COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Message from President Sundberg

May 19, 2021

 

Hello Kirkwood Community,

As you know, the CDC released new guidelines for vaccinated people last week and we have already started to see changes in COVID-19 protocols around the country. Because of this encouraging news, I have put together a transition team to develop a plan to implement this new guidance on our campuses. That team is hard at work and has already developed recommendations for Kirkwood.

In keeping with CDC guidelines, beginning Monday, May 24, the following changes to our virus protocols will be in effect:

Masking

  • CDC guidelines no longer advise vaccinated individuals to mask or social distance.
  • Unvaccinated individuals are highly recommended to continue to follow CDC guidelines including wearing masks in public and maintaining six feet of social distancing.
  • Anyone is welcome to wear a mask if they are more comfortable doing so.
  • PPE stations will still be available to everyone on campus.

Students with COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Students experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, whether vaccinated or not, will still be expected to stay away from campus, contact their instructors, and contact the COVID Hotline as soon as possible for further guidance.

Employee Daily Health Check

  • The daily health check will no longer be required.
  • Those experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, whether vaccinated or not, will still be expected to stay away from campus and contact their supervisor and the COVID Hotline as soon as possible for further guidance.

Additionally, we will begin transitioning all employees back to working full-time on campus with a deadline of July 1 for everyone to be back. Supervisors will work with their departments to determine that transition.

While these changes are very exciting to announce, it’s completely understandable that they may take some getting used to. Some of us will continue to wear masks, others of us will not. We are a community of learners and we will all need to respect the decisions of others in order to maintain a productive learning environment.

I want to commend everyone for their efforts in helping to mitigate the virus on campus. It has been a team effort, and while it’s not over yet, we’ve done an amazing job at limiting its impact at Kirkwood.

I look forward to seeing everyone back on campus full-time very soon.

Dr. Lori Sundberg
President, Kirkwood Community College