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UPIKE plans to safely conduct face-to-face classes throughout the 2020/2021 academic year. This goal will take teamwork and consideration for the entire UPIKE family.
With the guidance of state officials and the Pike County Health Department, UPIKE has established COVID-19 Guidelines. UPIKE’s guidelines outline four levels, which are based on the COVID-19 infection rate in Eastern Kentucky.
To see a brief summary of each level, click on the buttons below.
Coordinating signage will be installed on campus to reflect which level and guidelines campus should follow each day. Updates can also be found on the Healthy at UPIKE page as well as the COVID-19 page.
UPIKE will follow a hyper-flex model, which means instruction could easily and quickly move to online or remote learning when necessary.
Faculty and staff have been carefully preparing for the 2020 academic year and many modifications have been made for safety.
To ensure the safety of our campus and the community, students will need to take a COVID-19 test five days before returning to campus. Immediately after students have been tested, they’ll need to mask up and quarantine from outside contacts. Once students have their results, they will be asked to submit them at check-in during their scheduled move-in day and time. If students aren’t able to be tested in their area, please contact the Office of Student Affairs, at (606) 218-5220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Students will be able to test when they arrive, but they will be quarantined and not able to enter campus immediately.
All Bear Pause items will need to be cleared prior to arrival to campus and can be completed online or on the phone. More information regarding Bear Pause can be found here.
More information regarding times will be sent to students. Due to COVID-19, the university is taking precautions during student arrivals. Such precautions include:
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Level One - (no local COVID spread) - Everything is essentially the same as it was in the fall of 2019. No distancing, face masks, etc. It is unlikely that UPIKE will be at level one this year.
Level Two (mild to moderate local COVID spread) - Physical distancing and face masks in enclosed spaces must be worn whenever you are with people not in your extended family circle. There will be limited seating in the Cafe, class-size restrictions, and some limited movement restrictions around campus. UPIKE expects most classes to be face-to-face but have asked all faculty to design their courses so they can be delivered either face-to-face or remotely at any time. This is because students and/or faculty may need to enter or leave quarantine at any time.
Level Three (substantial community spread of COVID) - All of level two restrictions are in place, plus more stringent distancing and face-covering restrictions. Limits on most activities and the campus must be alert to move instruction online at any time. Increased potential for athletics events to be canceled, etc. Given the time we have had to plan, UPIKE believes that most students can stay on campus during a level three alert.
Level Four (Identification of a COVID case on campus) - Level four only occurs if there is a case on campus. Level four will remain in place until the Pike County Health Department can contact trace and test. People who are infected will be isolated and their contacts quarantined. Locations on campus they have visited will undergo deep cleaning. UPIKE’s goal with level four is to isolate infections, clean the potentially affected surfaces, and return to level two or three as quickly as possible, all while being as safe as possible.