COVID-19 under microscope

COVID-19 Communications

Videos and Webinars

Welcome to 2020 webinar screen

Welcome to Grinnell College 2020!

College leadership, student leaders, and faculty members welcomed students and provided important information for the start of the year. Recorded Sept. 3, 2020.

Still image from onboarding webinar

Onboarding Webinar

Campus onboarding webinar for students living on campus or approved to live in Grinnell. Recorded Aug. 27, 2020.

COVID-19: Meeting the Challenge

President Anne Harris: 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. Recorded July 29, 2020.

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

Still from YouTube video of Caleb Elfenbein

The Fall 2020 Academic Experience

.Professors Caleb Elfenbein and Vida Praitis provide an overview of the academic experience to expect in fall 2020

Screenshot of financial aid webinar

President's Town Hall: Educational Experience Within a Public Health Framework

Webinar for College employees held July 16, 2020

Anne Harris putting on a face mask

Fall Planning Update from Anne Harris

July 9, 2020

COVID-19: Meeting the Challenge

A Framework for Academic Progress and Success

July 2, 2020

Fall 2020 Planning Messages

Update: Fall Term 2
Sept. 14, 2020 - We have made the decision to continue with remote instruction and a very low-density campus for Fall Term 2.

Return to Campus Testing Program Overview - Fall 1 Term
August 24, 2020 - The College will be screening all students who live on campus or have been approved to live off campus and those faculty and staff who work closely with students on a regular basis.

Residency Update
July 27, 2020 - Our revised residency model for the 2020-21 academic year is built around class years and implications for many areas of our program.

Important Changes to Fall Plans
July 20, 2020 - Fall Term 1 classes will be offered remotely and the arrival of first-year and transfer students will be delayed in an effort to further limit the number of students on campus.

Fall Term Plans Reassessment
July 15, 2020 - At this time, we are going to pause on sending additional invitations to study and live on campus for the second fall term (F2), scheduled to begin Oct. 22. We will remain paused until we can better understand the repercussions of these rapidly changing circumstances and new public health guidance.

Fall 2020 Campus Planning Update
July 10, 2020 - A message for students from Acting President Anne Harris that provides further details on the on-and off-campus experience in 2020-21.

A Framework for Academic Progress and Success
July 2, 2020 - Acting President Anne Harris provides an overview of the 2020-21 academic year planning process in a video message to campus.

Intercollegiate Athletic Competition During Fall Term 1
June 29, 2020 - Grinnell athletic teams will not compete against other colleges during the first fall term. We will continue to closely monitor the latest research and reports and will announce our decisions about Fall Term 2, Spring Term 1, and Spring Term 2 as those terms draw nearer.

Academic Year 2020-21 Planning Updates
June 12, 2020 - More specific information about our fall plans, even as our planning work continues. The next academic year will consist of four 7.5-week terms, with an optional summer term. We are planning for a low-density campus this fall, with a minimum starting number of between 500 - 600 students for the first term. There will be in-person and distance class offerings each term.

2020-21 Test Optional Admission Policy
June 5, 2020 - For the 2020-21 admission cycle Grinnell College will adopt a test optional admission policy.

Special Campus Memo: Planning Considerations for Academic Year 2020-21 Classes
June 1, 2020 - The 2020-21 academic year will be a year of change and adaptation as we seek to manage the number of students, faculty, and staff on campus at a given time and to create as safe a campus environment as possible.

Special Campus Memo: Plans to Build Testing Capacity for Fall 2020
May 22, 2020 - The College signed a contract with a private testing firm that guarantees capacity for initial and regularized diagnostic (PCR) COVID-19 testing for students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus.

Spring 2020 Response Messages

Special Campus Memo: COVID-19 Prevention Reminders (4-24-20)

Grinnell College Post COVID-19: Recovery, Stewardship, and Renaissance (4-21-20)

Special Grant Award Assistance for Academic Year 2020-21 (4-16-20)

Addressing Rumors About Fall 2020 Classes (4-7-20)

Helpful Information Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic (4-3-20)

A Message from President Kington to the Grinnell Community (3-26-20)

COVID-19 Campus Update 3-25-20

COVID-19 Campus Update 3-24-20

COVID-19 Campus Update: Contingency Plan Implementation (3-23-20)

First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Poweshiek County (3-21-20)

COVID-19 Campus Update 3-20-20

COVID-19 Campus Update 3-19-20

COVID-19 Campus Update 3-18-20

COVID-19 Campus Update 3-17-20

Message from David Maxwell '66, Chair of Grinnell's Board of Trustees (3-17-20)

College Transitioning to Remote Work for Many Employees (3-17-20)

COVID-19 Campus Update 3-16-20

COVID-19 Campus Update: Thank You (3-14-20)

COVID-19 Campus Update: Important New Information (3-13-20)

COVID-19 Campus Update 3-12-20

COVID-19 Campus Update: Keeping Our Community Informed (3-11-20)

Important COVID-19 Planning Updates (3-10-20)

Transition to Distance Learning at Grinnell College (3-9-20)

Update: COVID-19 and International Travel (3-4-20)

Campus Update: Influenza and Coronavirus (3-2-20)

Update on CDC Guidelines Implementation (2-10-20)

CDC Coronavirus Guideline Implemented on Campus (2-6-20)

Coronavirus Outbreak and China Travel (1-30-20)

Flu Activity at Grinnell College (1-28-20)

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