We continue to monitor the status of the novel Coronavirus. As you probably know, there are now 11 presumed cases in Colorado and a growing number of cases nationwide. The FRCC leadership teams are meeting almost daily to review the latest developments and make contingency plans. You can see updates on the situation in Colorado from the Department of Public Health.
Our cleaning crews are taking extra steps to disinfect high-touch areas, following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
Instructional leaders and faculty are refining our plans to deliver instruction online, through videoconference or other methods, in the event we need to limit classes on campus. While I hope that we can sustain normal campus operations, we are also making sure we are prepared if we cannot.
We are also reviewing our institutional travel policy to advise employees not to travel to areas with high virus activity.
I also asked faculty and instructors Monday to carefully review their syllabi and find ways to give alternative assignments to students who are sick during this period of high coronavirus concern.
You can help. If you are sick for any reason, or if you have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, please don’t come to campus. If you are concerned you have COVID-19, please see the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf. If you do test positive for the virus, please let the college know ASAP.
On campus, please continue to promote good health. While hand sanitizers are a convenient option, good handwashing hygiene is still among the best ways to help prevent the spread of germs and viruses. This is especially true for COVID-19 given how it is believed to be transmitted. For more information on handwashing, visit CDC’s handwashing-website: www.cdc.gov/handwashing. In addition to handwashing, please be sure to follow these other everyday actions that will help to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
All of the FRCC staff want you to be able to complete your semester in a safe manner. We will continue to keep you informed as we learn more.