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Our return to in-person learning this fall is driven by several guiding principles, including a commitment to meet in person for the entire 2021-22 academic year, to design creative ways to live and have fun on campus, and to quickly adapt to our community health expectations as circumstances change. We are determined to make every effort to contribute to the safety and health of our entire community—students, employees, families, and our surrounding community of Grand Rapids—while providing high-quality learning experiences. Below are some mitigation measures we have included in our planning for the new school year that are important steps toward health and safety. Further information on any of the items below, and much more, can be found in our COVID communications archive.
Masks are required on campus at this time in indoor locations with some exceptions such as offices and assigned residence halls. We have no plans to implement occupancy limits, activity restrictions, or visitor bans. We are not requiring distancing for classes or events, and we’ll be able to visit each other in residence halls, play sports, and have fully open dining halls. In addition, masks will not be required outdoors. But, as our students have returned to campus from across the country and indeed the globe, including from locales where COVID rates are high, and until we accurately know the levels of vaccination among our students and the number of cases that may arise in the early days of the semester, we believe that indoor masking is a prudent and safe measure to take, an important layer of mitigation and protection as we all come together again. We are hopeful that this will be a short and temporary measure, with re-evaluation beginning after the first few weeks of class.
VACCINES AND TESTING
We are encouraged that 80% of our employees and close to 80% of our students are already vaccinated. The good news is that each of the current vaccines approved by the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) has been scientifically shown to be incredibly effective at preventing severe infection, even against the Delta variant. So, we continue to encourage all members of the Calvin community to get vaccinated as soon as possible, and Calvin continues to ask that all employees and students either be vaccinated or be part of weekly testing if not fully vaccinated. Details of this fall testing program are being communicated to all employees and students listed in our system as unvaccinated. The cost to students will be kept as reasonable as possible and will be used to help with the unbudgeted reality of purchasing tests and providing the staffing needed to do the process safely, efficiently, and accurately. The recommendation for this surveillance testing of unvaccinated individuals comes from our local health department, and we will continue to consult with them about the length of time this testing will be needed.
Stay safe—stay #CalvinStrong.
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August 13, 2021 - Further clarifications and answers to questions raised by the August 11 update.
August 11, 2021 - An important update about mask requirements, vaccination, and other protocols in place for the return to campus.
July 21, 2021 - A mid-summer update about fall arrival testing, #CampusClear, and other things to know before the new school term begins