Date: October 5, 2020

Subject: How the Michigan Supreme Court's ruling on Executive Orders affects Calvin

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

You may have seen the news over the weekend about the Michigan Supreme Court’s decision as it relates to Governor 
Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
While we recognize this might create some confusion, we also want to reassure the Calvin community that our responses to COVID-19 do not depend on the governor’s emergency powers. Rather, Calvin University developed its own playbook for operating in the spring in consultation with the best public health advice available to us. Our approach to operating does not depend upon the governor’s emergency powers. We will continue to be grounded in the same solid principles that have guided us every step of the way since we first began to respond to the pandemic in early February. 
 
Much of what we have done thus far has been led by the knowledge and expertise of people on campus, working in close conjunction with our local health department and following the guidelines issued at a national level by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  
 
What we know to be true is this: social distancing, masks, personal hygiene, and not gathering in large groups all serve as great mitigation strategies. They are working here at Calvin, and they will continue to be our standard operating procedure for the foreseeable future. We encourage everyone in the Calvin community to stay committed, stay positive, and stay healthy. 

The 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