Employee Commitment to Personal and Collective Health

As not only employees of Grinnell College but also caring and responsible members of our College and wider communities, we are committed to observe the health measures listed below, which are based on current understanding of the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and its prevention.

If you have a temperature of greater than 100.4°F, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, or recent loss of smell or taste, please remain at home and contact your medical provider immediately to be evaluated. 

If you test positive for SARS-CoV-2, follow the isolation directions you will receive from the Iowa Department of Public Health. Contact your supervisor if you are unable to work remotely, and HR for guidance in how to record time-off and the potential need for leave.

Community Health Measures

Employees must:

  • Complete the COVID-19 safety and hygiene training provided by HR
  • Wear a facemask and face shield in all shared and public spaces inside College buildings. When in outdoor public spaces on campus, keep a face covering with you at all times to use when you come into close proximity with others (within 6 feet). Face coverings are not required when alone in private offices with the door closed.
  • Practice physical distancing, maintaining a distance of six or more feet from other individuals, especially in campus buildings, even while wearing face coverings.
  • Avoid gathering in groups of 10 or more, unless the space has been modified and approved to accommodate more people through the use of engineering controls and PPE.
  • Limit one person at a time in communal kitchen or break areas. Avoid sharing serving utensils or other kitchen items.
  • Where possible, limit one person at a time in restrooms.
  • Coordinate among team members of the same department/workplace to ensure that proper physical distancing can be maintained, for example by rotating days or hours in the office. Limit one person at a time working in common workspaces, such as Academic Support Assistant offices and copy rooms.
  • If socializing, do so in small groups outdoors while wearing face coverings and adhering to physical distancing.
  • Monitor for symptoms, including taking your temperature, at the start and end of work periods (at home or once at work). Refer to the current CDC symptoms.
  • Use your PCard to enter the buildings you have been approved to access. Do not let other people into building and ensure doors close and latch behind you.
  • Wipe down shared workspaces or surfaces with alcohol/disinfectant wipes at the beginning and end of your workday. Exception: please do not wipe down your personal computer more often than you normally would.
  • As a reminder, bring only service or support animals into campus buildings.


Adherence to campus policies is expected and is a critical part of reducing risk. Various sanctions, including loss of access to campus buildings, may follow failure to adhere to these community health measures. Ongoing noncompliance can lead to disciplinary actions as outlined in the Employee Handbook. Please contact Heather Cox or Mary Greiner with any questions.

To confidentially report compliance concerns, contact hr@grinnell.edu or dean@grinnell.edu.

COVID-19 Testing

If you are included in the campus testing program, SHAW will notify you of your recurring testing appointment. Adherence to your testing schedule is critical to the success of the testing program and slowing the spread of the virus in our community. If you must miss your test appointment due to an emergency or other significant conflict, please call SHAW at 641-269-4404 to reschedule.

If you are not currently part of the campus testing program you can request testing through Test Iowa

If at any time you receive a positive test result through our program or another provider, or have been contact-traced to a known positive:

  • The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) official from your county of residence will call you and begin the process of ascertaining the number of individuals with whom you have been in close contact (see definition below*). Many people have begun to keep track of those with whom they have been in close contact so that tracing and notification can be as accurate as possible.  
  • Remain home from work and follow the self-isolation or self-quarantine instructions from the IDPH.
  • Coordinate with your supervisor and HR as outlined at the top of this document.

How to Stay Current

To stay current on pandemic-related activities, policies, or data, please refer to the following sites:

Grinnell College COVID-19: Meeting the Challenge

Grinnell College COVID-19 Dashboard

*Per the CDC: “A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated. They should stay home, maintain social distancing, and self-monitor until 14 days from the last date of exposure.” 


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