One community, many needs

Keeping our students and employees safe and healthy is our first 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 August 13, 2020

Returning to campus

Students, faculty & staff

hand sanitizer iconWe're setting you all up with some PPE (personal protective equipment). To support you in meeting the safety measures in place to create a safer campus community, you'll receive a mask and a thermometer.

Getting your Skyhawk PPE

  • Incoming students and those moving into residence halls will get them at check-in.
  • Continuing students will pick them up at the info desk after classes start.
  • Faculty and staff will get their PPE from their directors or chairs.

BUFFS AREN’T ENOUGH Single-ply neck gaiters are not effective in stopping the spread of respiratory droplets. Please use multi-layered masks to keep our community safe.Health Awareness Certification

Before coming to campus, you will complete a Health Awareness Certification (HAC). The HAC is a brief online training, review of FLC's campus health protocols, and affirmation of your own health.

As part of the HAC, you will self-certify that you:

  • Have not been determined to be actively infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 
  • Do not have a fever, cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19 as listed on the CDC’s website
  • Have not been in close contact with anyone known or suspected to have tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days
  • Agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the Fort Lewis College community

Students

Mandatory for all students

You'll need to complete the HAC before returning to campus, or by August 25 if you're not returning to campus. You still need to complete the HAC even if you're taking courses entirely online.

Complete the HAC in Canvas

You'll complete the HAC as a course in Canvas, the tool we use for online learning. If you're a new student, you'll complete it as part of your online Orientation.

 


Symptom tracking

Starting in mid-August, we will be using the Fort Lewis College 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.

  • Quarantine & isolation
  • Testing
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Physical distancing
  • Virus mitigation
Quarantine & isolation

What happens when

If you test positive for COVID-19, or demonstrate its symptoms, you'll go into isolation. The people you have had contact with will go into quarantine. See below for details.

COVID-19 Quarantine Protocols

If you have had an exposure to someone with COVID-19 symptoms, or to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, contact the Student Health Center at 970-247-7355 and complete the online form at www.fortlewis.edu/covidsupport.

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 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. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow the following directions:

  • Practice disciplined physical distancing and mask wearing.
  • Discontinue in-person instruction until released from quarantine.
  • Discontinue dine-in options at the Student Union or any restaurants.
  • Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 using the thermometer provided to you in your move-in packet and record on the Fort Lewis App daily.

What to Expect while in Quarantine:

You will be contacted daily by the Student Health Center staff for symptom assessment and guidance.

A Case Manager will contact you to ensure your needs are being met (food, prescription drugs, supplies, technology needs) YOU will need to contact your professors to let them know you are unable to join your classes in person due to quarantine protocols.

Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 using the thermometer provided to you in your move-in packet and record on the Fort Lewis App daily.

Testing for COVID-19 will occur between days 5-7 from exposure or symptom onset.

Discontinuation of Quarantine

Students with a negative test result will be released from quarantine by the Health Center staff.

If test results are positive for COVID-19, students will be moved into isolation protocols.

Isolation Protocols

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be isolated in designated areas on campus. These students will remain in isolation until cleared by Health Center staff. Food will be delivered to their rooms and online, flexible instruction will be available. FLC is developing a responsive contact tracing strategy with local public health.

Isolation Expectations

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19 you will be required to follow isolation protocol. Please complete the online form at www.fortlewis.edu/covidsupport.

Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. 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:  

  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have trouble breathing, seek emergency medical care immediately by calling 911.
  • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils
  • Stay indoors except for outdoor walks and sunshine. Always wear a mask!
  • Discontinue in-person instruction until released from isolation.
  • Dining options will be limited to food delivery until released from isolation.

What to Expect while in Isolation:

You will be contacted daily by the Student Health Center staff for symptom assessment and guidance. 

A Case Manager will contact you to ensure your needs are being met (food, prescription drugs, supplies, technology needs) YOU will need to contact your professors to let them know you are unable to join your classes in person due to isolation protocols.

Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 using the thermometer provided to you in your move-in packet and record on the Fort Lewis App daily.

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.

Discontinuation of Isolation 

Students will be released from isolation by the Health Center staff.    


Contact the Student Health Center with questions or concerns 970-247-7355 

Testing

COVID-19 Testing on Campus

COVID-19 testing is offered on campus, free of charge to the campus community.  

 

Ongoing Testing (August 24 – November 20)

Drive thru COVID-19 testing will be available in the Stadium Lot on Fort Lewis College’s from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. from Monday – Thursday. These tests will be free for students, faculty, and staff. 

 

Waiting for test results

After testing, limit your interactions with others and monitor your health symptoms to help protect your friends, family, and others from possibly getting COVID-19 from you.

If you are awaiting your COVID-19 test results, follow these directions:

  • Practice disciplined physical distancing and mask wearing.
  • Discontinue indoor dining options at the Student Union or any restaurants.
  • Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 using the thermometer provided to you in your move-in packet and record on the Fort Lewis App daily.
  • While you wait for your COVID-19 test result, think about everyone you have been around recently. This will be important information to give health workers if your test is positive.
What to Expect:
    • Answer the phone call from the health department.
    • If you are a student, the Student Health Center will contact you as well.
    • 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, like your health care provider.
    • Your name will not be shared with those you came in contact with. The health officials will only notify people you were in close contact with (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) that they might have been exposed to COVID-19.
How will you be notified of your test results:
      • A negative test result will be texted.
      • You will receive a phone call if you have a positive test result.
Once test results are confirmed:
      • Students with a negative test result will be notified that they can resume campus engagement.
      • 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

Personal protective equipment

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, meetings, and classes, 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.


For those who are unable to wear a mask

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.

Physical distancing

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 can be held outdoors or in spaces where physical distancing protocols can be met. Virtual meetings are mandatory when physical distancing protocols cannot be met.

Virus mitigation

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. Residential building cleaning needs will be addressed seven days per week. 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 use a quarantine plan for those who have been exposed to positive cases or traveled to impacted communities.

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.

Additional details

Orientation

In-person Orientation 

  • Orientation for new students will have both online and in-person elements. The in-person orientation will be held on Sunday, August 23.
  • Orientation for family members of new students will be offered in an online format only.
  • Orientation for new employees (faculty, staff, and student employees) will be completed online with in-person I-9 ID verification.
Shared spaces

Cleaning expectations

  • All community members are asked to clean their personal workspace before and after each use.
  • Faculty and staff can order cleaning supplies and PPE for their department from Central Stores.

Safety modifications for campus services   

  • Forms and procedures will be electronic as much as possible.
  • We strongly encourage you to sign up for direct deposit for student payroll and processing of electronic refunds.
  • Use funds loaded on your Skycard or use a credit/debit card as much as possible, rather than cash, to reduce possible transmission. Many of our Skycard readers are “proximity readers” or touchless.
  • Any shared pens, clipboard or other office equipment will be cleaned between uses.
  • We are rearranging office spaces and reception areas, and should a line form, 6 feet physical distancing will be expected. Windows and doors will be open when practical.

Plexiglass barriers

  • Plexiglass barriers will be provided on departmental reception desks, not individual offices or classrooms.
  • Departments should contact Jeff Miller jkmiller2@fortlewis.edu to install a Plexiglas barrier on departmental reception desks.
  • Individual offices may purchase personal dividers using their departmental accounts.
Travel

Study abroad, international research & other travel
We 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. Students who travel outside of the area will quarantine for 5 days, test for the COVID-19 virus, then remain in quarantine until cleared by Health Center staff. Should you choose not to test, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Students who travel outside of the area
More than 100 miles from campus

Should you decide to travel, you will need to complete our COVID-19 FLC Student Travel form so FLC is aware of non-FLC-related travel. Be aware of the health situation wherever you are traveling so you can make an informed decision and comply with any restrictions in place. Please be aware that you may be disciplined under FLC's student code of conduct if you do not report your non-FLC-related travel to the college.

Student travel in FLC vehicles (for field classes, etc.)

  • Transportation for college purposes is allowed at 50% capacity of the vehicle with face coverings on all passengers and windows open when feasible.
  • Hand sanitizer should be used by all passengers entering the vehicle.

Sharing hotel rooms / tents

Students traveling for college purposes should not share hotel rooms or tents, unless they currently share living quarters.

Study Abroad Programs
FLC strongly recommends that students NOT study abroad this fall 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.

Getting sick

Flu shots

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

  • Community members who have tested positive are asked to call the Health Center 970-247-7355 immediately for guidance.
  • Students with COVID-19 symptoms should complete the form located at www.fortlewis.edu/covidsupport  

Medical withdrawal

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.

Contact us

Do you have questions? We're more than happy to address them.

Continuing students

covid19-info@fortlewis.edu
970-247-7301

First-time students

admission@fortlewis.edu
970-247-7184