Safe Return

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Vaccination and Masking Requirements

In support of our goal of continuing to provide a full, in-person learning experience for our students, Adams State has made some difficult decisions based upon recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control.

Masking: Masks are required to be worn inside all buildings including hallways, classrooms, elevators, stairwells, meeting rooms, offices, bathrooms, auditoriums, and dining facilities (masks must be worn when you are not eating).

Vaccination Requirement for Employees: Effective October 15, 2021, all Adams State University employees must upload their COVID-19 vaccination records. Any employee who does not report their vaccination status by that date will be considered unvaccinated.

  • All unvaccinated employees are required to begin weekly COVID-19 testing the week of October 18th.
  • Employees who are required to test weekly and fail to do so will be subject to the progressive disciplinary process. Repeated failure to test may escalate to leave-without-pay or termination of employment.

Vaccination Requirement for Students: Effective October 15, 2021, all Adams State University students must upload their COVID-19 vaccination records. Any student who does not report their vaccination status by that date will be considered unvaccinated, and a “hold” will be placed on their account that prohibits them from registering for Spring ’22 classes.

  • All unvaccinated students are required to begin weekly COVID-19 testing the week of October 18th.
  • Students who are required to test weekly and fail to do so will be subject to disciplinary action through the Student Code of Conduct.

Vaccine Information

Free vaccinations will be available every Friday throughout the Fall semester from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m at the mobile vaccination unit parked in the library parking lot. No appointment is required.

Weekly prizes for students who have uploaded their vaccination information. Fill out the Immunization Form to be included in the drawing. Prizes include gift cards to local businesses and a Grand Prize of Spring 2022 Free On-campus housing.

Testing

On-campus testing is available weekly Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., in the lobby of Conour Hall. This testing is available for students, faculty, staff, and community members. Please fill out registration form ahead of time.

Register for Testing

University Wide

Requirements

  • Masking required in public indoor spaces as per CDC Public Health Recommendation for areas of “substantial or high transmission”.
  • Utilize hand sanitizing stations and hand hygiene
  • Contract tracing for potential exposures
  • Identified exposures and positive cases, follow Public Health requirements for quarantine and isolation
  • Vaccines required beginning October 15, 2021
  • COVID-19 surveillance testing at least weekly for all unvaccinated employees and students

Classrooms

  • 100% capacity allowed, distance when possible
  • Seating charts required
  • Masking for indoor spaces

Laboratories and Research Spaces

  • 100% capacity allowed, distance when possible
  • Seating charts required for academic labs
  • Face shields may substituted for masks

Work Spaces and Offices

  • 100% capacity allowed, distance when possible
  • Masking for indoor spaces
  • Masking not required in private, closed door, office spaces

Students in University Housing

  • 100% capacity allowed, distance when possible
  • Designated isolation and quarantine spaces available
  • Masking for indoor spaces

Travel and Visitors to Campus

Travel

ASU is still operating under our interim procedure for COVID-19 travel. Specifically, we want to remind campus of the procedure for verification of vaccination status for travelers. All travelers must either be fully vaccinated, or they must be tested within 72 hours prior to departure.

Employee vaccination status verification – Traveler’s vaccination status must be verified by contacting the Human Resources Office directly before eTeam approval of the travel request. Please DO NOT collect vaccination records from travelers, or attach records to the travel request.

Student vaccination status verification – Traveler’s vaccination status must be verified by contacting the Student Affairs Office directly before eTeam approval of the travel request. Please DO NOT collect vaccination records from travelers, or attach records to the travel request.

Vehicles and Transportation

  • Increase ventilation when possible
  • For group travel, maintain contact information for passengers for contract tracking purposes
  • Masking while in vehicles, as well as indoor public spaces

Visitors (including tours)

  • Authorized if following Adams State requirements

Events and Entertainment, University Athletics

Indoor Events

ASU has simplified the guidance for both ASU employees and off-campus event hosts. Event host responsibilities for indoor events are to:

  • Ensure a list of attendance is taken including name and contact information for all attendees. This can be through a check-in sheet, ticketing, Presence, RSVP list, etc.
  • Ensure participants are self-monitoring for symptoms, and not attending if feeling ill.
  • Make announcements at the event reminding attendees of our masking protocol for all indoor spaces and have disposable masks on hand.

Outdoor Events

  • 100% capacity allowed, distance when possible
  • Masking not required

Athletics

  • Follow county, state and NCAA requirements
  • Event ticketing may be required
  • As per RMAC, in-season student athletes and staff who are not fully vaccinated must test weekly, and 72 hrs prior to competition

Food Court, Dining Hall, Catering, Bookstore

Food Court, Dining Hall, Catering

  • On-site dining allowed, 100% capacity allowed, distance when possible
  • Attendant-served buffets
  • Mask required while not eating

Bookstore

  • 100% capacity allowed, distance when possible
  • Masking for indoor spaces

The Rex, Club Sports, Camps, Conferences

The Rex and Indoor Gyms

  • 100% capacity allowed, distance when possible
  • Follow posted indoor masking guidelines

Indoor Group Sports and Camps

  • 100% capacity allowed, distance when possible
  • Follow indoor masking guidelines
  • Consider moving events to outdoor settings whenever possible

Outdoor Group Sports and Campus

  • 100% capacity allowed
  • Masking not required

Conferences, Youth, and Academic Programs (including overnight stays)

  • 100% capacity allowed
  • Follow indoor masking guidelines

Health & Safety Measures

Maintain Physical Distance

6 feet apart

Wear Masks When in Public

facemask

Wash Hands Regularly

washing hands

What are the signs and symptoms of Coronavirus?

The symptoms of COVID-19 include a combination of, fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle pain and body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or a fever above 100.4.

Coronavirus Prevention

The following health habits go a long way toward helping prevent the spread of Coronavirus

Clean Your Hands with Soap and Water

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. When washing, think about the song “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” to know how long to wash. Turn off the faucet with a paper towel, open the door with the paper towel, and then dispose of the paper towel so you are not touching contaminated surfaces.

Use a Gel Hand Sanitizer and/or Antimicrobial Wipes

You can use a gel hand sanitizer to cleanse your hands when there is no visible dirt. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. The gel hand sanitizer can help eliminate the germs.

Practice Good Respiratory Etiquette

Wear a face mask when on campus or around groups of people. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Make sure others around you use tissues properly and dispose of them in the trash can. After coughing or sneezing, always wash your hands with soap and water or clean them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Avoid Close Contact

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too. Use Lysol, Clorox or any other type of disinfectant to sterilize your room/work area.

Next Steps after Displaying Symptoms

  1. Return to your room or home immediately with minimal contact with others.
  2. Call the SLV Health Respiratory Clinic 719-589-2511 extension 9
  3. Comply with medical instructions/advice you were given
  4. Monitor your symptoms at home for the next 48 hours. If you have a fever at or above 100.4° and/or are experiencing a combination of the below symptoms (where symptoms are not common relating to an underlying condition), stay home.
  5. Notify your professors/coach via email you will be unable to attend classes.
  6. If you live on camps, contact the Housing office at housing@adams.edu or 719-587-7227 to notify them of your condition.
  7. If you were tested and the test came back positive for Coronavirus, contact the Office of Student Affairs at studentaffairs@adams.edu or 719-587-7221.

If you have symptoms and think you have been exposed, call:

SLV Heath Respiratory Clinic
719-589-2511, extension 9

Valley-Wide Health Systems
719-589-3658, extension 9, Monday–Friday
719-589-2562, Saturday–Sunday

Your Primary Health Care Provider

Other Resources

Alamosa County Public Health
719-589-2562

Valley Wide Convenient Care Community Clinic
719-589-2562

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus Information Card (PDF)