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Safe Return 2020

Living and learning at Calvin University in fall 2020

Calvin University classes are back in session and in-person. Our preparation and planning has led to a safe return and positioned us well to live and learn on campus throughout the fall semester.

But, the work continues. We are running a marathon, not a sprint. We all must commit daily to loving our neighbor and maintaining the health of our community. We are in this together.

Find answers to this week’s trending questions.

What you need to know

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Your personal protective gear

Find what tools you’ll need to stay safe and how to access them.

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Your daily health checkup

Consider these simple questions daily to monitor your health and report any changes.

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COVID-19 Dashboard

Active and cumulative cases reported to Calvin since August 1, 2020.


Leading the way

Safe Return Team

Our Safe Return Team has actively planned for multiple scenarios to promote your wellness and support your learning on campus. As a university community of our size—in which we know students by name—we are able to provide a flexible and agile response to changes in the local and global health climate, as they develop.

Health Services

Calvin’s Health Services team continues to lead the way for safe and healthy campuses around the country. For eight years running, The Princeton Review ranks our team among the top 20 higher education health services in the nation. Led by a medical doctor who has decades of experience and connections in Grand Rapids, our health services professionals are ready to serve you.


Through our groundbreaking partnership with Helix Diagnostics, every Calvin faculty member, staff member, and student receives an initial screening test for COVID-19 upon arriving to campus. This allows Calvin to quickly identify those who may need to be quarantined or isolated for their own safety and the safety of others.

Calvin’s president, Michael Le Roy, serves as board chair for the organization of Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities (MICU). He led the team that created MICU’s Playbook for COVID-19 Response & Reopening, a guide of best practices for campus health and safety during this season.


October 23, 2020 - Safe return update for students and faculty, including information about the holidays, wise church attendance, and mask expectations during the cold-weather months.
October 16, 2020 - Weekly safe return updates for both students and faculty.
October 12, 2020 - Detailed information about on-campus housing after Thanksgiving break.
October 9, 2020 - A weekly update from the Safe Return team, and an announcement of additional surveillance testing during the week of October 12.
October 5, 2020 - An update about how the Michigan Supreme Court's ruling on Executive Orders affects Calvin.
October 2, 2020 - An update from the provost's office about interim and a weekly Safe Return update, with new policy and building access information.
September 25, 2020 - Weekly Safe Return updates, with answers to commonly-asked questions from faculty and common questions from students.
September 24, 2020 - Updated information for residence hall students and KE apartment residents.
September 18, 2020 - Answers to common questions about #CampusClear for students, and a weekly update from the Safe Return team.
September 11, 2020 - An employee update from the COVID response team, and an important weekend reminder for students.
September 9, 2020 - An update about fitness facilities, study spaces, and outdoor activities.
September 4, 2020 - A safe return update for employees.
September 3, 2020 - An update about student study spaces on campus.

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Important health reminders

Maintain physical distancing

Please keep a minimum of 6 feet between you and your neighbor.

Wear your mask properly

Cover your mouth and nose, and avoid touching your face and mask.

Wash your hands

Use soap and water to wash your hands for 20 seconds or more.

Stay at home if sick

Monitor for any potential symptoms daily, for you and for other members of your household.


Keep the spaces you use clean upon entering and exiting.

Coughing and sneezing

Cough or sneeze into an elbow or tissue instead of your hands.


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