Living on Campus Summer

COVID Care Team

To help manage the many aspects of the impact of COVID-19 on students who are in quarantine or isolation, Grinnell College established a COVID Care Team. This team includes representatives from a variety of departments around campus who meet regularly to discuss current or potential concerns. The team works together to find solutions to concerns and provide an experience that is as smooth and comfortable as it can be given the nature of quarantining and isolation.

Departments represented are: Student Health and Wellness; Facilities Management; Dining; Housing; Resident Life Coordinators; Emergency & Disaster Preparedness; Accessibility and Disability Resources; and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; as well as Student Experience.

COVID-19 Specific Information

Information about COVID-19 testing, symptoms, and required protective equipment.

Basic COVID-19 Info for Students


(personal protective equipment)

Effective June 2, 2021

  • Masks are still required indoors. You do not need to wear a mask when outdoors.
  • Students who are living together do not need to wear masks in their home, with their housemates.
  • Meetings may occur indoors.
  • Dining with others outside is now an option.
  • Visitors remain by appointment only and must be coordinated by a host at the College.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Call SHAW at 641-269-3230 if you begin to experience any of these symptoms:

  • fever/chills
  • muscle aches
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • vomiting or diarrhea
  • new loss of taste or smell

COVID-19 Testing

Beginning June 2, the College will no longer require COVID-19 tests on a regular basis (surveillance testing). Onboarding for summer students who are not vaccinated will still require two negative tests. Students who are symptomatic may obtain appropriate testing and medical attention via SHAW. Contact SHAW at 641-269-3230 to connect with a nurse. Additionally, testing is available through Hy-Vee and at-home rapid antigen tests are available through retailers such as Walmart.

Health varies for each person. SHAW works to provide each individual with the support they need based on their personal health. The support they provide is based on guidance from CDC, etymologist consultants, and medical best practices. Review the Testing Protocol PDF Diagram; which outlines the process for those that test positive and have symptoms, those that test positive and do not have symptoms, and those that have been exposed to a positive student.

COVID-19 Positive

Those with positive results will be contacted and given more detailed information related to isolating and any information specific to their circumstances.

  • Students that are asymptomatic (do not experience any COVID-19 symptoms) will be given an antigen test 14 days after their positive result. Those that test negative for that antigen test will be re-enrolled in the testing clinic. Those that test positive will be removed from the weekly testing clinic for 90 days.
  • During initial communication with a positive student, contact tracing is done. Those who are identified as being exposed are contacted to quarantine.


  • Vaccinated students must upload their information into the health portal.
  • Once a nurse has confirmed this information, they will inform the student that they no longer need to participate in weekly testing.
  • Fully vaccinated students do not need to quarantine upon arrival or if exposed.
  • Proper PPE still must be worn at all times.

Vaccination Uploading Instructions

  1. Go to
  2. On the left navigation, click on Medical Clearances.
  3. Click the Update button next to COVID.
  4. Click the upload button under COVID-19 Vaccination Card Upload.
  5. Upload your vaccine record.   
  6. Enter your vaccine dates under date 1 and date 2 (if applicable)
  7. Submit your Vaccine 1 and Vaccine 2 (if applicable) information by using the drop-down box options. 
  8. Click done once complete. 

Campus Life

A look at what life on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Dining Services is closed for summer 2021 however, looks forward to serving all students, faculty and staff this fall

  • Student in mask doing lunges at the track


    Faculty, Staff, and all current students have P-Card access to use the Bear Center during the open times, and beginning June 1 reservations are no longer required. Currently, only the Osgood Pool, Aux Gym, racquetball courts, and the Fieldhouse are available for use. Per College policy, masks are required while in the facility, aside from when swimming or showering.

    Lockers are available to rent, please see the Equipment Room in the lower level of the Bear for more information.

  • Students in face masks and shields distanced and looking at art

    Grinnell College Museum of Art

    The Museum will be closed to reinstall exhibitions, and will reopen for the summer on June 25.

    Students can make an appointment to visit the museum Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5 pm. Call the Museum at 641-269-4660 to schedule an appointment (if no one answers, leave a message with a call-back number). Or email with the date and time you want to visit and the number in your group. Please note that if the campus moves to Green level, the museum will no longer require appointments. 

    Visit the Museum website to learn more about our exhibition Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards.


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