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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.
Before coming to campus, students, faculty, and staff will be asked to complete a Health Awareness Certification. The HAC will require employees and students to self-certify that the person:
FLC will procure adequate testing and implement a testing strategy that balances risk with responsible safety measures. While school is in session, students, faculty and staff will be expected to complete a daily self-monitoring checklist to monitor for symptoms. Additionally, students, faculty, and staff will participate in surveillance testing.
Students can receive free COVID-19 virus and antibody tests at the Student Health Center on campus. Whether they are showing symptoms themselves or have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19, students can receive tests in the Health Center during regular business hours. Students requesting a test can call the Health Center at 970-247-7355.
Faculty and staff FLC insurance will cover testing at Cedar Diagnostics in Durango and HR has protocols in place for isolation and returning to work for employees.
Face coverings are mandatory in public places and for all indoor, in-person meetings and classes. If a meeting is taking place outside where physical distancing measures can be followed, face coverings are recommended but not required. Face coverings will be 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 face coverings.
Employees will be provided with PPE to conduct their jobs safely with a limited risk for transmittal. Students will be provided two washable face coverings and a personal thermometer.
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.
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.
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.
Students who have been in close contact with a positive case will be required to quarantine for 5 days and track symptoms. Quarantined students will be tested for COVID-19 virus and antibodies on Day 6. These students will remain in quarantine until cleared by Health Center staff. Food can be picked up at Campus Dining as a grab-and-go option and online, flexible instruction will be available.
Will there be an in-person Orientation?
Will I be expected to clean?
How will campus service offices be modified for safety?
Can I get a Plexiglass barrier for my office?
Will there be travel restrictions?
How can students travel to field classes if they don’t have a car?
Can students share a hotel room?;
Students traveling for college purposes should not share hotel rooms or tents, unless they currently share living quarters.
Will flu shots be available?
Flu shots will be available to all students, faculty and staff and all will be encouraged to take the flu shot.
Who should I notify if I get sick?
If I get sick and decide to withdraw, will I get a refund?
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.