Luther College has announced plans to continue in-person instruction and residential living on campus for Fall Quarter 1.

Non first-year students commence move-in early next week. Assigned arrival slots and social distancing is in place. Classes begin Thursday, Oct. 1. 

The College has implemented a four-tiered level approach to COVID-19. Level 0 (blue) notes normal; Level 1 (green) indicates limited exposure and spread; Level 2 (teal) is increased exposure and spread; Level 3 (yellow) specifies heightened exposure and spread; Level 4 (red) alerts to severe level of exposure and spread.

As of press time Wednesday morning, Luther’s “Being Community” site indicated Level 2 status. The site notes figures are based on Winneshiek County alert levels. Other indicators and information may be accessed via the Being Community link at www.luther.edu. The College has been implementing limited testing and contact tracing since late summer. 

A statement by President Jenifer K. Ward specified “of the nearly 500 COVID-19 test results received through our initial testing of student-athletes and surveillance testing of student-athletes, resident assistants, and first-year students in choral ensembles, only one test result from our testing program has been positive.”

Ward stated Fall Quarter 1 plans are subject to change, and that this year’s revised academic calendar is “phased, flexible and adaptive.” A September Term was designed primarily for first-year students already on campus. Other students were not required to take a class; some chose to complete online studies or pursue an internship. Students will then complete two seven-week, modular quarters. A traditional spring semester is currently planned. Any changes to the spring semester will be determined this October. A June Term is designed to focus largely on study abroad courses originally planned for January, 2021. 

The current calendar, noted Ward, “was designed to enable the highest possible degree of face-to-face instruction and residential living in the Driftless region of Northeast Iowa during the 2020-21 academic year, while also addressing individual and community health and remaining responsive to the unfolding conditions of the pandemic and governmental directives.”