Subject: Employee COVID Response Team Update
Date: September 18, 2020

Dear students, 
 
Each of us understanding our own health condition is the best way to protect the health of our community. With good information, we make better decisions. This is the reason why we are each being asked to take our temperature and do a self-evaluation through the #CampusClear app each day. 
Click here to watch a video that demonstrates just how easy this is!

Doing this daily health check should give you confidence in your decision to go to or stay home from class or other activities for that day. It should also provide reassurance knowing that your peers are doing the same. When we all take this daily discipline seriously, we give ourselves a much better chance of not needing to be isolated or quarantined for a potentially lengthy period of time.  
 
Your student senators will soon start providing weekly incentives and drawings for cool prizes like airpods or Calvin boldSocks when you show regular usage of your #CampusClear app. Look for more information from Student Senate on Instagram (@calvinsenate) and in their bi-weekly Chimes and Student-News updates.  
 
FAQ – Using #CampusClear 
We understand that some of you may be apprehensive about reporting a symptom because you aren’t sure what might happen if you do.  With this in mind, we want to provide you with more clarity around what exactly happens if you report symptoms via #CampusClear.

What happens if I report one symptom using #CampusClear? 
If you report one minor symptom during your daily health check, then you will get a quick email asking you to learn remotely for one day and to wait to see if the illness defines itself over the next 24 hours. If no symptoms are present after 24 hours, then you should continue to fill out the #CampusClear App honestly that next day, and you may return to class. Keep in mind that taking even one symptom seriously and practicing self-quarantine initially may help protect your friends from needing to quarantine down the road if your symptoms worsen or you later test positive for COVID-19.   

What if I report multiple symptoms using #CampusClear? 
If you have several symptoms or if you have any one of the following symptoms— fever, shortness of breath, cough, or loss of sense of taste or smell, then Health Services will order a COVID-19 test for you that same day and ask you to stay in your residence until your results are back (most results are returned within 48-72 hours). This is also the typical amount of time it takes for someone to recover from an illness. So, the majority of students who get this FREE test are going back to class about the same time they would have returned to class after a normal illness. 

What if my test shows that I am positive for COVID-19? 
If you test positive, the Kent County Health Department and/or the Calvin Contact Tracing Team will determine your length of isolation. Isolation is a minimum of 10 days from symptom onset. During this time in isolation, you will need to learn remotely and will have meals delivered to your residence if you live on campus. 

Keep in mind that there are a number of Calvin resources available to you when you find yourself feeling under the weather.  The #CampusClear app is the best way to access those resources, whether you need medical advice, COVID-19 testing, emotional or social support, on-campus meal delivery, or academic support.  We want you to succeed! 

We know that this time of pandemic isn’t fun and doesn’t allow for the optimal college experience, and we all can’t wait for the day when we can return to a more normal version of the Calvin experience. But, for now, each of us committing to completing these simple steps helps put us in the best possible position to continue with in-person living and learning.  Thank you for taking this responsibility seriously. 

We are in this together, 

COVID Response Team 

Kristen Alford 
Jennifer Ambrose 
Laura Champion 
Todd Dornbos 
Jim English 
Todd Hubers (co-chair) 
Matt Kucinski 
Brian Paige 
Sarah Visser (co-chair) 
John Witte