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Here's what you need to know for the week of Sept. 28:

  • CC reported on Friday, Sept. 25, that an off-campus student received a positive COVID-19 test result, bringing the total for this academic year to 11 on-campus students, two off-campus students, and one on-campus employee.
  • This weekend, CC updated students who remain in college-assigned housing, or who are local and have been granted access, or are seeking access to campus. See the summary below. 
  • Students must adhere to CC’s updated Community Standards
  • Flu shot clinics are available: students, faculty, and staff can make an appointment here.
  • Relief leave was announced for all full-time staff.
  • A new accommodation is available for employees with children (see below).

Student Access to CC Campus

Saturday, all students received a message providing instructions and clarifying details about the procedures required for accessing the CC campus. Being part of CC’s in-person community at this time is a privilege that has been granted to some students, while not to others. For those students who remain in residence, or who have otherwise been granted access to campus, the college has increased expectations that you will value being part of this community and protect your ability to remain here in person. In order to retain or gain access to campus, students with on-campus approval must complete the following three steps by Monday, Oct. 5: complete COVID-19 screening test and receive a negative result; complete all components of the “Safe Return to Campus Student Expectations” Canvas Coursecomplete the Fall Living Survey. Failure to complete these steps by this deadline will result in your Gold Card being deactivated.

New Accommodation for Employees with Children

Because faculty and staff with children may have difficulty obtaining childcare during the pandemic, the college’s strict no-guests protocol makes it difficult or impossible for these employees to visit their offices to retrieve materials or work briefly onsite. In response to this concern, the college now will allow employees who have private offices to make occasional and brief visits to campus with their children, providing they adhere to CC’s virus risk-mitigation protocols. The college’s Scientific Advisory Group, as well as our national consultants on virus response, reviewed this accommodation. Employees must observe the following:
  • The child’s visit to campus may be only occasional, and only for an hour or two, while the parent or guardian performs tasks that cannot be performed remotely.
  • All faculty and staff who work on the same floor or, in the case of smaller buildings, in the building, must be notified in advance.
  • The child must be in the faculty or staff member’s private office – not a shared space – at all times with the door closed, except for when entering or leaving the building and campus. There must be no interaction with others on campus.
  • The child must adhere to all CC virus risk-mitigation protocols — wearing a mask, maintaining at least six feet of distance from others, handwashing, and avoiding touching surfaces outside of the employee’s private office.

CC Pilots Wastewater Testing

In the last two weeks, CC has added a pilot program for wastewater testing to its comprehensive testing program. Evidence suggests that Coronavirus can be detected in human fecal matter early on in infection, perhaps even earlier than respiratory shedding. Monitoring the concentration of the Coronavirus in wastewater and looking for increases has potential as a preventive strategy to stop outbreaks before they happen. Researchers found that spikes in the virus concentration in wastewater can be detected one to two weeks before spikes in the number of cases might occur. Successful examples of implementations include the University of Arizona, where an outbreak was recently prevented. When an increase in Coronavirus concentration was detected in wastewater from a residence hall, all residents were tested quickly, and a small number of students who received positive test results were isolated, preventing an outbreak. The CC pilot project includes South, Mathias, and Loomis halls. Additional buildings may be added in the future. Because wastewater COVID testing is a novel strategy, CC is planning to partner with El Paso County Public Health on developing guidance for the interpretation of test results and making methods and guidance available to other schools and organizations in the county.

Students: Build a Pandemic-Resilient Community

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted every aspect of the CC community, including the academic experience, social interactions, recreation, housing and residential experience, and on-campus work environments. And, the liberal arts approach and principles of design thinking have never been more relevant and provide a path toward understanding pandemic-related problems at the intersection of the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences. You can still enroll for GS222 Creative Problem-Solving in the Time of COVID-19: Building a Pandemic-Resilient Community. As part of this course, students will integrate academic study with community-engaged learning experiences and work in teams to identify issues that the CC community is facing as a result of the pandemic. Register and get additional information about GS222. Student projects can also be eligible for potential student grant funding, and the top project could be eligible for $3,000-8,000 from the Student Seed Innovation Grant.

Celebrating Our Community 

It’s been nearly six weeks since the college started its random testing program. In those weeks, the college quarantined three large residence halls for 14 days. The random testing program was developed by the Scientific Advisory Group, led by Andrea Bruder, associate dean of the faculty. The random testing process is being co-managed by Linda Petro, IT project manager, and Andy Obringer, assistant athletics director for operations. Obringer manages the testing locations, (which moved around during the quarantines), is present on testing days at the testing locations, and is a primary contact with UCHealth. In addition to his volunteer work with random testing, he helped with food delivery to quarantined students. “Andy is a tremendous asset to our department — he takes such pride in managing all of our home athletic events and I frequently receive feedback from visiting teams on what a positive experience they had on their visit to Colorado College; much of that ties to Andy’s approach and service leadership mentality,” says Lesley Irvine, vice president and director of athletics. “No matter the ask, Andy does his best to accommodate and help, and I’m not surprised at all that he has stepped up in this volunteer leadership role; it’s just who Andy is,” she says. Each week, we will share stories of how our community is coming together during this time. Submit ideas to Lyrae Williams to be highlighted in a future week.

Reduce the Risk

Flor Vargas '23 talks about why she wants you to wear your mask and practice social distancing. “CC students are tight-knit and mindful of their peers … I promise to always have others in mind,” she says of her plan to help reduce the risk this year. Tune in over the next couple of months for more short videos of students talking about what safety and a safe environment mean to them and what it would mean to help build a culture of caring and safety.

The “New Normal” 

Mathias Walder ’22 selects groceries in Worner Campus Center. Campus Activities, with the help of CCSGA, provides students on campus with an opportunity to grab goods at a campus food pantry. Photo by Patil Khakhamian ’22

CC Provides Bus Service to Supplemental Housing Locations

Buses run from campus to the Lodges and West Edge apartment complexes and back Monday through Friday during the block; there is no bus service during block breaks. Buses will be filled to no more than 50% capacity. Masks are mandatory. During warmer weather drivers will open roof top hatches to allow more fresh air to enter the passenger area. The transportation schedule shows pick-up and drop-off locations and times, and is subject to change and dependent upon usage. 

Updated CC Dashboards

Have you seen the CC COVID-19 dashboard? This resource allows for quick access to COVID-19 metrics on campus and in the El Paso County community including COVID-19 exposure, testing, and positive test results. For questions regarding this data, please contact Ben Moffitt in the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness.

Resources for You:

CC’s Coronavirus Updates & Resources page has the latest information and answers to frequently asked questions, as well as a listing of all campus messages. If you have additional concerns about COVID-19 or our campus response, direct them to:; please leave your phone number if you prefer a personal call back. Remember, there are numerous resources on campus for support and assistance, including the Counseling Center, the Chaplain’s OfficeEmployee Assistance Plan, the Butler Center, the Advising Hub, and the Wellness Resource Center.

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