Calvin's winter semester starts on Monday, January 10. We have information in the latest CRT update on new CDC guidance on isolation and quarantine, testing on campus, masks on campus, and vaccines available.
When you test at the clinic in the Tennis and Track facility, you can wait 15 minutes for your result or receive the result as a notification or email using the Navica App (download from the Apple App Store or Google Play; you’ll receive a notification with your result) or the web-based Navica portal (you’ll receive an email with your result).
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.
VACCINES AND TESTING
We are encouraged that 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. Also, anyone who needs a booster under the new CDC guidelines for what it means to be fully vaccinated (see the January 4, 2022 CRT communication for more on that subject) should make arrangements for that booster as soon as possible, either through Calvin or at any area vaccine site.
When it comes to testing, we have found that early symptom-reporting (through #CampusClear), followed by rapid diagnostic testing, has been a key component to our success this semester. Thus, we are launching a three-week pilot upon our return to campus in January. From the start of classes on January 10 through January 31, we will be offering optional surveillance testing at no cost to all vaccinated or unvaccinated students. We will not be requiring surveillance testing of unvaccinated students as we did in the fall semester. Instead, testing will be optional for all and encouraged for all.
We also are not requiring return-to-learn testing as we did for the start of the fall semester. We did not require return testing following Fall Break or Thanksgiving Break, and we were pleased to see that the campus community effectively managed any emergent symptoms and sought diagnostic testing as needed. This approach helped mitigate potential outbreaks and gives us confidence that the community is well-versed on what to look for and how to respond.
Additionally, since testing for asymptomatic individuals will be available at no cost for the first three weeks of classes as part of the pilot surveillance testing program, we encourage anyone in our community who would like a test to take advantage of the opportunity upon their return to campus. This could simply be for peace of mind after the holidays and travel as well as for peace of mind for asymptomatic students or employees who have had recent contact with someone who tests positive.
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.
Stay safe—stay #CalvinStrong.
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December 14, 2021 - In this final update for 2021, you'll find the latest information on COVID numbers, mask policy, Christmas break details, and more.
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.