Kent Campus Faculty and Staff: What to Expect After Thanksgiving

CORRECTION NOTE: The following email has been updated with corrected hours for the University Library and the Kent Campus library branch locations as well as for the Warren Student Recreation and Wellness Center listed under Resources. We apologize for the errors.

Dear Kent State University Faculty and Staff,

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many changes to the traditional university schedule. We want to ensure that you are well-informed about what is going on in the coming weeks as the university transitions to all remote classes after Thanksgiving and other changes to campus life.

University Calendar

Thanksgiving break for students is Monday, Nov. 23, through Sunday, Nov. 29. Beginning Monday, Nov. 30, all classes are delivered fully remote through the end of the fall semester. Final exams will take place Dec. 14-20. The change to fully remote classes after Thanksgiving will occur at all campuses.

All university offices are closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, and the Friday after, Nov. 27.

Dining

All university dining will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, through Saturday, Nov. 28. 

Following the Thanksgiving break, Eastway Center will be the only dining hall open on campus with hours of 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends. The only eatery in the Kent Student Center Hub operating after Thanksgiving will be Einstein Bros. Bagels, which will be open 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays from Nov. 23-Dec. 18.

Know Before You Go – Get Tested

We strongly encourage everyone to get tested for COVID-19 before attending family gatherings for Thanksgiving or traveling over the holiday. It is crucial that we do our part to not spread the virus to those more vulnerable, such as elderly relatives, and others you may encounter over the holiday. This is particularly important for those who plan to travel throughout Ohio and to other states for Thanksgiving. Know your status so you don’t unwittingly infect others. For all COVID-19 testing options, please visit our COVID-19 testing website.

In addition to testing options in place throughout the semester, Kent State and the city of Kent are partnering to bring free, open COVID-19 testing to campus from noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Because this is free, open testing, this is a good opportunity to bring spouses or other family members who may want to get tested. Please plan to attend so that you know your status and can celebrate Thanksgiving safely. This event also will include a flu shot clinic so that you can be protected from what could be a serious flu season on top of the pandemic.

Travel

Those traveling out of state for Thanksgiving break need to be aware that when you get to your holiday destination, health officials there might require you to quarantine for 14 days upon your arrival, depending on whether Ohio, at that time, is considered a high-risk state, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Conversely, those returning to campus after Thanksgiving break need to be aware that if they are returning from a high-risk state, they will be expected to quarantine for 14 days upon their return to Ohio. Currently, the states in that group include South Dakota, Idaho, Wisconsin, Iowa, Alabama, Nebraska, Kansas, Nevada and Utah. Weekly updates on travel advisories for returning to Ohio can be found at the Ohio Department of Health

Anyone traveling out of state should notify the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525 upon their return to campus.

For travel within Ohio, you will need to monitor the COVID-19 risk level for the county where you are heading. Currently, Portage County is one of 38 Ohio counties at Red Level 3, however, it is possible that you could be going to a county that is at Purple Level 4, where it is advised that people stay home and only conduct necessary travel. Anyone traveling to a Purple Level 4 county is asked to use the utmost caution in their activities, wear a face covering at all times and do not attend gatherings.

Resources

  • The University Library and the Kent Campus library branch locations (fashion, architecture, map and performing arts) will close to the public Nov. 21-28. Beginning Nov. 29, the University Library will resume reduced hours as follows: noon-9 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday. The University Library will be closed on Saturdays. This schedule will remain in place until Dec. 18, after which the University Library will close until Jan. 11, 2021. The branch locations will remain closed until spring semester begins in January. Through the remainder of fall semester, students may access library materials by reserving them through KentLINK and using Curbside Service to pick them up. More information on library hours may be found at www.library.kent.edu/hours-university-libraries
  • From Nov. 23-Dec. 19, the Kent Student Center and Kent State University Bookstore will be open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. The student center will be closed Nov. 26-27 for Thanksgiving and will be closed all weekends, except for Saturday, Dec. 19, when the bookstore will be open for book returns.
  • The post office in the Kent Student Center will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. 
  • The FLASHcard Office will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Nov. 23. One to two staff members will be on campus. Other staff members will be working remotely. Staff will make accommodations for anyone who is unable to visit the office during these hours.
  • The Warren Student Recreation and Wellness Center will have shortened hours from Nov. 22, 2020, through Jan. 14, 2021. Regular hours for the Workout Center will be 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; and closed Sunday. The center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Visit Recreational Services for a detailed list of hours for all recreation activities and facilities. All hours are subject to change.

Remain Vigilant

As we head toward Thanksgiving break, it is more important than ever for us to step up, unite and commit to halting the spread of COVID-19. Get tested, be vigilant about following the Flashes Safe Seven safety protocols and avoid gatherings. 

Taking precautions against this virus doesn’t stop when we leave campus. Most spread of this virus is happening at social gatherings and through our interactions with others, so we must use extra caution throughout the holiday season. Upcoming travel for the holiday has the potential to create a significant increase in the spread of this deadly virus. Let’s do all we can to protect our families and communities. Flashes Unite – Do What’s Right!

Sincerely,

Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Interim Dean of Graduate Studies
Chair, Pandemic Leadership Committee

POSTED: Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 11:50am
UPDATED: Friday, October 30, 2020 - 12:36pm
WRITTEN BY:
Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D. Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies, Chair, Pandemic Leadership Committee