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COVID-19 Update: May 13, 2020

May 13, 2020 (8:29 am) Central Time

Dear Simpson College Community:

Our campus community is continuing to monitor daily the COVID-19 pandemic. As stated in last week’s weekly update, it is the intent of the college to move forward with a return to on-campus, in-person operations in time for the Fall 2020 semester. We also recognize there remain many questions to be answered. We are committed to sharing information as soon as we know it and involving key stakeholders in our decision-making process. We will continue to follow the recommendations of national experts as well as state and local health departments. We are also consulting with members of our campus community as we consider how to implement those recommendations at Simpson.

As noted last week, we are making plans to transition to a more Moderate Risk stage early this summer. The college will be working with our Department of Human Resources to develop guidelines, in accordance with recommendations from state and local health officials, for a safe return of Simpson employees to campus. A decision will be made in the next week regarding a phased approach to staff returning to campus in June.  

Upcoming Campus Community Town Halls

Student Town Hall – Monday, May 18 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Central

Faculty & Staff Town Hall – Wednesday, June 3 from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Simpson College Parent’s Town Hall – Thursday, June 4 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Central

*Individual Zoom information will be sent this week for reach event.

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.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to Simpson College. We are #ONESimpson.

President Marsha Kelliher and Bob Lane ’81, Interim President