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COVID Response

Living and learning at Calvin University

Spring is here, and the end of the semester draws ever-closer (exams begin May 7). We are grateful to all in our community who are contributing to our face-to-face, in-person learning.

All individuals or groups hosting events or programs on the Calvin University campus must complete and submit this Proposal Form. Members of the Covid Response Team (CRT) will evaluate and respond to each proposal as soon as possible. The CRT is prioritizing Calvin University’s ability to safely remain in-person for education during this current Spring semester and will analyze all submissions through this lens.

The Trending Questions section of our Frequently Asked Questions page has information on many matters related to our ongoing, and all of our COVID-related communications going back to January 2020 might be of interest. Stay safe—stay #CalvinStrong.

What you need to know

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Your personal protective gear

Find what tools you’ll need to stay safe and how to access them.

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Your daily health checkup

Consider these simple questions daily to monitor your health and report any changes.

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COVID-19 Dashboard

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

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Leading the way

Safe Return Team

Our Safe Return Team has actively planned for multiple scenarios to promote your wellness and support your learning on campus. As a university community of our size—in which we know students by name—we are able to provide a flexible and agile response to changes in the local and global health climate, as they develop.

Health Services

Calvin’s Health Services team continues to lead the way for safe and healthy campuses around the country. For eight years running, The Princeton Review ranks our team among the top 20 higher education health services in the nation. Led by a medical doctor who has decades of experience and connections in Grand Rapids, our health services professionals are ready to serve you.

Partnerships

Through our groundbreaking partnership with Helix Diagnostics, every Calvin faculty member, staff member, and student receives an initial screening test for COVID-19 upon arriving to campus. This allows Calvin to quickly identify those who may need to be quarantined or isolated for their own safety and the safety of others.

Calvin’s president, Michael Le Roy, serves as board chair for the organization of Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities (MICU). He led the team that created MICU’s Playbook for COVID-19 Response & Reopening, a guide of best practices for campus health and safety during this season.

Announcements

April 13, 2021 - Important information about COVID numbers in the community, vaccination opportunities, and more.
April 6, 2021 - Updated information about vaccination, library access, and more.
March 30, 2021 - The latest updates about Holy Week schedule, vaccination, and current restrictions on campus.
March 23, 2021 - The latest updates about vaccination status, the Holy Week schedule, expanded on-campus eating, and more.
March 16, 2021 - Updates about Holy Week, vaccination progress, and more.
March 9, 2021 - The latest information about isolation and quarantine numbers, as well as preliminary thoughts about spring and fall.
March 2, 2021 - An update about dining hall access, asymptomatic testing, and spring break, among other topics.
February 22, 2021 - An update explaining next steps after the two-week enhanced distancing period.
February 16, 2021 - An update midway through Calvin's two-week enhanced physical distancing pause.
February 9, 2021 - An important update about enhanced physical distancing measures.
February 2, 2021 - A weekly update from the COVID Response Team, and a letter to residential students with information about the return to campus.
January 26, 2021 - A major update for students, faculty, and staff, with the latest information about vaccination and related topics.
January 20, 2021 - An update from the COVID Response Team for students, faculty, and staff, with updates about COVID testing, vaccination, remote accomodations, and more.
January 12, 2021 - An update for faculty, staff, and students about the January 18 return to campus.

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Important health reminders

Maintain physical distancing

Please keep a minimum of 6 feet between you and your neighbor.

Wear your mask properly

Cover your mouth and nose, and avoid touching your face and mask.

Wash your hands

Use soap and water to wash your hands for 20 seconds or more.

Stay at home if sick

Monitor for any potential symptoms daily, for you and for other members of your household.

Cleaning

Keep the spaces you use clean upon entering and exiting.

Coughing and sneezing

Cough or sneeze into an elbow or tissue instead of your hands.

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