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Information for Students and Families

What you need to know:

  • The 2020-21 academic year will consist of four 7.5-week terms, with an optional summer term. With limited exceptions, we will actively plan for the following groups to live and learn on-campus during these corresponding terms:
    • Fall Term 1: Small number of students approved for continuous residence, who will remain on campus for most or all the academic year (Aug. 31 – Oct. 21)
    • Fall Term 2: Mid-year graduates (Oct. 29 – Dec. 22)
    • Spring Term 1: First-year students (Feb. 1 - March 24)
    • Spring Term 2: Second- and fourth-year students (April 1 - May 25)
    • Summer Term: Optional term to meet academic needs that arise (June 7 - July 28)
  • We are planning for a low-density campus this spring.
  • Regularized COVID-19 testing will be required for students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus.  
  • See the Campus Activity Levels for further information about daily activities on campus that may change depending on community health conditions on campus and in our region.

 

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Campus Activity Level: Yellow

Safety/PPE: Masks worn indoors. Masks and shields worn indoors with others​. Masks worn outdoors with others. Exception: in a private space with the door closed, shower, pool​

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.

Campus Activity Levels and Definitions

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Questions? Change of Plans?

Submit a question or comment regarding the online or on-campus experience and we’ll route your question to someone who can find the answer.

Please let College staff know if and when you make changes to your plans for the 2020-2021 academic year. This could include changes in your response to your residency offer and leaves of absence; requests for part-time status, continuous residency on campus, and/or technology assistance; and notification of significant changes in your financial situation.

Videos and Informational Webinars

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Preparing for Spring Term 2021

Webinar for students and families recorded Dec. 3, 2020

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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

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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

Latest COVID-19 Updates

Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: Dec. 21

For the week of Dec. 14, 2020, 268 unique students were tested with 267 being negative and 1 positive resulting in a 0.37% positivity rate. A total of 274 faculty and staff were tested with 272 being negative and 2 positives resulting in a 0.73% positivity rate.

Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: Dec. 14

For the week of Dec. 7, 2020, 291 unique students were tested with 291 being negative and 0 positive resulting in a 0% positivity rate. A total of 286 faculty and staff were tested with 282 being negative and 4 positives resulting in a 1.40% positivity rate.

Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: Dec. 7

For the week of Nov. 30, 2020, 293 unique students were tested with 293 being negative and 0 positive resulting in a 0% positivity rate. A total of 280 faculty and staff were tested with 277 being negative and 3 positives resulting in a 1.07% positivity rate.

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