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.

Our campus activity level system provides overall guidance for life and work at Grinnell based on our community health conditions.

Green Campus Activity Level Indicator

Current Activity Level: Green

Safety/PPE: Masks are no longer required if you are vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, you should wear a mask indoors. Please consider community health and wellbeing when making the choice to wear a mask. 

Meetings and Events: Meetings and events may occur in person and restrictions on group events/meetings are no longer in place. 

Buildings: Buildings are at normal capacity and accessible by P-card only. Beginning Aug. 9 buildings will resume regular unlock hours. Bear summer hours of operation  Grinnell College Museum of Art summer hours  

Travel/Visitor: Travel is allowed – please continue to be cautious when considering travel and adhere to the summer travel policy guidelines. Visitors are welcome in campus buildings when accompanied by a campus member who has P-card access. Public access will resume Aug. 9. 

Dining: Dining and catering may now serve indoors. Summer hours and services may be limited. 

Activity Levels and Definitions

For fall 2021, all students are required to submit their COVID vaccination dates, along with uploading their COVID vaccination record for vetting through the student portal. Employees may obtain a test and medical attention through their regular care provider. Those that do not have access to COVID-19 vaccinations outside of the U.S. should contact a SHAW nurse through the student portal to make a plan about next steps. Those that do not have access to COVID-19 vaccinations and those with medical or religious exemptions will undergo daily testing for 7 days upon arrival to campus.

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

Interactive Tools

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: July 26, 2021

All students are required to upload their COVID vaccination documentation (unless they have received an exemption from Director of Health Deb Shill). Students, and any employee who wishes, can upload this documentation using the instructions below. Student reporting is currently at 84%.

Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: July 19, 2021

Results for the week of July 12, 2021: 0 student positives; 0 faculty/staff positives. 514 employees and 575 students have reported that they are vaccinated. Overall vulnerability in Poweshiek county is very low, as is the number of cases.

Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: July 12, 2021

Results for the week of July 5, 2021: 0 student positives; 0 faculty/staff positives. 506 employees and 564 students have reported that they are vaccinated. Immunity in Iowa is also on the rise, now over 66%. Nationwide immunity is estimated at 70.21%.
COVID-19: Meeting the Challenge

Building Resilience and Virtual Community

Grinnell College President Anne Harris describes the unique opportunities that the 2020-21 academic year could offer students who actively engage in this historic moment.

Still image from web conference, Schvalla Rivera

The On-Campus Grinnell Experience: Living and Learning in a Low Density Community

Online panel about the on-campus student experience during the first term of fall 2020, recorded July 23, 2020

Still image from web conference, Anne Harris

The Online Grinnell Experience: Living and Learning in a Virtual Community

Online panel about the remote-learning student experience during the first term of fall 2020, recorded July 23, 2020

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