Updated 3.13.2020 - Classes pausing service from 3.13.20 to 4.1.20 for all students without current high risk situations.

What is Protocal19?

Due to spread of COVID19 a.k.a. Corona virus in the U.S., Protocol19 has been established by Defense Education for the safety of all students. Protocol19 should be viewed as proactive guidance for students to help reduce risk of infection, and spread of virus. Due to the nature of the services provided close contact is one of the conditions that is known to increase risk of transmission. This notice should NOT cause panic, it is only meant to provide information regarding attendance.

It is asked that all students follow these guidelines for the safety of everyone.

Students that are not currently at high risk regarding safety will be asked to pause classes until April 1st. Defense Education strives to match or exceed U.S. Government standards of safety for our students. This two week period is designed to give students a chance to adapt to new changes in lifestyle based on developments with COVID19 (Coronavirus).

Defense Education – 14 Day Pause Rule:
Due to the nature of services where there is contact between instructor and student, and the social distancing recommendation is 6 feet or greater, an aggressive guidance is being established to protect students. In order to contribute to the reduction of spread it is asked that you please avoid the following. If you find yourself exposed to any of these situations please notify the instructor.

  • Travel by public transit ( Plane, Bus, Train )
  • Group meetings/events of 50 or more people.
  • Group meetings/events of 5 or more people which a person has shown illness.
  • If you or anyone in your family becomes sick or ill, wait 14 days from the point symptoms have fully pased without assistance of medicine.

Pauses in Service During Community Spikes:
During times in which COVID-19 cases spike in the Colorado Springs community, Defense Education will designate coordinated pauses in service. Specific dates for start and stop will be designated on this page.

If you have any of the below symptoms you must either be tested by a health care professional and return negative results, or wait for 14 days after recover of symptoms to return to class, as the virus can still reside in the body up to 14 days after the recovery from symptoms.
Exceptions for students with known allergies with normal seasonal congestion.

Students should not be attending class if sick with any potentially contagious illness, regardless of if the result is negative for Corona virus!

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. About 2% of people with the disease have died. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

World Health Organization - 3.1.2020

Please follow this link from the World Health Organization on how to protect yourself from risk of infection.

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