Dear Dr. Ida Rolf Institute students, members, faculty, and staff,
We hope this message finds you and yours safe and well. The DIRI leadership team has been working hard to ensure a structured and thoughtful approach to safety protocols. Our goal is to create an innovated in-person campus operations that will keep our community safe, ensure access and quality for our students and advance our academic and research mission.
Colorado Department of Public Health & environment: https://covid19.colorado.gov/
Guiding Principles: Our Commitments (adapted from the University of Colorado)
Any plans for in-person campus operations will be data-informed, use the latest science, occur in alignment with public health guidance, and include strong mitigation for COVID-19 health risks to keep us safe.
Safety Plan: Overview
We welcome feedback and suggestions on the enclosed plan. Together we can ensure the safety of our community members as we responsibly open our campus this fall.
This document is prepared using the Department of Higher Education‘s guidelines.
Before Classes Start: Coming Prepared
Daily Health Form (found HERE)
Completion of a daily health form is required for all faculty, staff, and students each day they will be absent to due illness. By completing the form, individuals are indicating they are taking personal responsibility for their own health and safety while respecting the health and safety of others. Here are the five things you need to know about the form:
It is required. All students, staff, and faculty must submit the form every day they will be absent due to illness.
It only takes a few seconds. Create a shortcut on your phone so the form is easy to find (just in case).
It helps track and limit. By asking questions about body temperature, symptoms, close proximity to someone who may have COVID-19, and COVID-19 test results (if applicable), we are able to track the virus and limit its spread. People at risk for the illness may be asked to stay home or see a doctor.
Knowledge is power. Checking in through questionnaires is a public health best practice in the fight against COVID-19.
It is confidential. All personal health and medical information will remain confidential. Once your form is complete you will receive a response about when you can return to campus, or if you should stay home and contact a medical provider or the Boulder Health Department.
By coming to campus each day, individuals are indicating that they are in good health and do not have any symptoms of illness.
Medical Masks. The DIRI Board of Directors and Faculty, Executive Education Committee requires that all students wear a mask while in class and in the building. Medical masks will be provided to all students and faculty members and are required while working at the tables or during skillful touch. Face shields are available upon request.
Research shows that people who have no symptoms can spread COVID-19. Wearing a non-medical face mask helps minimize the spread of the virus.
During Classes: Building and Health & Safety
Before entering a building, double-check the following:
Hygiene & Sanitation
Students will be placed in small cohorts not to exceed 25% of the occupancy limit per room and will work exclusively with each other.
Class Space and Social Distancing. Students are required to put on indoor slippers or socks when they enter the classroom and remove their outside shoes and store them in the place provided. Backpacks should be hung on hooks, not placed on the floor. Masks should be worn at all times when individuals are not eating or drinking. Everyone should practice social distancing when possible.
Hands-on Work. Student pairs will work only with each other and will follow all precautions utilized by practitioners while doing hands-on work, including:
On Campus, Outside of Class
Common Areas. Common areas such as the kitchen, library, and lobby are open areas and individuals should practice social distancing when possible, and wear a mask at all times when not eating or drinking.
Kitchen. Students are encouraged to bring their own lunches prepacked and in suitable containers that do not require refrigeration. During lunch, students will enter and exit the classroom at the rear door and will be permitted to eat in the kitchen without masks.
Restrooms. Students from each classroom will be assigned specific restrooms for use. Only two students at a time may be in the shared restrooms. In some instances, only one student will be allowed in the restroom at a time. Wash your hands thoroughly after each use to reduce the potential transmission of the coronavirus.
If you are sick, stay home. Know the symptoms of communicable diseases and stay home if you are experiencing any of them.
Symptoms and Testing. People with communicable diseases report a wide range of symptoms, from mild to severe illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the following signs and symptoms for Coronavirus and has posted a Self-Checker: A guide to help you make decisions on when to seek testing and appropriate medical care:
Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. The CDC has posted a Self-Checker: A guide to help you make decisions on when to seek testing and appropriate medical care.
When to seek emergency medical attention. Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility; Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19. Attached is a list of Boulder County Emergency clinics.
Testing. In general, you do not need a test if you do not have symptoms. If you think you have been exposed, limit your contact with other people for five days after your exposure. However, if you 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, it may be advisable to get a test even if you don‘t have symptoms. You should wait about five days after the date you think you were exposed before getting tested unless you develop symptoms.
Isolation applies to students who/ and
How long does Isolation last?
How long does Quarantine last? Stay at home or stay put in the same location for five days since your last close contact with an infected person so you don‘t potentially spread the disease to healthy people. If you get sick, begin following the isolation directions.
No doctor or health insurance?
Additional Resources if someone gets sick:
Screening tool to determine who needs to be sent home from school if they get sick: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1u5i6AuwKh1rUx_xqb-TGV7O69l3BKWAB/view
Return to School Guidance following a positive symptom screen for COVID-19: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aPvb3SbImc3UXUkrmdrQUIDIe_B8yK0-/view
A tool to determine if classmates or cohort members or close contacts of a sick person need to stay home can be found HERE.
Enforcement of isolation and quarantine
LEGAL AUTHORITY IN COLORADO
Who to Contact for help in Colorado:
Call2-11 or (866) 760-6489
Text your ZIP CODE to 898-211
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