Colorado’s colleges map out fall 2020 plans — and backup plans — amid rising COVID-19 cases

By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado

Twice a week, Diana Doyle and her staff at Arapahoe Community College meet over video conferences to discuss the outlook of the coronavirus pandemic and map out contingency plans for their campuses.

Doyle, the college’s president, said the idea is to be ready not just for Plan A but also have Plans B, C and more at the ready.

“What we do is we put together a checklist of all of the different components that we need to be talking about,” Doyle said. “For instance, one of them would be cleanliness, you know, regular cleaning of our facilities: What happens if a student or an employee is tested positive, what’s our response?”

Other Colorado universities and colleges are sketching out various scenarios of what might occur during an unpredictable pandemic. For now, schools throughout Colorado plan to hold limited in-person classes this fall and are closely following state and federal health guidelines for safety.

But schools are ready to shift gears with the swerving trajectory of the virus.

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