Students in class, distanced and wearing masks and face shields

COVID-19: Meeting the Challenge

Meeting the Challenge

In what will forever be a defining moment in each of our lives, Grinnellians rose to meet unprecedented challenges and changes together. It is now time to shift our focus to what is next.

Grinnell’s leadership, faculty, and staff are committed to providing the very best Grinnell educational opportunities possible for our students. Decisions about the coming academic year will require the creativity, compassion, and consideration for community that are the hallmarks of Grinnell College.

Many of the College's functions remain remote, including teaching and learning and most administrative work. We are assessing our community health conditions on an ongoing basis to determine how we can continue fulfilling our mission as safely as possible. Our campus activity level system provides overall guidance for life and work at Grinnell based on our community health conditions.

 

 

Yellow campus activity status indicator

Current Activity Level: Yellow

Classes: Hybrid, primarily online, some in-person with appropriate PPE/safety precautions​.
Meetings and Events: Primarily online, limited events/meetings in-person with appropriate PPE/safety precautions.
Athletics: No competition, limited training with PPE/safety precautions​; buildings at reduced capacity.
Travel/Visitors: Faculty and staff travel restrictions in place with limited opportunities by permission. Limited visitors by reservation only; please check with department or office you intend to visit.
Dining: Take-out food available during business hours from the Marketplace Dining Hall for students and employees on meal plans.

Activity Levels and Definitions

Our testing program is a crucial component of our overall effort to maintain community health. We are proud of the job our students, staff, and faculty are doing to stay safe and healthy. The test program results below highlight these efforts.

Results for the week of Feb. 15–19, 2021

Number of Unique
Students Tested
With Conclusive Results

Negative

Positive

Percent Positive

Self-Reported
Positive Results From
Other Test Sites*

580

580

0

0%

1

Number of Unique
Faculty/Staff Tested
With Conclusive Results

Negative

Positive

Percent Positive

Self-Reported
Positive Results From
Other Test Sites*

308

308

0

0%

1

Total for 2021 (since January 4, 2021)

Number of Unique
Students Tested
With Conclusive Results

Negative

Positive

Percent Positive

Self-Reported
Positive Results From
Other Test Sites*

664

652

12

1.81%

1

Number of Unique
Faculty/Staff Tested
With Conclusive Results

Negative

Positive

Percent Positive

Self-Reported
Positive Results From
Other Test Sites*

443

431

12

2.71%

2

*The State’s testing program does not report results to the college. The number in this column reflects reports by students, faculty, or staff to SHAW and is not included in the positivity rate of the on-campus testing clinic.

Photo of COVID-19 virus under microscope, public image from CDC

Interactive Tools

See the latest COVID-19 data for Iowa and the Grinnell area or use an interactive risk calculator to help you determine how risky various activities and their combination of factors might be.

Latest Updates

Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: Feb. 22, 2021

For the week of Feb. 15, 2021, 580 unique students were tested with 580 being negative and 0 positive resulting in a 0% positivity rate. A total of 308 faculty and staff were tested with 308 being negative and 0 being positive also resulting in a 0% positivity rate. Testing occurred on Monday through Wednesday.

2021 Commencement Ceremony

Grinnell College will host an in-person, outdoor commencement ceremony for graduating seniors on Friday, May 28, 2021, at 10 a.m. In light of current and projected community health conditions, we will not be able to invite families or guests including faculty, staff, and first-year through third-year students to attend this year's commencement.

Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: Feb. 15, 2021

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