<!--cke_bookmark_353S--><!--cke_bookmark_353E--><!--cke_bookmark_260S--><!--cke_bookmark_260E-->Keeping our students and employees safe and healthy is our top priority as we return to campus for in-person instruction. Each of you has been affected by and responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways in your respective communities. As the Skyhawk community, we’re taking campus-specific safety measures that allow us to continue engaging in academics and activities while protecting the health of others.
Updated February 1, 2021
Before coming to campus, all new students completed a Health Awareness Certification (HAC). The HAC is a brief online training, review of FLC's campus health protocols, and a self-affirmation of health.
As part of the HAC, students self-certified that they:
Online learners who plan to access campus for other in-person services need to complete the HAC before visiting campus.
Complete the HAC as a Canvas course, the same tool used in most courses at FLC. New students will complete the HAC as part of the online Orientation.
All students and employees returning to campus were required to complete a COVID-19 test and receive a negative result prior to attending in-person classes on Feb. 1.
In addition to mandatory testing before returning to campus, all students and employees who engage on campus are required to participate in random testing throughout the Spring Semester. Each week, a group of FLC community members is randomly selected to test at the Fort Lewis College testing site. Everyone selected has one week to comply and complete a COVID-19 test.
We will use the FLC App to manage symptom tracking campus-wide. If you do not have a smartphone capable of running the app, you can use a loaner wifi-only smartphone free of charge for the duration of the semester.
If you are displaying symptoms and have received a health pass other than green through the FLC symptom tracker, your faculty will be notified that you are unable to attend classes in person and asked that they provide you with remote learning options. You will also be assigned an Academic Case Manager to help advocate. Students, please continue to remain in touch with your faculty during this time.
If you test positive for COVID-19, or you have symptoms and you’ve been in close contact with a positive case, you are required to participate in isolation. The people you have had close contact with will then be required to quarantine. A close contact is anyone you were within six feet of for 15 minutes or more within 48 hours of a positive test or symptom onset.
Individuals who have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine do not need to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 once two weeks have passed after vaccination. Fully-immunized close contacts should still monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 during the 14 days after exposure, and if symptoms develop, they should isolate and seek testing. People in isolation should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow the following directions:
A negative result will not end isolation; students must be released by the Health Center staff. If you test positive for COVID-19, you should not test again for 90 days.
For most persons with COVID-19 illness, isolation and precautions can be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms.
For persons who never develop symptoms, isolation and other precautions can be discontinued 10 days after the date of their first positive test for COVID-19.
You will be contacted by the Health Center or San Juan Basin Public Health and told to quarantine for a minimum of 7 days from the date of exposure. You may be released on day 8 with a negative test result.
Students: If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you need to contact the Student Health Center at 970-247-7355.
Employees: If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, notify your supervisor and Human Resources, quarantine and test 5 days after exposure. If test result is negative, you can return to campus engagement on Day 8.
Quarantine is used to keep someone who has been in close contact with a positive COVID-19 case, away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.
Roommates, suitemates and housemates of a positive case will participate in quarantine protocols. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow the following directions:
People who are in isolation or quarantine should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others, which will be determined by the Health Center. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).
If required to isolate, follow the following directions:
Students: contact the Student Health Center with health-related questions or concerns 970-247-7355.
Employees: contact Human Resources if you would like guidance.
COVID-19 testing is offered on campus, free of charge to the campus community. FLC is covering the costs for testing. Personal insurance may be billed by the testing vendor; however there will not be an out-of-pocket cost to the student or employee. Test results will be texted and emailed to the phone number and email provided during test registration.
Drive thru COVID-19 testing will be available in the Stadium Lot on Fort Lewis Colleges campus Monday – Friday. These tests will be free for students, faculty, and staff.
If you have been exposed to a positive case or if you have symptoms, follow quarantine protocols until receiving test results.If you haven’t been exposed to a positive case and you do not have symptoms, limit your interactions with others and monitor your health symptoms until you receive your test results.
If you are a student, you will be contacted by a FLC representative. Answer your phone and answer all questions honestly. If a public health worker calls you, answer the call to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in your community.
Discussions with health department staff are confidential. This means that your personal and medical information will be kept private and only shared with those who may need to know, to keep our community safe.
Test results will be texted or emailed, depending on which communication method you verified on the testing registration page.
If test results are positive for COVID-19, students will be moved into isolation protocols.
Contact the Student Health Center with questions or concerns 970-247-7355
Masks, either multi-layered cloth or surgical, with ear loops or ties and that fit snugly around the chin, mouth, and nose are required while on the Fort Lewis College campus.
This policy applies to all visitors, employees, and students in all indoor offices, rooms, and while meeting or traveling through centralized outdoor areas of campus.
Masks are required in dining locations while getting items, but not while eating.Face shields may be worn as an additional layer of protection but are not a replacement for masks. Buffs, neck gaiters, and bandanas are not permitted as masks.
Students will be required to reach out to the Disability Services Office to review requests for reasonable modifications and to verify that an individual meets the ADA definition of Disability. Students requesting reasonable modifications will work with Disability Services Office to find a solution that meets ADA requirements.
A reasonable modification to the face mask policy may not pose a risk or direct threat to the health or safety of others.
Community members are asked to maintain six feet of distance between each other. Academic classes and common spaces will also promote physical distancing.
Group meetings and one-on-one meetings (e.g. student services appointments, faculty and student meetings) should be held virtually when possible. Group meetings will follow guidance provided by local and state health officials.
Meetings should be held outdoors or in spaces where physical distancing protocols can be met. Appropriate physical distancing and masks remain required.
Virtual meetings are mandatory when physical distancing protocols cannot be met.
To cut down on the density of campus, employees that can work remotely will continue to do so.
Public areas, including classrooms and bathrooms, will be cleaned once daily, M-F, focusing on frequently touched areas.
Community members will be asked to clean their personal space regularly, common spaces will be prioritized by cleaning staff, and any COVID-exposed areas will be cleaned and disinfected expediently.
We will isolate positive cases and use a quarantine plan for those who have been exposed to positive cases.
FLC will support healthy hygiene behaviors by providing adequate supplies, including soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, paper towels, tissues, and no-touch trash cans.
Orientation for new students, transfers, and family members will be held virtually.
Orientation for new employees (faculty, staff, and student employees) will be completed online with in-person I-9 ID verification.
Safety modifications for campus services
Study abroad, international research & other travelWe are not participating in any conferences or other trips/travel that would take students, staff, or faculty overseas.
Travel restrictions during the academic term
Non-essential travel is discouraged during the academic term. It is highly recommended that all FLC community members who travel outside of the area track symptoms for 5 days upon their return and test for the COVID-19 virus on Day 5.
Be aware of the health situation wherever you are traveling so you can make an informed decision and comply with any restrictions in place
Student travel in FLC vehicles (for field classes, etc.)
Sharing hotel rooms / tents
Students traveling for college purposes should not share hotel rooms or tents, unless they currently share living quarters.
Study Abroad ProgramsFLC strongly recommends that students NOT study abroad this semester. If you choose to do so, FLC will do its best to support you in your studies. However, students will be responsible for all costs incurred due to changes or disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic; such costs will not be covered by FLC.
Flu shots will be available to all students, faculty and staff and all will be encouraged to take the flu shot.
Who to notify in event of illness
If you believe you have symptoms associated with COVID-19, stay home and test at the FLC testing site. Do not return to campus until you receive a negative test.
Community members who have tested positive will be contacted by representatives of the Health Center 970-247-7355 for guidance.
Students who are placed in isolation or quarantine should complete the COVID support form to ensure they have access to college resources.
Tuition and fee refunds will follow the schedule outlined on the student billing website. If this is a concern of yours, we highly suggest you consider getting tuition insurance. Find more information about insurance.
Do you have questions? We're more than happy to address them.