Better Together - Fall 2021 Plan

Due to the highly contagious nature of the COVID delta variant and the increase of positive cases in Kansas City, Missouri, we have implemented the following protocols. Additional protocols are available on MyKCAI or below.

  • Mask requirement indoors for all individuals regardless of vaccination status
  • Wylie Dining and Café Nerman will be closed to visitors
  • Residential floors are restricted to BMRH residents only. No outside guests are permitted in the building. 

Additionally, to help decrease the number of students gathered at any time and reduce cross-departmental in-person activity, KCAI is implementing the following plan for fall courses:|

Foundation Courses

  • All Foundation studio courses (FOUN 100) will be taught in-person in the Foundation or Foundation North studio buildings.
  • All History of Art I (HRT 1001) and History of Art II (HRT 1002) and Writing Seminar (WRS 1001) courses will be taught in-person in multiple locations on campus to allow for distancing.

Upper-Division Courses

  • Studio courses for upper-division students (sophomores, juniors and seniors) will be taught in-person.
  • All History of Art I (HRT 1001) and History of Art II (HRT 1002) and Writing Seminar (WRS 1001) courses will be taught in-person in multiple locations on campus to allow for distancing.
  • Upper-division Liberal Arts courses will be taught online.

The college will keep monitoring COVID with the goal of returning to in-person Liberal Arts courses for all students as soon as possible.
If you have questions, email responseteam@kcai.edu.

COVID Dashboard

KCAI will track confirmed COVID cases amongst our campus community and report positive cases via the dashboard below. The dashboard will be updated weekly on Friday.

New Weekly COVID Cases

Updated on Friday, September 10rd

Total COVID Cases

COVID-19 Campus Policies and Protocols

KCAI is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning, living, and work environment.

While the COVID-19 pandemic presents a threat to the well-being of the KCAl community, we have put protocols in place to mitigate the risk. KCAI follows the guidance of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Kansas City, MO health department, as well as campus information to make decisions regarding health and safety protocols related to COVID-19.

Public health is a social covenant

  • The effectiveness of public health safety is contingent upon the participation of everyone.
  • Being vaccinated, washing hands, wearing a mask and safe distancing, all translate into improved health and safety for all campus community members. 
  • Stay home when you don’t feel well.

KCAI is strongly encouraging every student, faculty, and staff member to get vaccinated prior to coming to campus this Fall.

 

Campus Protocols

Community Health Guidelines

KCAI is following the Kansas City, MO health department and CDC guidelines to implement protocols that are specific for those who are vaccinated vs unvaccinated.

Vaccinated Unvaccinated
Masks required inside campus buildings at all times YES YES
14 day quarantine period prior to arriving to campus or after international travel NO YES
Social distance whenever possible and avoid crowds YES YES
Stay home if ill and report symptoms YES YES
Quarantine if exposed to a confirmed or suspected positive case NO YES
Get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 YES YES

Academic Calendar

When do classes begin?

The first day of class for the Fall 2021 semester will begin on  August 23. KCAI plans to have in-person instruction this Fall for both studio and liberal arts classes.

Academic Calendar and Holiday Breaks

At this time, there have been no changes to the 2021-2022 academic calendar, including college breaks. Should there be any changes to the calendar and/or necessary protocols implemented related to college breaks, students, faculty, staff, and parents/family members will be notified.

On-Campus Dining

Wylie Dining and Café Nerman

Wylie Dining and Café Nerman will be closed to the public until further notice.

On-Campus Housing

Barbara Marshall Residence Hall

The Sherman Family Student Union

  • closed to the public but open to students, faculty and staff

Residence Life 

  • It is recommended that Unvaccinated students only socialize with their roommate and suitemates. Socializing with others should take place outside or in communal areas where six feet of distancing is possible and masks must be worn at all times.

Guests

  • Residential floors are restricted to BMRH residents only. No outside guests are permitted in the building.

Isolation Rooms

  • We have an isolation room designated for symptomatic or confirmed positive students. Roommates of these students will be asked to follow the directives of the Covid Management Team as needed, based on each unique situation. Students in isolation or quarantine should continue with their classes remotely during this time, as they are able. Review the KCAI Absence Policy

Visitor Policy

Visiting Campus

  • Visitors to campus are welcome. Visitors will be asked to self-monitor symptoms and wellness and should not come to campus if feeling ill.
  • All visitors will be asked to wear masks and social distance regardless of vaccination status.
  • Residential floors are restricted to BMRH residents only. No outside guests are permitted in the building.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Are vaccines required?

KCAI is strongly encouraging every student, faculty and staff member to get vaccinated prior to coming to campus this Fall.

Find a free COVID-19 vaccine site

Vaccinated students who upload their completed vaccination card will receive a $50 credit to the KCAI Art Supply Store, made possible by the federal relief package.

  • To receive your credit, sign into MyKCAI then click here to upload your vaccination card.
  • Art Store credit is valid September 7–December 10, 2021.
  • This credit is for students who arrive to campus vaccinated or become vaccinated prior to Dec. 10.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III, American Rescue Plan

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III), authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), was signed into law on March 11, 2021, and provides $39.6 billion in support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Emergency funds available to institutions and their students under all emergency funds total $76.2 billion.

Kansas City Art Institute, on May 23, 2020, signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. A supplemental grant award notification (GAN) was received from the Department on January 19, 2021, that included the HEERF II Funds. Another supplemental GAN was received on May 15, 2021, that included HEERF III funds.

KCAI has been awarded $1,107,828 in student financial aid funding under HEERF III. Following the guidelines set forth by the US Department of Education, these funds will be distributed as emergency financial grants. As designated by the Department of Education, KCAI is required to prioritize grants to students with exceptional financial need, such as those who receive Pell Grants. Students’ financial needs will be determined by the FAFSA; however, students are not required to have completed the FAFSA or be eligible for Title IV funding to receive a grant. KCAI will distribute these funds as widely as possible.

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 has also allowed institutions of higher education to make financial aid adjustments for any individual who has experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19, which may include loss of employment, income, or undue financial burden.

HEERF III FAQs and Distribution Plan


HEERF II Archived Information

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) provided funding to colleges and universities for emergency student grants. The purpose of the money is to award emergency financial aid grants to students for specific expenses. Student grants may be used for any component of their cost of attendance, emergency costs that arise due to Coronavirus, etc. with examples including tuition, food, housing, healthcare (including mental health), and childcare.

KCAI has received $420,333 in student financial aid funding. Following the guidelines set forth by the US Department of Education, these funds will be distributed as emergency financial grants. As designated by the Department of Education, KCAI is required to prioritize grants to students with exceptional financial need, such as those who receive Pell Grants; however, we plan to distribute these funds as widely as possible. Students’ financial needs will be determined by the FAFSA.

FAQs

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for HEERF II


HEERF I Archived Information

The federal CARES ACT provided funding to colleges and universities for emergency student grants. The purpose of the money is to award emergency financial aid grants to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.

FAQs

Policies and Procedures and HEERF Student Aid Public Reporting

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for HEERF I

 


Archived Messages about KCAI’s Response to COVID-19

March 26, 2020 Update
March 21, 2020 Update
March 18, 2020 Update