Test Before Arriving to Campus

  • Get tested before traveling to campus
  • Follow isolation protocols if you receive a positive test result
  • If you are feeling sick, do not go to class or work 
  • Get your COVID-19 booster dose as soon as you’re eligible

Dear CC Community, 

We’ve welcomed back more than 800 students with our phased start to the Spring Semester with J-Block and Half Block already underway. Thanks to your participation in screening testing and indoor masking, we are about to complete the second week of J-Block in person! Each one of you is making a difference, and it shows. 

We look forward to the return of additional members of our campus community, with Winter Start Orientation beginning this Sunday, Jan. 16, followed by Block 5, starting Monday, Jan. 24.  

To help you return to campus safely during the ongoing Omicron wave, we strongly encourage ALL students (and faculty or staff who are just returning to campus) to get tested BEFORE traveling to campus. Check with your local health department for free testing sites; starting on Jan. 15, insurance companies and health plans will cover the cost of at-home test kits that may also be purchased at local pharmacies or online. Test as close as possible to departure. Students who receive a positive test result should complete isolation at home. Pre-arrival testing helps to ensure that you are not putting others at risk during transit. Thank you!  

In addition, we recommend that students wear an N95 mask if possible (or a similar high-filtration mask such as KN95, KF94, or FFP2) in airports, on planes, and when interacting with others during transit to reduce their risk of infection. About 1 in 10 people are currently infected with the virus nationally. 

Please take a moment to review the temporary updates to campus COVID-19 protocols in preparation of the Omicron wave. 

Key points:  

  • Booster shots are required; if you haven’t yet uploaded your documentation, please do so now (student instructionsemployee instructions).
    • Please note that all who are not up to date with vaccination (unvaccinated OR eligible for a booster but haven’t yet received) need to quarantine if in close contact with a person with COVID-19, per CDC guidance.
  • Quarantine and isolation protocols have been updated.
  • KN95 or similar filtration masks must always be worn in indoor public spaces.
  • Twice weekly screening testing is required for all students (review details here on testing and isolation kit pick-up) during the Omicron wave.
  • Twice weekly testing is encouraged for all staff and faculty working on campus.
  • Limit indoor social interactions and prioritize safer outdoor activities. Please no parties until the Omicron wave has moved through; we plan to re-instate the party registration form at that time.
  • Rastall Café and all dining facilities on campus will be open and provide take-out only.
  • Campus activities continue as planned.
  • No food or drink in classes, meetings, or at events.
If you have questions, please check our Coronavirus Updates and Resources webpage or contact covid19@coloradocollege.edu

We are excited for you to be back on campus and wish you a healthy and rewarding Block 5! 


Andrea Bruder 
Chief Public Health Advisor to the President 

Mateo Muñoz 
Chair, COVID-19 Policy and Implementation Committee  

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