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College-wide communication related to the COVID-19 outbreak
MARCH 24, 2020
March 24, 2020–Update
Kettering College announced in addition to completing the spring semester online, classes will continue in their online-only format for the summer semester, which begins May 4, 2020, in a video update to campus.
Nate Brandstater, president of Kettering College, alongside members of the college executive council made the decision to continue summer semester classes in the online-only format to comply with all of the state orders in teaching and learning operations. “The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, clinical faculty and staff, patients, and their family members is of paramount importance to us,” Brandstater explained.
Continuing on in the video, Brandstater went on to thank the faculty at the college “for making it [teaching online] look easy and natural.” He also mentioned certain laboratory and clinical training activities may be altered in the format or delivery as part of this new plan.
Link to video posted to Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/KetteringCollege/videos/557920821745070/
MARCH 19, 2020
March 19, 2020–Update
After careful consideration, Kettering College will suspend all clinical training activities by Friday, March 20, 2020, for the remainder of the spring semester. Program chairs and clinical coordinators/instructors are continuing to work to put plans in place for students in their programs.
“Our decision to suspend clinical activities ensures Kettering College plays its part in making sure our students stay safe and healthy, which include keeping their families safe and healthy,” President Brandstater said in a video to students. “This also ensures our healthcare providers and professionals who our students learn from are kept safe and healthy, so that they can continue providing care to patients.”
Due to Kettering College suspending clinical training and moving all face-to-face instruction online, it is also closing the residence hall as of this weekend, Sunday, March 22, 2020. The college is working to help make arrangements for remaining residents to find safe and appropriate housing.
Link to video posted on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/142990832437308/videos/664645620937046/
MARCH 18, 2020
March 18, 2020–Update
Kettering College is postponing the spring commencement ceremony previously set for Friday, April 24, 2020 due to the novel coronavirus.
Kettering College is still intending to hold the summer commencement ceremony for Friday, July 10, 2020. Any student who would have been eligible to participate in the spring commencement ceremony may choose to participate in the summer ceremony scheduled for July.
College leadership will continue to evaluate how this pandemic will impact Kettering College activities. Leadership will update this announcement on or before June 1, 2020.
MARCH 17, 2020
March 17, 2020–Update
Over the last few days, Governor DeWine has signed several orders aimed at reducing the transmission of the novel coronavirus, primarily by increasing social distancing and banning mass gatherings.
With Kettering Health Network, limiting visitor access and elective surgeries, Kettering College has closed all doors and will need badge access to enter. As of Monday, March 16, 2020, everyone entering Kettering Medical Center will be screened for their temperature, including the tunnel access to the cafeteria.
Clinical training is still taking place. Program directors and clinical instructors are in constant communication with administration on clinical sites and their situation. Kettering College recognizes that there many be some students whose situations may limit their ability to continue their clinical training activities (e.g., older adults and/or have serious chronic medical conditions like: heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, or you are taking an immunosuppressive agent). If students are unable to complete their regularly scheduled clinical rotations, the student must contact their program’s clinical coordinator and/or program director.
MARCH 10, 2020
March 10, 2020–Kettering College is taking the following actions:
Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, March 11, all face-to-face lecture class meetings are canceled until further notice. Classes will continue online and through digitally mediated means. Individual faculty members will decide the most appropriate way to maintain continuity of their courses and the quality of the learning experience for students in a particular course. Most courses will utilize Canvas for at least some aspects of this way of maintaining continuity of our courses and learning activities.
Clinical training activities for students are continuing at this time. Students and clinical instructors who appear ill should not attend clinicals. If you are sick, stay home and report your absence to your clinical instructor or program director.
If you have questions about specific academic activities (e.g., service-learning, IPE and simulation laboratory activities, & etc.) please contact your instructor for the activity or your program director.
All co-curricular and social gatherings and activities are canceled until further notice. SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING SPRING COMMENCEMENT: At this time KC Commencement on April 24 will occur as scheduled.
Beginning on the morning of Wednesday, March 11, the Kettering College campus will be closed to all non-essential personnel. If you can perform your work from home, please work from home. If you have questions about whether you should come to campus or not, please communicate with your immediate supervisor.
We are maintaining a policy suspending all international travel and all “non-essential” domestic travel. All KC-sponsored travel now requires a review and approval by the KC executive counsel. Prior travel approval is hereby rescinded. SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING THE IMM TRIP TO PERU: At this time Kettering College is not making a determination regarding whether to continue or cancel the Peru trip.
We will continue to provide information to the Kettering College community through email, Canvas, as well as this dedicated page.
Through these actions we at Kettering College are working hard to play our part in minimizing the impact of the novel coronavirus and Covid-19 on our community. Please continue to pray for our college and our community, and please continue to follow CDC and Ohio Department of Health guidance regarding hygiene and other important practices.