Important Information about COVID
CRMS is currently open for in-person learning for the summer [HS]2 program.
The campus is closed to visitors, however, the Admission Office is scheduling in-person campus tours for prospective students. Please contact email@example.com to learn more.
We thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
In an effort to keep our community safe and informed, we are sharing the very latest information about how COVID–19 is affecting the CRMS community. This page will be updated as more information becomes available about our operating procedures and visitation policies.
What is the current visitation policy at school?
The CRMS campus is currently closed to visitors. To schedule a campus tour please contact our admission office.
Will there be subsequent, routine testing?
Yes, we will conduct sentinel testing on the school population as a preventive measure. Anyone who experiences signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested.
How will students be expected to modify their behavior on campus?
All members of the community must accept responsibility for their role in keeping themselves and the community safe. This includes following the CDC guidelines regarding the prevention of COVID-19 and the school’s own policies based on local guidance. These include: physical distancing of at least six feet, wearing cloth face masks, regular hand washing, and surface hygiene.
Will students be required to wear masks?
All community members must wear masks in all public and shared environments on campus and when required physical distancing cannot be achieved. Students will not need to wear a mask while in their dorm.
How many masks should students bring to school?
Students must bring 5 masks to school. The masks should:
- Fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Completely covers the nose and mouth
- Is secured with ties or ear loops
- Includes multiple layers of fabric, preferably cotton. Polyester alone is insufficient
- Has no vents or valves
- Allows for breathing without restriction
- Can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
Do students need to self-contain before arriving at CRMS for the second semester?
In order to reduce the risk of any student bringing the virus to campus, we will request all students limit their risk of exposure in the 14 days prior to arrival at CRMS. (Out-of-state boarding students will begin their self-isolation on December 28 and in-state and day students will begin their self-isolation period on January 4) This includes wearing a face-covering in public spaces, practicing physical distancing outside the home, and adhering to excellent hand hygiene. Whenever possible, students should limit contact to immediate family members only.
Do students and families have a role to play in ensuring the health and safety of the community?
Yes. All students will be expected to follow the safety protocols that are being put in place to protect the community. This will include wearing a clean face mask when in public buildings (see list below), maintaining physical distance (6 feet) whenever possible, following strict handwashing and hygiene protocols, and other measures.
List of mandatory buildings where masks are manadtory:
- Welcome Center
- Bar Fork Student Center and Dining Hall
- Fitness Center
- Jossman Academic Building
- Art Facilities
- CRMS Barn
Day families must be committed to picking up your student from campus (or to identify a proxy adult who can do so) if this is necessitated by either a positive test or by close contact with someone who tests positive.
Visitors to campus will be limited, and families should expect restricted access to campus. Please note that visitors will not have access to dorm spaces, dining services, or most campus buildings.
This is only a partial list of responsibilities and potential requirements. All students and families are asked and expected to comply with all health and safety rules established by the School.
All families will be asked to provide an electronic signature indicating their awareness and acceptance of the risks associated with COVID-19.
How will the school mitigate the risks associated with families bringing students to campus on drop-off day?
Second-semester move-in will be spaced to provide a safe repopulation of campus. All visiting adults will be asked to follow strict safety and hygiene protocols, and access to campus facilities will be limited.
What happens if a student does not comply with safety protocols?
Safely reopening the school for residential learning requires the active participation of all community members. A willingness to comply with safety protocols is therefore a prerequisite for returning to campus. Intentional or repeat non-compliance poses a serious health risk to others and will be addressed as a disciplinary matter.
What is the protocol if a student on campus tests positive?
Any student who tests positive will be isolated on campus. The School will notify and work with the local department of public health in coordinating the response. Contact tracing will be performed to identify any community members who will need to quarantine as the result of contact.
What if my child needs to remain at home because they are sick or have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID?
We require that students stay home if they have symptoms or may have been exposed to COVID. For this reason, we are preparing for more student absences than usual. When students are absent, they will make use of our online learning management system, Canvas, to keep track of assignments. All teachers will post a daily syllabus, outlining what was covered during class that day. As always, we encourage students to contact their teachers with any questions and have four student-meeting blocks per week to facilitate teacher/student communication during this challenging time. Students who require an extended leave will work with their advisor, Academic Dean, and the Learning Center to determine a plan to support their physical, emotional, and academic well-being.
Will all classes be taught in person?
Yes. We plan to begin the second semester with in-person learning and have plans in place to do so with social distancing measures in place.
For on-campus study, how will classrooms be organized?
Classrooms will be set up to allow for adequate physical distancing between students. We require 6’ between individuals in classroom spaces. To allow for this, some large rooms not typically used for academic spaces (the fitness room, for example) will be set up as academic classrooms. Classes are arranged so that students are not facing each other.
How will physical distancing be enforced in shared spaces (dorms, classrooms, etc.)?
The School’s ability to reopen as a residential community will rely on each community member’s commitment to adhering to the protocols that have been established. Therefore, the first “line of defense” is the expectation that each student will follow the rules. In addition, dorm parents, faculty, and other adults on campus will all play a role in ensuring that physical distancing and other safety protocols are maintained. Large gatherings will be limited to those that can be appropriately spaced. It is likely that most will happen virtually or outside.
What happens to the college process?
Our College Counseling Office will continue to support each student’s college process. Through online individual and group correspondence with Betsy Bingham-Johns, Director of College Counseling, combined with distance learning classes, the college process will not be interrupted.
How will the arts be impacted?
At this time we expect that we will have to make some modifications to some art programs, particularly large ensembles, music performances, and theater, due to current health and safety guidance. We will continue to offer a robust and high-level arts program that allows students at all skill levels to develop as artists, with personalized instruction from our arts faculty. As standards and safety protocols evolve, we will update and refine our programs.
What if my child prefers to be a distance learner?
We will not be providing distance learning options while in-person learning is available.
Will the SAT, ACT and SSAT still be held this year?
SAT and ACT: We have canceled all national SAT and ACT test dates through May 2021. CRMS has replaced first-semester national test dates with school-based testing for CRMS students only. We are currently assessing whether we will offer either test in the spring to those outside the CRMS community.
How can I support my child emotionally at this time?
It is very important to remember that children and teens look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children and teens anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure their children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. However, they also need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety. Below are some links to various articles that you may find helpful at this time.
How can I support my student as they navigate the process of distance learning?
Students may benefit from having someone to discuss their intellectual life face-to-face. Make this an opportunity to show your interest and hear what they have to say. Encourage your students to reach out to their teachers to self-advocate, ask questions, and remain connected. Ensure that your student has set up an effective study space, free from distractions (including cell-phones) and appropriate for video conferencing. Finally, reach out to your child's advisor and teacher as needed.
Where can I find additional information about COVID-19 in Colorado?
Text CVIRUS to 888777 for alerts from Pitkin County
Visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/ for Colorado specific updates
What actions can I take to keep my family safe from COVID-19?
With both influenza and coronavirus causing concern, we encourage continued focus on prevention.
Steps you can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases?(from the?CDC):
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick, or a member of your family is ill.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
What if I can’t get my visa or there are travel restrictions that prevent me from getting to campus?
We will do our best to support students who are not able to attend school so they can continue to complete academic work remotely. The Academic Dean is in touch with each international family and will work with them on a case-by-case basis to determine an academic plan appropriate to their course goals and time away from school.
How will an F-1 student status be affected by their distance mode of study?
According to the most recent broadcast by The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) from March 9, 2020 [Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Potential Procedural Adaptations for F and M non-immigrant students]: “SEVP acknowledges that schools may need to adapt their procedures and policies to address the significant public health concerns associated with the COVID-19 crisis and is focused on ensuring that nonimmigrant students are able to continue to make normal progress in a full course of study as required by federal regulations. SEVP intends to be flexible with temporary adaptations.”
Is the current form I-20, which students have in their possession, valid for re-entry to the US?
The current Form I-20 students have is valid for re-entry all the way through to the start of school in August/September 2020. If your child needs a new/reprinted I20, please be in touch with Molly Dorais