Interim President David McFaddin provided an email update regarding Eastern Kentucky University’s strategy to combat COVID-19 on March 13, focusing on Model Laboratory School, the status of student health services, sports and campus housing.
McFaddin said the Model Laboratory School will be closed to students on Monday, March 16, and staff and faculty will use the day to prepare for online classes that will begin on March 17 and last until March 27. More information can be found on EKU’s Prepare4Flu website.
The Burrier Child Development Center will also be closed until Model reopens.
As for EKU, McFaddin said that student health services, “Will operate on a phone triage system, beginning Monday, March 16. Clinic hours will remain the same: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students with an acute illness or other need will call the main number: 859-622-1761.”
McFaddin also said that EKU sports have been suspended, as per the Ohio Valley Conference decision that was made on March 12.
“OVC member institutions will suspend athletic-related activities including all competition and formal practices until further notice due to the COVID-19 public health threat,” according to the OVC statement.
An email sent on March 13 by Bob Brown, executive director of housing and residence life, said that students will be able to retrieve necessary items from their rooms on Sunday, March 15, noon to 5 p.m; Monday, March 16, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and by RHC appointment Tuesday to Friday, March 17 to 20.
Residence halls will also be available to students who need it. To apply, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/u/1/d/e/1FAIpQLSfGB_WNxdrTaAE_ldvX5orKPeh1gqrgWyQa6H_cbX1f9REpQw/viewform.
The university will be open in a limited capacity beginning Monday, March 16.
“EKU is prepared to offer employees, including our student workers, options to work remotely, adopt flexible hours or other suitable alternatives. Please discuss options with your direct supervisor,” said McFaddin.
McFaddin also reminds students that online classes will begin on March 23 and go through April 3.
“Classes will use this method of instruction until at least April 3. Before that date, academic instruction plans will be reevaluated based on the latest guidance from local and state health officials to determine when on-campus classes could resume,” McFaddin said.