COVID-19 Response Information and Resources

Update #10, March 27, 2020

Students - The last day of classes is April 17. Hang in there! King's is dedicated to finishing the semester with grades as the pass/fail system that some institutions are defaulting to could cause problems for students with respect to scholarships, transferability, and entry into graduate school. If you are struggling academically, please contact your professor. Your professors are adjusting their courses and will do what is best for students, all the while maintaining the integrity of your courses.

King's will hold final exams however they may be in the form of take-home exams. Your professors will be in contact with you regarding the specifics of your final exams.

If you are struggling with anxiety or are emotionally drained at this time, please contact King’s counselling services. You can set up a phone session through the JaneApp. Also, please check out the other available Student Services and Supports; listen to Campus Minister Tim Wood interviewing your professors on the new podcast, Community in Quarantine; or consider attending a virtual event.

Questions, Concerns, Information

Any inquiries from students, employees, or the public may directed to:

covid-19@kingsu.ca

Previous Updates

Update #9, March 25, 2020: 5:30 P.M.

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Alberta very closely to make every effort to protect the safety of our community and continue to provide the best experience possible for our students through the remainder of this term.

Students – there will be a communication shortly about completing classes and final exams. We are dedicated to finishing this semester with grades. Some assignments and finals will be altered in order to accomplish this, but you can expect that you will have letter grades on your transcript from this semester.

Here are some important updates for our community.

Decisions

  1. Change to building hours and access: Beginning Friday, March 27 at 4:30pm, King’s campus will be closed to all except essential service employees. Building hours for essential services employees will be 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday–Friday. The campus will be closed on weekends.
  2. Students living in the tower residence will be able to continue to access residence 24/7 through the card-locked residence entrance. No other students will be permitted in the main campus building after Friday, March 27 unless they have made an appointment with a counsellor or the Academic Enrichment Centre.
  3. Campus security: Starting Friday, March 27, security personnel will be stationed on campus 24/7.
  4. Cafeteria: The last day of operation for the King’s cafeteria will be Tuesday, March 31.

Thanks everyone for doing your part and staying home! It doesn’t come naturally. All of the decisions being made are in the interest of the health and safety of our community. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we adapt to the current situation. Stay safe!

Update #8, March 20, 2020: 3:45 PM

We are now three days into online classes and most of our faculty and staff have transitioned to working from home. King's appreciates everyone’s efforts and patience during the last number of days. It is encouraging to see how everyone has pulled together as a community to support one another. Here are some important updates for our community. 

Decisions:

  1. Change to building hours: Beginning Monday, March 23, the King’s campus will close at 8pm.
  1. Student Lockers: Personal belongings that remain in student lockers can be left there until the current threat of COVID-19 subsides. If you wish to remove your belongings now, you are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. When coming to campus, please bring your student ID and check-in with security at the front desk upon arrival. In addition, please remember to practice appropriate social distancing at all times.
  1. Counseling: Is available by phone session. Please make an appointment through JaneApp.

Update #7, March 18, 2020: 5:00 PM

From all reports, it appears that we have had a successful first day of transitioning our classes to an online format. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make this happen in a short amount of time. Thank you, students, for your patience through this challenging time and know that we continue to do our best to provide you with a quality King’s education over the next few weeks.

Decisions:

  1. Campus is now closed to all visitors.
    • Our campus is closed to all visitors and is now only to be accessed by students and employees. No outside groups will be permitted to use our campus facilities including churches and other external clients.
    • For outside contractors coming to campus, the office receiving this contractor support must provide authorization to campus security.
    • Parents assisting students moving out of residence will be permitted but should limit their time on campus and assigned move-out schedules must be followed.
  2. Our campus gymnasium and Workout centre are now closed to all users.
  3. Students moving out of residence before March 31, 2020 are eligible for a credit.
    • A credit of $500 will be available for all residence students who officially check-out of residence on or before March 31, 2020.
    • The credit will be applied to student accounts and can be used for payment of tuition, fees, or residence for the 2020/2021 academic year.
    • Graduating students will receive a $500 refund by cheque.
    • At this time, there will not be any refunds on food plans.
    • More detailed information will be provided directly to residence students.
  4. All employees who are not deemed to be providing an essential on-campus service should be working from home. 
    • Faculty who must use their office space to deliver their courses may continue to do so.

Please be reminded to continue to practice appropriate social distancing at all times.

Update #6, March 16, 2020: 6:45 PM

This update is specifically directed to current students. All faculty met this morning to be instructed on how to deliver their courses online. King's plans to have classes resume in an online format beginning Wednesday, March 18. You will hear directly from your professors regarding your courses.

King's is continuing to meet or exceed all recommendations made by the Chief Medical Officer of Health and of the Ministry of Advanced Education. The University will remain open and student services will be accessible in order to assist you in finishing your semester.

All entry to King's campus during regular business hours will be through the main front entrance. All other entry doors will remain locked.

About student services on-campus:

  • The Library will be accessible by appointment between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM To book an appointment, please call 780-465-8304 or email library@kingsu.ca.
  • The Workout Centre will be accessible from 7 AM to 11 PM , with a strict limit of 5 users at any time. You are expected to practice adequate social distancing. It is also your responsibility to take extra measures to clean the equipment that you have used. This service is being provided on a trial basis.
  • The Music Practice Rooms will be available from 7 AM to 11 PM. If you are using a piano, please wipe the keyboard down before and after use.
  • The Computer Science lab and N203 computer lab will remain open. These labs will be cleaned four-times a day. Labs are restricted to coursework only. Computer terminals are spaced for appropriate social distancing.
  • Counselling Services are available in person and by phone sessions. Please make an appointment through Jane App.
  • The taking of Grad Photos will be discontinued on campus at this time. We will notify you if it is possible to have your grad photo taken at the photographer’s downtown studio or wait until fall semester.

For students living-in-residence:

  • The Residences will remain open and adequate food services are available through the Cafeteria. If you choose to go home for the remainder of the semester, we need you to check out formally. Please follow the steps outlined in the Residence Life Coordinator’s COVID-19 Update and Residence email.

Regarding events:

  • Graduation Convocation will be rescheduled to be held during the fall semester. We will notify you as soon as possible regarding the date.
  • Spring term courses will be offered online. Stay tuned for registration details.

Check your institutional email and The King’s University website regularly for updates! 

Questions regarding this communication can be directed to covid-19@kingsu.ca.

Update #5, March 15, 2020: 8:45 PM

In response to the news that K-12 schools, all licensed child care facilities, out-of-school care programs and preschools are now closed and in consultation with the Ministry of Advanced Education, we are taking the following actions:

Decisions:

  1. The University will remain open as will access to all essential student services. However, all employees, not designated as essential on-campus services – see list below, who are able to work from home starting on Monday, March 16 are encouraged to do so. Please inform your supervisor that you will be working from home.
  2. All employees who by job function can work at home but are not set up to do so, please come in Monday and we will make alternate arrangements for equipping you to work from home. If you are immune suppressed or in any way ill, please stay at home!
  3. If you are a supervisor of a student employee you will be responsible for contacting the students to communicate expectations for their ongoing work.

Faculty – If you need to stay home either because of health reasons or childcare, please contact your Dean. Arrangements are being made to resource you from a distance and further information will be forthcoming.

Student employees – Please check your King’s email address for further instruction from your supervisor about your work expectations and schedule.

Ongoing Meetings

There are a number of campus meetings scheduled for Monday. If you are in one of these groups, expect to be on campus.

    1. Pandemic Response Team – Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16 at 8:00am (Oak Room)
    2. VP Academic & Research & Deans – Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16 at 8:00am (AEC conference room)
    3. Faculty – Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16 at 9:00am (Atrium). Faculty, if you are immune compromised or ill, please do not come in. We will work to assist you in your preparations for online delivery of your classes either asynchronously or connect you to meetings via Zoom.

Essential on-campus services

    • IT Services
    • Residence Life staff
    • Food services
    • Cleaning Staff
    • Registry
    • Security

Essential Functions (not required to be on-campus):

    • Payroll
    • One member of emergency management team
    • Finance 
    • HR 
    • AEC – Accessibility
    • Associate VP Institutional Research
    • Website/communications function
    • Admissions 
    • Executive Associate to the VPAR
    • Executive Assistant to the President and Board

As recommended by Alberta Health Services, if you have symptoms and recently travelled outside of Canada or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link 811 for instructions. The three key signs of the virus are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. As Health Link is experiencing high call volumes, you may have difficulty getting through. Please be persistent and do not go to the ER unless the situation is an emergency. If you need immediate attention, call 911 and inform them that you may have COVID-19.

If you have more questions, please remember to review credible sources:

www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx
www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/covid-19-be-prepared.html
www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

Questions regarding this communication can be directed to covid-19@kingsu.ca

Update #4, March 13, 2020: 5:00 PM

The COVID-19 response team has made the following decisions based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Alberta and in consultation with the Ministry of Advanced Education. In a statement from the Council of Post-secondary Presidents of Alberta;

As Alberta post-secondary Institutions, we have an important role to play in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will take a responsible and proactive approach that balances the goal of supporting our students in achieving their learning objectives with the safety and health of our learners and institutional team members. While the decisions made by each institution will be unique to the institution’s needs and context, we are collectively utilizing alternative delivery models and solutions as well as staffing models to ensure that our doors remain open. We recognize that the decisions we make today will need to be sustainable into the months ahead. Because the situation regarding COVID-19 is dynamic, we will continue to follow the advice of public health agencies as it is updated. 

Decisions

  1. All classes and labs will be suspended for Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 in order to provide faculty with the opportunity to prepare for the delivery of their courses online. Education after-degree should refer to forthcoming updates from the Dean of Education.
  2. Starting Wednesday, March 18, classes will resume online. We will be using the Moodle platform. Detailed information will be provided in due time.
  3. The University will remain open and student services will still be accessible.
  4. Monday and Tuesday will be regular work days for all employees of the university. Accommodations may be arranged to work from home starting Wednesday, March 18 in consultation with their supervisor.

King's wants to provide maximum opportunities for safety and is taking all measures to safeguard our campus residence community. Should a student choose to leave residence at this time, please contact the Residence Life Coordinator to make arrangements.

We will endeavor to ensure that the quality of The King’s University education remains consistent during this challenging time.

Please check your institutional email and The King’s University website for updates.

As recommended by Alberta Health Services, if you have symptoms and recently travelled outside of Canada or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link 811 for instructions. The three key signs of the virus are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. As Health Link is experiencing high call volumes, you may have difficulty getting through. Please be persistent and do not go to the ER unless the situation is an emergency. If you need immediate attention, call 911 and inform them that you may have COVID-19.

If you have more questions, please remember to review credible sources:

https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx
https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/covid-19-be-prepared.html
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

Questions regarding this communication can be directed to covid-19@kingsu.ca.

Update #3, March 13, 2020: 11:00 AM

The King’s University's pandemic response team has since met regularly over the last few days. The team met this morning to discuss how the institution needs to prepare for the evolving COVID-19 situation. King's is currently in the process of creating plans for the possible delivery of classes online and will be prepared to respond to the recommendations from Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Government of Alberta as they are communicated. 

King's recognizes how quickly this situation is evolving and is being proactive in our preparedness to respond. While the worldwide risk of contracting COVID-19 is rising, AHS continues to state that the risk of contracting the virus is low in Alberta and as such, the university is continuing to run classes today. 

Please note that the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge have temporarily suspended classes today due to yesterday’s recommendation from AHS restricting gatherings of more than 250 people. At this point they are planning to resume classes on Monday in a format that aligns with AHS recommendations.

The pandemic response team will be meeting again later today (March 13) to further assess the situation and will communicate necessary updates regarding ongoing university operations at that time.

As recommended by Alberta Health Services, if you have symptoms and recently traveled outside of Canada or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link 811 for instructions. The three key signs of the virus are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. As Health Link is experiencing high call volumes, you may have difficulty getting through. Please be persistent and do not go to the ER unless the situation is an emergency. If you need immediate attention, call 911 and inform them that you may have COVID-19.

If you have more questions, please remember to review credible sources:

https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx
https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/covid-19-be-prepared.html
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

Questions regarding this communication can be directed to covid-19@kingsu.ca

Update #2, March 12, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a pandemic with sustained risk of further global spread. While the risk in Alberta is still low, we are dedicated to safeguarding the health and well being of our community and our neighbours.

COVID-19 Response at King’s

The King’s University has been closely monitoring the evolving status of COVID-19 and has participated in information briefings at the provincial and federal level - planning accordingly. King's strategies align with best practices and reflect an abundance of caution. Currently the university has no reported cases of COVID-19.

Decisions

  1. All out-of-province and out-of-country class and athletics trips are suspended until further notice.
  2. All large events hosted on King’s campus—involving more than 50 persons, requiring space insufficient for social distancing (1-meter space between persons), and involving external guests—are suspended until further notice (see complete list of postponed events below). Convocation remains scheduled at this time but is under close review.
  3. Classes will continue as scheduled at this time. However, we are suspending all guest speaker visits who either have engaged in international travel or have been sick over the past two weeks.

As recommended by Alberta Health Services, if you have symptoms and recently traveled outside of Canada or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link 811 for instructions. The three key signs of the virus are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. Do not go to the ER. If you need immediate attention, call 911 and inform them that you may have COVID-19.

Questions regarding this communication can be directed to covid-19@kingsu.ca.

Campus events - suspended until further notification:

  • On-campus Athletics ID camps
  • Donor Appreciation Night
  • Academic Enrichment Centre Grand Opening
  • King’s Encounter Weekend
  • King’s View Friday
  • ENVS field trip to UNBC
  • Athletics Banquet
  • 40th Anniversary Choir Concert
  • Honduras Water Project

Update #1, March 4, 2020

Alberta health officials continue to note that the risk of contracting this virus remains low. King's is continuing to monitor Alberta Health Services guidelines and will follow or exceed all recommended precautions. 

Recently a small group of students returned from a class trip to South Korea. The students did not visit any affected areas but in an abundance of caution, they have been asked by King’s to voluntarily self-isolate. The request to self-isolate is taken as a precautionary measure to safeguard the health and safety of everyone on campus and exceeds the Alberta Government’s recommended actions. Should a student become ill, this will no longer be a voluntary measure.

The Alberta government continues to state that to protect against the spread of any virus you should:

  • Wash your hands often and well,
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes or mouth with unwashed hands,
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched,
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill,
  • When sick, cover your cough and sneezes and then wash your hands.

For more information please visit Alberta Health Services.