Important Information about COVID
CRMS will be open for in-person learning for the fall 2021.
The Admission Office is scheduling in-person campus tours for prospective students. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
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. We will reassess our protocols and communicate any updates on Monday, September 13.
Click here to see our latest communication to current families about our opening protocols.
What is the current visitation policy at school?
For the first two weeks of school, the CRMS campus will be 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. Unvaccinated students and staff will be tested twice a week during the school year. We will also test all students and faculty prior to departing on trips.
Will students be required to wear masks?
All community members must wear masks in all public and shared indoor spaces on campus. Students will not need to wear a mask while in their dorm. Masks are not necessary outdoors.
How many masks should students bring to school?
Students should 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 the shape
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 mandatory:
- 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 (in the case of an unvaccinated student).
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.
How will the school mitigate the risks associated with families bringing students to campus on drop-off day?
All visiting adults will be asked to follow safety and hygiene protocols including wearing a mask inside the dorms.
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.
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.
Are masks required on buses?
Are boarding students allowed at day student homes?
For the first two weeks, boarding students will not be permitted at day student homes.
Are boarding students allowed off-campus without a parent, guardian or faculty member?
Yes, however all boarding students will need to wear a mask while off-campus in indoor public settings.
Are Boarding students allowed in dorms in which they do not reside?
Not for the first two weeks. We will reassess after that time.
Are day students allowed in dorms?
Not for the first two weeks, we will reassess after that time.
Are day students allowed to eat all meals in the Bar Fork?
Are day students allowed to attend miercoles?
Yes, as long as it is an outdoor activity.
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.
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 a continued focus on prevention.
Steps you can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases?
- 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.
- 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