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    Risk Mitigation Protocols

    We encourage individuals in the CC community to act in ways that minimize 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. Sign the CC Community Commitment document here. We have added the following community standards:

    For the Entire CC Community:

    At all times:

    • Adhere to Colorado state and local public health orders, regardless of place of residence. Access all Colorado public health and executive orders here
    • Practice proper social distancing guidelines (stay at least six feet apart) at all times while on campus or in public.  
    • Avoid crowds and gatherings. In response to an increase in hospitalizations due to COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment amended its Safer at Home public health order to limit personal gatherings to no more than 10 people from no more than two separate households. Public and private gatherings are limited to no more than 25 individuals when not otherwise regulated.
    • Wear face coverings or masks (N95, medical, cloth, etc., without ports) when around those outside your household. Masks must fit tightly, be clean/sanitary, and must completely cover the nose and mouth.
    • Practice regular monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19; report any symptoms of COVID-19 positive test results to msantos@coloradocollege.edu.

    On campus:

    • All on-campus students, faculty, and staff must complete the daily health check via the CC app or a printed Word document or PDF to access campus facilities.
    • CC IDs must be worn visibly on a lanyard at all times while on campus.
    • Elevators may only hold one person or one “household” at a time.
    • Adhere to unidirectional entrances and exits.

    All campus water fountains will be out of service. Touch-free bottle fillers will remain in service

    For Students:

    On-campus Students

    Enhanced Social Distancing Protocols:

    All students will be tested upon arrival to campus and will be required to adhere to enhanced social distancing protocols until they receive their test result. This includes these additional risk mitigation protocols:

    • Reducing your interactions to your roommate(s) until you get your test result
    • Staying in your room unless you are picking up food on campus.
    • Not entering buildings on or off campus other than your residence or to pick up food on campus. Shop for and bring room needs with you, rather than shopping after arrival.
    • Exercising individually and safely outdoors on campus while wearing a mask.

    Regular Virus Risk Mitigation Protocols:

    Once a student receives a negative test result, they may shift to our regular virus risk mitigation protocols, which will be implemented until further notice:

    • Wearing a mask when outside residence hall room or apartment.
    • Maintaining at least six feet of distance from others not also living in residence hall room or apartment.
    • Students approved to be on campus are not allowed to host guests.
    • Once granted access to Colorado College, whether living on campus, or living off campus and having access to campusstudents may not travel out of the state of Colorado at any time. If they do so, they will not be allowed to return to campus and must take classes remotely.
    • Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 must participate in contact tracing so others who have been exposed may be notified and to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to more people.
    • Students who test positive for COVID-19 must follow isolation and quarantine procedures.
    • On-campus students are expected to check their own temperature before going to areas of campus that are not their residence. Students should stay in their room if sick or experiencing mild symptoms consistent with COVID-19 such as fever or chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. They should immediately contact the Student Health Center, (719) 389-6384, and report any symptoms of COVID-19 to msantos@coloradocollege.edu. Here’s how to arrange a COVID-19 test.

    Off-campus Students in the CO Area

    Enhanced Social Distancing Protocols:

    All students must be tested upon arrival to Colorado Springs and will be required to adhere to enhanced social distancing protocols until they receive their test result. This includes these additional risk mitigation protocols:

    • Reducing your interactions to your roommate(s) until you get your test result. Socially distance from housemates until all household members have received results.
    • Not entering buildings on campus.
    • Exercising individually and safely outdoors on campus while wearing a mask.

    Regular Virus Risk Mitigation Protocols: 

    Once a student receives a negative test result, they may shift to our regular virus risk mitigation protocols, which will be implemented until further notice:

    • Wearing a mask when outside your residence.
    • Maintaining at least six feet of distance from others not also living in your household.
    • Once at Colorado College, students may not travel out of the state of Colorado at any time. If they do so, they will not be allowed to access campus facilities.
    • Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 must participate in contact tracing so others who have been exposed may be notified and to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to more people.
    • Students who test positive for COVID-19 must follow isolation and quarantine procedures.

    Off-campus students are expected to check their own temperature before going to campus. Students should stay in their residence if sick or experiencing mild symptoms consistent with COVID-19 such as fever or chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. They should immediately contact the Student Health Center, (719) 389-6384, and report any symptoms of COVID-19 to msantos@coloradocollege.edu. Here’s how to arrange a COVID-19 test.

    For Employees:

    • If you travel out of state, take necessary precautions to mitigate risk of COVID-19.  Avoid plane travel if possible. Instead, travel in your own vehicle. If you do travel out of state CC is NOT requiring any days of self-quarantine when you return. The State of Colorado and El Paso County have no travel restrictions at this time, but this is subject to change. Be aware of the quarantine orders of the state to which you might be traveling, as many have such orders. All travel for college business is currently restricted.

    Working From Home:

    • Employees who can work from home should continue to do so until further notice. Our focus is to do all we can to minimize the number of employees on campus so those who must be on campus to perform their job can do so safely.
    • Employees who need to continue to observe stay-at-home protocols (those 65+ in age or who have underlying medical conditions), those who may have childcare or elder care obligations, or those who live with a person who still needs to observe stay-at-home protocols due to underlying condition, age, or other factors, should do so.

    Before Coming to Campus:

    • All employees must take their own temperature before coming to the workplace. If the employee’s temperature is 100.4 F/38 C , or more than 1.8 F /1 C degrees above their normal baseline temperature, the employee must not physically report to work. The employee’s temperature must remain in the “normal” range (less than 1.8 F/ 1 C degrees above normal) for a minimum of 72 hours before they may report to work. 
    • 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., must not report to work until they are either symptom-free for 72 hours or have been treated by a doctor who has provided a written authorization to return to work.
    • Before returning to work on campus, all employees must have supervisor/department chair approval, and supervisors/department chairs should examine each request to make sure the employee needs to be on campus. Employees must fill out the form to report onsite work. This form is used by Sodexo staff to step up cleaning efforts in higher social density areas and to enable rapid contact tracing.
    • If an employee must be on campus to perform job duties, and the employee has supervisor/department chair approval, it is the supervisor’s/department chair's responsibility to ensure there are never more than 50% of their employees in the workplace at any time. This can be accomplished through staggered hours, split shifts, days on/off scheduling, etc. 

    Working On Campus:

    • Employees must wear face coverings or masks (N95, medical, cloth, etc.) at all times in the workplace. Masks must fit tightly, be clean/sanitary (masks should be washed after every use) and must completely cover the nose and mouth. The exception is when an employee is alone in an office or working alone outside; however, if someone enters the office or enters the outside workspace, masks must be worn by all parties. 
    • Sodexo Environmental Services will perform general daily cleaning and sanitizing in buildings and offices and will be responsible for sanitizing all workplace touch points multiple times during the day. Employees are expected to help maintain a sanitary workplace by wiping down touch points after use.
    • Employees must wear gloves and use sanitizing wipes to clean/disinfect keypads and touch points of any commonly shared equipment (copier, mail machine, tools, machinery, etc.) before and after use. The gloves should then be immediately disposed of in the nearest trash receptacle. It is up to each department to come up with their own sanitizing plan for their shared equipment. The same applies to shared kitchen or break room spaces and commonly used appliances in those areas.
    • The college will provide sanitization supplies for on-campus use. Use this form. No other department or division should buy or use CC resources to buy supplies; the Prevention Working Team is the single purchasing liaison for all campus needs. Contact this team if you have specific needs.
    • Even while on campus, employees are encouraged to hold meetings online/via teleconferencing; limit conference room use and gatherings in person.
    • Employees must not share/use other employees’ equipment (phones, staplers, computers, etc.), all candy dishes must be removed, and employees must not bring in food items for group consumption.
    • For safety and liability reasons, employees should not bring children to work
    • Vendors: At this time the campus remains closed to routine delivery of products from vendors. Only catering from our food-services provider, Bon Appetit, is allowed. 
    • Need to order PPE? Use this form. No other department or division should buy or use CC resources to buy supplies; the Prevention Working Team is the single purchasing liaison for all campus needs. Contact this team if you have specific needs. Read the PPE and cleaning supply request guidelines.

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    Emergency Response Fund

    Because many in the Colorado College community asked how they can help, we have established the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response Fund to meet needs during these uncertain times. Many of our alumni, parents, and friends, as well as members of our Board of Trustees and the president’s cabinet, have contributed. The fund also provides the college with resources to respond to unexpected expenses developing during this crisis and for lost revenue.

    Read here about requesting support from the (COVID-19) Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund

    If you wish to contribute, please visit https://ourcc.coloradocollege.edu/covid19responsefund