A Message from Reed College (re: the Coronavirus crisis)

July 8, 2020

Dear neighbors,

I write to share important information about Reed’s COVID-19 prevention and response plan that impacts public access to campus. First, I want to thank you for being great neighbors. We have enjoyed seeing you out and about on the campus grounds, and we have missed inviting you to concerts, lectures, and other campus events.

In the spring, Reed moved classes online and made adjustments to college operations to ensure the health and safety of the 150 students who remained on campus. We implemented physical-distancing protocols, made the Reed canyon trails one-way to eliminate intersecting traffic, and controlled access to buildings. We have appreciated your compliance with these changes.

Unavoidably, more changes are ahead of us as we approach the fall semester. We recently announced that Reed students will be returning to campus in August for in-person instruction. We arrived at this decision understanding that the threat the virus poses is still very much with us and that we are now better prepared to face it. Our prevention and response plan is informed by national, state, and local public health guidelines and is being carefully executed.

Reed will be following the guidance of the Oregon Health Authority and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission and closing the campus to public access beginning August 3. The closure, which will remain in effect until further notice, encompasses the entire campus, including the library and other facilities, parking lots, lawns, sports fields, canyon trails, and off-leash dog areas. While this decision was difficult to make, we believe it is a necessary step to reduce campus density and lessen the risk of coronavirus transmission.

For more than 100 years, we have enthusiastically welcomed our neighbors to Reed. We deeply value our connections with the entire community, especially those of you who frequent the campus. We know this will disappoint many, but we believe this extraordinary measure is necessary to ensure the health of our community.

We all look forward to the day when we can invite you back. Until that day, we thanks you for your cooperation, and we wish you good health.

Sincerely,

Kevin Myers
Director of Communications
Public Affairs
Reed College