Date: February 27, 2020
Dear parent/guardian of a Calvin student,
I am writing to provide you with an update on how we are preparing as a Calvin community as the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to evolve. As of today, there are still no cases identified at Calvin or in the state of Michigan. However, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged this week that they think it is likely that more cases will emerge in the United States in the coming weeks, and they have encouraged colleges and universities to be prepared.
We are taking this possibility very seriously. We anticipate situations like this in our emergency planning, and a working group of staff, faculty, and administrators have been closely monitoring the situation for several weeks now. We have and will continue to take proper precaution and heed the advice of our local and state health officials and leading global health organizations as we prepare for the possible impact.
We will also continue to pass along any updates and recommendations to your student(s) as this situation evolves. I sent a letter to our students, faculty, and staff earlier today providing them with information related to reporting their international travel plans, what precautions we are taking as a university, and with some simple, but important reminders of what they can do to help mitigate the risk of a possible spread of infection.
We will continue to update the Calvin community as new information becomes available and as the situation evolves. Our Health Services website will be updated on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings when updates are warranted. There, you will also find previous updates to the community (including the one I sent your student today), helpful links and resources, and frequently asked questions. Please use this as a primary resource for staying informed about what’s happening at Calvin.
Finally, and most importantly, I invite you to join us in prayer for our neighbors near and far who are most affected by this outbreak (including the family and friends of our students who live in close proximity to high-risk regions). Please also pray for protection for our campus community.
Michael Le Roy