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 (updated 03/10/2021)

  • CU Boulder COVID-19 Updates and Resouces
  • Beginning Feb. 15, we are launching an option for you to receive select COVID-19 messages–monitoring testing, test results, vaccination notifications and more–via text message.
  • CU Boulder Surveillance Testing
    • CIRES employees may go to campus surveillance testing sites without notification to CIRES
      • You must fill out the Buff Pass daily health check before coming to campus to take the test (form updated Feb 2021)
        • (Supervisors - you will get a weekly summary of your employees' visits at the end of each week). 
      • You may not go anywhere else on campus without completing the return-to-campus steps detailed below
    • If you have symptoms, you may NOT go to a campus surveillance testing site (more info in FAQs below)
    • You may bring your immediate family/household members to campus for free surveillance testing
    • As of January 07 2021, family testing will continue “as capacity allows”.  
  • CU Boulder's COVID website
  • CU Boulder Research and Innovation Office (RIO) COVID website
  • Specific information from RIO on return-to-research plans and procedures
  • Buff Pass: A daily health check system required of anyone returning to campus for any reason, regular or one-time.
  • State of Colorado COVID website

Other Quick Links: 

Get notified you if you may have been exposed to someone contagious with COVID-19! By opting in through your iPhone device settings or downloading the app onto your Android device you can better protect yourself and your family.

 


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. "Buff Pass" is the system for filling out that questionnaire; it  requires login with your CU Boulder credentials. (Supervisors - you will get a weekly summary of your employees' visits at the end of each week). 
  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. Please do this through the Buff Pass system, which requires login with your CU Boulder credentials.
    3. CIRES Supervisors will get a weekly summary of their employees' visits at the end of each week.

For those working at NOAA

ALL CI employees MUST take the NOAA COVID safety course, even if you do not plan to return to the office for the foreseeable future. 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. If you are unsure about whether you have taken the training or have other questions about the NOAA COVID training requirement, please contact your NOAA division management.

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. "Buff Pass" is the system for filling out that questionnaire; it requires login with your CU Boulder credentials. "Building" does not currently allow for users to select "NOAA" or "DSRC." For now, please select "CIRES" or "Department of Commerce". (Supervisors - you will get a weekly summary of your employees' visits at the end of each week). 
  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).
  6. You must self certify that you are free of symptoms in accordance with DOC Policy. The self certification sign is posted at every entrance.  Also, by self certifying you acknowledge that you have read and will adhere to the DSRC Reintegration plan.  

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. Please do this through the Buff Pass system, which requires login with your CU Boulder credentials. "Building" does not currently allow for users to select "NOAA" or "DSRC." For now, please select "CIRES" or "Department of Commerce." 
    3. CIRES Supervisors will get a weekly summary of their employees' visits at the end of each week. 
    4. You must follow the reporting requirements specific to your NOAA lab or center (to report when and where you were).
    5. You must self certify that you are free of symptoms in accordance with DOC Policy. The self certification sign is posted at every entrance.  Also, by self certifying you acknowledge that you have read and will adhere to the DSRC Reintegration plan.  

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 CU Boulder website for details (scroll to: "Employees with COVID sympoms or positive...").


Is the campus testing program available to faculty and staff?

Updated March 10, 2021:

Yes, CU Boulder faculty, staff and students with a Buff OneCard can bring their immediate family/members of their household to participate in the campus surveillance monitoring program (saliva tests). All participants must be asymptomatic and arrive at the testing site accompanied by their immediate family/member of their household with a Buff OneCard. Locations and times are listed here.

Employees and their supervisors are notified of positive test results within a day of testing and referred for further diagnostic testing.  If someone doesn’t hear anything the day after testing, they are negative. Employees must bring a Buff card so long as they are on campus solely for the purpose of testing. CIRES does not have to be notified if testing is the only reason for going to campus. 

Employees must still fill out the Buff Pass daily health questionnaire prior to going to the testing site.  

Employees may NOT go elsewhere on campus without completing the approval process (outlined above). 

For more information, go to https://www.colorado.edu/protect-our-herd/symptoms-testing.

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 March 10, 2021: COVID-19 testing is free and open to all at a city of Boulder testing site at Stazio Ballfields in northeast Boulder, and several other Boulder County locations. More: https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/testing/.

Find other testing locations 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.