College-wide communication related to COVID-19

Update: Monday, November 13, 2023

The upper respiratory season is upon us and Flu, Covid and RSV are on the rise. Students must follow the college policy that is provided below if they become ill. If you are an Employee of Kettering Health, you must also work with Employee Health when ill.
Please remember to take the following actions to protect yourself, as well as our college campus community (Main campus and Ollie Davis). If you are in a clinical program, the instructions below will help protect your patients and fellow healthcare employees.

  1. If you are ill (Fever, coughing, body aches, congestion, etc.) please stay home until you are fever-free x 24 hrs. without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    a. Please email Sarah Bayer, Student Health Coordinator (SHC) to report your illness.
    b. If in a clinical program, you must work with the clinical program and clinical site for return to clinicals.
    c. Please email Sarah Bayer before your return to campus (main campus/Ollie Davis) for clearance.
    d. You must have clearance from the Student Health Coordinator and your clinical program before returning to both clinicals and campus.
  2. If you have tested positive for Covid, contact Sarah Bayer, right away to work on a plan for returning to classes/campus (main/Ollie Davis). If you are in a clinical program, you must follow clinical site policy for testing Positive for COVID. (CDC Guidelines, Sept. 2022)
    a. If symptoms are resolving by day 5, contact Sarah Bayer (SHC) for possible clearance to return to classes/campus. Students may retest via home antigen test (found at any pharmacy)
    b. If on day 6/7 the home Antigen test is Negative and the student continues with resolving symptoms, the student may return to classes/campus upon clearance by SHC on day 8.
    c. If on day 6/7 home Antigen test is Positive, the student will need to complete the remainder of the initial 10-day quarantine before clearance by SHC to return to classes/campus on day 11.
    d. You must have clearance from the Student Health Coordinator and your clinical program before returning to both clinicals and campus.
    At least 7 days have passed since the date of their first positive viral test.
  3. For any respiratory viral illness other than Covid, on return to campus/clinicals, you must wear a mask for an additional 5 days.
    If you have questions, feel free to contact the SHC.

Monday, March 7, 2022

Based on the decreasing number of COVID-19 infections in our communities, we are updating Kettering College’s masking policy for our campus, located in Montgomery County where the level of COVID-19 transmission has been downgraded from high to substantial.  

Effective 3/14/2022, students, faculty and staff, are no longer required to wear masks. However, the CDC still recommends that individuals working at those locations—including those who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19, have compromised immunity, or have underlying health conditions—continue wearing masks.

This decision was made after careful considerations and alignment with the ODHE and Kettering Health. At this time, masks are still required for all Kettering Health patient-care locations, including our Kettering Health Main Campus as well as the nursing IPE center. If you are going to the IPE center or into the hospital from the college, masks will be required as they have not currently lifted their mandate.

Finally, all students, faculty, and staff should continue to follow safety protocols that stop the spread of COVID-19, including frequent handwashing and staying home if you are sick.

Lastly, as a reminder, Kettering College is no longer REQUIRING masks to be worn. Please feel free to wear a mask at your own discretion. Thank you for cooperating with our safety protocols during this pandemic. We could not have made it this far without your patience and dedication.

For questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Sarah Bayer.

Friday, January 7, 2022

Message From President Nate Brandstater on returning for Winter 2022

President Nate Brandstater with members of the KC COVID task force committee.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Vaccination Requirements beginning Winter 2022 As part of a healthcare organization, we are committed to improving the lives of people in the communities we serve. COVID-19 has impacted every single member of our Kettering Health family—and much of our community, and our best tool in the fight against this virus is the vaccine. We are dedicated to guiding each person to their best health, and we must do all we can to protect one another and provide a safe learning environment. Vaccination against COVID-19 protects you and everyone around you: your classmates, your family, your friends, your patients, your community.

Kettering College is requiring ALL students who are registered for classes (in person, online or in clinical rotations) to submit proof of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, by December 1, 2021.

Please submit proof of your vaccination to Sarah Bayer, Student Health Coordinator via email at .  If you are in a clinical program, you will also need to submit a copy of your vaccination card thru CastleBranch.  Your clinical program will be in communication on deadline dates for submissions thru CastleBranch. 

Requests for exemptions from COVID-19 vaccination will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The exemption deadline for the COVID-19 vaccine deadline is November 24th.  Please email our Student Health Coordinator if you need an exemption.  Students who have previously submitted proof of vaccination do not need to resubmit that information. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Women’s Health and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Kettering Health has provided additional resources for questions about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine for women, specifically around the vaccine’s potential impact on pregnancy, fertility, and breastfeeding.

Kettering Health understands that these are important and personal concerns, so they organized a special panel discussion with women’s health providers, where they answered questions that were submitted by Kettering Health employees.

Looking for a specific topic? Here’s where to tune into the video:

  • Birth control and blood clot risk: 1:10
  • Long-term Effects on Fertility: 3:30
  • Endometriosis and PCOS: 8:41
  • Impact on Pregnant Women: 9:52
  • Potential Risk of Miscarriage: 13:31
  • Breastfeeding: 15:40
  • Potential Impact on Menstrual Cycle: 17:45
  • Impact on Mammograms: 20:05

Want more information? Click here to access resources shared by the providers.

Friday, August 6, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

As part of the Kettering Health, Kettering College is committed to improving the lives of students we educate and the communities we serve. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have continued to adapt our policies and procedures to best protect the safety and well-being of our students, our faculty and staff, our patients, and our communities. And with the recent rise in cases, it is time to take the next step.

Kettering College will require all students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 4, 2021.

Since the COVID-19 vaccines became available, Kettering College has strongly encouraged vaccination for our students, faculty, and staff. Kettering Health has helped to distribute more than 100,000 doses since their first clinic opened last December. But as an organization dedicated to guiding each person to their best health, we can and must do more.

Across the nation, more than 344 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered. And the scientific evidence as well as real-world experiences show that the COVID-19 vaccines are both safe and effective against symptomatic infections, hospitalizations, and death. According to the Ohio Department of Health, 98.8% of people hospitalized with COVID-19 this year are unvaccinated. It’s clear: The COVID-19 vaccine saves lives. 

Over the last 18 months, we have faced countless losses and unimaginable change. COVID-19 has impacted every single member of our Kettering College family, and our best tool in the fight against this virus is the vaccine. Vaccination against COVID-19 protects you and everyone around you: your classmates, your family, your friends, your patients, and your community.

Effective immediately:

  • KC Students: All students participating in educational programs at Kettering College must receive their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Monday, October 4.

Action needed

You can find a full list of local COVID-19 vaccine providers by clicking here. You can also schedule an appointment at the Kettering Health vaccine clinic in Kettering by clicking here. More details can be found in the FAQ linked here.

Kettering College will review exemption requests submitted by individuals who are precluded from getting the vaccine for medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs. Such requests will be granted where legally required and supporting documentation may be required. Individuals who qualify for such exemptions may be required to undergo additional testing and/or screening. Appeals forms will be sent out by our Student Health Coordinator, Sarah Bayer. Note: Student exemption requests must be received by September 3, 2021.  

Kettering College students who do not meet the COVID-19 vaccine requirements by Monday, October 4 and do not have an approved exemption will be subject to dismissal from Kettering College.

Submit a copy of your vaccination card or other documentation from your healthcare provider by emailing our student health coordinator, Sarah Bayer (

More information

KC COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

Key dates for Kettering College Students

AudienceExemption Request DeadlineFirst COVID-19 Vaccine DoseSecond COVID-19 Vaccine Dose
Kettering College StudentsSeptember 3September 3October 4

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Kettering College Mask Requirement
As COVID-19 cases are rising, Kettering College is now requiring masks to be worn at all times by students, faculty, staff and visitors and the practice of social distancing while on our campus regardless of vaccination status–this is to protect yourself, your classmates or coworkers, friends, family and our community.

This requirement is based on current CDC guidance and the recent OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard.


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