As the fall semester settles in, Grand Rapids Community College will continue its current COVID-19 mitigation efforts at this time while asking students to assist in the efforts.
“GRCC strongly encourages students and employees to get vaccinated. The vaccines are an effective tool in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and limiting serious illness and hospitalization,” said GRCC Communications Director Dave Murray.
Students and faculty must wear a mask while indoors regardless of vaccination status. If you are feeling any recognizable symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus, you are advised to stay away from campus until cleared by health officials. If this were to occur, please report your situation to the school to help with contact tracing efforts.
On Sept. 16, 2020 in Kent County, the COVID-19 positive tests count was 46 with a seven-day average of 48 cases. Comparing that to Sept. 15, 2021 the positive tests count was 691 with a seven-day average of 261. Kent County has been at a high risk level of COVID-19 transmission since August 2021.
In the week of Sept. 6-12, eight cases were reported at GRCC with a total of 14 this semester.
When asked if there would be changes in GRCC mandates in the near future, Murray stated the school is waiting for federal guidance before taking any further action.
“The safety of our students, employees and community members is our top priority, and GRCC has a number of safety protocols in place as we work through the pandemic,” he said. “We are aware of President Biden’s executive order about vaccines, and are awaiting guidance from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration before we can move forward.”
The following mitigation measures continue to be in effect on campus:
- Face coverings and surface cleaning supplies in every classroom
- Single person tables installed in all general purpose classrooms
- Hand sanitizer stations installed campus wide
- FEND dispensers made available
- Permanent air purification systems to improve indoor air quality
If COVID-19 has affected your access to food, housing, or financial security, GRCC implemented the Get Help Program for students to help ease the stress associated with these challenges.
There are also loan relief programs offered at GRCC to student and parent borrowers who are experiencing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 national emergency. It may be possible to freeze student loan payments or wave interest charges through this program.
Reminder: students who are fully vaccinated and submit their vaccination records are eligible to receive a $200 incentive that will be added to their RaiderCard. This money can be used to purchase supplies from the bookstore, copying services, parking fees, campus dining, and more. Students must submit their records through the Online Center by Nov. 15, 2021 to receive this incentive.
The GRCC COVID-19 webpage can be found here.