Safety Protocols for Opening DIRI Classes

August 17, 2020

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 our transition back to campus. Our goal is to create an innovated in-person campus operations this fall that will keep our community safe, ensure access and quality for our students and advance our academic and research mission.

Currently Colorado is at a Level 2: Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors. The following protocols are based on Colorado continuing to be at Level 2 or Level 3: Protect our Neighbors. Should the Governor of Colorado mandate a return to Level 1: Stay at Home, the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute would be required to cease in person classes. For more information go to the Colorado Department of Public Health & environment: https://covid19.colorado.gov/

Guiding Principles: Our Commitments (adapted from University of Colorado)

Any plans for our return to in -person campus operations this fall 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.

  • We will apply leadership, empathy and care to ensure health, safety and welfare for our students, faculty, staff and community members.
  • We will be innovative to meet our mission and maintain academic integrity, quality and equity in the student and employee experience.
  • We will be resilient together to deliver positive impact and adjust rapidly to changing, imperfect information to maintain our operational and fiscal integrity as circumstances evolve.

Safety Plan: Overview

  • Our plan provides for a phased return for new and returning staff and students.
  • Our plan explores our academic experience to feature the expanded use of blended in person and remote learning, flexible course delivery models, student cohorts, and the possibility of condensed terms.
  • It identifies needs for modified hands-on experiences to safely bring students and faculty together while ensuring academic integrity and the uniqueness of Rolfing® SI as hands-on work.
  • It incorporates the rapid ability to support our faculty and teaching assistants in scaling to broad-based, robust remote teaching and learning, where appropriate.
  • It is supported by robust public health mitigation and safety measures that reduce the risk of transmission
  • It provides modified delivery of support services, innovative approaches to academic and experiential opportunities, diversity, equity and community building efforts.

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.

Sincerely,

Christina Howe
Executive Director


Safety Protocols for Opening Fall Classes

This document is prepared using the Department of Higher Education’s guidelines.

Before Classes Start: Coming Prepared

Online COVID Training. Before returning to campus, all students and employees must complete the required pre-arrival COVID-19 Training. Students, Faculty and Staff are required to commit to DIRI and public health guidelines—including restrictions on large gatherings—to support the health and safety of our community.

Daily Health Form (found HERE)

Completion of a daily health form is required for all faculty, staff and students each day you intend to be on the DIRI campus. Here are the five things you need to know about the form:

It is required. All students, staff and faculty must submit the form everyday you plan to be on campus (both inside and outside).

It only takes a few seconds. Set a daily reminder on your phone or calendar and create a shortcut on your phone.

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 the 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 an immediate response about whether you should come to campus or stay home and contact a medical provider or the Boulder Health Department.

Daily Temperature Taking. Start times for classes will be staggered, so that all students may have their temperature taken prior to entering the class, in addition to submitting their Daily Health Form. Students are required to monitor their temperature and to complete the Daily Health Form for five (5) days prior to the first day of classes.

Masks. Colorado Executive Order D 2020 is a mandatory statewide mask order. All students are required to wear a mask if not 6 feet apart from other students and faculty. Medical masks and shields will be provided to all students and faculty members and are required while working at the tables or during skillful touch.

The order requires people in Colorado who are 11 years and older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths:

  • When entering or moving within any public indoor space.
  • While using or waiting to use public (buses, light-rail) or non-personal (taxis, car services, ride-shares) transportation services.

People who do not have to wear a mask include:

  • People who are 10 years old and younger.
  • People who cannot medically tolerate a face covering.
  • Children ages 2 and under should NOT wear masks or cloth face coverings.

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:

  • You are wearing a mask/face covering
  • You have completed the Daily Health check form
  • You do not feel sick

Hygiene & Sanitation

  • Daily deep cleaning and disinfection of tables, chairs and surfaces.
  • Students must take their shoes off at the door and must wear socks and/or slippers while in the classroom.
  • Hand sanitizing stations in each classroom
  • Disinfectant wipes in each classroom

Engineering Controls

  • HVAC updates to increase outside air, filtration
  • Portable HEPA air purifiers in each classroom
  • Barriers in central areas and in classrooms (e.g., plexiglass screens)
  • UV lights are provided to each classroom for sterilizing tables and surfaces.

Student Cohorts

Students will be placed in small cohorts of no more than 12 students and will work exclusively with each other.

Classroom materials

  • Each student is required to have a device to access online instruction. If a student is on financial aid and cannot obtain a device, please contact the DIRI financial aid office.
  • Students will receive a container with a lid for their individual linens, pillows, cups, etc. These items may be used only by the students.
  • Each student will be issued one pillow (airplane size) with pillowcases.
  • Students will be issued medical masks and a shield for all touch portions of the class.

Class Space and Social Distancing. According to the CO Division of Private Occupational Education (DPOS), “Programs and courses at Occupational Schools may resume in-person classes at 50% of the occupancy limit not to exceed 50 people per room. DPOS provides a space calculator for social distancing calculations HERE. Per the DPOS requirements, DIRI has committed to meeting the social distancing requirements for a 6-foot grid with no more than 12 students in a room at a time.

Students are required to put on indoor slippers or socks when they enter the classroom and to remove their outside shoes and store them in the place provided. Backpacks should be hung on hooks, not placed on the floor.

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:

  • Sanitizing tables and chairs used for sessions
  • Wearing a shield and medical mask during table and skillful touch sessions
  • Using only the pillow and linens issued to each student for use on tables.
  • Ensuring that Daily Health Form has been completed and temperature taken.
    • Students are required to monitor their temperature and to complete the Daily Health Form for five (5) days prior to the first day of classes.

 

On Campus, Outside of Class

Common Areas. Common areas such as the kitchen, library and lobby will be closed during classes. The administrative offices and lobby are closed to students, but emails will be provided on Canvas and in the classrooms so that students may coordinate meetings with staff as needed.

Kitchen. Only three students at a time may enter the kitchen. There will be no common kitchen items such as cups, silverware, or coffee pots provided. An hour lunch period will be provided so that students may go home or purchase lunch. Students are encouraged to bring their own lunches prepacked and in suitable containers that do not require refrigeration. Limited designated refrigerators are provided to each class. During lunch students will enter and exit the classroom at the rear door and will be permitted to eat lunch in the classroom.

Circulation. Students will enter through the rear doors of each of the three DIRI classrooms by lining up 6 feet apart while each student’s temperature is being taken. Upon entering class, students will move to the furthest seat in the room in order to maintain 6 feet distance. When breaks are announced by the faculty students will exit in a line with 6 feet between each student. If students need to access the restrooms during class, they will wear a mask and move to the furthest outside corridor of the room and exit while maintaining 6 feet with all seated students.

Reception Area/Waiting Rooms. Employees and Faculty in reception areas or other common areas should keep 6 feet apart and wear masks. Class breaks will be scheduled to plan traffic flow and to allow for physical distancing and to reduce time in the hallway. All procedures will eliminate the need for touching the same objects (e.g., pens, intake forms, attendance sheets.) Student support staff will use Plexiglas shields where appropriate. Shared objects will be removed from the lobby (e.g., magazines, pens, stapler, etc.)

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.

Private offices. When possible keep doors closed to reduce contact with others and maintain physical distancing. Meetings with Director of Financial Aid or Admissions should be held remotely whenever possible or in spaces that allow for physical distancing. Maintain personal hygiene practices in private offices.

Meetings and Communication. When possible, meetings such as the midterm and final interviews with students, should be held using technology (telephone, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, etc.). Participants in in-person meetings should be able to stay 6 feet apart. Furniture will be removed or rearranged to support physical distancing. If you must hold meetings in person, faculty and staff will limit the number of attendees, wear face coverings and ensure that everyone is able to stay 6 feet apart.

If you are sick, stay home. Know the symptoms of coronavirus and stay home if you’re experiencing any of them.

The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® has applied for a US Department of Education CARES grant which if awarded, includes scholarships up to $1000 for students who have completed a FAFSA, or in documented cases, where students have been impacted by COVID. More information is forthcoming.

Symptoms and Testing. People with COVID-19 report a wide range of symptoms, from mild to severe illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the following signs and symptoms and has posted a “Self-Checker: A guide to help you make decisions on when to seek testing and appropriate medical care:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore Throat
  • Fever or chills
  • Sore Throat
  • New Loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting

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:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New Confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*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 14 days after your exposure. However, if you work in a care facility, work at a facility with an outbreak, or you 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 at about seven days after the date you think you were exposed before getting tested, unless you develop symptoms.

  • Testing immediately after exposure is not helpful because it may be too early in the incubation period and there isn’t enough viral material for the test to detect.
  • While it is a good idea to wait at about seven 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.
  • Students 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.

Information on testing sites

Information on kinds of COVID-19 Testing

Isolation applies to students who/ and

  • Have a positive COVID-19 test.
  • Have symptoms of COVID-19 (coughing, shortness of breath and/or fever).
  • Are getting ill and think they might have COVID-19. Symptoms, especially early on, may be mild and feel like a common cold. Symptoms could include a combination of cough, body aches, fatigue, and chest tightness. Some people may not develop fever or fever may not appear until several days into the illness.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

 

How long does Isolation last?

  •  If you have tested positive for COVID-19 OR if you develop symptoms of COVID-19, including early or mild symptoms (see above), you should be in isolation (stay away from others) until:
    • You have had no fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
      AND
    • other symptoms have improved
      AND
    • At least 10 days have passed since you were tested or your symptoms first appeared
      • A limited number of persons with severe illness may require an extended duration of isolation up to 20 days after symptoms first appear.

Quarantine:

  • Separates people and restricts their movement if they were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. This could include exposure to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or a person with the symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Is for people who are not sick, but who may have been exposed to someone (in close contact with someone) who is sick. This could include members of your household, co-workers, or others you spend a great deal of time with (and are typically within 6 feet of for 15 minutes or more).
  • Can be voluntary, but Colorado has legal authority to issue quarantine orders to people who were exposed to a contagious disease.

How long does Quarantine last? Stay at home or stay put in the same location for 14 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

  • State and local public health agencies request that Coloradans and visitors from other states or countries voluntarily cooperate with isolation and quarantine instructions.
  • State or local public health agencies may issue isolation and quarantine orders in some high-risk situations or if non-compliance is anticipated. 
  • If people do not follow the orders, public health agencies can involve law enforcement.
  • If enforcement were to become necessary, the entity that issued the order (the state or local public health agency) could file an enforcement action in state district court asking a judge to enforce the order. The court could also levy fines but, on the whole, public health is more interested in compliance with the terms of the order.
  • Public health agencies are working hard to make sure the needs of people in isolation/quarantine are being met to help ensure compliance.

 

LEGAL AUTHORITY IN COLORADO

 

Who to Contact for help in Colorado:

Call 2-11 or (866) 760-6489 

Text your ZIP CODE to 898-211

  • 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911
    Colorado’s call line for general questions about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), providing answers in many languages including English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin

() and more.

  •  303-389-1687 or (877) 462-2911