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Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

Thank you for your ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus, both on campus and in the wider Colorado Springs community. As you make plans for upcoming school breaks, we want to remind you that students who leave the state of Colorado over Fall Break (Nov. 20-29) must take Block 4 remotely. 
If students are staying in Colorado, they should choose low-risk activities, abide by state guidelines limiting personal gatherings, and remain vigilant about physical distancing, mask wearing, and hand washing. 
Here’s what students need to know about Fall Break travel:
  • Students who travel out of state over Fall Break will not be permitted to return to campus after Fall Break because of the potential for bringing the Coronavirus back to campus and to the wider Colorado Springs community
  • We invite students to stay over Fall Break and participate in the socially distanced activities that the Residential Experience team, Campus Activities, and other college offices are organizing. You’ll receive details via email.  
  • Students who wish to go home for Fall Break will be welcomed back to campus in January. Students who are taking in-person or hybrid courses have move-in and testing priority for J Block; other students will be welcomed back for Block 5.
  • Please check your CC email inbox and complete the survey to indicate your plans to stay over Fall and/or Winter Break. The survey was sent in the email with subject “CC Dining and Break Survey.” 
  • If you need to make adjustments to your Block 4 schedule due to Fall Break travel, please contact the Advising Hub:
Through extensive testing and tracing and individuals’ adherence to risk-mitigation protocols, CC has been able to keep the number of COVID-19 cases on campus very low. Unfortunately, local and national infection rates are very high and still on the rise, and we anticipate that case numbers and hospitalizations will continue to rise for some time. This puts significant strain on our healthcare system, and puts us all at risk. 
We must do our part to mitigate rising caseloads in our county and state. It is currently safest for students to stay on campus or in their off-campus residences, and we strongly recommend that students stay at home as much as possible, including weekends and block breaks. Over Fall Break, students should limit travel, avoid groups, and choose low-risk activities to prevent the virus’ spread. 
Faculty and staff are encouraged to limit travel, and particularly to avoid travel by plane or to any areas experiencing high COVID cases. The State of Colorado and El Paso County have no travel restrictions at this time, but this is subject to change. 

We do anticipate many students will leave campus and Colorado for Winter Break (Dec. 17-Jan. 3), and have plans in place to mitigate risk associated with the return to campus in January.
  • Students will be permitted to travel home for Winter Break and will be welcomed back to campus in January. Students who are taking in-person or hybrid courses have move-in and testing priority for J Block; other students will be welcomed back for Block 5.
  • More specific information about January move-in will be available next week; parents and students will receive a recorded information session via email, which will also be available here
Finally, we want to thank you all — our students, faculty, and staff — for doing your part to ensure the safety and well-being of your community. 
If you have any questions, please contact


Rochelle T. Dickey

Acting Dean of Students/Acting Vice President for Student Life

Andrea Bruder

Associate Professor of Mathematics/Associate Dean of the Faculty/COVID-19 Response Team

CC's Scientific Advisory Group

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