Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

COVID Information

CIRES is working with CU Boulder and NOAA to protect employees and curb the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-related information for CIRES employees

 

Links to check regularly


Procedures for returning to campus or NOAA

For those working on CU Boulder campus

One Time Entry (eg, to pick up equipment)

  1. You must get permission from your CIRES supervisor.
  2. Once you have supervisor approval, you must write to Dan Keane to let him know the date and time and which building/office you plan to enter. You must get an approval/confirmation from Dan before going. 
  3. You must take the CU Boulder daily health questionnaire the day you go into the office before you go in.
  4. When you go in, you must follow all campus rules.

Return to Regular Research

  1. You must get permission from your CIRES supervisor.
  2. You must take the CU Boulder COVID training and send a copy of the completion certificate to Lornay at: lornay.hansen@colorado.edu
    1. To access this Skillsoft training, visit mycuinfo.colorado.edu, click on Skillsoft, then CU Boulder. Then search for "CU: COVID-19 Safety and Awareness—CU Boulder​."
  3. You must fill in the CU Boulder Request to Return to Research form once you have supervisor approval and have taken the training. 
    1. If and when you are approved, you will be notified by email. You may not return to research without this approval. 
  4. When you are approved to go in:
    1. You may only go in on your approved days/times.
    2. You must take the daily health questionnaire for CU Boulder every day prior to going in to the office.
    3. Your CIRES supervisor will get a copy of your daily health form via email each time you fill it out.

For those working at NOAA

ALL CI employees MUST take the NOAA COVID Safety training by September 30, 2020, even if you do not plan to return to the office at all. Those with access to the Commerce Learning Center (CLC) can access the course directly from this link; for those without CLC access, you can access the course here. We strongly encourage those working on-site or returning to on-site work to complete it as soon as possible, but regardless of your on-site work status please complete this Safety Orientation no later than September 30, 2020

One Time Entry (eg, to pick up equipment, renew a badge, etc.)

  1. You must get permission from your CIRES Supervisor.
  2. You must get permission from leadership of your NOAA lab or center.
  3. You must write to Dan Keane to let him know when and where you plan to go into the building. You must get an approval from Dan before going.
  4. You must take the CU Boulder daily health questionnaire the day you go into the office before you go in.
  5. When you go in, you must follow the reporting requirements specific to your NOAA lab or center (to report when and where you were).

Return to Regular Research 

  1. You must get approval from your CIRES supervisor.
  2. You must get approval from the leadership of your NOAA lab or center.
  3. You must take the CU Boulder COVID training and send a copy of the completion certificate to Lornay at: lornay.hansen@colorado.edu
    1. To access this Skillsoft training, visit mycuinfo.colorado.edu, click on Skillsoft, then CU Boulder. Then search for "CU: COVID-19 Safety and Awareness—CU Boulder​.".
  4. You must fill in the the CU Boulder Request to Return to Research form.
    1. If and when you are approved, you will be notified by email. You may not return to research without this approval. 
  5. When you are approved to go in:
    1. You may only go in on your approved days/times.
    2. You must take the daily health questionnaire for CU Boulder every day prior to going in to the office.
    3. Your CIRES supervisor will get a copy of your form via email each time you fill it out.
    4. You must follow the reporting requirements specific to your NOAA lab or center (to report when and where you were).

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers to most of these questions can be found in the links above, which we encourage you to check regularly. A few specific questions are coming up often:

 

What should I do if I feel sick?

CU has information about what to do if you are sick here. See state recommendations here


What should I do if I test positive for COVID or my supervisee tests positive for COVID? 

If you have been working on CU Boulder or NOAA campuses, you must immediately inform your supervisor. See this CIRES blog post for details.


Is the campus testing program available to faculty and staff?

Updated October 12, 2020: COVID-19 on-campus testing now available to all CU employees Monday - Friday at UMC and SEEC. These are surveillance (saliva) tests.  Employees and their supervisor are notified of positives within a day after testing, and referred for further diagnostic testing. If someone doesn’t hear anything the day after testing, they are negative.  600 walk-up tests are being performed daily between two locations.  Employees must complete the Daily Health Questionnaire in advance, and bring a Buff card. For more information, go to https://www.colorado.edu/today/2020/10/01/covid-19-campus-updates-oct-1-edition

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, you should not access these walk-up sites, and instead contact a medical provider or go to a drive-thru testing site (see next entry below). 


Where can I get tested?

Updated Oct 9, 2020: COVID-19 testing is free and open to all in Boulder. Since September, the city has operated two testing locations, which are slated to remain open through at least Oct. 18. Patients do not need to experience COVID-19 symptoms to be eligible for a test. For full details, including hours and locations, visit the city's testing webpage (https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/testing/).

Find a testing location through the State of Colorado's COVID Site.


Where can I find more information about childcare while at home? 

CU Boulder's Fall 2020 Guidance on Childcare Flexibility policy is posted here. You may also be able to apply for support from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). More information is on this CIRES blog post, including a form.


What are the recommendations for travel? 

Please see this CU Boulder webpage about travel policy during the pandemic. CIRES is also posting up-to-date information on this blog post.


I have questions about the Return to Research Form.

Scroll down through this blog entry for question-by-question guidance on the form.