All employees, students, and visitors have the option of not wearing a mask on our campus, including personal and public spaces, per the latest CDC guidance which recommends but does not require that fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.. Please note though that masks are required in Health Services.
Also, anyone more comfortable wearing a mask anywhere on campus should feel free to do so as the CDC says that even fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated.
The COVID Response Team continues to monitor changes in Covid guidance that might impact our campus, including such experiences as summer camps. Self monitoring and staying home if experiencing any symptoms continue to be valuable mitigation strategies for our camps and our campus.
Vaccines Not Required for 2021-22
For the 2021-22 school year, Calvin will strongly encourage but not require a COVID-19 vaccine. COVID vaccines will only be required for students who are travelling (abroad or domestically) for an off-campus program or are part of an off-campus placement where the outside organization requires it. Any such students will receive a direct communication from the university with next steps.
We are working out many other details with respect to guidelines from the CDC, local and state health departments, and the NCAA for unvaccinated people. This includes such things as mandatory screening tests, isolation and quarantine requirements, and more.
Note that fully vaccinated people will not have to worry about most of these items, particularly screening tests. And though the university will not require the COVID-19 vaccine, we do strongly recommend that all Calvin students, faculty, and staff get the vaccine of their choice. We are encouraged that as of May 2021, over 60% of students enrolled in the spring of 2021 had received at least one shot, and over 75% of our staff were vaccinated.
If you or someone you know is hesitant about the vaccine and would benefit from some solid, Christian thinking about it, we recommend these two sites:
Our Frequently Asked Questions page has lots of information, and all of our COVID-related communications going back to January 2020 might also be of interest, including our recent responses to state and CDC orders.
Stay safe—stay #CalvinStrong.
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June 15, 2021 - A June update about vaccinations for the 2021-22 school year, masks, and more.
Important health reminders
Maintain physical distancing
Although physical distancing is less important when everyone is vaccinated, it can be helpful in situations where some people are vaccinated and some are not, so in situations where you are not sure of everyone's status, please keep six feet or so between you and others.
Wear your mask properly
If you are more comfortable continuing to wear a mask on Calvin's campus, that is not a problem. Just make sure to cover your mouth and nose and avoid touching your face and mask.
Stay at home if sick
Monitor for any potential symptoms daily, for you and for other members of your household, and if you have symptoms, use #CampusClear to report your symptoms.