COVID-19 Campus Update 3-17-20

March 17, 2020

Dear Grinnellians,

Thank you to everyone for your continued hard work helping students move to safer locations, whether that is at home or on campus. In just a short time, we helped more than 1,100 students leave campus for their homes. Student Affairs staff members are now beginning the process of relocating students who will remain on campus to new residence hall spaces.

Many others continue to plan for the ongoing well-being and needs of College and community members, to put in place the academic and technical support needed for instructional continuity, and to address the myriad details of operations that will keep Grinnell College working. As we do these things, here is some information to help keep track of all that is happening:

Clarification about College Transitioning to Remote Working Message

Earlier today we communicated our intent to allow greater latitude for many employees to be able to work remotely. To be clear: WORKING REMOTELY IS NOT MANDATORY; but we are being as supportive as possible about allowing remote work.

If you want to continue to work on campus and are healthy, you are welcome to do so with the support of your supervisor and if you can do so while maintaining the recommended social distancing parameters. In any case, staff should keep their supervisor informed about their work status. Faculty members should continue to address questions to Dean Harris and Chair of the Faculty Armstrong. When on campus, remember to practice social distancing, wash your hands, and wipe down surfaces regularly.

If circumstances should change and we have need for staff to go to some form of mandatory remote work, we will issue a directive making it explicitly clear that we are requiring remote work. We are not at such a state at this time.

Bear and Natatorium Closing

The governor of Iowa is mandating that all fitness centers must close. In accordance, the Bear and Natatorium will close effective immediately. General P-card access to these buildings has been terminated for students, and for most faculty and staff. Faculty and staff assigned to work in these locations will continue to have access to the building and their work spaces.

Help for P-Card Access Issues

As new Pioneer Card key access rules are applied, there may be some temporary issues. Faculty and staff should still have access to their buildings. If you are experiencing difficulty, please contact Campus Safety, 641-269-4600 for help.

Evaluate Need for Non-Postal Supply Deliveries

Faculty and staff in charge of regular deliveries of orders and supplies, and especially automatic deliveries, should consider cancelation of on-going deliveries of any non-essential items. This will give us time to evaluate how we receive deliveries with new building access restrictions and to assess whether the amount of or need for an item has changed. Questions about whether to cancel deliveries should be addressed to your supervisor. Additional information about logistics for campus deliveries will be forthcoming from Conference Operations.

Community Outreach

College staff are working with the Local Foods Connection group to provide food assistance to Grinnell community members, especially schoolchildren. Information will be forthcoming about how to donate money to help with food purchases. As this and other community outreach plans develop, we will be setting up a new website page on the COVID-19 response website with details about “ways to help” and “how to get help.”

Thank you so much for all that you continue to do to support each other and to help our community.

Raynard S. Kington
President

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