Social Distancing Guidelines

Social distancing is the best practice recommendation of public health professionals.

The concept of social distancing is about reducing the frequency, proximity and duration of contact between people to reduce the chances of spreading the disease. For example:

  • Cancellation of classes/special events such as athletic events
  • Elimination of services delivered to groups – such as public dining
  • Encourage individuals to limit contact with others by remaining in their homes

Preliminary Determinations

  • Identify essential and emergency departments and necessary support systems
  • Clarify policies for workplace closure or reduction
  • Determine feasibility and methodology for continuation of the learning experience
  • Determine criteria for continuation of research

Campus Impact

  • Loss of academic progress
  • Loss of revenue
  • Loss of time for research
  • Loss of revenue for KU employees


  • Encroaching pandemic
  • Public Health Information/Directive
  • Pandemic Severity Index/Community Mitigation Strategy
  • Reduced attendance of students and staff


Decision Makers/Collaborators

  • Executive Policy Council
  • Public Health Department
  • Board of Regents

Communication Systems

  • Email-staff, students, parents
  • Text messaging
  • Public media (newspaper, radio)
  • Emergency Response website

Steps to be taken in anticipation of 8-12 week pandemic wave

  • Notification of cancellation of classes, events, group gatherings
  • Reduction of workplaces to essential services
  • Closure of campus
  • Reduction of workplaces to emergency services

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