Safe Return

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Adams State is ready for the safe return of our students for the Fall 2020 Semester.

We will open the 2020–21 academic year on August 24, 2020 and finish regular undergraduate classes on Tuesday, November 24, just ahead of Thanksgiving.

The decision to begin fall courses earlier in August is part of the Safe to Return strategies being implemented by the University as it prepares for the return of students and on-campus courses.

Adams State established the Safe to Return Task Force to implement health and safety measures that protect the well-being of its students and fosters a campus environment that allows for the safe return of our students, faculty and staff. Adams State is committed to providing an environment where student achievement, academic excellence, equity and inclusion, innovation and creativity are fostered.

Adams State University Weekly COVID-19 Case Count

March 15, 2020 – April 17, 2021

Adams State University Weekly COVID-19 Case Count
Time Period Positive Tests
March 15 – August 8 0
August 9 – 15 1
August 16 – 22 0
August 23 – 29 1
August 30 – September 5 1
September 6 – 12 1
September 13 – 19 0
September 20 – 26 1
September 27 – October 3 1
October 4 – 10 5
October 11 – 17 3
October 18 – 24 3
October 25 – 31 5
November 1 – 7 15
November 8 – 14 19
November 15 – 21 38
November 22 – 28 14
November 29 – December 5 1
December 6 – 12 1
December 13 – 19 0
December 20 – 26 0
December 27 – January 2 0
January 3 – 9 5
January 10 – 16 13
January 17 – 23 8
January 24 – 30 5
January 31 – February 6 6
February 7 – 13 3
February 14 – 20 3
February 21 – 27 2
February 28 – March 6 5
March 7 – 13 0
March 14 – 20 0
March 21 – 27 0
March 28 – April 3 1
April 4 – 10 4
April 11 – 17 3

Adams State University weekly covid-19 case count, one case August 9-15, one case August 23-29

Health & Safety Measures

Maintain Physical Distance

6 feet apart

Wear Masks When in Public


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 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 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

Valley Wide Convenient Care Community Clinic

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus Information Card (PDF)


The Safe to Return to Campus plan for students will include daily symptom monitoring for COVID-19, quarantine and isolation protocols, social distancing.

The University has identified housing to be used to isolate any residential students who may need to be quarantined. In coordination with local health care providers and the Alamosa County Public Health Department, the quarantine/isolation protocols will continue throughout the semester.


With an emphasis on minimizing risk, Adams State University’s policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic are rooted in safety for its staff, faculty and students, and the greater community. The primary goals for Adams State’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic are to protect the health and well-being of its students and staff and continue the institution’s vital mission of education.

The University’s plans will be aligned and consistent with local orders and ordinances of the Alamosa County Public Health Department, as well as the State of Colorado’s Phased Reopening Model. Adams State’s plans will also follow recommendations from the federal government (Opening Guidelines) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How the Campus Will Operate

Students will have daily, in-person screenings for their temperature or coronavirus symptoms.

How to prepare

  • All students will commit to follow Adams State University public health guidelines, including restrictions on large gatherings and the requirement to wear masks while in public on campus.
  • New students will participate in freshmen orientation seminars to provide a personalized academic experience we call The Adams Experience.

Classroom Setting

  • Adams State will implement a Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) Teaching Model for Fall 2020, where courses are streamed in real time to allow students to participate remotely and synchronously with the face-to-face class. The HyFlex model allows Adams State to follow social distancing guidelines in its classrooms.
  • Any lecture materials such as PowerPoint slides would be displayed in real time. The classrooms will have microphones to pick up anything the instructor says as well as any questions or comments from the students present in the classroom.
  • All video and audio streamed in real time will be archived for those students who cannot attend in real time and also for any student to review at a later time.