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Friday, Dec. 4, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

We continue to closely monitor COVID-19 developments, consulting our Scientific Advisory Group, our external medical experts, and public health guidance, planning for impacts to our campus community, and making decisions about our response.

As you know, COVID-19 rates are increasing nationwide, and El Paso County is experiencing high levels of COVID-19 disease transmission, positivity rate, and hospitalizations. The county remains at severe risk (Level Red) on the state’s dial framework.
While we are continuing our rigorous testing and health protocols, which have been successful so far, high caseloads in the county mean we will adjust our plan for how classes will be delivered during J Block and Half Block. At this time, we have decided to move all J Block and Half Block courses to remote learning format. This affects 10 in-person and hybrid classes. 
International students who were planning on a flex, hybrid, or in-person course in J Block should contact the ISSS Team to discuss enrollment options.
This will not affect move-in plans for students enrolled in J-Block and Half-Block courses; students who planned to be on campus at those times should keep their arrival plans. This will provide time to complete testing for all students as they return to campus. With classes being held remotely, students may continue to quarantine in their rooms until they receive their test results, without missing in-person class time. It also helps our staggered, socially distanced move-in process and ensures that enhanced social distancing protocols are followed. 
Students will receive a spring living survey via their CC email account this afternoon from the Residential Experience team. This will allow students invited to campus for J Block, Half Block, Block 5, International Student Orientation, and Winter Start Orientation to sign up for a move-in date and time. Additionally, the information students provide will allow campus partners to prepare for a phased move-in, testing protocols and subsequent enhanced social distancing, and access to campus facilities, as well as dining and meal delivery. Detailed move-in guidance will be provided before the end of the semester. 
In preparation for Winter Break beginning Thursday, Dec. 17, please remember these guidelines to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus: 
Quarantine before departure: Students who plan to travel for Winter Break are advised to quarantine before leaving campus. This means separating themselves from other members of the community. It’s best to quarantine for 14 days before departure, but it’s not too late to start quarantining now, for 1o days before leaving campus. Students should also quarantine for 14 days after arriving at their destination. 
Get a COVID-19 test before you leave: Students should get a COVID-19 test and receive their results before leaving. CC will be providing more information about testing before students leave for break. Students who will remain on campus during Winter Break will receive additional information directly from their residential life coordinators about Gold Card access and other resources and programming. 

We are grateful to students, faculty, and staff for doing their part to keep infection rates low at Colorado College, and urge everyone to continue the important work to reduce the risk of COVID-19.
Continue to follow risk-mitigation protocols: Wear a mask, limit exposure to those in your “pod” or household, wash hands frequently, and abstain from unnecessary travel. 
This tool can help you to evaluate your risk, should you plan to attend any kind of gathering during this time. 
You can stay up to date at our COVID-19 resource page. We know that this is a challenging time, and encourage you to stay connected to your support network and make use of CC’s mental health and wellness resources. If you have any questions, please contact our Message Response Team at
Thank you, again, for all you are doing to keep yourselves and each other safe.

Mike Edmonds

Acting Co-President 

Robert G. Moore

Acting Co-President

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