UMKC shifting to online classes after Thanksgiving break

The University of Missouri-Kansas City announced Wednesday it will transition from in-person classes to online beginning Nov. 30 for the remainder of the semester, including final exams. UMKC said exceptions will be any clinicals, labs or other experiential classes that have been in-person. They will remain in-person through semester’s end, the school said.“During the current semester our faculty, staff and students have done tremendous work in following best practices for keeping our campus safe,” UMKC’s chancellor and provost said in a news release. “Health authorities say campus continues to be one of the safest places to be during the pandemic.“However, these authorities have now advised us that the holiday season offers renewed risk as many in our community will travel back and forth between campus and home or other destinations during November and December, just as the pandemic is reaching new heights in Kansas City and across the country. “The surge of COVID-19 has prompted Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, in partnership with local health officials, to announce stronger efforts to control the spread of the disease, including closing restaurants and bars by 10 p.m. and limiting indoor social gatherings to 10 or fewer people.”UMKC said campus will remain open through the end of the semester, including research laboratories, UMKC Libraries, food services, Swinney Recreation and all other student services from advising to student wellness to financial aid. The school said those facilities will continue normal operations as they have all semester. Campus residence halls will remain open as well, including over the Thanksgiving break at no additional charge for students who register to remain on campus.UMKC also said there will be no change to employees’ work routines, and employees should continue to work as they have this semester, whether that work has been on campus or from home.“We have been prepared for this pivot to online, and we are committed to keeping our campus safe,” UMKC leaders said in the statement.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City announced Wednesday it will transition from in-person classes to online beginning Nov. 30 for the remainder of the semester, including final exams.

UMKC said exceptions will be any clinicals, labs or other experiential classes that have been in-person. They will remain in-person through semester’s end, the school said.

“During the current semester our faculty, staff and students have done tremendous work in following best practices for keeping our campus safe,” UMKC’s chancellor and provost said in a news release. “Health authorities say campus continues to be one of the safest places to be during the pandemic.

“However, these authorities have now advised us that the holiday season offers renewed risk as many in our community will travel back and forth between campus and home or other destinations during November and December, just as the pandemic is reaching new heights in Kansas City and across the country.

“The surge of COVID-19 has prompted Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, in partnership with local health officials, to announce stronger efforts to control the spread of the disease, including closing restaurants and bars by 10 p.m. and limiting indoor social gatherings to 10 or fewer people.”

UMKC said campus will remain open through the end of the semester, including research laboratories, UMKC Libraries, food services, Swinney Recreation and all other student services from advising to student wellness to financial aid.

The school said those facilities will continue normal operations as they have all semester. Campus residence halls will remain open as well, including over the Thanksgiving break at no additional charge for students who register to remain on campus.

UMKC also said there will be no change to employees’ work routines, and employees should continue to work as they have this semester, whether that work has been on campus or from home.

“We have been prepared for this pivot to online, and we are committed to keeping our campus safe,” UMKC leaders said in the statement.

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