Plaid Protects

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Our efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 follow a simple motto: “Plaid protects.”

Alma College held in-person classes for the 2020-21 academic year, with minimal interruptions to our academic calendar. In addition to in-person instruction, we were able to host many athletic practices and competitions and extracurricular activities. As a community, we accepted responsibility for protecting ourselves, protecting each other and protecting the greater Alma community. Now, we look to the upcoming year and the beginning of the fall 2021 term. 

For the fall term, Alma will offer fully in-person instruction in small classes and a full slate of the athletic and extracurricular activities that are so important to the Alma experience. 

Face Coverings

Based on guidance from the CDC and our local health department, Alma College will require everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a face covering indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Face coverings are not required outdoors, in your residence hall room, while you are actively eating, during college-sponsored athletic activity under coach supervision, or when you are alone in your office or work space.

The situation surrounding the coronavirus and its variants is always evolving, and we will respond by adapting our policies to best protect the health and safety of our campus community. Please be as thoughtful and flexible as possible as we deal with these continued challenges together. The college will adjust our face covering policy, based on local health department guidance, when it is safe to do so.

Quarantine, Testing, and Vaccinations

In accordance with CDC guidelines, vaccinated students who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 will not be required to quarantine. Campus accommodations for quarantine or isolation will be extremely limited, so  all  students should make a personal plan to quarantine off campus should that be necessary; in addition, faculty will not be required to provide virtual class options for students in quarantine. Students who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 will be required to participate in testing several times a week. 

Becoming vaccinated for COVID-19 is a personal choice. The more people in our campus community who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, the more likely it is that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms allowed by fewer restrictions. While we are not mandating vaccination, we strongly encourage all members of our campus community to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the beginning of the fall term.

To assess our current rate of vaccination and to provide updates on any vaccine policy changes and recommendations, we are asking students, staff and faculty to provide your current vaccine status and proof of vaccination, if applicable, by Aug. 1, 2021. The web form to provide this information is available online and has been emailed.

A Phased Approach to COVID-19 Policies

Alma College will take a phased approach to our COVID-19 housing, visitor and social policies this academic year. Unlike last year, we will start at the least restrictive phase and add restrictions if the situation warrants. The COVID-19 response team will determine our movement between phases based on the number of positive cases on campus, the rate of transmission in Gratiot County, overall campus vaccination rates, and other factors. 

Phase 1 

  • No additional restrictions on residence hall guests 
  • No limits on campus gatherings 
  • Unvaccinated students must participate in COVID-19 testing multiple times per week 

Phase 2 

  • Gatherings are limited 
  • No outside guests are permitted in residence halls 
  • Unvaccinated students must participate in COVID-19 testing more often 

Phase 3 

  • Gatherings are limited further 
  • No outside guests are permitted in residence halls 
  • No outside guests are permitted on campus 
  • Unvaccinated students continue to be tested for COVID-19 

All of our plans are subject to change as federal, state and local guidance instructs, and all athletics requirements are subject to NCAA and MIAA regulations.