The University of Kentucky announced plans Friday to re-open campus beginning in August with plans for students to return for the Fall semester.
The University made the announcement via a letter from President Eli Capilouto. Below is the goal and plan Capilouto included in the letter.
Our goal: We plan to open in August for our Fall semester. The distinctive residential educational experience we provide at UK has attracted thousands of students from across Kentucky, the country and the globe. That experience is critical for the future. This differentiated education will be more necessary than ever to help us and our students meet the ongoing and daunting new challenges our world must now confront.
Our plan: To reach our goal, we must act quickly over the next month-and-half to reinvent or reimagine what is normal in the wake of this public health crisis. To that end, we want to share with you the process we will undertake and the guiding principles to be followed:
- Three broad-based planning teams will work quickly to think about the most important questions that must be addressed to re-start campus.
- At the same time, an additional team is being created to develop strategies for screening, testing, tracing and treating on our campus to help ensure health and safety as part of our reinvented normal operations. Such strategies may also, potentially, assist the broader community and state we serve.
- The best ideas from that process will be handed off to our existing COVID-19 workstreams – 19 teams that have, for months, been addressing implementation issues related to the coronavirus.
- That collective work will form the basis of a campus operational plan that will be prepared and communicated by mid-June.
The letter mentions that a final campus plan will be in place in mid-June, keeping in mind that UK will continue to be flexible as health conditions, as well as state and federal guidance related to the virus, evolve.
You can read the entire thing and find more information at the link below.
— University of Kentucky (@universityofky) May 1, 2020