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COVID-19 Return to Campus Plan & Timeline

The following plan/ timeline works under the assumption that all Executive Orders/ CDC Guidelines/ Health Department Regulations have been completely lifted or show significant de-escalation. All guidelines provided by Federal, State, and Local authorities will be followed. Furthermore, it represents a transitional timeline that is specific to our operations.

Mountwest Community & Technical College Fall 2021 Return to Campus Guide


The following is an updated framework with selected guidance that Mountwest will use to structure planning considerations as deliberate methods of continuing community mitigation for re-opening campus in Fall 2021.

There are some guiding principles to consider:

1. Each campus is unique and strategies will be based on level of community transmission, the characteristics of the campus and our people, the vaccination status of the campus and surrounding community, and the local capacity to implement particular strategies.

2. Mitigation strategies may continue to need to be scaled up and down as the local situation on campus and in the community changes and as we know more about the impact of COVID-19 variants.

3. Strategies will be different for different groups of people and especially for fully vaccinated vs. unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people.

4. All plans will continue to be developed, revised, implemented, and evaluated in partnership with local and state health officials.

Guiding Principles for Fully Vaccinated People

  • Indoor and outdoor activities pose minimal risk to fully vaccinated people.

  • Fully vaccinated people have a reduced risk of transmitting SARS-CoV-2 to unvaccinated people.

  • Fully vaccinated people should still get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Fully vaccinated people should not visit private or public settings if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Fully vaccinated people should continue to follow any applicable federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations.

Recommendations for Indoor and Outdoor Settings

Risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection is minimal for fully vaccinated people. The risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission from fully vaccinated people to unvaccinated people is also reduced. Therefore, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Fully vaccinated people should also continue to wear a well-fitted mask in correctional facilities and homeless shelters. Prevention measures are still recommended for unvaccinated people.

Updated Recommendations for Social Distancing, Mask Requirements

Social Distancing

For now, fully vaccinated people can gather indoors without physical distancing or wearing masks with:

  • Other people who are fully vaccinated

  • Unvaccinated people from one other household, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19

Until more is known, fully vaccinated people should continue to wear masks and stay apart from other people in other settings when they are in public or visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households.

Classrooms, labs, and transportation

  • Space seating/desks apart when feasible. For lecture spaces, consider taping off seats and rows to ensure distance between seats.

  • Host smaller classes in larger rooms.

  • Turn desks to face the same direction (rather than facing each other), or have students sit spaced apart on only one side of tables.

  • Modify learning stations and activities as applicable so there are fewer students per group, placed apart if possible.

  • Offer distance learning in addition to in-person classes to help reduce the number of in-person

  • Provide adequate distance between people engaged in experiential learning opportunities (e.g., labs, vocational skill building activities).

  • Create distance between students in college or vehicles (e.g., skipping rows)

Mask requirements

Mask requirements are rapidly evolving. See above for guidelines for removing masks for fully vaccinated people. Those who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to continue to wear masks. Fully vaccinated people should continue to wear masks in indoor public settings and when visiting
with unvaccinated people indoors from multiple households. All people must wear masks where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance and rules.


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