Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Latest Update June 4, 2020

An Albion College Response Team continues to monitor the situation, respond to developments, and work with on- and off-campus resources to best support our community members who may be impacted by the spread of COVID-19.

We are also working closely with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD) to monitor coronavirus developments in our region. Additionally, we are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and are communicating regularly with the Albion College community through email and this webpage.

The Spring 2020 semester has concluded.

  • Classes moved to online instruction the week of March 16 and concluded in an online format. Residence halls closed on March 24 to comply with the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Limited exceptions have been granted for students with extraordinary need.

  • Decisions on previously scheduled events will continue to be communicated as they are made.
    • A virtual Honors Convocation was held May 1.
    • A virtual Commencement was held May 2, and an on-campus celebration of the Class of 2020 is tentatively scheduled for October 16 at 4 p.m. Details for the on-campus event will be shared promptly once they are firm.
    • Summer camps and conferences have been impacted. Learn more
  • Read about how the situation is affecting the admission and enrollment process.

MDHHS has created a statewide hotline to respond to health-related questions about COVID-19. The phone number is 1-888-535-6136 and is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

Again, the best way to keep updated on the COVID-19 pandemic and Albion's response is through this page, as it is being regularly updated by the College.

And it can't be said often enough: Wash your hands frequently. Cover your coughs and sneezes. If you are sick, stay at home or in your room.


Drive-Up COVID-19 Testing May 30-31

Friday, May 29, 2020

The National Guard will be here this weekend to conduct Drive-Up COVID-19 testing.

Dates: Saturday 30 May & Sunday 31 May

Times: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

Location: Parking lot of the Marshall Opportunity High School, 225 E Watson St, Albion, MI 49224.

Cost: FREE

Calhoun County Public Health will collect the name, personal information and contact information for each person tested.

National Guard medical personnel will collect the test sample via nasal swab, transport the test samples to the lab and provide Calhoun County Health the test results.

Calhoun County will have responsibility for notification of individuals who are tested.

Albion Public Safety will be present to assist with traffic control.

Health Screening Required for On-Site Work Effective May 27

Friday, May 22, 2020

The College's return-to-work plan includes incremental steps in several phases (full plan will be released soon). Phase 1 is planned to begin May 27. Under this phase, most employees will continue to work remotely.

The following departments have approval for on-campus work in Phase 1. Supervisors in each area are working closely with the Return to the Workplace Task Force and Human Resources on their department's plan with the health of employees and the community top of mind. These decisions, once approved, will be communicated through your respective supervisor.

  • Facilities - Maintenance
  • Facilities - Grounds
  • Campus Safety
  • Equestrian Center
  • Critical/Essential Workers (designated by Senior Leadership and recorded by Human Resources)

All other administrative and academic departments should continue remote work. Supervisors who believe an exception is necessary for other employees to return to campus must contact Human Resources ().

Health Screening Station Requirement

Effective May 27, 2020, all employees coming to campus for on-site work will be required to report to a Health Screening Station BEFORE their worksite for the day.

Please review the Health Assessment Screening Station Guidelines and Face Mask Guidelines. Both of these are subject to revision as this is an ever changing situation.

Health Screening Station Hours of Operation

The Health Screening Station will be open Monday through Friday (closed on holidays) from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Please adjust your on-site working schedule to ensure you're able to be screened before reporting to work on campus. Departments with nontraditional schedules have alternative screening arrangements.

At the Health Screening Station employees will:

  • Wear a face covering or mask during full interaction;
  • Have a photo ID ready to present;
  • Answer three questions related to COVID-19 symptoms, close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19, and air travel in the last 14 days;
  • Have their temperature taken by a no-touch thermometer (must be under 100.4℉).
  • If the employee passes the above requirements, they will receive a visual indicator (i.e. wristband) of their authorization to work that day that will be worn at all times while working on campus.
  • Additional details about the process can be found in the Health Assessment Screening Station Guidelines.

Health Screening Station Location

The Health Screening Station is located in the parking lot between Goodrich Chapel and the Methodist Church under the connecting archway:

  • Please enter from Oswego Street.
  • Please exit onto Michigan Avenue.
  • If driving, the assessment will be conducted through your passenger window to maintain social distancing.
  • If walking or biking, please enter from Oswego, maintaining at least 6 feet from others in line and the health assessment screener(s).

Looking Ahead to Fall

May 11, 2020

Dr. Mauri Ditzler and Dr. Mathew Johnson, Albion College president and president-elect, respectively, shared the following message in an email to current students and newly enrolled students on Friday, May 8.

Dear Students,

We are looking forward to welcoming you to, or back to, campus this fall! Your resilience, tenacity, and courage are inspiring. Your demonstration of these qualities exemplifies what it means to be a Brit. We are committed to the Brit way as well and we are determined to open this fall with on-campus classes and programming for you.

From on campus (President Ditzler) and from Rhode Island (President-Elect Johnson), we have been impressed, and at the same time unsurprised, by your willingness and ability to adapt — exemplified in both current and incoming students. We know it’s not been easy. The transition, for current students, from a residential college experience — that you came to Albion for — to virtual learning and student engagement in a matter of days is, like this pandemic, a once-in-a-generation event. Likewise, for many incoming students, the transition from in-person visits to virtual visit days and all the other virtual ways you have stayed engaged with our staff and faculty has demonstrated you have the qualities to join us in the fall to Become a Brit!

Our tremendous faculty, the instructional technology staff, and the many other campus partners made finishing the spring semester as seamless as possible for our current students and opened our campus to incoming students in new and exciting virtual ways. We are so happy we were able to celebrate our graduating seniors with virtual commencement exercises and we look forward to seeing them, again, in October for an on-campus celebration.

For all of our students who will join us on campus this fall, President-Elect Johnson, and his partner, Dr. O’Neill, are looking forward to seeing you. While it may be a bit ahead of your own schedule, they have started packing as you read this message. Stay tuned for a video message from them next week.

As President Ditzler has often said, “an Albion education is dramatically residential,” and we intend to hold true to that idea in whatever path we may need to walk. Driven by this commitment, steadied by the strength of our community, and challenged by our own claims to be bold, Albion College will do everything that is in our power to be open as a residential campus for the fall semester. We are committed to doing it as safely as we can while following the public health guidelines provided by the state and the CDC.

In the weeks ahead, please stay tuned for more information from President-Elect Johnson, and track his move to Albion as the staff and faculty of Albion plan to welcome back students to campus this Fall. As we proceed forward, together, we hope you will continue to give grace to each other and support one another. After all, our boldness, our tenacity, our courage, all flow from our community. We are Albion College Britons!

Dr. Mauri Ditzler
President

Dr. Mathew Johnson
President-Elect

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