Based on the publicly accessible KCMO Covid-19 Dashboard (updated each Wednesday) the University considers the trend in new cases as well as the two-week positivity rate for Kansas City, Missouri to establish GREEN, YELLOW, and RED campus staffing levels.
GREEN – Less than 15% two-week positivity rates = All academic and administrative offices open fully staffed.
YELLOW – Positivity rates between 15% and 25% = All academic and administrative offices open on a rotating staff schedule with half working from home and half working on campus each week.
RED – 25+% positivity rates = All academic and administrative offices working remotely. Only essential duties on campus.
At all levels, course delivery will remain the same as planned for the given semester while in the Green and Yellow zone. If KCMO jumps into the RED zone again, then all classes must transition to only online/remote options. In-person/on-campus classes may only continue after approval by the VP of Academic Affairs.
For practicum, internship, field experience, clinical, and other off-campus courses, students will adhere to the requirements of the host organization and will continue at off-campus locations as long as the host is able. Special arrangements and/or additional safety requirements might be necessary for the students, staff and/or faculty engaged in these courses. Instructors of these courses should consult with their Supervisors, Chairs, and/or Deans. Students with any questions or concerns about any of these courses are encouraged to reach out to their instructors directly.
Accommodations will continue to be made for individuals with health conditions who have a request on file with HR. Mandatory PPE requirements will remain in effect including properly worn masks, social distancing, reduced room capacities, office cleaning procedures, frequent handwashing, daily temperature checks, and usage of the LiveSafe app. If you need accommodations, start with your supervisor who will help you file an exception with HR.
Over this past year, as our understanding of mitigating the pandemic has increased and the city, state, and federal health and safety guidelines are updated, our gating criteria has also adjusted. We may need to adjust again in the future. However, our hope is that this gating criterion gives you a better understanding and a tool to better prepare yourself for upcoming workplace changes.