COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

Communications

September 24, 2021

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

Happy Friday! Madison is out of the office today, so I am the guest COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group (CRAG) communicator today.

CRAG continues to meet at least once a week to assess and respond to potential risks to the campus related to the pandemic. This week we discussed everything from changes to our surveillance testing program to proposals for in-person events on campus. Below, I report to you three things you need to know today.

  1. CHANGES TO SURVEILLANCE TESTING: Starting next week, Reed will move to a self-administered surveillance testing process. Individuals may drop into the testing location to complete their required COVID-19 surveillance test during any of the available hours; no appointments are necessary. Hours and locations of the testing center are posted here. Detailed instructions on how to complete this new process can be found here and at the testing center. Reminder, any community members who wish to obtain a COVID-19 test may do so by dropping into the testing center during the available times; however, individuals may not use this testing resource if they are experiencing COVID-like symptoms or have a potential or confirmed exposure to someone with COVID-19.
  2. NO NEW COVID-19 CASES: We are pleased to report that we have identified no new confirmed COVID-19 cases at Reed this past week.
  3. PARENT & FAMILY WEEKEND PLAN APPROVED: CRAG reviewed and approved a plan for an in-person Parent & Family Weekend. In-person programming will be offered on Saturday, October 30. While the weekend will be scaled back in programming compared to past years due to COVID-19 public health restrictions, the weekend will be a great opportunity for parents to connect with their student and learn more about their life at Reed. We are requiring parents and family members to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test and will have them complete the Daily Health Check. Additionally, we are limiting the capacity of in-person events and requiring face coverings. Unfortunately, this year we will not permit parents and family members to attend classes.

Enjoy the sunshine! You will hear from us again next Friday. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group at coronavirusquestions@reed.edu.

Sincerely,
Mandy Heaton
Public Affairs
Reporting on behalf of the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group

PS: Our COVID-19 Dashboard includes current information on the total number of cases, vaccination rate, and other public health indicators. Additionally, all our COVID-19 communications are cataloged here.