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COVID Response

Thanksgiving thoughts from the COVID Response Team

Here is important information about travel testing, post-Thanksgiving protocols, and more as we approach the end of the fall semester.

If you are feeling sick, remain in your room and use #CampusClear to report any COVID symptoms immediately. The #CampusClear app lists next steps, including rapid testing information.

Our approach to 2021-22 includes commitments 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 contribute to the safety and health of our entire community—students, employees, families, and Grand Rapids—while providing high-quality learning experiences. Below are some important mitigation measures that we believe are helping us work toward a great year together. 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 continue to assess the current mask requirement on a regular basis, including careful attention to the CDC risk levels for our county. Masks are not required outdoors, but indoor masking remains an important layer of mitigation and protection for our campus at this time.


We are encouraged that almost 85% of our students and 90% of our employees are vaccinated, and we continue to encourage all members of the Calvin community to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Employees and students not vaccinated are part of a weekly testing program, the cost of which is being 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.

Stay safe—stay #CalvinStrong.

COVID-19 Dashboard

Active and cumulative cases reported to Calvin since August 1, 2020.



November 12, 2021 - Important announcements and reminders in response to the recent increase in COVID cases in the community.
November 9, 2021 - Important information about travel testing, post-Thanksgiving protocols, and other things to be aware of as the Calvin community looks ahead to the end of the semester.
November 5, 2021 - A reminder about the importance of adhering to mask protocols and treating others with respect as COVID continues to be a concern in West Michigan.
October 15, 2021 - An update about COVID conditions in and around the Calvin community, and about the current mask policy.
September 28, 2021 - An important update with the latest information on masks, isolation and quarantine numbers, vaccines, and more.
September 1, 2021 - The first update of the new school term has lots of important information about vaccines, masks, testing, and more.
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.

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