Dear students,

We are now just a month away from your arrival to campus, and we are excited to welcome you! More details on a number of important items related to your safe arrival are being finalized and will be communicated to you beginning next week. Please also visit the Safe Return website, which is regularly updated and should be your main stop for information about your return to campus. For now, we wanted to share a few brief but important updates that will help guide you as we approach the latter part of July.

Arriving on campus
Your arrival to campus process will look slightly different depending on if you are a residential student or a student living off campus, whether you are needing an earlier arrival time because you are a student athlete or an orientation leader, or are traveling to Calvin from outside the United States. For on-campus residents, primary arrival dates have already been communicated to most groups, and additional details related to your specific arrival situation, such as how to schedule your specific arrival time, will be communicated to you on or before August 1.

Whenever you arrive, you can expect that one of the first things you'll do is get a COVID-19 screening test. Those test results should be back within 24 hours. This screening is important so that we have a baseline for the health of our community, and so that we identify anyone who might be asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic and offer good care and follow-up. If you want to know what this test looks like, check out Pastor Mary’s Instagram account.

Classroom Experience
Your class schedule is being finalized this week. While we don’t anticipate many, if any, changes to the existing class schedule, we do anticipate a number of location changes for where specific classes will meet. You can monitor your class schedule this summer using self service (as some classroom locations may change over the next few weeks).

Beginning on Monday, we will be making modifications to existing classrooms around campus and creating new classroom spaces that meet the recommended standards for the COVID-shaped world we live in. This will also include installing the necessary technology in every room where a class will be held, to create an optimal learning environment for both in-person students and those needing to join remotely at times.

Living & Learning on Campus
We know that this fall will look different. But we enter into this community together, and we have a responsibility to do our best to love our neighbor well. Because of this, we have developed the Love Your Neighbor Covenant. This agreement is a way for each of us to commit to caring for our friends and neighbors by guarding their health as much as our own, just as Jesus Christ calls us to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves. In the next couple of weeks, we will ask each student to review a couple of short videos that further explain the health and safety measures we are committing to for fall 2020 and sign this covenant indicating that you will adhere to practices that will protect our community. (You will receive a link to these resources in an upcoming communication.) By all committing individually, we commit communally to one another.

Finally, President Le Roy and members of the administration hosted a community conversation last week with incoming and returning students and their families. There were a lot of questions that we received, and we provided as many answers as we could in the time we had together. We saved the questions from the chat-screen during that event and are working on providing answers to those questions. We will be adding an FAQ with many of those answers to the Safe Return website early next week, and we will make sure to add to and update the FAQ regularly over the coming days and weeks.

We hope and pray that you and your family are safe and well, and we are excited as we anticipate your return to campus next month!

The Safe Return Team

Sarah Visser (co-chair)
Laura Champion
Todd Hubers (co-chair)
Todd Dornbos
Arlene Hoogewerf
Kristen Alford
Tim Ellens
Juli Haga
Matt Kucinski
Russell Bray
Jim English
John Witte