Subject: Reminders for commuter students
Date: August 21, 2020

Dear Commuter Students, 

A couple of weeks ago I wrote you with some important information about the year ahead, particularly as it relates to living off-campus and participating in the Calvin community in healthy ways.  The highlight of that email (which you can find here) was to have a “COVID Conversation” with the people you live with.  A good COVID conversation will cover:

  • Your plans to stay healthy, including agreeing on house rules, cleaning, when to wear masks, preparing space in case someone is ill or needs to be quarantined, etc.
  • Your social plans, including keeping social circles small, not having guests inside, not attending (or hosting) parties or gatherings—and thus disrupting the narrative that college students can’t live within COVID limits.  (I feel confident you can).
  • Your commitments to do the daily health monitoring through the Campus Clear app, wearing mask in all indoor spaces at Calvin (and on congested pathways outside), not eating indoors on campus, following classroom rules, etc.

A few things to remember to do in the coming days:

  • Schedule your COVID screening for next week (before classes start). Get more info on screening tests here. Everyone returning to our campus is asked to do this.
    • You’ll get a green wrist-band to indicate you’ve completed the screening (and you should pick one up at the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex patio if you did your screening already—stop by any day next week)
    • You’ll be able to get a free Calvin mask and an ID lanyard near the screening, on the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex patio, all week—stop by even if you have already received your screening!
  • Complete the short educational module* (it’s quick!...and required).
  • Complete this student checklist, which includes your mandatory address reporting.

We’ll be sending reminders to all students regularly over the next week or so, and we ask that you stay up to date.  Do the screening and the educational modules.  Buy your supply of masks. Be wise and responsible residents of your neighborhoods—your neighbors care about health and safety too, and they are watching us with hope and high expectations.

Stay healthy,

John Witte, Dean of Students