All Students, Faculty and Staff are considered to be on a COVID Watch at all times. A COVID Watch focuses on self-responsibility and community responsibility to take care of yourself and the people around you.
ACC will issue a COVID Warning when we have a verbally reported positive or documented positive case. The COVID Warning will typically go to those who may have been exposed to the person testing positive. A COVID Warning may trigger in-person classes to shift to remote-only instruction; it also may shift employees to work remotely from home. COVID Warnings will also be posted weekly, including actions taken, on the ACC COVID-19 webpage with any identifying details removed. Tri-County Health Department will be consulted for any further college instructions.
ACC will issue a COVID Outbreak notice if there are 5 positive cases that are determined to be connected (same classroom, same cohort, same event or program, etc.) by ACC and Tri-County Health Department (TCHD). A COVID Outbreak may trigger campus-wide notifications and change in instruction and/or office working plans based on consultation with TCHD. ACC will follow TCHD guidelines and requirements.
COVID-19 Action Checklist for Positive COVID-19 Cases
- Determine infectious period and possible exposures by contacting the COVID-19 positive student and following contact tracing protocols. Determine a minimum self-isolation timeline and determine a follow-up date to reassess when the student/employee can return to campus.
Primary: Dean of Students Office/HR
- Send COVID-19 positive student/employee follow up written notification or recap of initial conversation including dates.
Primary: Dean of Students Office/HR
- Notify all relevant parties including President, VPs, Deans, and Department Chairs and Facilities so they can begin taking necessary steps.
Primary: Dean of Students Office/HR and/or Faculty/Department Chairs
- The President will report positive cases to CCCS (Dean of Students Office will update CCCS tracking sheet and send to President’s Office as needed) and Tri-County Health.
Primary: President’s Office
- The Vice President of Fiscal and Administrative Affairs will determine cleaning timeline and deploy cleaning teams as requested and necessary.
Primary: VPFAAA & Facilities Department
- The Office of Human Resource will notify employees of possible exposure. Employees who are fully vaccinated may need to quarantine if they are experiencing symptoms. Unvaccinated employees on the Littleton Campus must quarantine. If unvaccinated Littleton Campus exposed employees do not develop symptoms, they may be released from quarantine after completing day 7 if they have a negative molecular or antigen test collected within 48 hours of ending quarantine. The test should be collected at least 5 days after exposure. Unvaccinated Littleton Campus employees may stop quarantining after completing 10 days of quarantine without a test if they do not develop any symptoms. (Send written follow up after phone call).
Parker Campus and Sturm Collaboration Campus employees in pursuant of the DCPHO will have the quarantine lifted after a minimum of 7 days from exposure, or after 5 days from exposure with a negative test obtained 48 hours prior before the end of quarantine and no quarantine shall last longer than 2 weeks after exposure.
Primary: Office of Human Resources
- The Dean of Student Office will notify students of possible exposure. Students who are fully vaccinated may need to quarantine if they are experiencing symptoms. Unvaccinated Littleton Campus students must quarantine. If unvaccinated Littleton Campus exposed students do not develop symptoms, they may be released from quarantine after completing day 7 if they have a negative molecular or antigen test collected within 48 hours of ending quarantine. The test should be collected at least 5 days after exposure. Littleton Campus unvaccinated students may stop quarantining after completing 10 days of quarantine without a test if they do not develop any symptoms. (Send written follow up after phone call).
Parker Campus and Sturm Collaboration Campus students in pursuant of the DCPHO will have the quarantine lifted after a minimum of 7 days from exposure, or after 5 days from exposure with a negative test obtained 48 hours prior before the end of quarantine and no quarantine shall last longer than 2 weeks after exposure.
Primary: Dean of Students Office
- The Instructional Dean will collaborate with Program Directors and Department Chairs to determine adequate ways students can complete courses, rescheduling class sessions, moving to remote instructional methods, and other actions to create avenues of student success.
Primary: Instructional Deans
- Send COVID-19 positive student/employee written permission to return to campus or written notification of new terms after reassessment follow up discussion.
Primary: Dean of Students Office/HR
Relevant Colorado COVID-19 FAQ
Do I need a doctor’s note or negative test clearing me to return to work after I was sick?
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment does not have, and cannot provide, you with a letter clearing you to return to campus. If you had symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you should isolate yourself for 10 days after symptoms started and continue isolating yourself until you are fever-free (without the use of fever-reducing medications) for 3 days. Public health is not requiring people to have a negative test to return to campus. Contact Dean of Students or HR with any questions or concerns.
I think I have been exposed to COVID-19, but I am not showing symptoms...what should I do?
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, but you don’t have symptoms, you must report the exposure and follow the instructions listed above. If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine if you are not experiencing any symptoms. If you are not vaccinated or have an exemption, you should quarantine for 14 days after exposure. You may also want to get tested but wait at least seven days after the date you think you were exposed to get tested using a PCR test.
- If you get tested too early, there may not be enough viral material for the test to detect.
While it’s a good idea to wait about seven days to be tested after the date of exposure, if you don’t have symptoms, some people may not become ill for up to 14 days. For that reason, people who 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.
Vaccine info privacy: Who can ask me about my vaccine status?
Faculty, staff and students should not ask others about their vaccine status. Vaccine information is private medical information. If an individual reports a Positive or Presumptive Exposure or Case of COVID-19, they will be asked their vaccine status by Contact Tracers in order to determine the next steps necessary for the health of the individual and the safety of those who may have been in close contact with the individual.
How do I report a concern about someone not following ACC’s COVID-19 Guidance?
Anyone who is non-compliant may face consequences through the Student Code of Conduct or Human Resources processes. You can report a concern by submitting a Refer a Concern form.