Maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment is a priority at KU
Consequently, a response plan has been prepared in the case of a pandemic to save and protect lives and property and to ensure institutional continuity and recovery.
A widespread outbreak of disease that:
- Occurs throughout the world
- Is caused by a new strain
- Spreads easily from person to person due to lack of immuinity
- Overwhelms the existing support systems
Separation of sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
Separation and restriction of movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
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
- Encouragement of individuals to limit contact with others by remaining in their homes.
Learn more about Social Distancing
The utilization of the following to control the spread of disease:
- Training/education: personal hygiene, infection risk factors, etc.
- Engineering controls: changes to the work environment (ex: sneeze guards between customers)
- Administrative controls: scheduling work tasks in a way that minimizes contact between employees
- Work practices: altering processes to reduce contact between employees and customers (ex: distance learning, providing service by phone)
- Personal protective equipment: equipment and materials that create barriers