Welcome Families!

Interest and involvement of family members are critical elements for students during their college journey. This site is dedicated to providing families information and links to numerous resources available at Kalamazoo College. We hope that you find these links helpful as you support the journey of your Kalamazoo College Hornet!

COVID-19 Updates

The COVID-19 Dashboard is now live and the link can be found on K’s COVID-19 webpage. This dashboard will be updated every Monday with the previous week’s data; it shows the results of the COVID-19 diagnostic tests administered at the Student Health Center, as well as self-reported student and employee positive tests. Self-reporting is voluntary, so this data may not accurately reflect the entire College community’s COVID-19 status.

Students planning to live on campus for the winter 2021 quarter are advised to prepare a “Go Bag” to be ready in the event they need to move to an isolation/quarantine space during the term.

Kalamazoo College

First Week Updates and Reminders
Posted on January 8, 2021 by Sarah Frink
With the new term underway, we write with some key reminders in advance of the resumption of limited in-person learning. Please note the revised information related to arrival and surveillance testing at the end of this message.
Academic Expectations
Just a reminder that winter term courses scheduled in the online-only modality will remain in online modality for the entire term. Courses in hybrid or required in-person components modalities are permitted to begin in-person activities on January 19,but some courses, particularly those in the hybrid modality, might not begin any scheduled in-person activities until sometime after that date. Keep in mind that masks, physical distance, frequent hand washing, and completion of the daily symptom checker are required for in-person settings.
Community Commitments
All members of the campus community are expected to abide by the Community Safety Commitments. These commitments include completing the daily symptom checker before coming to campus, masking, remaining physically distant from others, washing hands frequently, and participating in arrival and surveillance testing (unless you will not be on campus during the term and completed the opt out option).
Daily Symptom Checker
As noted above, one of the requirements for being on campus this winter is completion of the daily symptom checker using the MyChart app, which is available to students via their existing MyChart electronic medical records. When meeting with faculty or staff in person, students may be asked to show the green “clear” indicator to demonstrate that the daily symptom check has been completed. Get in the habit of completing it each morning to avoid hiccups when accessing campus resources.
Off-Campus Students
Off-campus students who will spend any amount of time on campus during the winter term for any reason will need to complete arrival testing. Off-campus students who will not spend any amount of time on campus in the winter term may opt out of arrival and surveillance testing using the opt out formPlease complete the opt out process by Friday, January 8, 2021. This will ensure that we work with the most accurate list of students to be tested.  
Arrival testing for off-campus students will occur at the following times in the Hicks Banquet Room:
            Saturday, January 9       2–5 p.m.
            Sunday, January 10       2–5 p.m.
            Monday, January 11       3–5 p.m.
            Tuesday, January 12      3–5 p.m.
Students can schedule their specific testing time and date
Reminders: Bring a photo ID of yourself, arrive at your scheduled time, do not bring friends, and wear a mask. If you are ill, stay home and contact the Student Health Center at 269-337-7200.
Residential Students
Every student living in a residence hall will complete COVID testing upon their arrival to campus, prior to moving into their residence hall. Testing times align with move-in times and will occur in the Hicks Banquet Room:
            Friday, January 15         4–6 p.m.
            Saturday, January 16     2–5 p.m.
            Sunday, January 17       2–5 p.m.
Students will be guided through the process individually by campus staff, while families will wait outside of the Hicks Student Center. Though the testing process itself is very quick, you may need to wait while others move through the process. We appreciate your patience. 
Reminders: Bring a photo ID of yourself, do not bring friends, wear a mask. If you are ill, stay home and contact the Office of Residential Life. 
Student Athletes
Information regarding your initial testing protocols will come through the Director of Athletics and coaching staff. 
Surveillance Testing
Once we get through initial testing, we will begin scheduling surveillance testing. Students will be notified via email when they are selected to test and will be sent a link to schedule their appointment.
K will continue to adjust its balance of online and on-campus activities throughout the 2020-21 academic year (or as long as it takes for the COVID-19 pandemic to become controlled) based on current regional and local conditions. We have developed a Campus Activity Levels chart that indicates various levels of on-campus activity, using color-coded categories: 
Campus Activity Level color chart
Shifts in level will depend on regional, local, and campus conditions. For example, changes in the number of regional COVID cases, hospital capacity, testing response time, or staffing levels in critical areas could trigger a change in level. The College will conduct daily monitoring of relevant factors and communicate changes via Hornet Hive updates, K Alerts, and signs on campus. You may visit the COVID-19 webpage to learn more about the Campus Activity Levels.
The College will begin the Winter 2021 term at the Red (restricted; online classes only) level while conducting initial baseline testing of all students, faculty, and staff who plan to participate in on-campus activities. Once the initial testing is complete, we anticipate moving to Orange, operating at reduced density.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you on campus and virtually. 
Sarah B. Westfall
Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students

Danette Ifert Johnson

Quarantine and Isolation Plans for Winter Term

December 9, 2020 

As we look toward the limited resumption of in-person learning in January, we write to provide some detailed information about the College’s quarantine and isolation (QI) plans. As with all of our COVID-19-related practices, QI housing plans are aligned with public health guidance and may change if/as recommendations change. The College has set aside space in campus housing to quarantine and isolate students living in the residence halls who require it, based on COVID-19 testing results or exposure/contact with others who have contracted the virus. Students who live off campus and need to quarantine or isolate will be provided guidance from the Student Health Center (SHC) about how to do so in their living spaces. The SHC has provided such guidance to off-campus students this fall. They will not be housed in campus QI spaces. Designated COVID-19 Care Coordinators (CCC) have been appointed and will manage the logistics of ensuring that students who transition to QI housing have the support they need. This includes coordinating communication with dining, residential life, campus safety, and faculty, among others. QI housing space comprises small, home-like environments and include kitchens for food and snack preparation. (Meals and snacks will be delivered to QI students daily.) These spaces will also be provided with cleaning supplies compliant with guidance from the CDC. Students in QI spaces will be in daily communication with CCC and/or SHC staff. The College will work in concert with the Kalamazoo County Health Department on contact tracing. 

Expectations for students: 

  • Comply with directives for quarantine and isolation from campus health officials. This includes relocating to QI housing promptly and following all directions for the duration of time in QI housing.
  • Respond quickly and honestly to contact tracing efforts.
  • Prepare a “go bag,” including your own bedding and towels, study materials/resources, and items to help pass leisure time. Having this ready ensures the quickest possible response to health guidance.
  • Take seriously your responsibility in QI to protect others by keeping your distance, wearing a mask, and cleaning up after your use of shared facilities (kitchens, bathrooms) with the supplies provided.
  • Stay in communication with CCC and Student Health Center (SHC) staff, as appropriate. 
  • Stay in QI housing until approved for return to regular housing assignments, do not invite visitors (including family members) to QI space and do not visit others while in QI housing.
  • Stay in regular communication with your family and loved ones. 
  • Do not “cheat” time requirements for QI because you are tired of the restrictions, as this puts others at risk. 

Expectations for families: 

  • Support good planning by your student (preparing a go bag, for example). 
  • Support guidance and direction from the College, including participation in contact tracing efforts.
  • Stay in regular communication with your student as they will have the best information about their health status.
  • Do not plan to visit your student on campus, in their regular housing location or in QI housing.
  • Make and finalize explicit plans regarding a student who has contracted or been exposed to the virus. Please see below.

If you plan to quarantine or isolate at home with family, plan now for safety measures:

  • How quickly can you leave campus? Prompt action (within a few hours) is a key to mitigating the spread of the virus.
  • How will you travel? Public transportation places others at risk if you are infected or have been exposed. If travelling by car, create as much space and ventilation as possible, ensure that all occupants wear masks, and do not stop once the infected/exposed person is in the car.  
  • How will you minimize risk to loved ones at home? How will you minimize physical proximity to vulnerable people (due to age or underlying health conditions) at home?

The College has planned for QI housing carefully, and we ask that you do the same. Please prepare for the winter term as if you will contract the virus. If you will consider returning home for QI care, please make concrete, explicit plans now so that you don’t have to do so in the midst of making other medical decisions.Other campuses have experienced students and families attempting to “game” QI housing—by arguing about test results, by being dishonest about contact/exposure, and by demanding multiple tests to “test out” of QI status. Our limited human and testing resources require that all of us come to campus prepared to comply with the plans that are in place. They are designed to ensure as much safety as possible, and they will not work without cooperation across the board.We will expect prompt, cooperative response to health directives; specific protocols will be shared with students who require QI housing once on campus.Finally, the month of December includes traditional times for family and other gatherings. Such gatherings enable the virus to spread quickly. If you plan to be on campus, living in a residence hall, attending classes, or using campus resources, we implore you to adhere closely to public health guidance in the weeks prior to the start of classes. Wearing masks, avoiding gatherings, keeping physically distant from others, and practicing good hand hygiene are all proven methods of minimizing the spread of the virus. They also give us the best chance of a successful winter term back on campus. We also strongly encourage you to get a flu shot prior to coming to campus, if you haven’t already. This will minimize the risk of having multiple respiratory outbreaks on campus or putting additional strain on testing and health center resources, as the symptoms are very similar to COVID-19.We know that this pandemic is an ongoing source of uncertainty for many people. By providing options to return to campus for winter term or to continue learning remotely, we seek to provide agency for each student and family to determine the best option for their individual situation. For those who are returning to campus, it is imperative that all of us, individually and collectively, follow campus protocols and public health guidance so that we can protect the hive. 

Sarah B. Westfall
Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students

Danette Ifert Johnson

Protect the Hive: Mask Up, Wash Up, Back Up