facebook icon twitter icon youtube icon

COVID-19 Update: April 6, 2020

April 6, 2020 (10:25 am) Central Time 

Dear Simpson College Community,

We are continuing with our first bi-weekly update. We will send out COVID-19 emails on Mondays and Thursdays. Below you will find two updates related to the campus community.

A Note From Katie Lee, Director of Simpson College Health Services

The CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms ("asymptomatic") and that even those who eventually develop symptoms ("pre-symptomatic") can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.  This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.  In light of this new evidence, the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores, pharmacies, campus dining halls), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance. Below is a link showing how to make your own cloth face mask.  Please email the Director of Health Services at Katie.lee@simpson.edu if you have questions or need some of these basic supplies.   


REVISED Simpson College Bookstore Update

The original information related to rental books was provided in response to the many inquiries received by both faculty and the bookstore. We are NOT encouraging students to return their books early, but simply provide the steps outlined below when they are ready to do so. Simply follow the steps below or contact the bookstore at kyle.mcvay@simpson.edu

1. Go to stormcellarshop.com and click "Sign in."

2. Once signed into your account, click on "Rentals" to view all of your rented out texts. 

3. Click "Return All Rentals by Mail," then select the books you wish to check-in. 

4. Print your free return label, and ship your books back to the bookstore! Please be sure to print and include the packing slip along with your books. 

Connect with Us

We continue to maintain and respond to all questions submitted through our dedicated email address. Please email, COVIDResponse@simpson.edu  However, for students with specific questions related to course work, we encourage you to contact your individual professor and or advisor. For faculty with academic-related questions, please contact Cheryl Jacobsen, academic dean.

Please continue to monitor your emails and check the Simpson College COVID19 webpage for updates.

Please let us know if you have any additional questions. #ONESimpson.

Thank you,
Bob Lane ‘81
Interim President