COVID-19 Protocol Updates

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These protocols are expectations for all college functions and activities. Protocols are subject to change as new guidance is released.

  • Employees and students, whether vaccinated on non-vaccinated, should not come to campus if they are sick or experiencing any flu-like symptoms.
    • Any employee or student, regardless of vaccination status, exhibiting any COVID-19 symptom must report to their supervisor or faculty member and the Kirkwood COVID-19 Hotline at 319-784-1650 for further guidance.
    • Employees are no longer required to complete a daily self-health survey.
  • The following masking and social distancing guidelines apply:
    • CDC guidance recommends that fully vaccinated people now wear masks in public indoor settings in areas of high transmission, immunocompromised individuals, and schools.
    • 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.
    • We ask that employees and students respect the privacy of others by refraining from asking about their vaccination status. Vaccination status is a personal matter and should be treated as such. Asking someone about their vaccination status may cause them to feel pressured to share personal or private information. No one should feel this kind of pressure in the workplace or classroom. By avoiding questions regarding vaccination status, we are helping to ensure that others feel respected.
  • Throughout your daily interactions, frequently clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces at locations and in offices. Disinfectant and wipes will still be provided or requested from custodial services.
  • The latest Kirkwood COVID-19 travel guidelines can be found here.
  • External group space requests are being accepted for the Fall 2021 semester.
  • Food and drink options will continue to be available at designated campus locations.
  • For events, activities, or meetings that involve food, organizers are to contact catering from The Café. Due to staffing issues, the Cafe requests that all catering orders be made with as much advance notice as possible. Organizers should consider food options that are prepackaged or served to attendees by Café staff.
  • Plexiglas barriers located at the front counters of reception areas will remain in place.

Instruction and Classroom Updates

  • Faculty are encouraged to start their courses by providing an update to the college’s COVID-19 protocols.
  • Standard classrooms for summer sessions will remain social distanced. All classrooms have returned to normal capacity for the start of the Fall 2021 semester.
  • Faculty cannot issue any masking requirements for students in their courses and cannot inquire about a student’s vaccination status. The following masking and social distancing requirements apply:
    • 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.
  • Exceptions to the masking requirements may be granted to those departments connected to industries named in the CDC’s recommendations.
  • PPE stations will remain in major access point of buildings.
  • Food and drink is allowed in classrooms.
  • Faculty are no longer required to develop seating charts to aid in COVID Hotline contact tracing efforts.
  • Encourage students to wipe-in and wipe-out of learning spaces. Additional disinfectant will be supplied at faculty request.

Facilities Updates

  • Classroom chair installation remains a priority. By fall 2021, all classrooms will be returned to normal capacity. Soft seating and public space furniture is second priority and will be reinstalled throughout the summer semester.
  • Building-specific COVID-19 signage will be replaced to reflect updated protocols and standard college messaging.
  • While facilities remain focused on classroom cleaning, chair installation, and summer construction projects, the plexiglass dividers will remain in place.
  • No new COVID-related plexiglass or furniture modification requests will be granted unless HR has issued an accommodation.
  • External space reservations are open. External requests follow our normal rental procedures and groups must comply to Kirkwood’s protocols. All college rooms must be reserved using R25.
  • Wipe-in and wipe-out stations will remain in place for reserved classrooms and conference spaces. Additional disinfectant can be requested.
  • PPE stations will remain in major access points of buildings.
  • Hand dryers will be enabled and paper towel dispensers will remain in place.
  • Drinking fountains will be turned back on.

Travel Guidelines: COVID-19

The following are general guidelines for Kirkwood employees for travel in the wake of the current situation with COVID-19.

International Travel

Kirkwood-Sponsored International Travel:

  • Kirkwood-sponsored employee international travel (with or without students) is authorized as of July 1, 2021, so long as it is approved through standard Kirkwood approval procedures utilizing the International Travel Application found on KIN / Employee Forms Plus. Travelers should consult with Global Learning regarding specific COVID restrictions for inbound and/or outbound travel to ensure precautions are taken. Kirkwood does not authorize international travel to Department of State Travel Advisory Level 4 countries.
  • All study abroad program and program proposal decisions (July 2021 and forward) will be decided on a case-by-case basis by Global Learning recognizing that actual travel decisions will be made closer to the date of travel of the program following current advisory levels, and guidance from international partners and institutions. Global Learning will be responsible for monitoring ongoing changes in travel conditions and guidelines. Individuals with questions about Kirkwood study abroad programs and student international travel should contact the Dean of Global Learning, Dawn Wood.
  • Job applicant travel for those who reside outside the U.S. remains suspended until further notice. Electronic means of communication (phone, video conferencing, etc.) should be used as an alternative. Hiring Managers with questions regarding the arrangement of alternative interview means for international job applicants should contact Talent Acquisition and Development Supervisor, Sarah Brown.

Personal International Travel:

  • Kirkwood does not prohibit employees from personal international travel. Kirkwood employees who do travel internationally are recommended to review and follow travel guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Employees returning from international travel should continue to notify both their supervisor and Kirkwood HR of any international travel to receive clearance for return to work.

Domestic Travel

Kirkwood-Sponsored Domestic Travel:

  • Kirkwood-sponsored domestic travel (with or without students) is authorized as of July 1, 2021. Employees are encouraged to review and follow travel guidance provided on the CDC website prior to scheduling and starting their travel.

Personal Domestic Travel:

  • No restrictions at this time. However, employees traveling are encouraged to review and follow the CDC’s latest guidance for travelers.

Updated 6/16/21