Start of Fall 1 Term Delayed to Monday, Aug. 31

August 12, 2020

Dear Grinnellians,

It has been another intense day, and I am grateful to report the following developments and support.

  • The Faculty Executive Council voted unanimously to delay the start of Fall 1 Term by one week to Monday, August 31. Thank you to the members of Executive Council for our meeting and discussion this afternoon and for their leadership, as well as to Student Affairs, ITS, the Registrar’s Office, ​Facilities Management, and Financial Aid for their consultation throughout the day’s planning. We will provide a fuller update of first and last days of Fall Term 1 and Fall Term 2, along with reading days, exam days, and breaks this week. The Division of Student Affairs is preparing a follow-up communication for students about delayed arrivals, and more. 
  • Members of the Emergency Operations Team, Facilities Management, and Executive Council worked on additional support for faculty preparing their courses. A sign-up schedule for access to the HSSC for charging stations, WiFi stations, and offices will be available in the coming days. We are also exploring other feasible spaces.
  • With many thanks to Dining Services, meals will continue to be provided to on-campus students.
  • The Divisions of Student Affairs, Dining Services and the Treasurer’s Office have marshalled resources so that, for the duration of the power outage, off-campus students will be provided, at no charge, with evening meals and ​snacks outside the JRC, from 4-6 p.m. Students are reminded to bring their Pcard and wear their masks when they pick up meals.
  • On-campus students will have access to the JRC from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until power is restored.
  • The Division of Student Affairs and Facilities Management are partnering with students who have offered their help on emergency relief efforts both on and off-campus. Many thanks to all involved!
  • Business operations remain suspended, though I am happy to report that faculty and staff payroll will continue on schedule and – thanks to the heroic efforts of Carrie Campbell who worked late into Monday evening – the student payroll deadline was met and students are being paid on the regular schedule.
  • We have partnered with the Poweshiek County Emergency Management team to make the Field House available to the community as an emergency shelter for people in need. Information has been posted on the resource pages and links provided this morning.

Please continue to exercise pandemic prevention measures by using face coverings and maintaining appropriate physical distancing whenever possible. Thank you for looking out for each other.

We are all hopeful that power will be restored by Saturday, but, as Grinnell and Malcom were the two hardest-hit communities in Poweshiek County, we are simultaneously preparing for a longer duration of current conditions. Please continue to use the community resources available and thank you to the many of you who are contributing to emergency relief efforts.

As a reminder, updates and information regarding local resources can be found on the 2020 Storm Recovery site.

May you be well, dear Grinnellians.

Anne Harris

More Storm Recovery Updates

Student picks up a meal at the JRC after the 2020 derecho

2020 Storm Recovery Update 8-13-20

August 13, 2020 - Emergency operations to ensure food and shelter are now in place and we are prepared to adapt as changing conditions may dictate.
Storm damage outside north campus residence halls

Start of Fall 1 Term Delayed to Monday, Aug. 31

Aug. 12, 2020 - Due to the damage and power outage caused by the Aug. 10 “derecho” severe thunderstorm, the start of classes has been delayed to Monday, Aug. 31.
tree limbs and storm debris around the Class of 1980 rock in central campus

2020 Storm Update

Aug. 12, 2020 - Poweshiek County Emergency Management Agency estimates that Saturday, Aug. 15 is the “earliest and best-case scenario” for a restoration of electrical power, and Grinnell College’s Emergency Operations Team has turned its attention to longer-term planning and support.

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