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Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020

Dear Students,


We hope this letter finds you all safe and well. We’ve heard feedback recently from students regarding our communications, and we’re trying to make improvements to make the information we send out clearer.

In this letter, we’ll tell you about:
  1. An update regarding the college’s protocols for students arriving from outside of the United States
  2. A reminder of CC’s COVID-19 protocols
  3. Upcoming messages we’ll be sending
For students arriving from outside of the United States
If you are arriving from outside of the U.S., you will no longer be required to isolate or quarantine, as we do not want to single out any students. As we all know, there are numerous “hot spots” which change frequently. Therefore, Colorado College will utilize a process for testing and a social distancing plan to which all students, regardless of where they are from, must adhere. 

For all new students 
As you know, the college has instituted COVID-19 testing for all students as they arrive. 
More detailed information about arrival, testing, and move-in procedures for first-year students will be shared soon. Once you arrive on campus, you will be able to move into your fall housing assignment, but must adhere to the enhanced social distancing protocols.

As a result of new testing and enhanced social distancing protocols, New Student Orientation and the Priddy Experience will be offered virtually until all new students have received their test results. We know this is disappointing for some of you, but in the interest of equity, we do not want to offer programming in which all new students cannot participate while they’re awaiting test results. We’re exploring offering an in-person Priddy Experience over first block break. If you are a new student in residency for blocks 1 and 2 you should still arrive to campus for your assigned move-in slot and testing. More information is forthcoming, but in the meantime, please take a look at the updated NSO schedule available here. As you’ll see, we’re still offering a great variety of educational and fun programming to welcome you to CC!
 
For all students
Enhanced social distancing protocols are designed to minimize any potential community spread of the virus and allow for each student to be tested and receive test results.  We included these in a previous letter, but here’s a reminder:
  • Not entering buildings on or off campus other than your residence or to pick up food on campus. Students should shop for and bring room needs with them, rather than shopping after arrival
  • Exercising individually and safely outdoors on campus while wearing a mask
  • Wearing a mask when outside of your residence hall room or apartment 
  • Maintaining at least six feet of distance from others not also living in one’s residence hall room or apartment
  • Frequent hand washing
  • Covering coughs/sneezes
  • Contacting the Student Health Center, (719) 389-6384, and reporting any symptoms of COVID-19 to msantos@coloradocollege.edu  
If a student's test comes back negative (no COVID-19), they may shift to the college’s regular virus risk mitigation protocols, which will be implemented until further notice: 
  • Wearing a mask when outside of your residence hall room or apartment 
  • Maintaining at least six feet of distance from others not also living in one’s residence hall room or apartment 
  • Frequent hand washing
  • Covering coughs/sneezes
  • Staying home 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. 
  • Contacting the Student Health Center, (719) 389-6384, and reporting any symptoms of COVID-19 to msantos@coloradocollege.edu  
If a student's test comes back positive, indicating that COVID-19 may be present with or without symptoms, they will be required to isolate from others for at least 10 days and until symptoms clear. That means not attending in-person class, not reporting to work, not dining in communal spaces, etc.. Students living in singles on campus with a private or semi-private bathroom (shared by six people or less) should be able to isolate or quarantine without having to change rooms, and the college also has quarantine and isolation rooms available for students who live on campus. 

If you are experiencing symptoms, you should contact the Student Health Center, (719) 389-6384, to consult regarding need for testing or treatment, and report any symptoms of COVID-19 to msantos@coloradocollege.edu. For students living on campus, this notification will initiate the process of meal delivery and daily check-ins from the contact tracing team.

If you have any questions about the testing or social distancing protocols outlined in this message, please contact msantos@coloradocollege.edu

Upcoming messages
We’re excited to share our “Reduce the Risk” campaign with you, which will include video messages from your peers, as well as a poster campaign, so be on the lookout for that the week of Aug. 10.

In addition, incoming students and families will receive NSO updates via the CC Bound newsletter, distributed Friday, Aug.7.

More details about arrival, move-in, and testing procedures for returning students will be shared in a few weeks.

Thank you so much for your cooperation. Whether you have chosen to take your courses remotely or join us on campus, we look forward to welcoming you to the start of the academic year!

 

Rochelle T. Dickey

Acting Dean of Students/Acting Vice President for Student Life


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Colorado College
14 Cache La Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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