Dean Denise A. Seachrist: Stark County Raised to a COVID-19 Risk Level 4 Purple Status

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 

Dear students and campus community,

Today, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that Stark County has been raised to COVID-19 Risk Level 4 Purple status. As a result, we must adhere to the state’s guidelines for counties at a COVID-19 Risk Level 4 status. We have anticipated and planned for this moment.

Even before this change in the county’s risk level, we have taken necessary measures to ensure the safety of our campus and our community, moving to all-remote instruction on Nov. 30.

We are implementing additional changes in our Stark Campus operating procedures in order to decrease in-person interaction with others, in adherence with the state’s guidance for counties in purple status.

For our campus, this risk level change means all-remote instruction will continue as planned through the remainder of the semester. It also means:

  • Many buildings will be closed and employees who can work from home should do so.
  • To meet the needs of our students, our campus library and computer lab in the East Wing of Main Hall will remain open at limited capacities.
  • The Stark Campus Bookstore will remain open to help students and faculty with their textbook requirements.

With COVID-19 surging in Ohio, everyone must continue to use extra care when guarding against the spread of the coronavirus. Following the Flashes Safe Seven safety principles is still vitally important, despite fewer people on campus.

Wherever you are, remember to wear a face covering, practice frequent handwashing, maintain physical distancing and avoid gatherings. Per state guidelines, you should only leave home for supplies and services.

Take Good Care
For all Stark Campus students, faculty, and staff, free testing continues at CVS Minute Clinic locations.  Follow this link to schedule a test. Visit the COVID-19 testing webpage for all testing options.

It is also important to be prepared with a supply of over-the-counter medications and to take good care of yourself by getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of water to stay in top virus-fighting form. Remember, too, that help is always available by visiting our Wellness Resource Guide.  Students may seek help from our Stark Campus Counseling Services team.

Learning Resources
We understand that remote learning can pose challenges for some. Help is available at our campus’ Academic Success Center, which offers tutoring and other remote services.

Know that we will continue to support one another during these challenging times. We have prepared for this moment since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. May you rest in the stellar academic work of this unparalleled semester with the assurance we are ready to face these unprecedented hardships together.

Keep staying safe as we #StayHometown and finish 2020 stronger, together.


Denise A. Seachrist, Ph.D.
Dean and Chief Administrative Officer
Kent State University at Stark


POSTED: Thursday, December 3, 2020 06:29 PM
UPDATED: Friday, December 09, 2022 01:24 PM
Kent State University at Stark