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COVID Warning

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.

COVID Outbreak

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

Action Checklist

  • 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 may be asked to quarantine. If unvaccinated 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 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).  
    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 students may be asked to quarantine. If unvaccinated 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). 
    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

Douglas County Public Health Order

ACC, as a public institution of higher education, continues to have a masking policy at our campuses in Douglas County, allowing for medical and religious exemptions per the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). ACC campuses are now mask optional. You should continue to carry a mask with you as it may be required in some indoor areas of campus.

For individuals requesting a medical exemption, those will be processed under the ADA. ACC will continue utilizing its quarantine requirements per CDPHE and CDC guidance, and if there is an accommodation request regarding the length of quarantine based on exposure, that may be evaluated.

Douglas County Public Health Order

Students may call the Dean of Students office at 303.797.5730 with any questions. Employees ACCaskHR [at] arapahoe [dot] edu (contact ACC HR) with any questions. If you have questions / concerns, please contact the COVID Response Team.

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 and boosted, you do not need to quarantine or isolate if you are not experiencing any symptoms. If you are not boosted or vaccinated or have an exemption, you should isolate for 5 days after exposure and get tested on the 5th day using an approved PCR test.

How do I share my vaccination status?

Students and employees can attest that they are fully vaccinated or boosted by completing our form and uploading an image of their vaccine card.

Student Vaccination Form

Employee Vaccination Form

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.

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.