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Classroom Guidance

CSU Pueblo is dedicated to following all guidance, to the extent possible, provided by and authorized by the Governor of Colorado and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), as well as the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment (PDPHE).

The following guidance is subject to change as the situation evolves, or as guidance from the agencies listed above changes. Last updated time stamp: September 10, 2020.

Area Closures

One Positive Case in a Single Area

  • Classrooms will likely not be closed, but will be cleaned and disinfected as soon as the risk is assessed.
  • Specific classes that have potential exposure may need to move to an online modality for 14 days at the discretion of the COVID RPT, in collaboration with the Provost, academic deans, and the impacted faculty member, when possible.

It is unlikely that entire classes will be asked to quarantine, unless there are two or more cases in a single class, or the course/instructor/students failed to comply with posted safety procedures.

In most instances, faculty may be asked to quarantine and some students may be asked to monitor for symptoms. 

Two or More Cases in a Single Area

If there are two or more COVID-19 positive cases in a single area within 72 hours:

  • Classrooms and/or building areas may be closed for 24-72 hours to mitigate risk.
  • As an additional precautionary measure, facilities on campus (recreational/ athletic spaces or practices spaces/classrooms and labs) may be closed for 24-72 hours in order to clean and disinfect harder to clean or specialized equipment.

The COVID Response and Planning Team (COVID RPT) will manage communications to those who may have been exposed. Instructor and departments will not notify a class/students that a classmate has tested positive. The COVID RPT provides detailed instructions on a need-to-know basis to those who may be exposed.

Students with COVID-19

Reports of students with COVID-19 will come to the university’s COVID-19 Response and Planning Team through a variety of methods: 

  • Student notifies COVID-19 Response Planning Team (RPT)
  • Student notifies faculty or staff mentor/advisor, who reports the information to the COVID-19 Response Planning Team
  • Faculty member who hears update from student notifies the COVID Response Planning Team immediately
  • Wolfpack Wellness Center test results
  • County or Primary Care testing follow-up will flag that individual attends CSU Pueblo

Students reporting symptoms, a potential exposure, or a positive test result through the COVID RPT or screening will be flagged for outreach from the COVID RPT and instructed to self-isolate or quarantine pending guidance from the Wolfpack Wellness Center. The COVID RPT will then do the following:

  1. The COVID RPT will assess the concern and begin any necessary internal, CSU Pueblo (only) contact tracing in order to determine close contacts that may have had a significant exposure to an infected person.
  2. CSU Pueblo COVID RPT members will immediately contact CSU Pueblo’s liaison at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment to coordinate efforts and assess risk. 

Students are responsible for notifying faculty of absences from class or work study or other on-campus positions.

In every official email communication from the COVID RPT, students are provided details for contacting the Dean of Students, marie.humphrey@csupueblo.edu, for assistance in communicating with faculty or on-campus supervisors, and both students and impacted employees are asked to contact The Wolfpack Wellness Center in order to make arrangements for a “return to campus clearance.”

Each case is unique, as are the risks, and every clearance, therefore, requires medical clearance in order to mitigate risk. 

Student Conduct and Privacy  

Students are required to follow health and safety requirements. 

  • Failure to comply with health and safety requirements falls under the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Students who receive a COVID-19 test should notify the Response Planning Team and must quarantine away from campus (or in Residence Halls, as directed) until test results are available.
  • If you test at your own health care provider, or at a designated state testing site, you should identify yourself as a CSU Pueblo student and provide a local address for notification purposes.
  • Test results, positive or negative, must be provided to the team at the Wolfpack Wellness Center in order to be cleared to return to campus.
  • If you are ill, stay home. Contact professors and the COVID RPT if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Faculty and staff will not be given details of absences or student specific information.
  • If a student chooses to reveal this personal, medical information, faculty and staff should confirm that the COVID RPT is aware, but should otherwise protect that information and will not share specifics with colleagues, students, or campus leadership, unless asked during the course of internal contact tracing protocols.
  • Best efforts will always be made to protect the privacy of students, to the extent possible, in a public health emergency.

If students need assistance working with faculty or instructors regarding missed classes or assignments, because of isolation, illness, or quarantine (both related or unrelated to COVID-19), they should contact Dr. Marie Humphrey, the Senior Associate VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, whose team can intervene, as requested or necessary. She can be reached by email at marie.humphrey@csupueblo.edu or by phone at 719-549-2919.

Students in need of accommodations, or those seeking an exception to this policy, should contact the Disability Resource and Support Center at dro@csupueblo.edu.

Quarantine and Isolation Procedures

Non-Compliance

Everyone on the CSU Pueblo campus is learning as we go. Our primary focus is to “Protect our Pack,” but if you or your team encounter a group or individuals — employees, students, or visitors who, after encouragement and professional reminders, still refuse to wear a mask/face covering, do not adhere to social-distancing guidelines, or who are practicing other risky behaviors, please contact our Health Screening Team at 719-549-2373.

  • Face masks are required at all times — unless an accommodation has been approved by the Disability Resource and Support Center.
  • Face shields are not an appropriate replacement for a mask. In some cases, both a mask and shield may be worn in a clinical setting.
  • Social distancing — stay two ThunderWolves apart — should be maintained in the classroom.
  • No food in classrooms or common/shared spaces. Water may be allowed, at the discretion of the faculty member. If you are a long class, faculty may provide a water or food break.
  • It is recommended that students clean their work area at the end of each class. Work areas within the classroom can also be cleaned prior to class at the discretion of faculty. Cleaning supplies have been provided in every instructional space on campus.
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Get Ready for Fall 2020

Cross-campus plans have been developed that allow for in-person, hybrid, and online class experiences that will help you to tailor your schedule in a flexible way that meets your personal needs.

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