One community, many needs

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

Students returning to campus

Health Awareness Certification (HAC)

hand sanitizer iconBefore 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: 

  • 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
  • will participate in mandatory testing if selected by Fort Lewis College.
  • 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

Remote Learners

Online learners who plan to access campus for other in-person services need to complete the HAC before visiting campus.

Complete the HAC in Canvas

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.

Required COVID-19 Testing

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.

  • Those who have received a COVID-19 vaccination are required to participate in mandatory testing. 
  • If you choose not to participate in mandatory testing, you will not be allowed to engage on campus. 
  • If you fail to take a COVID-19 test by the assigned deadline, your Daily Health Pass on the FLC App will be turned red, which will prohibit you from in-person classes and on-campus engagement. Your health pass will not be turned back to green until you comply with the testing requirement.

Exemptions from returning and random mandatory testing

  • If you have tested positive in the previous 90 days, you are exempt from reentry and random mandatory testing and able to attend class once you've been cleared from isolation by a medical professional. 
  • If you have already taken a COVID-19 test within the last 7 days, you will be exempted from random mandatory testing.
  • Students should contact to confirm their exemption. Employees contact Human Resources.

Symptom tracking

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.

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

COVID-19 isolation protocols

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:

  • Answer your phone and provide accurate information to the contact tracing team.
  • If you would like support services, complete the COVID support form.
  • Stay in your room, except to seek medical treatment.
  • Monitor your COVID-19 symptoms and record them on the Fort Lewis App daily.
  • Health Center staff will notify you when isolation ends.    
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you should not test again for 90 days.
Discontinuation of isolation

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.

What happens when you are designated a “close contact of a positive case”?

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. 

COVID-19 quarantine protocols

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:

  • Answer your phone and provide accurate information to the contact tracing team.
  • Complete the online COVID-19 support form at
  • Stay in your room, except to seek medical support. On-campus students will have meals delivered to them.
  • Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and record on the Fort Lewis App daily.
  • Testing for COVID-19 will occur between days 5-7 from exposure to a positive case or symptom onset. If you test positive, you will move into isolation protocols.
  • If you do not develop symptoms, and have a negative test result, precautions can be discontinued 7 days after the date of exposure to a positive case.

What to expect while in isolation or quarantine

  • FLC’s COVID Response Team will lead the contact tracing investigation for all students.
  • San Juan Basin Public Health will lead the contact tracing investigation for FLC employees.
  • Students will be contacted regularly by the Student Health Center staff for symptom assessment and guidance.
  • A Case Manager will work with students to ensure your needs are being met (food, prescription drugs, supplies, technology needs)
  • Your professors will be notified that you are unable to join your classes in-person due to isolation and quarantine protocols and you will be assigned an Academic Case Manager.
  • Online, flexible instruction will be available for all students in quarantine or isolation.

Isolation and quarantine in a household

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:

  • 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 when seeking medical treatment.

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 on Campus

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.  


Ongoing Testing

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.


Waiting for test results

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.

What to expect if you test positive

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.

How will you be notified of your test results

Test results will be texted or emailed, depending on which communication method you verified on the testing registration page.

Once test results are confirmed

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, 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.

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 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.


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.

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.

Additional details


Spring 2021 Orientation

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.

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 to install a plexiglas barrier on departmental reception desks.
  • Individual offices may purchase personal dividers using their departmental accounts.

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. 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.)

  • 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 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

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. 

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.

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