Carleton College’s senior leadership team is continuously monitoring the public health metrics of the campus in the context of county, state, and national data. We have identified COVID-19 Action Levels to help describe potential transmission scenarios and how the College would plan to operate at various stages.
These risk levels take into account the important work our campus community is doing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through the behaviors defined in our campus covenant. Impacts on campus operations, residential life, and testing are adjusted at each of the low, medium, high, and critical action levels (and each level is additive: e.g., the actions at Level 3 include also the actions from Levels 1 and 2). The Threshold tool also incorporates both internal and external measures that together help inform movement from one action level to another. It is important to note that the increase or decrease in a single measure is not likely to create a shift to a new action level; rather several measures must be trending in a similar direction to spur a shift.
As we’ve learned since the beginning of the pandemic, the science regarding COVID-19 is continually evolving, and subsequently, we may change or amend specific threshold measures as public health guidance and recommendations are updated, new testing technologies emerge, and we implement learnings from others in higher education. Any changes will only be considered where they result in safer outcomes for the Carleton community.