COVID-19 Protocol FAQs

FRCC's COVID Protocol Frequently Asked Questions 

We know you will probably have many questions about how to submit vaccine information, how to test and more. Please check our FAQ section below.

General COVID Protocol Questions

 

COVID-19 cases in Colorado are increasing again.  Based on the trends in Colorado COVID cases last year, cases are likely to spike in the winter, just as spring semester starts.  This puts the college community at risk of spread on campus and more disruption to classes because we will need to quarantine students. We also have staff and students who care for at-risk individuals and could be at more risk of spreading the virus to them.  While testing and vaccines will not eliminate the risk, they can reduce the chance of transmission on campus.

In addition,  hospitals across the state are concerned with rising ICU demand.  Especially in Northern Colorado,  some hospitals are already exceeding their ICU bed capacity.  This ICU shortage can make it difficult to continue our health care programs and mean that seriously ill people, from both COVID and other causes, may lack care.  As part of the community, FRCC is taking steps to reduce community transmission.

The first thing to do is to review that email.  It will explain what you need to do based on the information the college has on file.  The email will either state that we have your vaccine verification on file and you do not need to do anything more to attend classes on campus in the spring.  If we do not have your vaccine information you will need to complete the online form in your email agreeing to either upload your vaccine information, weekly testing, or that you will only take fully online or off-site courses. 

If you do not wish to share your vaccination information or agree to weekly testing you will not be able to attend on-campus courses.  If you complete the form agreeing to only take online/remote or off-site courses you can attend online/remote and offsite courses.  If you do not fill out the form you will be dropped from all classes on January 7, 2022.

You are welcome to email the Dean of Student Affairs on the campus you wish to take classes on:

Boulder County Campus – Carla Stein (carla.stein@frontrange.edu)

Brighton Center – Erica Ingalls (Erica.ingalls@frontrange.edu)

Larimer Campus – Kyla Antony (kyla.antony@frontrange.edu)

Westminster Campus – Erica Ingalls (erica.Ingalls@frontrange.edu)

Contact the Registrar's Office at FRCCCOVIDResponse@frontrange.edu 

Yes, all students taking classes on an FRCC campus must either provide proof of vaccination or agree to test weekly.  The protocols do not apply to high school students who take FRCC courses only at their high school.

Yes. Colorado Community College System Chancellor Garcia announced new requirements implementing COVID-19 testing protocols for all students, faculty, and staff to continue face-to-face learning in the spring. Effective January 10, 2022, students at all 13 Colorado Community College System schools will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test on a weekly basis if they do not show proof of vaccination.

 

Testing

 

College leadership is currently constructing a plan for how testing verification will work.  We hope to have testing available at FRCC campuses.  Students and staff who choose not to get vaccinated will be required to test weekly and will need to provide the college proof of the negative test to come to campus.  The exact details of how this testing process will work will be released later in the semester.

FRCC will accept PCR tests administered by a third-party provider.  This will include both nasal and saliva PCR tests.  We will not accept rapid at home tests.  We are exploring if there are other antigen tests delivered by a third party that have sufficient documentation for us to verify the results.  We will provide more information about those tests  when we have it.

Rapid tests for at-home use will not be accepted.  These tests do not give any indication of when they were administered.

It is your responsibility to schedule a test early enough to provide the results by the deadline.  As of late October, most sites have 48 hour turn-around, but we will provide more information as we get closer to the deadline for supplying results.  If results at your site are delayed more than 72 hours, we will have a process for you to let us know when you were tested and ask for a short grace extension.  However, you will not be able to have repeated grace periods.

No.  There is free community testing available in all the communities FRCC serves. FRCC staff are also working to find ways to provide additional free on-campus testing.

Instructors will not be expected to allow students to make up work if they are unable to attend class because they did not meet their testing agreement.

Students who do not get tested will not be able to return to campus until they can present a negative test.  Instructors will not be expected to allow students to make up missed work. 

No, antibody tests will not qualify. Students who have had COVID within 90 days will be exempt from testing until 90 days from their initial positive test.  The 90 day time period is based on current Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, which may change. 

Students who have had COVID within 90 days will be exempt from testing until 90 days from their initial positive test.  The 90 day time period is based on current Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, which may change.

 

Vaccine Verification


Check your email and you will have an email with a link to a form to upload your card information.  If you have any challenges finding the email or uploading your card please contact the Registrar’s office at  FRCCCOVIDResponse@frontrange.edu.

Yes. You will need to be at least two weeks post the second shot to attend classes in person.

We encourage you to complete the form and upload your current vaccination card.  This will keep you enrolled for the spring until you can upload your completed vaccination card.  Once you get your second shot re-complete the form and upload your completed vaccination card.  If both shots are not received before the deadline, you will be dropped from courses.

No. We highly encourage you to complete your booster shot when available, but at this time we you do not need booster shots.

If you received an email asking you to upload your information or agree to regular testing, we do not have your vaccine information. The only way to get this information to us is for you to upload your information on the form sent to your email address.

No, all students attending classes on campus must agree to get vaccinated or agree to weekly testing or to take fully remote or off-site classes only.

 

Online/Fully Remote Course Taking


The first thing to do is to check your student email and complete the form sent to you.  You would select the option to attend online/remote or offsite courses only.  Completion of this form will keep you from being dropped from your online classes.  If you complete the form stating you plan to take online/remote only courses and then register for an on-campus course you will be dropped from that course unless you update your form to either provide vaccination info or agree to weekly testing.

To access services on campus you will need either a recent negative COVID test or proof of vaccination.  Protocols for how remote and online students can access services are being developed.  We will send out an email with detailed information when we have it.