For Immediate Release
November 12, 2020 - King’s College announced today to members of its community that it made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend in-person instruction and co-curricular activities, such as athletics, for the fall semester as of the end of the day on Friday, November 13, 2020. In-person classes (both hybrid and traditional formats) will resume through distance learning on Tuesday, November 17 and end as scheduled on Wednesday, November 25. Courses that are currently conducted online will continue as scheduled without disruption. The final exam period will be held virtually, as was previously planned and scheduled, from Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 4.
Maintaining the health and safety of its students, faculty, staff, neighbors, and community partners is of the highest priority for the College. King’s has been diligently monitoring infection rates for its community and has observed an increase in cases over the past week. 42 cases of COVID-19 were identified among King’s students for the period from November 2 through November 8 and the number of cases at the College is not declining dramatically during the current week.
The College will remain open, and while in-person programming for students is suspended, offices will continue to operate as they have throughout the Fall semester with precautions in place to mitigate the spread of disease. Students residing in residence halls are also not required to leave campus at this time but have the option to continue their virtual classes from home or from their on-campus residence. While departures may begin as of Friday, November 13, students have the option of remaining on campus through Wednesday, November 25. There will also be a process in place for students who need on-campus housing after November 25.
Additionally, King’s students who wish to be tested for Covid-19 prior to returning home will have that option. This is not available immediately, but a process is being put in place, and details will soon be communicated to students by King’s Student Health Center.