Beginning August 17th through the 26th, Kent State will begin Phase 3 of reopening. According to the University’s website, students will begin a staggered return to residence halls. Phase 4 of reopening will begin August 27th and the campus will remain in Phase 4 until December 20th. During this time there will be both in-person and remote instruction.
While returning back to campus and resuming classes will be drastically different from the previous fall semester, the university is striving to protect the health and safety of all members of the Kent State community. In order to keep everyone as healthy as possible, the reopening committee is requesting that everyone check for health symptoms and follow a few guidelines to limit the spread of Covid-19.
At Kent’s Best Apartments, we continue to do our best to maintain a healthy community so that all of our residents feel safe. Our office is working remotely as much as possible, we’re encouraging residents to use our online resource to pay rent, and maintenance visits are being limited to emergencies.
Whether you’re a current resident of one of our locations, Hickory Mills, Summit Hill, or Whitehall Terrace, or if you’re looking for an apartment for rent in the Kent, Ohio area, we thought we would share the guidelines that the university has set. You can find their safety principles on their website here.
Here’s a brief overview of health safety guidelines from Kent State
Before You Leave Your Apartment
If you’re headed to the campus, whether for a class or sports practice, be sure to go through this checklist so that you can keep yourself healthy and protect those around you.
Conduct a Self-Check
There are a few questions to ask yourself before you leave your apartment. If you answered yes to any of the following questions, the university asks that you get in touch with their Response Team right away.
- Are you experiencing any signs or symptoms of Covid-19, as outlined by the CDC?
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Loss of taste or smell
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat, congestion, or runny nose
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Have you been in contact with anyone who has been positively diagnosed with Covid-19?
- Have you recently been tested or are waiting on test results for Covid-19 due to any of the previously listed symptoms?
- Have you been asked to self-isolate by a medical professional?
Do You Have a Face Covering?
If you’re going to the campus, they ask that you “wear your university-provided or personal cloth face covering…”
While On Campus
When you’re on campus grounds, there are also some guidelines to follow:
Always Wear Your Face Covering
Face coverings are required in order to be on campus grounds and the university will provide coverings for anyone who does not have their own. If you suffer from asthma, have hearing aids, autism, PTSD, or claustrophobia, you can apply for an accommodation and may get approval to not wear a face covering.
Wash Your Hands
To prevent the spread of the virus, it’s important to thoroughly and frequently wash your hands with soap and water. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after you have been in public, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. When in public, it’s best to avoid touching your face, especially with unwashed hands. When soap and water are not available, you can use hand sanitizer.
Stay at Least 6 Feet Apart
When possible, stay at least six feet apart from people. Professors of Kent State will do their best to create a safe space that allows for social distancing, and may install plexiglass or use face shields when necessary. Whenever possible, in-person meetings should be replaced with video conferencing.
Monitor Your Health
There is still a risk for contracting and spreading Covid-19, so everyone should be monitoring their health, trying to limit their interaction with people, and going to high-risk areas. Review the list of symptoms above frequently so that you can quickly recognize when you should get tested and self-isolate. If you do begin to experience symptoms, meet with a doctor as soon as possible.
If You Have Questions, Contact Kent State or Kent’s Best Apartments
If you’re headed back to school in the fall and have questions about whether or not your classes will be in-person or remote, or if you have questions about anything Covid-19 related and how it may affect your semester, get in touch with the staff at Kent State University.
You can also feel free to contact Kent’s Best Apartments if you have any concerns or questions about how our complex is handling and working to prevent the spread of the virus. We are committed to keeping our community safe and will always update our residents of any news or changes.
Whether you’re already a resident of one of our locations, Hickory Mills, Summit Hill, or Whitehall Terrace, or if you’re looking for an apartment for rent, you can count on Kent’s Best Apartments to provide you with a wonderful place to call home.