Learning and Building Community During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has required a re-envisioning of teaching and learning, new approaches to working, and creative solutions to help us find community when we are separated by distance. We are making this change together and we are finding strength in our community.

Responsive Teaching and Learning
A collection of resources for teaching, learning, and working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virtual Community and Wellness

Current Status

  • On August 10, President Rivera shared a message with students and families detailing several changes to Macalester’s return to campus plan. These changes represent a “dialing-back” in response to evolving conditions.
  • On July 22, President Rivera shared a message with the Macalester community, including a link to our return to campus plan. In addition to adjusting the academic calendar, housing plans, and co-curricular programs, the college is adopting a set of public health practices and community norms, and making a number of physical and policy modifications. We are also working on contingency plans should we need to shift to fully remote delivery.
  • Residential Life shared additional detail about housing for fall 2020 (July 6) and hotel information (July 13). On June 22, Provost Karine Moe shared additional detail for students and for faculty and staff about the fall academic calendar and adjusted deadlines for requesting a deferral or leave of absence.
  • The Governor’s Stay Safe MN order remains in effect and allows Minnesotans to gather outdoors with friends and family in groups of 25 or less, and indoors in groups of 10 or less with safe social distancing practices in place. Beginning July 24, Minnesotans are required to wear a face covering in indoor businesses and indoor public settings. Macalester’s Mac Stays Safer community commitment and face covering policy requires everyone on the Macalester campus wear a face covering when indoors, and outdoors when six-foot physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Thanks to those of you who’ve asked how to support students. You can make a gift to the Macalester Fund, which provides critical flexible support that can be deployed rapidly wherever it’s needed. Gifts will help our students with unanticipated expenses and help every campus department reimagine remote student support and programming.
  • For students or parents of current students: Have a question that isn’t answered in our FAQ or on this site? Please email us at healthresponse@macalester.edu
  • For alumni: Have a question that isn’t answered in our FAQ or on this site? Please email us at alumnioffice@macalester.edu

Reviewed: 8/10/2020

Additional Information

Return to Campus Plan

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Recent Updates

Government Guidance

Working Groups