COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan


photo of a Reed class being held under a tent on campus

Fall 2020 Humanities 110 conference with Professor Troy Cross

October 13, 2020

Dear students, parents, faculty, and staff,

We are close to the midpoint of a remarkable fall semester. Six weeks ago was the first day of fall 2020 classes. We are grateful for the Reed community’s collective efforts to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and for the opportunity this response has given us to conduct our academic program during these difficult times. We hope that these efforts provide reassurance about the implementation of the college’s COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan.

Spring 2021 Calendar

Many community members are looking forward to making plans for the spring semester. We are writing to share with you that we will announce the spring 2021 academic calendar on Wednesday, October 28. We anticipate that the spring mode of operations will be similar to the fall, with the goal of offering a mix of in-person and online education. The Committee on Academic Policy and Planning (CAPP) is currently reviewing calendar options, but we anticipate classes will begin on January 25, preceded by a virtual Paideia that will begin on January 16.

Residential Life

Fall 2020 Housing: Students who currently live on campus are asked to depart their on-campus residences by Sunday, November 22, unless they apply and are approved to stay on campus. Students do not have to remove belongings from their rooms if they intend to return for the spring semester; however, we recommend students take essential items home with them.

Spring 2021 Housing: Living on campus can help students feel more connected to the campus and the Reed community. Students who do not currently live on campus but are interested in on-campus housing for the spring semester are encouraged to submit an interest form. From a public health perspective, Reed has the capacity to treat all bedrooms in residence halls and houses as single occupancy. This fall, Reed has been testing students who live on campus twice a week for COVID-19.

New housing assignments for the spring will be finalized by the end of the fall semester, and the spring arrival details for all on-campus students will be announced after the academic calendar is finalized.

Further questions about Reed housing should be directed to Residence Life at Reed.

We thank all of you for your resilience and care for one another. Each of you have helped make the Reed education possible during these challenging times.

Best regards,
Reed COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group

PS As a reminder, we keep track of all Reed COVID-19 communications on our website. If you have questions regarding Reed’s COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at

COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group

Kathy Oleson, Dean of the Faculty & Professor of Psychology
Hugh Porter, Vice President for College Relations & Planning

Cindy Anderson, Interim Dean of Students
Lorraine Arvin, Vice President and Treasurer
Gary Granger, Director of Community Safety
Mandy Heaton, Executive Director of Communications & Public Affairs
Karnell McConnell-Black, Vice President for Student Life
Madison Riethman, COVID-19 Response Coordinator and Health Project Manager
Suzy Renn, Professor of Biology
Timmie Rochon, Medical Services Director
April Sams, Director of Risk Management & Environmental Health and Safety