Community College of Denver Safe Return Framework

As plans for Community College of Denver’s (CCD) fall semester unfolds, CCD has developed a plan to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. We are implementing changes to keep you healthy, and we’re relying on you to exercise individual responsibility and to do your part to keep us all safe. Public health experts note that personal behaviors and collective responsibility are critically important in minimizing the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. 

Key Components of the Framework Include: 

Your health and safety are our FIRST PRIORITY. All plans and protocols are based on the most current public health and the Colorado Department of Higher Education guidance. 

All campuses will be open for limited in-person classes to provide students flexible learning options. In compliance with public health orders, we plan to practice social distancing in our classrooms. CCD will provide some face-to-face instruction on campus this fall, but most of our courses will be offered in either remote or online formats.  We also will have some classes that will operate on-campus on a rotating basis, while still providing some content via remote delivery; we are calling these HyFlex courses. Courses in some programs, such as dental hygiene and welding, require more face-to-face instruction and those courses will be mostly in person.   

Regardless of class type, course materials will be available in CCD’s online learning management system, Desire2Learn (D2L), to ensure students who are unable to attend class in person can work with faculty or instructors to complete required assignments. 

All students and employees at any of our locations will be asked to perform self-monitoring and reporting of COVID symptoms.   

All students and employees must complete a symptom checklist including a required temperature check daily before coming to any of our locations.  

Everyone in our community must follow all public health guidance, including wearing face coverings while on campus and practicing social distancing.  All students, faculty, staff, and visitors at any CCD site including the Auraria campus, Lowry campus, and Advanced Manufacturing Center must wear face coverings, practice social distancing, and follow other public health guidance, including washing their hands frequently, covering their coughs and sneezes, and staying home if they feel sick or have any COVID symptoms.  

The College expects each person to provide their own face covering, whether a face mask or face shield; however, one face mask per person will be provided if needed. In addition, cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer will be available across all our campuses. Our custodial staff is trained in the strict cleaning protocols that conform to public health guidelines for coronavirus. 

All CCD buildings will be restricted to students, faculty, staff and authorized visitors only. Starting July 13, entry to CCD buildings will require a valid CCD picture ID or for guests, a picture ID. At all CCD facilities, whether on the Auraria campus, the Lowry campus, or the Advanced Manufacturing Center, all faculty, staff, and students must always wear their CCD-issued picture ID and CCD lanyard. CCD will provide lanyards.  

Door ambassadors will be located at a single-entry point to the Confluence building at the Curtis street entrance to welcome everyone to CCD, to ensure every individual has valid CCD ID visible, and that everyone on campus is wearing appropriate face coverings. This will be the only entry point to the building. For the summer term, the Cherry Creek building will remain closed to students and visitors but will reopen for fall term with the single-entry point being the north entrance facing the Clear Creek building. Guests must provide a picture ID, sign in and out, and will be issued a guest pass which must always be worn while in a CCD facility.  

We will provide extensive and rigorous cleaning and disinfecting practices and guidance on prevention education. Our custodial crews are trained to follow CDC guidance for frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces using chemicals that are approved for use against the coronavirus. In addition, we are developing training for students, faculty, and staff on prevention, correct use of personal protective equipment, and up-to-date public health guidance. We have secured adequate supplies of hand sanitizer and cleaning and disinfecting chemicals and have a strategy for deploying those. 

Because public health guidance and orders may change rapidly, our faculty, staff, and students should be ready to quickly return to a fully remote environment as needed. CCD has developed protocols to ensure quality education will continue, regardless of whether instruction occurs on campus or remotely, including lab kits for remote use if necessary. However, no one can know what to expect as the pandemic progresses. For this reason, faculty and instructors will be flexible in enforcing attendance policies and assignments will be available for remote work, wherever possible. 

Testing is available for COVID symptomatic students and employees. The Auraria Health Center is available to all CCD faculty, staff, and students for COVID-19 testing and temperature checks, regardless of whether you work or attend classes at Auraria, Lowry, or the Advanced Manufacturing Center. The Auraria Health Center works with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to send positive results to conduct contact tracing. Contact the Auraria Health Center at 303.615.9999 for additional questions. 

The College’s detailed internal plan, including office schedules, will be available no later than July 8 for all faculty, instructors, and staff to reference at ccd.edu/Coronavirus. This detailed internal plan is being developed by a CCD team in full compliance with the Auraria Higher Education Campus (AHEC) plan. CCD’s team includes the College president and executive staff, along with representation from deans, directors, faculty, and staff. Office schedules will be posted on the web for student reference by the same date.  

On July 13th, some staff will begin to work on our campuses on a limited basis. Staff who work in customer-facing environments will meet face-to-face using plexiglass sneeze guards and must wear gloves to complete all customer-facing transactions. All departments will also be available by appointment on a remote basis for students who prefer interacting over the phone or in a video conferencing session. 

Have questions?  

Students: If you have questions, and you do not know which department to reach, please contact the call center by phone or text at 303.556.2600. Many departments have limited open hours and some plan to operate by appointment only so please visit ccd.edu for hours of operation and contact information. Department schedules and contact information will be available no later than July 8.  

Faculty, instructors, staff: Contact your supervisor for more information.