COVID Campus Safety and Access for Fall

Naropa University plans to welcome students, faculty and essential staff back to campus in August 2020.  In order to do so, Naropa must prioritize the health and safety of our community and minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 on campus.  The COVID-19 Taskforce has made decisions related to curriculum delivery, staffing levels, and housing occupancy focused on reducing the population density on campus.  Fewer people on campus will serve to maximize the effectiveness of the prevention plan outlined below.  The prevention plan has four parts: campus health protocols, symptom monitoring, testing requirements, and intervention.  The success of these efforts relies greatly on the Naropa community’s willingness to comply with the measures outlined and the understanding that one needs to put community before self.

Campus Health Protocols:

To avoid the spread of COVID-19 everyone on campus must follow social distancing requirements, including remaining 6 feet apart, wearing face coverings at all times (both inside and outside), handwashing, disinfecting classroom and work spaces, refraining from sharing equipment or food, and adhering to occupancy limits assigned to all campus spaces.  Classrooms have been assessed for square footage and furniture has been arranged to support social distancing.  All persons on campus must adhere to signage, including direction flow.  These precautions will remain in place through the fall semester of 2020 and may be extended as circumstances require.

Appropriate signage has been placed throughout campus spaces reminding the community of the established health protocols.  Training videos have been created and will be accessible online and shared during orientations.  Updates are posted regularly to this webpage, and community members may direct questions to covid19questions@naropa.edu.

Further risk mitigation strategies include reducing the number of staff who need to be on campus at any one time. Through 2020, only staff in essential departments, or with prior approval by the Cabinet member who most closely supervises their given area, may be on campus.  Staff should stay in close contact with supervisors and staff colleagues so that we coordinate on campus presence, with the overarching goal of reducing such presence to the lowest number practical.  In general, staff should plan for all meetings to be held remotely through 2020. For rare exceptions, approval is needed in advance.  Guests are precluded from entering campus property, including residence halls, with the exception of small campus tours.  Common areas have been closed or furniture has been removed to promote social distancing.  Classroom equipment that cannot be cleaned between use (such as art supplies and cushions) will be provided individually to students.  All campus rental agreements and both internal and external events have been suspended through 2020. Faculty are working diligently to offer students meaningful alternatives to events such as in-person capstone presentations, art exhibits, etc.  All orientations will be held online. This includes both the general orientation events and departmental orientations. Retreats, intensives and field trips may be held in-person provided established protocols are followed.

Symptom Monitoring:

An important aspect of engaging in community safely is each individual’s responsibility to monitor their own health, notice symptoms, and report possible exposures to the virus.  Naropa has created a Campus Clearance Process which must be completed by all students, staff and faculty each day they will be on any Naropa property.  You will be able to access this portal through the Naropa website, MyNaropa and via QR codes embedded in all campus safety posters. 

The daily “Campus Check-in” Campus Clearance Process, which is linked to community members’ email sign-in, asks individuals to identify in which campus and building they will be physically present for the day.  Individuals are provided with a list of COVID-19 symptoms and are asked to confirm that they are not experiencing and have not experienced any symptoms in the past 72 hours.  Individuals are asked to confirm that their temperature is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or less. Questions meant to track exposure risk are also asked, such as whether they have been diagnosed or come in contact with a person diagnosed with or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms within the past 14 days.

Individuals who are not cleared to be on campus will receive the following prompt:

If you are not cleared to be on campus by the “Campus Check-In” campus health clearance process, you will receive a notification with important information. It is Important that you respond as directed.  You should also notify your supervisor (staff); the Chief Academic Officer, Susan Burggraf (faculty); or your Academic Advisor (students) to discuss remote work or study options.

If you are not cleared by the “Campus Check-In”, please self-isolate while awaiting test results.

Once you have received your test results, please inform the Naropa COVID-19 Taskforce right away by sending an email to covidsymptoms@naropa.edu stating “COVID-19 Test Results” in the subject line.

Naropa has implemented classroom technology that will allow students to remotely attend an otherwise in-person class in the event that the student is not cleared to be on campus.  Faculty and supervisors have been asked to be flexible with attendance policies.  Staff not cleared to be on campus will work with supervisors to determine remote work options or will need to take paid time off until they are able to return to in-person work.  Naropa also offers short-term disability, and staff may be eligible for benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act.  Staff members should work with their supervisors and the Human Resources Department.

Two senior staff members have access to data compiled through the Campus Clearance Process that will enable them to track compliance with the process and to identify any concerns or outbreaks.  Outreach will be made to any party not cleared to be on campus so that tracing and isolation protocols may be enacted as necessary (see Intervention below).  The identity of anyone not cleared to be on campus, or who is otherwise symptomatic or confirmed to have COVID-19, will not be disclosed to anyone outside the very small number of people who require that information in order to support community health and safety.

Testing Requirements:

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with any these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Anyone with symptoms should get tested, stay away from others, and follow the instructions on how to isolate. Persons believing that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should follow the instructions on how to quarantine for 14 days after exposure to prevent further transmission. Anyone who would like to receive text messages with information about support available during isolation and/or quarantine, should report their symptoms to Colorado COVID Symptom Support tool.

According to guidance from the State of Colorado, people do not need a test if they do not have symptoms. Anyone who thinks that they have been exposed should avoid contact with other people for 14 days after the exposure. However, those who work in a care facility, work at a facility with an outbreak, or have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, should get a test even if they do not have symptoms. Anyone who believes that they have been exposed to COVID-19 should wait 7 days from the date of exposure before seeking a test unless symptoms have developed.

While it’s a good idea to wait for about 7 days to be tested after the date of exposure, some people may not become ill for up to 14 days. For that reason, people who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 should minimize their contact with others for 14 days from the date of their exposure, even if they test negative before the full two weeks have passed.

  • Coloradans who are sick and receive negative COVID-19 test results should continue to stay home while they are sick and should consult with their healthcare provider about the need for additional testing and the appropriate time to resume normal activities. (https://covid19.colorado.gov/are-you-sick/testing-for-covid-19)

Naropa University is a small institution and does not have an internal health clinic.  As such, Naropa itself cannot administer COVID-19 testing on site.  Students and employees who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have a known exposure to the virus should contact their primary care doctor for information on how to obtain a test.  

Staff members who are covered under Naropa’s health insurance plan should contact Member Services at 866-633-2446 or log into myuhc.com and look for facilities and/or providers within their area. 

Avista Adventist Hospital 303-673-1000

 

Students who are covered under Naropa’s student sponsored health insurance plan should visit https://www.uhcsr.com/faqs for information related to coverage and COVID-19 testing.  Students may also visit https://covid19testcenterlocator.uhc.com/ctcl#/CTC-Search to find a test center.  Additional information is available at www.naropa.edu/coronavirus.

Community members who are not covered by a Naropa sponsored plan or who do not otherwise have insurance should access https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/testing/ to get information about free or low cost testing options as well as a list of testing locations that do not require a doctor recommendation.

Any payment for COVID-19 testing is the responsibility of the student or employee.  Should an outbreak occur on University property, Naropa may request that impacted community members undergo immediate testing, the cost of which may be covered by Naropa.

Intervention:

Members of the Naropa community are responsible for the compassionate care of each other as we navigate this global pandemic.  As such, all Naropa students and staff are required to comply with local, state and federal recommendations related to mitigation of the COVID-19 virus.  Specifically:

Individuals who are sick or are experiencing flu-like symptoms should get tested for COVID-19, and must self-isolate until their symptoms cease or until they have a negative test result. If an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 and/or has developed symptoms of COVID-19, including early or mild symptoms (such as cough and shortness of breath), they should be isolate (stay away from others) until they have had no fever for at least seventy-two (72) hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers), other symptoms have improved (such as cough or shortness of breath), and at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Individuals who are sick and receive negative COVID-19 test results should continue to stay home while they are sick and should consult with their healthcare provider about the need for additional testing and the appropriate time to resume normal activities.

All Naropa community members who are self-isolating due to a possible exposure, are awaiting test results or who have otherwise received a test indicating that they are positive for COVID-19 should immediately report this information to the Naropa COVID-19 Taskforce by sending an email to covid19questions@naropa.edu stating “Possible COVID-19” in the subject line.  Community members should indicate:

  1. The date that they were last on campus;
  2. The campus location and any buildings they visited;
  3. The name of any course they attended and the faculty of record;
  4. The names of any community members that they were in contact with;
  5. Whether they have taken a COVID-19 test and the test result; and
  6. The date symptoms or a possible exposure occurred.

Naropa’s COVID-19 Taskforce will use the information provided to determine what intervention strategies are required to mitigate the risk of spread of the virus on its campus.  At all times, the name of anyone disclosing information about possible COVID-19 symptoms, positive test results, or possible exposure will remain confidential.  All members of the Naropa community are required to follow intervention protocols.  Intervention strategies include, but are not limited to:

  1. Contacting party reporting symptoms, positive test result or known exposure for more information;
  2. Contacting parties identified as “at risk” due to physical proximity to persons with confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis and requesting parties to self-isolate and not be present on campus;
  3. Contacting local and state health departments for guidance;
  4. Implementing quarantine plan for housing students; and/or
  5. Requiring faculty to move classes to online only operations.

All students and staff who are 1) experiencing symptoms of COVID19; 2) have been exposed to COVID19; 3) are awaiting results of a COVID-19 test; or 4) have tested positive for COVID-19 may not be physically present on campus until a negative test result has been received and proof of the same is provided to the Naropa COVID-19 Taskforce.