Dear KGI Community,
We hope you are having a safe and restful holiday break. As we anticipate the start of the Spring 2022 semester, we have decided to adjust our previous plans for the return to campus.
Current COVID-19 Update
Since February of 2020, KGI has had 29 COVID cases reported both on and off-campus. While any case is cause for concern, this is an impressively small number and it is because our students, faculty, and staff have done an incredible job following our policies, procedures, and guidelines to promote a safe and healthy campus.
Most of our campus community is vaccinated, and booster documentation continues to be updated daily. We are confident that the protocols we have instituted are highly effective. We also know that some in our community are unable to get vaccinated or live with people who are vulnerable due to medical exemptions. Our extended families are also a part of our evaluation and decision-making processes.
The COVID-19 Task Force and President’s Cabinet has been evaluating current CDC, California Department of Public Health, and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health data. The newest surge of cases required us to evaluate our plans for the Spring 2022 return on January 3 for employees and January 18 for students. The most concerning data comes from LACDPH regarding current cases and hospitalizations, which has guided us to an important decision.
As we prepare for our return from the holiday break, we will be a remote campus until January 31.
The first two weeks of the Spring 2022 term will take place online for most of our courses. We will ask students to check their emails regularly beginning January 15, as faculty will be giving directions for classes before the Spring semester.
All KGI employees will work remotely beginning January 3 and return to campus on January 31. For those wanting to bring their technology home, please complete the equipment checklist and return to your supervisor prior to coming to campus. As before, all essential research will continue on-campus. Anyone entering campus, must still badge in and out of the buildings.
This decision creates challenges for everyone in our community. Please know, this delay of returning to campus was made with the greatest concern for the safety, health, and well-being of our entire community.
We hope this delay will allow us to move forward in person for the remainder of the Spring semester. If you have any questions, please reach out to your direct supervisor (for faculty), or to Student Affairs (for students).
Thank you for your efforts to help maintain a healthy and positive campus community. We will be together in person very soon.
KGI COVID-19 Task Force
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