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Safe Return 2020

Living and learning at Calvin University

At the request of state leaders, we were asked in mid-December to delay the start of in-person learning for Interim 2021 until Monday, January 18. Given this, we developed an adjusted Interim plan that has us still starting Interim with remote instruction on Thursday, January 7, 2021, as was originally planned. However, in-person instruction is now set to begin on Monday, January 18. More details are in our Dec. 18 campus-wide communication.

As students, staff and faculty return to campus in January, either for Interim or second semester, we are asking everyone to do a COVID screening test. These tests will be done on campus and results will be available in 10-15 minutes after the test. Plenty of dates and times are available on our Eventbrite sign-up page.

The Trending Questions section of our Frequently Asked Questions page also has information on interim and many other matters related to our ongoing COVID-19 response. In addition, all of our COVID-related communications going back to January 2020 might be of interest.

We are grateful for the commitment our community is making to follow the health and safety protocols that thus far have helped mitigate the spread on our campus. Stay safe—stay #CalvinStrong.

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.


January 12, 2020 - An update for faculty, staff, and students about the January 18 return to campus.
December 22, 2020 - Christmas updates for both students and faculty and staff, including information about the return to campus.
December 18, 2020 - An update about interim and the delayed start of in-person learning in January 2021.
December 15, 2020 - An update from the COVID Response Team for students, faculty, and staff, addressing interim, January screenings, vaccinations, and more.
December 4, 2020 - An update for students about interim, health services, and more.
November 20, 2020 - An update for both students and faculty with the latest Safe Return information.
November 15, 2020 - An important update from President Le Roy regarding the transition to online learning on Wednesday, November 18.
November 12, 2020 - An update for students and faculty about the MDHHS Epidemic Order and the effects it has on Calvin University life and operations.
November 6, 2020 - A major update with information about holiday accommodations for students, restrictions on in-person events, adjustments to interim 2021, and answers to common questions about these subjects.
November 4, 2020 - Important reminders for students from health services.
November 2, 2020 - An important update from President Le Roy about elevated COVID-19 numbers and what students and employees can do to keep healthy as the holiday season approaches.
October 30, 2020 - Safe return update for students, faculty, and staff, including updated guidelines for carpooling, dining, and other activities, as well as details about campus activities during the Thanksgiving-Christmas holiday 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.

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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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