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Dear CKS Community,
For the past several weeks, we have been actively monitoring developments related to COVID-19, especially in the past several days when federal, state, and county guidelines and directives have been changing quite rapidly. The safety and well-being of our students and seminarians and the entire CKS community continue to be our priority.
To this end, effective immediately, we are transitioning to a model of distance-learning instruction and are cancelling all on-campus activities through April 19. We will be actively monitoring the government directives and will making a determination after Easter (if not sooner) if we need to extend this model out further. Seminarians have already left campus and are returning to their homes for study.
In the weeks ahead, we will make an announcement about plans for the seminary's various commencement events and activities, currently scheduled for May 15th. The COVID-19 situation may prohibit these events from being held in person. Please be advised this timeline may change with further developments in response to this pandemic.
The Academic Office will be emailing further details to all graduate students (seminarians, deacon candidates, and lay) as well as to our Continuing Education students. Professors will be in contact with their individual students to outline any changes to course requirements and learning models. Members of the formation team will be contacting their students as well.
All professional obligations of CKS faculty and staff remain unaffected at this point in time. Nancy Ehlers will be sending out an email addressing situations that our employees and supervisors may face concerning COVID-19.
I thank you for your commitment to CKS and for your efforts, on behalf of our seminary, to make this adjustment as seamless as possible. Please continue to be flexible and patient as we navigate these unchartered territories together.
We hope and pray that the seminary's approach will help to limit the potential exposure and transmission of the virus not only within our campus, but in the greater community as well. I wish to thank all of you for your continued support and understanding during these challenging and unprecedented times.
Fr. Kevin G. Creagh, CM