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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Stay up-to-date on the latest developments regarding COVID-19. To read previous updates, please visit our Previous Daily Updates section and click on our links.

May 27, 2020 (11:52 am) Central Time 

Dear Simpson College Community:

We hope this email finds you safe and well. This will mark my last message as interim President of this great college.

In the past five months, I have been moved deeply by how we have come together as ONE community during this remarkable time. I also have been so very proud of our faculty, staff, and especially students who have rose to the occasion every time we have asked to adapt and remain agile while we collectively navigated difficult decisions for the safety of all.

As a proud alum of Simpson College, it has been my greatest honor to serve as your interim President. Beginning June 1, I will return to my role as Vice President of College Advancement, but will remain as a member of the leadership team. This date also marks the arrival of our 24th President, Marsha Kelliher. I ask you to join me in welcoming President Kelliher to the Simpson College family. She has already arrived in Indianola and is excited to meet this amazing community in the months ahead.

I wish to thank you. It’s heartening to know that we’re all in this together, and I remain grateful to you for your ongoing sacrifice and contributions.

Simpson College Develops Plans for Fall 2020

The Simpson College Crisis Management Team is finalizing plans for work on campus health guidelines for the coming Fall semester. These plans are being developed in collaboration with experts across campus along with guidance from state and local agencies, including our peer institutions. These final plans will be shared with the campus community in the weeks ahead.

Simpson College Commencement Details

We are excited to announce details for our rescheduled commencement ceremony on Saturday, October 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Additional information will be shared in the coming weeks with graduates and also on social media. We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates as ONESimpson.

Upcoming Campus Community Town Halls

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

Faculty & Staff Town Hall – Friday, June 5 from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

*Individual Zoom information will be sent this week for each 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.

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.

Bob Lane ’81, Interim President

Resources for Students & Campus Community

Questions and Answers about COVID-19

Previous Daily Updates

To read previous daily updates, please click on our links below.

Healthy Practices

Following is information from the Iowa Department of Public Health about COVID-19 and the best steps we all can take to stay healthy:

  • Being uncertain and anxious about COVID-19 is normal, especially with reports of illness and death in other countries.
  • It is important to understand the risk of influenza is much higher than the risk of COVID-19 in Iowa right now.
  •  Prevention of COVID-19 is the same as that for other respiratory illnesses (like flu):
    •  Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow
    • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water
    •  Contain germs by staying home when ill
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

In addition, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) does not recommend face masks for the general public.

As we look ahead to Spring Break, we are aware that many of you will be traveling both domestically and internationally. The CDC has excellent and up-to-date information regarding traveling. Please check this link for updates on specific destinations, as this is an ever-changing situation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Prevention & Treatment
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 

Our administration and campus health care professionals will continue to closely monitor this developing situationEvery day, Simpson College faculty, staff and students can expect an email update from Bob Lane, Interim President. For up-to-date information, please visit www.simpson.edu/covid19.

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