CORONAVIRUS [COVID-19] INFORMATION CENTER
UPDATED: June 19, 2020
Please monitor this webpage, because Centre’s response to the spread of this disease continues to develop as new information is released.
June 12, 2020
CentreBlocks Fall 2020 Calendar Update
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:
In lieu of my weekly COVID-19 Crisis Management Task Force update and status report, I am sharing two very important announcements that represent the fruits of many weeks of careful study, research, analysis, and planning.
First, you will find our plans for the fall 2020 semester that involve our intention to begin in-person classes on Wednesday, August 26 and complete our work for the term on Tuesday, November 24, just before Thanksgiving, at which time students would return home. Lengthy as the plan announcement is, I know that there is still much to be covered, discussed, and worked through. Further updates with details about components of each element will be shared in the coming weeks.
Above all, I draw your attention to the “Social Contract” section, which makes clear that our planning will only succeed to the degree that we are all committed to making it work. Note as well that with the return of the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) to our campus later this month, albeit it in a modified form, we are in a unique position among other colleges and universities to implement protocols for health and safety this summer that will provide invaluable insights come fall.
I am grateful that President-elect Milton Moreland has been fully engaged in these conversations, and he has co-signed this plan with me. A copy of the full announcement is attached to this message.
Second, in the interest of health and safety, we have modified the schedule of the fall term to reduce travel from and return to campus that we believe will invite the possibility of the spread of positive cases of COVID-19.
As such, the first block will begin on August 26 and end on October 9, followed by the second block starting on October 12 and finishing November 24. This will allow everyone to be reunited with their families by Thanksgiving on November 26. The weekend in between blocks one and two will take place during Homecoming.
So that we have time to address questions, I have asked John Wilson, our faculty president, and Julie Wheeler and Russ Strunk, our outgoing and incoming presidents of Staff Congress, to schedule Zoom Q&A sessions next week, as we have done several times already. Similar forums will also be scheduled for students and parents before the end of June.
The strong sense of community and care we have for one another will be an essential part of our efforts to enjoy a positive learning experience this fall under challenging circumstances. I look forward to hearing stories of resilience and resolve that made this all possible.
John – P. Roush
Campus Responses and Messages
To learn more detail about Centre’s responses, click on the dates below.
May 29, 2020: Campus Update and Status Report #8 (PDF)
May 22, 2020: Campus Update and Status Report #7 (PDF)
May 15, 2020: Campus Update and Status Report #6 (PDF)
May 13, 2020: Upcoming Celebrations (PDF)
May 8, 2020: Campus Update and Status Report #5 (PDF)
May 7, 2020: Campus Update – Financial Outlook #2 (PDF)
May 1, 2020: Campus Update and Status Report #4 (PDF)
Apr 30, 2020: Contingency and Scenario Planning (PDF)
Apr 27, 2020: CentreBlocks Scheduling (PDF)
Apr 24, 2020: Campus Update and Status Report #3 (PDF)
Apr 20, 2020: Closing Dinner Cancellation (PDF)
Apr 16, 2020: Campus Update – Financial Outlook (PDF)
Apr 16, 2020: Protective Mask Use on Campus (PDF)
Apr 13, 2020: Campus Update and Status Report #2 (PDF)
Apr 10, 2020: Commencement Update/Postponment (PDF)
Apr 7, 2020: Work Study and Campus Employment (PDF)
Mar 26, 2020: Campus Update and Status Report #1 (PDF)
Mar 24, 2020: Important Faculty Update (PDF)
Mar 15, 2020: Transition to Online Instruction Moved Forward (PDF)
Mar 13, 2020: Classes Moving to Online Instruction (PDF)
Mar 12, 2020: Responsive Plans Update (PDF)
Mar 10, 2020: Centre’s Ongoing Efforts (PDF)
Mar 9, 2020: Parents and Families Update (PDF)
Mar 6, 2020: Coronavirus Reaches Kentucky (PDF)
Mar 3, 2020: Coronavirus Task Force Holds First Meeting (PDF)
Prevention Information from the CDC
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask
- the CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.