Dear KGI students, faculty, and staff,

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to keep the KGI community safe and healthy during this semester. For those of you coming to campus periodically, our safety precautions would not have worked without your commitment and participation.

This has certainly been a strange and challenging year for all of us. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and our faculty and staff, I also want to express my gratitude to our students for handling this very challenging situation so well. I am grateful for your commitment and dedication to working with us to make your KGI experience the best it can be given the health circumstances.

It is encouraging to see the increasing pace of the vaccine rollout. By April 15, all Californians 16 and older will be eligible to be vaccinated.  Our sustained ability to follow COVID-19 safety measures will be a critical component of our planning for fall. We encourage you to remain vigilant, keep wearing a mask, keep maintaining physical distance, and keep washing your hands. We urge you to get vaccinated as soon as you can. The vaccine is the best way to protect our community and ensure we can resume normal campus operations.

Based on our experts’ guidance, we plan for a fall semester that will be a residential academic experience at KGI and return to in-person instruction.

Details will be finalized in the coming weeks and months as we monitor the trajectory of the pandemic. Today we are sharing these essential steps:

  • Courses: With safety measures in place and far-reaching access to vaccines, we expect a return to in-person instruction and a more typical academic experience on campus this fall.
  • Safety: We will maintain COVID-19 safety measures based on our public health and infectious disease experts’ conditions and guidelines in late summer/early fall. For example, masks will still be required on campus.
  • Vaccine: We will require vaccines for students, faculty, and staff.
    • You can submit your proof of vaccination on the SHS portal by going to the SHS website and uploading your form(s). Please submit your proof of vaccine by August 1, 2021.
    • For those who cannot access the vaccine where they live, we are working with Student Health Services (SHS) to help you get vaccinated as soon as you arrive on campus. More information will be shared once available.
    • More information will be provided by May 1 if you need to request an exemption from Student Health Services. If granted an exemption, testing will be required twice per week.
  • Housing: We encourage students to begin making housing arrangements for the fall 2021 semester. If you have questions about housing, please visit our website.

Our COVID-19 Task Force will continue operating with some uncertainty level with this virus until it is controlled. If the virus takes a different path, we will adjust our plans accordingly. If we work together and remain vigilant, we will achieve our goal of returning to in-person instruction and student life. That will enhance many KGI student experience components, including networking, student clubs, organization activities, team projects, and much more.

Every decision made for our community will always be informed by science and projections provided by local and state officials, faculty, and medical experts.

Thank you for your dedication and effort to keep our KGI community safe!


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