COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

2021 End of Year Survey Report

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Survey participants were given a list of 20 COVID response measures the college has implemented, and were asked to rate the importance of each measure to their safe experience at Reed. Measures were assessed in the following six categories:


All measures related to increasing vaccinations were rated highly. The top-rated measures were the college's requirements for students, staff and faculty to be fully vaccinated. In response, the college has also implemented a booster vaccine requirement.


Testing was also viewed as a highly valued strategy to reduce infections. Respondents highly valued the college's requirement for unvaccinated community members to test at the beginning of the semester, which was enforced prior to the start of spring term.


Within this category, the top-rated measure was the ability for residential students to quarantine and isolate in dedicated on campus spaces. The college has renewed our use of space in Farm and Canyon house to be used for this purpose in the spring.

Respondents also valued the ability to work/attend class virtually if sick. The COVID Risk Assessment Group continues to collaborate with supervisors and instructors to encourage individuals to stay home when ill or need to isolate or quarantine.

Face Covering

Consistent with local, state, and federal guidelines, respondents indicated the top priority in this category was requiring face coverings indoors. The college continues to implement an indoor mask mandate, in addition to providing surgical and KN95 masks to community members to use as needed.


Of the rated communication methods, the maintenance of a comprehensive COVID-19 Prevention & Response website was most highly valued. Based on feedback provided in the survey, the college has made significant updates to the content and layout of the website, and continues to work with community members to make this website easy to use and helpful.

The use of a Reed-specific COVID-19 training was one of the lowest rated measures in this survey. Respondents found other means of sharing information more valuable and, as a result, the Risk Assessment Group has chosen to invest resources in these tools, rather than a mandatory training for the spring semester.

Health Screening

All measures related to health screenings were rated lower than most other items in the survey; of these, the college's requirement for visitors and vendors to complete the Daily Health Check was rated most important. This requirement has remained in place for the spring 2022 term, in addition to the requirement that all students complete the Daily Health Check each day. This allows Health and Counseling Center staff to respond to ill or exposed students most efficiently.