San Juan Basin Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment are moving La Plata County to COVID-19 Dial Level Red: Severe Risk beginning Friday, Nov. 20.
I know that you are coming to terms with our rapid shift to online courses. To help with this unexpected situation, I offer detailed information in the attached Academic Resources & Updates List, outlining the forms of support FLC will provide (including updates to coursework, advising, grading, tutoring, technology, wellness, graduation—and more) as we complete the Fall 2020 semester.
To protect the health of FLC community members, and to strengthen our ability to safely manage our recent rise in COVID-19 cases, we are moving some college operations, including most classes, online for the remainder of the semester. However, our campus and housing remain safe and will remain open.
Through cooperative testing and investigation with San Juan Basin Public Health, Fort Lewis College has identified a COVID-19 outbreak in the FLC community. Per SJBPH, an outbreak is defined as two or more confirmed COVID-19 cases among individuals from separate households within a single classroom or cohort, whose onset of disease occurred within the same 14 days.
Fort Lewis College is excited to partner with COVIDCheck Colorado to offer our community the first opportunity to experience a cutting-edge COVID-19 testing experience via a pilot study of SalivaDirect™.
Congrats Skyhawks – we have an A going into midterms! However, we have just been handed some difficult assignments and final grades have not yet been determined.
Our hard work is paying off. Each day we come to campus for in-person learning is both a small victory to be celebrated and a reminder that we have to continue to be vigilant. It’s more important than ever that we continue to lead and role model for each other the pillars of mitigation that are working: mask wearing, distancing and avoiding socializing in groups, symptom tracking, and testing.
As I continue to interact with our community on campus and in class, I see students, faculty, and staff looking out for each other, wearing masks, and staying distanced. I’m proud of the commitment our campus has shown to keeping each other safe.
Walking across campus this week, I could not have been prouder of our students. You were ready to learn and made a commitment to the well-being of our community. Too often, college students have been portrayed as not taking COVID-19 seriously.
Recently, a parent of an incoming first-year student asked me, “So, why is Fort Lewis College opening?”