COVID-19 Campus Update 3-16-20

March 16, 2020

Dear Grinnellians,

Thank you to everyone in our campus community for your heroic efforts all weekend to get our students moved to where they can be with family or wherever they might be most safe for the foreseeable future. Any students still on campus who can safely leave but who need help with travel arrangements should immediately email Meg Jones Bair, regarding your travel assistance needs.

Local, national, and international responses and directives are changing rapidly, and may alter Grinnell processes at any time. In this time of transition, please continue to check your Grinnell email and our COVID-19 response website for further updates.

As the mass movement of students winds down, the COVID-19 Planning Group is turning our focus toward instructional continuity, as well as addressing faculty and staff needs and how their ongoing work operations might be impacted. We are also beginning to marshal resources and ideas for emotional wellness and resilience for the weeks ahead.

We continue to move toward minimizing gatherings in large groups: Do what you can to avoid large gatherings/audiences of 10 or more and maintain distance (approximately 6 feet) from others. Hold meetings virtually when possible. As weather permits, try to get in a walk or some exercise outside. We will be compiling wellness ideas and information on our website.


Physical Access to Burling Library Will be Ending

The ability to deliver digital and e-resources for online instructional continuity will be a key focus of Burling Library staff going forward. Therefore, we will be closing physical access to Burling library as follows:

  • Students who are approved to remain in town and on campus: physical access will end at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 17.
  • Faculty and Staff: physical access will end at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 18.

Additional information about library processes and resources will be forthcoming.

Access to the Bear Recreation and Athletic Center Will be Limited

As of Wednesday, March 18, the Bear Recreation and Athletic Center will have limited access. Please consult the Bear website for specific hours.

People with access to the Bear:

  • Students who have been approved to remain on campus and in town.
  • Faculty and staff – please note that we are no longer able to accommodate the families of faculty and staff and other community members.

Accessible spaces within the Bear:

  • Utilization will be limited to the locker rooms, fieldhouse, and pool
  • The fitness center will be closed until further notice

Student Access to Other Campus Facilities

As of Friday, March 20, access to campus facilities (and services in those buildings) will be by Pioneer Card only. P-card permissions will be tied to each individual’s approved “need to be on-campus” status. As circumstances require, access to various campus facilities may be changed, limited, or closed.

For students who have petitioned for and have been given permission to live on campus:

  • Students who have a meal plan will have P-card access to the dining hall.
  • Students who have assigned work on campus will have P-card access to the building in which they work.
  • Students residing on campus will have P-card access to the building in which they are assigned to live.

For students who already lived in the city of Grinnell during the spring term and plan to remain in those off-campus accommodations:

  • Students who already had a meal plan will have P-card access to the dining hall.
  • Students who have assigned work on campus will have P-card access to the building in which they work.

Students who did not receive permission to live on campus and chose to move off campus: As previously communicated

  • Your P-cards will be deactivated at 5 p.m., Monday, March 16.
  • You will have no access to campus facilities.

Final Room and Board Refund Window

There will be another refund opportunity for those students who had petitioned and been allowed to stay on campus, but whose plans have changed. If you decide to leave campus between March 24 and April 17, you can still receive a prorated room and board credit to your student account. Students leaving after April 17 will not be eligible for room and board credit.

Student Health Insurance

The Student health insurance plan is effective through Aug. 13, 2020; medical events that happen through that date can be submitted to the insurance company. The student insurance plan is a national plan. You will need to check to see if your provider is in-network for United Healthcare. More information, including a preferred provider information link, is available on the College’s Health Insurance website.

Counseling Services

We want to remind students that should they need someone to speak with, mental health services are still available for students through SHAW 24 hours a day. Please reach out by phone at 641/269-4404. We are also working quickly to ensure services are available to you after you have returned home and will keep you updated on how to access those services.

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