2021 Spring Break and E-Days Guidance

Clear Creek in Golden, Colorado, springEchoing similar messaging from public health officialsMines is encouraging students to forgo travel and stick around campus and Golden—or at least Colorado—over Spring Break, set for March 27-April 4.

“The more we all do to minimize viral spread before and during Spring Break, the less likely we are to have a large outbreak on campus in the days and weeks after we reconvene for the remainder of the semester,” said Student Life Vice President Dan Fox and Associate Vice President Rebecca Flintoft in a message to students. “And let’s face it: No one wants to spend E-Days in quarantine—or sick.”

Upon returning to campus after break, all students are being asked to adhere to the following protocol:

  • Continue to attend in-person classes as scheduled.
  • Get tested, especially if you traveled outside Colorado over break. Sign up for a free COVID-19 test on campus at primarybio.com/a/mines
    • Campus residents: All students living in residence halls and fraternity and sorority houses will be required to test twice a week following Spring Break through the end of the semester.
    • Off-campus residents: Please get tested the week after Spring Break. Continue to test regularly for the remainder of the semester.
  • Wear a face mask in public and whenever you’re around people you don’t live with – even if you have had COVID-19 within the last 90 days or already received the vaccine.
  • Carefully monitor your health and check for COVID-19 symptoms daily. If you develop symptoms, report them to CRIT. If you are concerned about your health, contact the Student Health Center for further guidance.

Mines will carefully assess the viral situation on campus the week after Spring Break (April 5-10). Students are asked to scale back their activities during the week—and until they have received a negative COVID-19 test result. To support this assessment period, all Mines Dining locations will be take-out only, and indoor student events will be limited.

Until receiving a negative test result, all students are also asked to:

  • Only socialize in person with roommates/housemates
  • Take all meals to-go (including from local restaurants) and dine outdoors or in their room/home
  • Not invite guests into their room or off-campus apartment/house. Only residents should spend time together in their room.

Before Traveling: Know Before You Go

  • Research the testing requirements and viral situation for your destination. If your plans involve out-of-state or international travel, make sure you know what to expect when you arrive at your destination. How do the COVID-19 case numbers compare to those in Colorado? What restrictions are bars, restaurants and other businesses operating under? Do you need to provide proof of negative test upon arrival?
    • NOTE: Orediggers are expected to wear face masks in public and whenever they are around people they don’t live with at all times – even when visiting locations where mask mandates have been rolled back.
  • Campus residents: Let us know your plans by March 21. All students who live in Mines housing (residence halls, 1750 Jackson and Mines Park) and fraternity and sorority houses are required to notify Residence Life/Fraternity & Sorority Life of their travel plans for Spring Break. A link will be sent out shortly in a separate email.
  • Be extra cautious leading up to your trip. Avoid contact with people outside your immediate household, and avoid other high-risk activities such as:
    • Going to large social gatherings
    • Spending time in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers or movie theaters
  • Know before you go: Get tested 2 to 3 days before you travel. Keep a copy of your negative test result with you during travel in case you are asked for it.
    • Sign up for a free COVID-19 test on campus at https://www.primarybio.com/a/mines
    • Cancel your trip and do not travel if you are sick, develop symptoms of COVID-19 or receive a positive test result.
  • Consider what you will do if you become ill while you’re away. If you become ill with COVID-19 while traveling, you will be required to complete isolation at your travel destination. Similarly, if you are exposed to COVID-19 while traveling, you will be required to complete quarantine at your travel destination… and that could very well mean having to celebrate E-Days virtually from your childhood bedroom.
  • Keep your travel partners limited to those you already live with. This isn’t the year to rent a vacation house (in the mountains, on the beach, really anywhere) with 10 friends from 10 different households.

During Spring Break: Be COVID Smart

  • Think critically about the risk of activities at your destination. It’s not just parties at the beach that are a COVID concern. Family gatherings are known viral transmission points, no matter their size, and both Easter and Passover are happening over break this year.
    • Outdoor activities are always preferable to indoor activities.
    • If you do gather, always keep your distance (at least 6 feet) from anyone you don’t live with during the school year. That includes family members, unless you live at home full-time.
    • Avoid large crowds at all times.
    • When indoors, improve ventilation by opening windows and doors or by placing central air and heating on continuous circulation if you can.
  • Wear a face mask that fits snugly whenever you are around others – regardless of the requirements of the state you’re in. Wear a cloth mask with multiple layers of fabric or if you prefer to double mask, a disposable mask under a cloth mask.
    • Masks are required in Colorado, as well as on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within or out of the U.S. and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. 

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