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CRMS COVID-19 Resources

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.

We thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this challenging time. As the situation progresses, updates will be available here and will be shared via email as well.

COMMUNICATION

This hub contains all communications about COVID–19 that directly affect the CRMS community. Content will be updated as new communications are sent. (Updated 7/10/20)

 

July 10, 2020 Update
June 24, 2020 Update

June 17, 2020 Update

May 5, 2020 Commencement Ceremony Announcement
April 21 Letter to boarding parents from the Director of Residential Life

April 17 COVID-19 Update
April 2  COVID-19 Update
March 27  Letter to students from the Education Team
March 27  COVID-19 Update
March 26  Letter to parents from the Education Team
March 23   COVID-19 Update 
March 18   COVID-19 Update 
March 12   COVID-19 Update 
March 9  COVID-19 Update 
March 5  COVID-19 Update 
February 28  COVID-19 Update 



ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The CRMS campus is currently closed to visitors. To schedule a virtual visit please contact our admission office.
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 immediately.
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.
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.
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
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. 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.
Registration and 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.

While we understand how important drop-off day can be, our safety protocols currently prevent us from allowing anyone except students into dorms. Faculty, staff and/or proctors will be on hand to welcome students to campus and help them into their rooms. Families should be mindful of the quantity of personal belongings students bring to campus.

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.
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.
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.

Yes. We plan to begin the year with in-person learning and have plans in place to do so with social distancing measures in place.
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. We will also have several large tents available across campus for when classes want to, or need to, meet outside. Classes are arranged so that students are not facing each other.
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.
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.
We will not be providing distance learning options while in-person learning is available.
SAT: In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020 and June 6, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administrations.

Future SAT Administrations, Including September
If it’s safe from a public health standpoint, we’ll provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5.

Students can register for these administrations starting in May. We’ll contact students directly when we have the exact date. Eligible students can register with a fee waiver.

For each administration, we’re preparing to significantly expand our capacity for students to take the SAT once schools reopen. We’re calling on our member schools and colleges, as well as local communities, to provide additional test center capacity so every student who wants to take the SAT can do so.

Students can get early access to register for August, September, and October if they’re:
Already registered for June
In the high school class of 2021 and don’t have SAT scores

ACT: The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date received an email from ACT informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.

SSAT: All SSAT administrations from March 14, 2020 through at least April 15, 2020 have been canceled. Depending on changing conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, EMA may further extend the suspension of Flex and Benchmark administrations as needed in accordance with local, state, and federal governmental rules, regulations, policies and guidance as well as the guidance of independent epidemiological experts.

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.

Teens & COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities During the Outbreak

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

Dear Therapist: What’s Your Advice to Parents Whose Kids Are Stuck at Home During the Coronavirus Lockdowns?

Supporting your teen during coronavirus

Parenting and Caregiving for Adolescents During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coping With Pandemic: Parents Just Don’t Understand

Zoom Exhaustion is Real. Here Are Six Ways to Find Balance and Stay Connected

Why Stress and Anxiety in Teens Can be Healthy: A Psychologist Explains

How to Get More Sleep Tonight

How Parents Can Talk to Students About Coronavirus Anxiety

Dear Therapist’s Guide to Staying Sane During a Pandemic

That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief

The Three Equations for a Happy Life, Even During a Pandemic

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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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 mask wearing buildings:
• Welcome Center
• Bar Fork Student Center and Dining Hall
• Fitness Center
• Jossman Academic Building
• Art Facilities
• CRMS Barn

Families also have important responsibilities, such as ensuring that all students complete a 14 day self-containment prior to arriving to campus and that they are tested for COVID-19 on August 24. Day families must be committed to picking up your student up on 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. This information will continue to be updated on the School’s Reopening 2020-21 webpage.

All families will be asked to provide an electronic signature indicating their awareness and acceptance of the risks associated with COVID-19.
Text CVIRUS to 888777 for alerts from Pitkin County
Visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/ for Colorado specific updates
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.

Parents

Home Parents Communication about COVID-19

CRMS COVID-19 Resources

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.

We thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this challenging time. As the situation progresses, updates will be available here and will be shared via email as well.

COMMUNICATION

This hub contains all communications about COVID–19 that directly affect the CRMS community. Content will be updated as new communications are sent. (Updated 7/10/20)

 

July 10, 2020 Update
June 24, 2020 Update

June 17, 2020 Update

May 5, 2020 Commencement Ceremony Announcement
April 21 Letter to boarding parents from the Director of Residential Life

April 17 COVID-19 Update
April 2  COVID-19 Update
March 27  Letter to students from the Education Team
March 27  COVID-19 Update
March 26  Letter to parents from the Education Team
March 23   COVID-19 Update 
March 18   COVID-19 Update 
March 12   COVID-19 Update 
March 9  COVID-19 Update 
March 5  COVID-19 Update 
February 28  COVID-19 Update 



ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The CRMS campus is currently closed to visitors. To schedule a virtual visit please contact our admission office.
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 immediately.
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.
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.
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
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. 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.
Registration and 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.

While we understand how important drop-off day can be, our safety protocols currently prevent us from allowing anyone except students into dorms. Faculty, staff and/or proctors will be on hand to welcome students to campus and help them into their rooms. Families should be mindful of the quantity of personal belongings students bring to campus.

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.
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.
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.

Yes. We plan to begin the year with in-person learning and have plans in place to do so with social distancing measures in place.
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. We will also have several large tents available across campus for when classes want to, or need to, meet outside. Classes are arranged so that students are not facing each other.
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.
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.
We will not be providing distance learning options while in-person learning is available.
SAT: In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020 and June 6, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administrations.

Future SAT Administrations, Including September
If it’s safe from a public health standpoint, we’ll provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5.

Students can register for these administrations starting in May. We’ll contact students directly when we have the exact date. Eligible students can register with a fee waiver.

For each administration, we’re preparing to significantly expand our capacity for students to take the SAT once schools reopen. We’re calling on our member schools and colleges, as well as local communities, to provide additional test center capacity so every student who wants to take the SAT can do so.

Students can get early access to register for August, September, and October if they’re:
Already registered for June
In the high school class of 2021 and don’t have SAT scores

ACT: The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date received an email from ACT informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.

SSAT: All SSAT administrations from March 14, 2020 through at least April 15, 2020 have been canceled. Depending on changing conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, EMA may further extend the suspension of Flex and Benchmark administrations as needed in accordance with local, state, and federal governmental rules, regulations, policies and guidance as well as the guidance of independent epidemiological experts.

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.

Teens & COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities During the Outbreak

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

Dear Therapist: What’s Your Advice to Parents Whose Kids Are Stuck at Home During the Coronavirus Lockdowns?

Supporting your teen during coronavirus

Parenting and Caregiving for Adolescents During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coping With Pandemic: Parents Just Don’t Understand

Zoom Exhaustion is Real. Here Are Six Ways to Find Balance and Stay Connected

Why Stress and Anxiety in Teens Can be Healthy: A Psychologist Explains

How to Get More Sleep Tonight

How Parents Can Talk to Students About Coronavirus Anxiety

Dear Therapist’s Guide to Staying Sane During a Pandemic

That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief

The Three Equations for a Happy Life, Even During a Pandemic

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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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 mask wearing buildings:
• Welcome Center
• Bar Fork Student Center and Dining Hall
• Fitness Center
• Jossman Academic Building
• Art Facilities
• CRMS Barn

Families also have important responsibilities, such as ensuring that all students complete a 14 day self-containment prior to arriving to campus and that they are tested for COVID-19 on August 24. Day families must be committed to picking up your student up on 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. This information will continue to be updated on the School’s Reopening 2020-21 webpage.

All families will be asked to provide an electronic signature indicating their awareness and acceptance of the risks associated with COVID-19.
Text CVIRUS to 888777 for alerts from Pitkin County
Visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/ for Colorado specific updates
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.
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