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COVID-19 Class Status Update 11/16/20:

Beginning November 30, many in-person classes will be moving to virtual instruction only. However, not every class will be moved to a virtual format. The week of November 16-20, each faculty member will be informing students of how each class will proceed after the break. This will allow students to prepare and know what to expect when classes resume. By limiting the number of people on campus, the goal is to help lessen the impact of the virus both at Kirkwood and in our communities.

At the same time, all offices will remain open should students need assistance. Services will still be available both online and in-person.

Please remember to report any possible exposure, symptoms, or positive test result to the COVID Hotline.


Mask and Shield Update 10/23/20: 

Effective Monday, Oct. 26, Kirkwood will no longer allow gaiters or face shields* (when worn without a mask) as appropriate face coverings. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to wear non-vented face masks in all college facilities, including classrooms, unless alone in a private office or room. Masks should also be worn outside when social distancing is not possible. Appropriate face coverings now include cloth masks or disposable masks that cover both the mouth and nose. Students, faculty, and staff may wear face shields for additional protection so long as they are worn with a face mask.

*Faculty may only wear face shields in the classroom where the faculty member determines that instruction requires an unobstructed view of the face. Instructors wearing a face shield will be required to maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet from students at all times, and must remain at the front of the classroom while wearing the shield. Students may wear face shields where the student has received an accommodation through Accommodation Services. All parties should be aware that an individual wearing a face shield who would come into contact with a COVID-positive person without a mask is considered an exposure.    


Spring 2021 Semester Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Kirkwood is joining other colleges in delaying the start of the Spring 2021 semester and cancelling spring break. Spring semester will now start January 25 and will end on May 10.


The entire Kirkwood community is excited that students are back on campus for fall 2020 classes. There is a full schedule of courses this fall, including in-person, online, WebLive, and hybrid formats. Kirkwood has worked hard to make sure that the college can provide a safe and productive learning environment for everyone.

  • Masks are required on campus. 
  • Classrooms and common areas have been modified for social distancing
  • If needed, masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) are provided

For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC's COVID-19 website.