COVID-19 Campus Metrics

Information for Students

1/18/21 - Letter to Parents and Guardians

1/18/21 - Check-in Protocol for Move In Day

1/13/21 - Travel Policy and Off-Campus Policy

1/7/21 - Message from the President Regarding Winter Athletics

1/6/21 - Spring Semester Move-In Procedures for Resident Students

12/23/20 - Message from the Student Health Center

Dear King’s College Students,

We trust that this note finds you and your families healthy, safe, and excited about the nearing of Christmas Day. We hope that each of you will take time to rest, reflect, and recharge during the break.

We write to update you about the College’s planning for the return to campus for the Spring 2021 semester. Specifically, the College will require: (1) entry testing for COVID-19 BEFORE returning to campus for the Spring 2021 semester; and (2) surveillance testing during the Spring 2021 semester. This communication focuses on the entry testing requirement.

To provide for a safe campus experience, and in alignment with recommendations from federal, state, and local health officials, King’s College will require ENTRY COVID SCREENING TESTS FOR ALL before returning for the Spring 2021 semester. This is for all persons attending in-person classes, participating in campus activities, and working on site during the Spring 2021 semester.

NOTE: Individuals who have tested positive after 11/1/2020 must submit a copy of their positive test result to the College via email at covidtestresults@kings.edu. These individuals should NOT retest prior to 2/1/2021. They will automatically be scheduled for surveillance testing on campus.

All Resident Students and All Out-of-State Students

You MUST provide to King’s proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 3-5 days prior to your first day on campus.

You should check for testing options in your home area such as CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, or through your medical provider.

If you cannot obtain testing on your own, please advise us no later than January 10, 2021 by email at studenthealth@kings.edu of this challenge.

If you cannot obtain a COVID-19 test on your own, you may obtain a mail-in kit by contacting the Student Health Center at studenthealth@kings.edu. The mail-in kit will be available once the student notifies King’s College and is properly registered.

The cost of this mail-in saliva test is $119 and will be charged to your student account.

Once ordered it is the student’s responsibility to complete the test and send to the lab via pre-paid UPS.

Unless otherwise directed, and depending on your first day on campus, you should plan to receive your test results between January 25-29. The test results should be immediately emailed to covidtestresults@kings.edu.

Any student who does not submit their test results to King’s by email as directed will not be permitted on campus. This includes no moving into College-owned housing.

If your COVID-19 test result is positive, you should not immediately return to campus and you must isolate at home or elsewhere away from campus.

All Commuter and Off-Campus Students

To participate in in-person classes or any on-campus activity, you MUST provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 3-5 days prior to your first day on campus.

You should check for testing options in your home area such as CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, or through your medical provider.

If you cannot obtain testing on your own, please advise us no later than January 10, 2021 by email at studenthealth@kings.edu of this challenge.

If you cannot obtain a COVID-19 test on your own, you may obtain a mail-in kit by contacting the Student Health Center at studenthealth@kings.edu. The mail-in kit will be available once the student notifies King’s College and is properly registered.

The cost of this mail-in saliva test is $119 and will be charged to your student account.

Once ordered it is the student’s responsibility to complete the test and send to the lab via pre-paid UPS.

Unless otherwise directed, and depending on your first day on campus, you should plan to receive your test results between January 25-29. The test results should be immediately emailed to covidtestresults@kings.edu.

Any student who does not submit their test results to King’s by email as directed will not be permitted on campus.

If your COVID-19 test result is positive, you should not immediately return to campus and you must isolate at home or elsewhere away from campus.

PLEASE NOTE: Failure to submit test results as directed above will disqualify you from: (1) participating in classes, College employment, clinical sites, internships, athletic practices, or any other College-sponsored events; and (2) utilizing any College facilities, including but not limited to dining halls, the InterMetro Wellness Center, the Corgan Library, and any other King’s property.

In addition to entry testing, other safeguards will be put in place to enhance the safety of our campus in the spring. These safeguards include weekly surveillance testing of a percentage of the College population, changes in visitation policy, travel recommendations, increased emphasis on behavioral requirements, daily Campus Shield assessment, and weekly COVID Reporting. Visit the College’s webpage (www.kings.edu) after January 15th to review the updated COVID brochure.

We will continue to share information with you about returning to campus and the operations of campus. Please continue to check your King’s email for updates.

If you have any questions about COVID-19 testing, please email studenthealth@kings.edu or call (570) 208-5852 for more information.

Thank you for doing your part to ensure that we can safely come together on campus in the spring semester.

All the best to you and your family for a blessed Christmas season.

JoAnn Kosik
Director, Student Health Services

Robert McGonigle
AVP of Student Affairs & Dean of Students

Megan Casey
Associate Dean of Students for Residence Life

Regina Corchado
Director, Human Resources

12/14/20 - Message from the President

Dear Members of the King’s College Community,

We have written, and continue to write, a historic chapter in the life of King’s College. Our generation has experienced nothing quite like these past nine months. We entered the Fall 2020 academic year not at all certain of a successful completion; yet we did so. Thanks to all the hard work, diligence, patience, courage, and more – we did far better than expectations. We held approximately 60 percent of our classes entirely in person, 30 percent in a hybrid modality and 10 percent fully on-line. While unable to engage in athletic competition, our coaches and student-athletes gathered and practiced their respective sports to the extent allowable by prudent health safety guidelines. Student Activities, Residence Life, the Shoval Center, and Campus Ministry offered numerous virtual co-curricular programming opportunities for our students. We also experienced so many examples of members of the King’s community support for one another with grace, patience, and empathy. I wish to both congratulate and thank each member of this college community – we played a part in this new history for which we can be proud.

The history writing continues. While we are comforted by the very exciting news that safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are just around the corner, the next few months will be our most challenging yet. Our nation and region are reporting record numbers of COVID infections and the projections are anticipated to worsen. In response to these predictions, the college is formulating enhanced protocols for the 2021 Spring academic semester. We now know that many COVID transmissions occur by individuals who are not showing symptoms of the disease (asymptomatic) and unknowingly pass on the virus to others. For the 2021 Spring semester the college will have both a return to campus protocol and an ongoing surveillance testing program during our semester for the Covid-19 virus. While the exact details are being worked out, it will require periodic testing of the entire college community. This new program will be yet one more burden to bear, but it is an important step in keeping us all safe and doing our part to stop the spread.

We have learned through contact tracing that we become vulnerable when we let down our guard. When we are with people we know and there are no apparent signs of the infectious virus; we forget that COVID-19 spreads between people who are in close contact and engaged in animated conversation. Diligence and responsible behavior – for the safety and well-being of others – is our shared responsibility. We are reworking and tightening our college policies to address lessons learned, including the utilization of disciplinary actions for failure to comply with health safety policies.

In view of the increased challenges for planning the Spring semester and to extend our semester starting date closer to the anticipated arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, we are moving the semester starting date from January 25 to February 1, 2021. To implement this adjustment, a few other small changes to the calendar are also necessary:

  • Day classes will now be held on Holy Thursday, April 1 (previously no classes were scheduled).
  • Classes will be in session on Thursday, May 6 (previously no classes were scheduled) and Friday, May 7 (previously final exams were scheduled to begin).
  • Final exams will be held from Monday, May 10 through Saturday, May 15.

The things we do as part of everyday life – taking a walk, grocery shopping, attending to personal needs, etc. – are becoming ever more challenging in this environment of escalating virus transmission. Even more challenging could be the extra-ordinary things we do, like how we choose to celebrate the upcoming holidays. The vaccines appear to be close, but they are not yet here. Let us double down on the things we can do: wear a mask, avoid gathering with others outside your immediate household, frequent hand washing, and social distancing.

I very much look forward to taking up our next chapter of history-making at King’s. Until then, please know of my sincere wishes that each of you has a very safe and blessed Christmas Season.

Peace and Blessings,

Fr. Jack Ryan
President

Info For Faculty and Staff

1/8/21 - Message to Employees Regarding Testing

Dear King’s College Employees,

Happy New Year! We trust that this note finds you and your families healthy, safe, and rested from the holiday break.

Thank you for all of your effort and commitment that helped the College navigate the fall semester successfully.

We write to update you about the College’s planning for the return to campus for the Spring 2021 semester.

Specifically, the College will require all employees to participate in:

  • Pre-Semester testing for COVID-19 BEFORE the students largely return to campus for the Spring 2021 semester; and
  • Periodic surveillance testing during the semester.

This communication focuses on the pre-semester testing requirement.

To provide for a safe campus experience, and in alignment with recommendations from federal, state, and local health officials, King’s College will require pre-semester covid tests for the entire campus community before students return for the Spring 2021 semester for classes beginning February 1.

This will include all employees who will be working on campus at any time during the Spring 2021 semester, as well as our food service partners at Chartwells.

NOTE: Individuals who have tested positive after 11/1/2020 must submit a copy of their positive test result to the College via email at hr@kings.edu. These individuals should NOT retest prior to 2/1/2021. According to the CDC, people can continue to test positive for up to 3 months after diagnosis and not be infectious to others.

Pre-semester testing details:

Every employee who will be present on campus in the spring semester must obtain a COVID-19 test between January 25 – January 29.

King’s will provide free rapid testing through several on-campus events the week of January 25. Details are forthcoming.

Alternatively, if you prefer, you may secure testing on your own through other means, such as CVS, Vault, Rite Aid, MedExpress or test provider of your choice. The testing must be complete within the window of January 25-29 and test results should be emailed to hr@kings.edu. If your COVID-19 test result is positive, you should not return to campus and contact Human Resources for further guidance.

Any employee who does not submit their test results to Human Resources by email as directed or does not participate in the on-campus testing event will not be permitted on campus after January 31.

Other Safeguards:

In addition to pre-semester testing, other safeguards will be put in place to enhance the safety of our campus in the Spring. These safeguards include periodic surveillance testing for employees and students, changes in student visitation guides, increased emphasis on behavioral requirements, and continued use of the daily Campus Shield assessment.

We will continue to share information with you about returning to campus in the coming weeks. Please continue to check your King’s email for important updates and feel free to share this message with colleagues.

Thank you for doing your part to ensure that we can safely come together on campus in the spring semester.

All the best to you and your family for a bright 2021.

Regina Corchado
Director, Human Resources

12/14/20 - Message from the President

Dear Members of the King’s College Community,

We have written, and continue to write, a historic chapter in the life of King’s College. Our generation has experienced nothing quite like these past nine months. We entered the Fall 2020 academic year not at all certain of a successful completion; yet we did so. Thanks to all the hard work, diligence, patience, courage, and more – we did far better than expectations. We held approximately 60 percent of our classes entirely in person, 30 percent in a hybrid modality and 10 percent fully on-line. While unable to engage in athletic competition, our coaches and student-athletes gathered and practiced their respective sports to the extent allowable by prudent health safety guidelines. Student Activities, Residence Life, the Shoval Center, and Campus Ministry offered numerous virtual co-curricular programming opportunities for our students. We also experienced so many examples of members of the King’s community support for one another with grace, patience, and empathy. I wish to both congratulate and thank each member of this college community – we played a part in this new history for which we can be proud.

The history writing continues. While we are comforted by the very exciting news that safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are just around the corner, the next few months will be our most challenging yet. Our nation and region are reporting record numbers of COVID infections and the projections are anticipated to worsen. In response to these predictions, the college is formulating enhanced protocols for the 2021 Spring academic semester. We now know that many COVID transmissions occur by individuals who are not showing symptoms of the disease (asymptomatic) and unknowingly pass on the virus to others. For the 2021 Spring semester the college will have both a return to campus protocol and an ongoing surveillance testing program during our semester for the Covid-19 virus. While the exact details are being worked out, it will require periodic testing of the entire college community. This new program will be yet one more burden to bear, but it is an important step in keeping us all safe and doing our part to stop the spread.

We have learned through contact tracing that we become vulnerable when we let down our guard. When we are with people we know and there are no apparent signs of the infectious virus; we forget that COVID-19 spreads between people who are in close contact and engaged in animated conversation. Diligence and responsible behavior – for the safety and well-being of others – is our shared responsibility. We are reworking and tightening our college policies to address lessons learned, including the utilization of disciplinary actions for failure to comply with health safety policies.

In view of the increased challenges for planning the Spring semester and to extend our semester starting date closer to the anticipated arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, we are moving the semester starting date from January 25 to February 1, 2021. To implement this adjustment, a few other small changes to the calendar are also necessary:

  • Day classes will now be held on Holy Thursday, April 1 (previously no classes were scheduled).
  • Classes will be in session on Thursday, May 6 (previously no classes were scheduled) and Friday, May 7 (previously final exams were scheduled to begin).
  • Final exams will be held from Monday, May 10 through Saturday, May 15.

The things we do as part of everyday life – taking a walk, grocery shopping, attending to personal needs, etc. – are becoming ever more challenging in this environment of escalating virus transmission. Even more challenging could be the extra-ordinary things we do, like how we choose to celebrate the upcoming holidays. The vaccines appear to be close, but they are not yet here. Let us double down on the things we can do: wear a mask, avoid gathering with others outside your immediate household, frequent hand washing, and social distancing.

I very much look forward to taking up our next chapter of history-making at King’s. Until then, please know of my sincere wishes that each of you has a very safe and blessed Christmas Season.

Peace and Blessings,

Fr. Jack Ryan
President

Institutional Information and Notices

9/30/20 - King’s College CARES Act Institutional Portion Update

CARES Act
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
Institutional Portion
Reporting

Under the Institutional Portion of Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, And Economic Security (CARES) Act, King’s College has signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement, and will receive $984,258 in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) to be used to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus, or as a reimbursement for forgone revenue for campus closures, and for costs associated with a clear nexus to changes in instructional delivery (i.e. technology, person protective equipment, sanitation, etc.). The total amount of funds expended as of September 30, 2020 is $577,895.

5/29/20 - Message to Students and Parents regarding the King’s College CARES Act Emergency Grant

To Students and their Families:

The recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, And Economic Security (CARES) Act provides a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) designated to assist students in the form of direct grants. The grants to students “…for expenses related to disruptions to their educations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, including things like course materials and technology as well as food, housing, health care, and childcare." King’s College created the CARES Act Emergency Grant to make qualified grants to students.

The Act requires schools to document and report justification for grant expenditures. All eligible students should report individual student expenses using a simple online application available by clicking this link CARES Act Emergency Application. Receipts for expenses are not required. You can find additional information on our website CARES Act Emergency Grant. You should review this information before starting an application.

We anticipate making our first round of grants to students on June 5, 2020, for applications received by midnight, June 3, 2020.

Details about the King’s College CARES Act Emergency Grant are available here.

3/31/20 - President's Message to Alumni and Friends

Dear Alumni & Friends:

Times like these find us reaching for hope. Times like these find us reaching for hope-bearers.

In recent days, we see everyday heroes answer the call to help a neighbor, support a community, and care for our most vulnerable. I am so grateful for them. I pray for them and their families.

At King’s, these days have revealed so many members of our campus community who stand up, make the extra effort, and do all they can to ensure the mission advances. I am so proud of them; our faculty continue to teach and our students continue to learn. We may be using different forms of delivery and communication in teaching and learning, but our mission endures.

As our campus dramatically transitions, I think of the many additional challenges our students face and how this environment adds even greater pressures to them. In more normal circumstances, too many King’s students face obstacles beyond their control. Not having enough food to eat. Not having a place away from campus to call home. Not having the resources to buy books. Not having the funds to pay tuition. The Presidential Hope Fund has filled these gaps for more than 650 young Monarchs. People like YOU have filled these gaps for our young women and men.

In this time of crisis, the Presidential Hope Fund has served as a stabilizing force for many of our students. Just within the last week, we have granted several requests to help struggling students fill tuition deficits. More need will arise. There will be more requests for help.

We have also learned of new student needs. For example, as the College has pivoted to teaching and learning remotely, we found that some students lack the technology (and the resources to purchase it) to continue their studies online. To address this challenge, I have allocated Presidential Hope Fund dollars to purchase laptops for loaning to students who need them. Thanks to so many of you, we have found yet another way to meet the foundational needs of any student who qualifies.

Because of Presidential Hope Fund supporters – because of our hope-bearers – I am confident that young women and men who are working hard to earn a King’s degree will get the support they need to make it happen, no matter the changing environment. Thank you.

As our students continue to adapt to this uncertain world, so do we. In times like these, I am ever more focused on our students. In times like these, I am ever more grateful for you.

Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

Peace and blessings,

Fr. Jack Ryan, C.S.C., Ph.D.
President

*If you would like to support the Presidential Hope Fund, you may do so here. Thank you.

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