Central College continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. The college remains committed to monitoring health and safety conditions, as well as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health guidelines. At this time, the college plans for an academic year with a return to the normal before the pandemic. Adjustments will be made as conditions warrant.

See the latest health updates for the Central College community from President Mark Putnam and others, or view the weekly coronavirus report..

Information on this page is subject to change as circumstances warrant. Please check back often.


Central College does not require a COVID-19 vaccination for students, faculty or staff, although it is strongly encouraged. Central has committed to the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge issued by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education in an effort to keep our campus and community safe.

In addition, Central encourages visitors, students and employees to follow these measures and courtesies:

  • Please refrain from visiting, attending class in-person or working on campus if you are not feeling well.
  • Masks are optional. We are a mask-friendly campus. If you are personally concerned for your health and well-being, please continue to wear a mask.
  • We strongly encourage everyone who is eligible for vaccination to do so at the earliest possible time. Please find a vaccine clinic near you.
  • Wash your hands frequently, use the hand sanitizing stations positioned throughout the campus, and maintain physical distance when appropriate.
  • Consider scheduling meetings in larger indoor spaces, in outdoor settings or use Zoom when possible.
  • Be courteous and concerned for the health and safety of those around you and continue to create a safe and welcoming environment for all on campus.
  • All members of campus should continue to report COVID-19 symptoms, exposure, etc., via or 641-628-5530.

The college will offer flu shot clinics and COVID-19 vaccination clinics throughout the year. Please watch for communications about this.


Last updated Aug. 16, 2021

If You Experience Symptoms or Have Been Exposed to COVID-19

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough or other symptoms please email or call 641-628-5530 immediately.

In addition:

  • Please stay in your residence hall room or at home until directed by the COVID-19 response team.
  • Please follow all instructions regarding housing, quarantine time, testing, and more as directed by your provider, student development or the human resources office.
  • You will be asked to explain your symptoms and any exposures you may have had with others.
  • Notify your professors and class dean or supervisor of your absence.

Note for vaccinated individuals: For individuals who have had a COVID-19 vaccination, there are no requirements related to quarantine or isolation if exposed unless you are experiencing symptoms. In addition, there are no testing requirements for participation in activities. If you have had a vaccine and experience symptoms, please report symptoms and stay in your residence hall or home.

Note for non-vaccinated individuals: If you are not vaccinated, please carefully monitor your health. Report symptoms. Periodic and regular testing may be required of you to participate in certain activities. In addition, if you are exposed to COVID-19, there are requirements for quarantine.


Last updated Aug. 16, 2021

Share Your Vaccination Status

The COVID-19 vaccine is strongly encouraged for all community members. Vaccinations will be available on campus and in the community. The college is offering incentives to encourage members of the Central community to obtain their vaccines.

Students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 as long as they remain symptom-free.

Student vaccination incentives: Students who voluntarily submit proof of vaccination by no later than September 30, 2021, for COVID-19 will be entered into a drawing for one of two prizes. See communications from student development for details.

Employee vaccination incentives: Employees who voluntarily submit proof of vaccination will be entered into a drawing for one of two prizes. See communications from human resources for details.


Last updated Aug. 16, 2021

Protocols for Student-Athletes

Central College is following recommendations from the NCAA:

  • If someone tests positive for covid, they will be put in isolation for 10 days, then will be cleared by Central’s team physician. There will be a five-day return to play.
  • In order for no testing to be required, a team needs to be 100% vaccinated.

Vaccinated Student-Athletes

  • No entry testing upon arrival to campus.
  • No testing unless the student-athlete is symptomatic.
  • Do not have to go to quarantine if exposed by someone that tests positive.

Unvaccinated Student-Athletes

  • Testing will be done when student-athletes arrive on campus and before the first practice. In order to practice, the student-athlete must have a negative test.
  • If exposed to someone who tests positive, the student-athlete will go to quarantine for 10 days or will get a test on day five. If the test is negative, the student-athlete can leave quarantine on day seven if they are not symptomatic.
  • Testing will be for in-season and non-traditional seasons.
  • Testing will be done two times per week from 7 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • If an unvaccinated student-athlete misses a test, they may not practice or compete until after the next time a COVID-19 test is offered.

    Last updated Aug. 16, 2021