Presidential COVID-19 Update: August 12, 2020

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

This week’s update shares information on the various protocols in place to help support a safe and healthy opening as students return to campus.

Symptoms Check

Students and family members moving into the residence halls should take their temperature on the morning of check-in. Temperatures will also be taken during the check-in process and no one with a temperature above the CDC guideline of 100.4°F will be allowed in any campus buildings. The college has designated individuals who will work with any families who arrive and discover they have a temperature. If you have a temperature the morning you are scheduled to move in, you can email Reslife@carroll.edu for information on how to proceed.

Quarantine and Isolation  

The college has put into place quarantine and isolation procedures for students who test positive for COVID-19 or are a known contact traced through Lewis & Clark Public Health. LCPH determines when an individual should be placed in quarantine or isolation and Carroll College will be there to support on-campus students with monitoring, meal delivery, and help navigating any academic needs. Details can be found in the Residential Living and Student Life section of the Marching Back plan. Student Life and Facility Services have been working to move limited furniture and other essentials into those spaces reserved for quarantine and isolation, and Sodexo will offer several choices in the boxed meals students receive three times a day. Academics, advising and faculty will work with students to ensure they are on track. Volunteers throughout the campus community are being organized to help meet additional needs students may have.

Download the CampusClear Mobile App

Students should download the CampusClear mobile application as soon as possible and begin checking in each day – starting today. CampusClear is a daily self-screening app. To get started, download the app from the app stores:

Please make sure you enable notifications from the app. There will only be one notification each day to prompt you to take the self-screening survey.

Once you’ve downloaded CampusClear, log in by entering your Carroll email address. You’ll receive an email confirmation, and after clicking the confirmation link, you’ll have access to the app. It only takes a few seconds to self-screen, and your participation helps to keep our campus safe for everyone. Please be sure to self-screen daily, even if you have no symptoms.

Student information will be shared with the Wellness Center and anyone with symptoms will be contacted. Faculty and staff can start using the application now and details about how follow-up will occur will be shared in an email later this week.

Visitors & Protocol for Residence Halls

As we are currently in Phase 2 of Montana’s reopening plan, students living in the residence halls are limited to the floor on which they have been assigned and must use the restroom facilities on that floor only. Face coverings must be worn any time a student is outside of the room for which the student is assigned. Residents may not have guests in the residence halls. 

Students who don’t reside in the building, but are entering that building for classes or services, must wear a face covering inside the building at all times. Communal areas, such as lounges and kitchens, will be open to student use if social distancing can be maintained, meaning 6 ft. of distance between people. Communal kitchens will be available but no utensils will be available for communal use. Strict cleaning and sanitation of the areas between uses will be enforced with closure of the area if cleaning and distancing are not followed.


The testing schedule can be found in last Friday’s update. To date, Carroll College has tested over one hundred students and the timeline for results has been as expected. Testing will continue throughout the week. Biodesix, the company we are contracting with for our testing, uses a dual factor authentication in order for you to download your results. You can see the instructions for how to download your results here.

Forgot your mask?

Students will not be allowed to enter classrooms or offices without masks. Each student should plan on bringing 5-7 masks with them but in case they forget, or if someone is visiting campus and does not have a mask, they can be found at the following locations on campus:

  • St. Charles Hall – President’s Executive Assistant’s office
  • O’Connell – Front Lobby Desk
  • Library – Front Desk
  • Mailroom
  • PE Center Front Desk
  • Saints’ Shoppe – for purchase

As always, please remain safe and healthy,

John E. Cech, Ph.D., President
Carroll College Marching Back Task Force