster documentation by following these detailed instructions.

CDC guidance recommends certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster dose at least four months ago get another mRNA booster dose to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19.

All members of the CC community are also encouraged to get a flu shot. It is safe to receive a flu shot and your COVID-19 booster dose at the same appointment.

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

Colorado College continues to closely monitor developments in the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by COVID-19. The COVID-19 Policy & Implementation Committee meets regularly to assess the situation and plan for impacts to our campus community.

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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.
  • People who are at high risk of severe illness should talk to their healthcare provider about whether to wear a mask.  
  • People with symptoms or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.
  • 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.” Under the CDC's risk metrics, an area is deemed “high” risk if it has concerning levels of COVID hospital admissions and hospital capacity taken up by COVID patients. El Paso County is currently in the "low" risk category.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to clean hands when soap and water aren’t readily available. 

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.

Our facilities team has improved fresh air intake and air filtration in many campus buildings.

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

All students are required to participate in ongoing COVID-19 screening testing. The frequency of testing will be adjusted as the situation changes.

Students
Screening testing helps to prevent large outbreaks by breaking chains of infection. Block 8 screening testing protocols are being determined based on initial test results and participation rates. Students who are not fully vaccinated should continue testing twice weekly. At any time, if you have symptoms, even if they are mild, please get tested. Students who have received a positive test result in the past 30 days need not test. Students must participate in testing to maintain Gold Card access. Results will continue to inform adjustments to COVID protocols.

You must bring and swipe your Gold Card to pick up test kits. Symptomatic students may not pick up test kits; they must contact the Student Health Center at (719) 389-6384 for testing.

Students self-administer the test, e.g., in their room, supervised by eMed through a telehealth session. Please do not open the test kit before being prompted to do so during the telehealth session to make sure your test is recorded and counts toward the testing requirement. Watch this short video to learn more about how to start a telehealth session and administer the test. Results are sent via the Navica app as well as via email. 

If you receive a positive BinaxNow test result, put on your N95 mask (unless you are in your room by yourself with the door closed) and stay away from others. Our COVID-19 response team will email you with a link to a quick intake survey and will guide and support (food, mail, academics, etc.) you through your isolation time period. If you don't hear from the team within 30 minutes (during waking hours only) please email covidisolation@coloradocollege.edu.

If you test positive outside of the Navica/eMed system, please log in to your Navica account and self-report your positive test. 

Staff and Faculty
Faculty and staff are encouraged to continue with screening testing 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.  Other options include free COVID-19 testing sites across the state, with many in the Colorado Springs area. You can also order free COVID-19 tests via this link as part of the federal testing program. All positive test results must be self-reported via Qualtrics.

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.

Students should contact the Student Health Center (719) 389-6384, to make an appointment with a provider who will determine what tests and treatment are appropriate. There will be no co-pay. They can also help you with a range of other tests and treatment to help you recover as quickly as possible. Provider appointments are available seven days a week. Students should also contact their professor to discuss their needs for support, adaptation, or assistance with class.

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

Those who receive a positive test result will be asked to isolate. Students should isolate in place and continue regular testing.

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.

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. Antigen tests do not detect prior infections. A large amount of active virus must be present for an antigen test to yield a positive result i.e. a positive antigen test means that a person is infectious and able to pass the virus on to others. A negative antigen test result means that a sufficiently large amount of viral proteins was not detected in the sample. A negative antigen test does not rule out infection with the virus. Thus 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 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 quarantine 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. Antigen tests do not detect prior infections. A large amount of active virus must be present for an antigen test to yield a positive result i.e. a positive antigen test means that a person is infectious and able to pass the virus on to others. A negative antigen test result means that a sufficiently large amount of viral proteins was not detected in the sample. A negative antigen test does not rule out infection with the virus. Thus it is important to mask consistently, even at home, until day 10 even if isolation was ended on day 5.

Students in isolation must pick up meals at The Preserve during off-peak hours. Normal hours are 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Students can go to the west doors of The Preserve, where someone will take their order. Students in isolation should always wear their N95 masks when leaving their isolation space. Meals will be delivered only to students who are too ill to pick up meals themselves.

Students in isolation should schedule an appointment and a member of Mail Services will meet them outside the Mail Center, 819 N. Tejon, at the scheduled time. Students will still need a photo ID and they will need to be wearing an N95 mask. If they do not have a mask on, the package or mail will not be delivered to them. If a student is too sick to walk to the Mail Center, please email mailservices@coloradocollege.edu to make other arrangements.

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. Students should contact their professor to discuss need for adjustments and support.

The COVID Response Team will continue conducting contact tracing of infections among the CC community. Contact tracers reach out to people identified as close contacts of community members with COVID-19. 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. Those students who do not cooperate with contact tracers or who do not adhere to travel protocols as outlined in the ‘Travel’ section below after receiving a positive test result will be referred to the Community Standards & Conduct process.

Community messages regarding positive COVID-19 cases on campus will be distributed only if the individual(s) who received a positive test result attended a large event where contact tracing is not possible. 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. 

Because the quarantine requirement is incompatible with class attendance, students who are not fully vaccinated will not be able to travel during block breaks.

Students who receive a positive test result less than 10 days before a break (including block breaks and Spring 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).

  • The health department allows travel by personal vehicle if students travel to another location to isolate. The destination should not be farther away than what would require one tank of gas, limiting interaction and transmission.
  • Students who travel to another location must continue and complete isolation there.
  • Other people at the destination should be made aware of the risk of transmission.
  • Students who receive a positive COVID test and who disregard isolation rules and travel by plane or public transportation can be put on a “No Board” list.
  • Those students who do not cooperate with contact tracers or who do not adhere to travel protocols as after receiving a positive test result will be referred to the Community Standards & Conduct process.

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.

Booster shots are required for all fully vaccinated faculty, staff, and students who are eligible. There are no exemptions for booster shots. We urge all unvaccinated individuals to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Read detailed instructions for how to upload your booster documentation. CDC guidance recommends certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster dose at least four months ago get another mRNA booster dose to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19.

Masks are optional on campus, but all are welcome 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 be respectful of these requests.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to continue with screening testing 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. Other options include free COVID-19 testing sites across the state, with many in the Colorado Springs area. You can also order free COVID-19 tests via this link as part of the federal testing program. All positive test results must be self-reported via Qualtrics.

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 including but not limited to fever, shivering, shaking, chills, body aches, headaches, excessive sweating, sore throat, persistent cough, sinus congestion, fatigue, etc., 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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Booster Shots

Colorado College students, staff, and faculty are required to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster. You may choose which vaccine you receive as a booster shot. Find a vaccine provider near you. View Colorado resident-specific and CDC guidelines and recommendations about boosters. 

All members of the CC community are also encouraged to get a flu shot. It is safe to receive a flu shot and your COVID-19 booster dose at the same appointment.

Campus Safety can provide transportation for students if needed.

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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