MESSAGE FROM THE CAMPUS LEADERSHIP REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS – SEPTEMBER 24, 2020


UNK Covid-19 Protocol

The University of the Nations has implemented a number of protocols in order to maintain a healthy and virus free campus this Fall Quarter. Our COVID-19 Response Team is deeply committed to ongoing collaboration with Department of Health officials and local Hawai’i County agencies to ensure the health and safety of our campus and local West Hawai’i Community.

  1. Quarantine on Arrival

    All University of the Nations Staff, Students, and volunteers who have arrived or returned to the campus will quarantine in dorm rooms on Campus.
    * They will be COVID Tested on arrival before they enter quarantine. If a student returns a positive COVID test they are moved immediately to designated isolation rooms.
    * Our Quarantine procedures have been communicated to the Department of Health and our Security, Medical, and Operational staff are in regular contact with them.

  2. Dorm Living

    * University of the Nations Kona has limited the capacity of our dorm living to 50% or less.

  3. Internal Alert Level Awareness

    * The University has created a 4 level internal Alert Level system to help students and staff to understand current threat levels of COVID both on campus and in the community.
    * Changes in Masking expectations, symptom and temperature monitoring, and use of indoor spaces are reflected in these alert protocols.

  4. Masks

    * All University students and staff are expected to wear masks when moving between classes, dorms, cafeteria and other campus activities. Students are not required to wear masks in their dorm rooms.
    * In the case of rising Alert Levels, students and staff will be required to wear their masks at all times outside their dorm rooms and while eating.

  5. Symptom Monitoring

    * During quarantine all students and staff are asked to monitor their temperatures twice per day and report any fever or other COVID symptoms to Campus Health immediately.
    * Depending on the alert level this may be reduced to once per day.

  6. Social Distancing

    * All gathering spaces and classrooms have been assessed and the maximum number of participants designated to ensure 6 foot distance between chairs. Students and staff will maintain social distancing guidelines for the duration of the Quarter.

  7. Small Groups

    * All students and staff have been asked to limit interactions with large groups and will remain within smaller groupings designated by their course leaders.

  8. Outdoor Classes

    * The majority of classes will be held outdoors with 6 feet between chairs.
    * Where space or the course material limit this, students will use indoor classrooms with 6 foot distance seating and open windows for strong airflow in accordance with CDC and DOH guidelines.

  9. COVID19 symptoms

    * Any staff or students with Covid19 symptoms will communicate these immediately to Campus Health who will arrange rapid testing.
    * In the event of a COVID positive test, students or on campus staff will be moved to a designated isolation room on campus until cleared by the Department of Health.
    * Campus Staff who live off campus, will be isolated at their home and will be monitored by both Campus Health Services and the Department of health.
    * All positive individuals will regularly be monitored by the Department of Health and Campus Health Services staff.
    * All students and staff with whom the COVID positive individual had contact with will be quarantined for 14 days to ensure any potential spread is mitigated.

Message from the Campus Leadership regarding the Coronavirus
July/August 2020


Aloha from University of the Nations-YWAM Kona!We’re so excited to see you very soon here in Kona, Hawaii! We’ve been praying for you for months and anticipate God working powerfully in you and through you during your time with us!

We wanted to communicate important recent changes to the vaccination laws here in Hawaii.  Beginning July 1st, 2020, there are now several Hawaii State mandated vaccinations that you must prove in order to attend schools from Preschool to University level. Please see the vaccination requirements below.

Childcare and Preschool Kindergarten to Grade 6 Grade 7-12 Students Post Secondary
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
(DTaP)
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
(DTaP)
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
(DTaP)
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
(DTaP)
Hepatitis A
(Hep A)
Hepatitis A
(Hep A)
Hepatitis A
(Hep A)
Measles-Mumps-Rubella
(MMR)
Hepatitis B
(Hep B)
Hepatitis B
(Hep B)
Hepatitis B
(Hep B)
Meningococcal Conjugate
(MCV)
Measles-Mumps-Rubella
(MMR)
Measles-Mumps-Rubella
(MMR)
Measles-Mumps-Rubella
(MMR)
Varicella
(Chickenpox)
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
(PCV)
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
(PCV)
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
(PCV)
Polio (IPV) Polio (IPV) Polio (IPV)
Varicella
(Chickenpox)
Varicella
(Chickenpox)
Varicella
(Chickenpox)
Haemophilus influenzae type b
(Hib)
Meningococcal Conjugate
(MCV)
Meningococcal Conjugate
(MCV)
Human Papillomavirus
(HPV)

The State of Hawaii requires that the University ensure all students have the necessary vaccinations in order to attend class.  Official medical record documentation is observed.  Please find more information regarding the vaccination requirements at www.vaxtoschoolhawaii.com.

 

Hawaii Lecture Phase

We encourage you to enroll with your full schedule of childhood vaccinations completed,  in addition to the minimum required for post secondary schooling here in Hawaii.  However, if you have never had any vaccinations, you will need to arrive with the minimum vaccinations listed above.

These vaccination requirements also  apply to non-attending spouses, nannies, and children.

 

International Outreach Phase

Our campus travel clinic will additionally recommend appropriate medication and/or vaccinations for almost all international outreach locations. Students must also receive the recommended medication and/or vaccinations for the specific outreach locations they will attend.  A list of suggested travel vaccinations is in the Student Health Record in the application system.

If a student chooses not to receive additional travel medication and/or vaccinations, they must transfer to an outreach location that does not require any or only limited vaccinations.

 

Exceptions

In the midst of an ongoing global pandemic, we are not able to grant religious or medical exemptions to the state’s required vaccinations. The health and safety of our students, staff, and local community is vital in this season.  If you are included in one of these groups, please contact itt@uofnkona.edu in order to discuss your options further.

 

IMPORTANT –  Next Steps

We will send out further instructions and official forms within the next two weeks.  These will require a healthcare provider’s signature, so please do not visit your healthcare provider before receiving our paperwork.

If you have questions regarding required vaccinations or anything related this process, please email campushealth@uofnkona.edu.

 

With the Warmest Aloha,
The Campus Training Team

Message from the Campus Leadership regarding the Coronavirus – June 4, 2020


Aloha ‘Ohana,

For the past two months, we have committed ourselves to protecting our Campus Ohana as well as our west Hawaii community by ensuring UofN YWAM Kona is in compliance with all CDC and government recommendations concerning COVID-19. We are grateful to report that since the global outbreak began we have had no cases on our campus. The campus continues to diligently follow social distancing and government recommendations.

As we begin the process of reopening, we will continue to work within the guidelines established in Governor Ige’s plan for reopening Hawaii and the requirements set forth by our state and local leaders. We also remain committed to implementing the recommendations of medical professionals as we have since the start of this crisis. Our primary focus is to ensure the health and safety of our staff, students, and broader Kona community as we head towards a new normal in the weeks and months ahead.

We care deeply for our West Hawaii community and are working to keep both our campus and island community safe. With that as priority, all April quarter schools and programs have been officially cancelled and July offerings will be limited. Several online courses have been developed for those affected by these changes and eligible students have been notified.

Programs previously scheduled during the July quarter are being evaluated on a case by case basis in consultation with the appropriate parties to ensure compliance with medical and governmental guidelines and statuses remain subject to change. Please email the respective school for information and details.

We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

Campus Leadership Team

Please refer to the UofN Kona Campus – COVID-19 FAQ Page for more detailed information.

Message from the Campus Leadership regarding the Coronavirus – March 20, 2020


Dear ‘Ohana,

We have been working together to protect our students, staff, volunteers and community through this unfolding COVID-19 crisis. Since we started monitoring the situation in early January, we worked diligently to ensure the safety of everyone as well as comply with all CDC and government recommendations. This situation has been global, fast moving and impacts all aspects of our lives. We want to thank you for working with us through this increasingly difficult time.

In utmost concern for our ‘Ohana, the community and everyone involved with the University, the Campus leadership has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend ALL activity on campus and have asked all remaining staff and students on campus to return home to their families. This decision was not an easy one, but with great concern for everyone’s well being and after much prayer we feel it is the right decision.

Other than staff and services critical to the operations and security of the property, all other activities will be indefinitely suspended starting March 21, 2020.

Please continue to check UofNKona.edu, and our social media sites for the most up-to-date information and when campus will resume its programs.

COVID-19 has changed the landscape of our world, but we hold fervently to the promises of God in this season as we navigate these days in which information changes so quickly. We know that this decision will require all of us to work together and respond with love and concern for everyone.

Campus Leadership Team

Please refer to the UofN Kona Campus – COVID-19 FAQ Page for more detailed information.

If you have any questions please contact mediarelations@uofnkona.edu or covid19info@uofnkona.edu

Message from the Campus Leadership regarding the Coronavirus – March 19, 2020


Aloha ‘Ohana,

There have been many changes in the past few days, throughout the world, the nation and across our campus. The campus has been able to meet the challenges head-on. We have been able to recall all our teams and ensure they are all back home with their loved ones. We have also suspended present running classes and modified our program schedules. Our campus is safe and there has been no reports of any cases among our campus community.

In order to comply with the March 18th request of the Hawaii State government, and in an abundance of caution and concern for our ‘Ohana, the campus is planning to run only essential departments and have asked all remaining staff and students who have not traveled home to their families to remain in self-isolation for the next two weeks.

All remaining staff, volunteers and students are asked to remain home and limit interaction and follow CDC guidelines. The campus will set up a support system for our kupuna (elders) and those that need additional help. Please contact the switchboard if you need any help.

We are willing to help in any way needed. We see this as an opportunity for all of us to work together for the well being of the community. By praying, following the government guidelines and looking out for each other we know that we can weather this storm and emerge a stronger community.

Please stay tuned for updates.

Campus Leadership Team

If you have further questions, please contact us at campusleadership@uofnkona.edu or contact the specific school directly.

Please refer to the UofN Kona Campus – COVID-19 FAQ Page for more detailed information.

If you have any questions please contact mediarelations@uofnkona.edu or covid19info@uofnkona.edu

(Edited 3/20/2020)

Message from the Campus Leadership regarding our upcoming training programs – March 16, 2020


Aloha from YWAM Kona,

As a campus we have had an incredible start to the year in Kona and God has done amazing things. We have experienced unprecedented hunger for God in the student body, and Jesus has been touching hearts and changing lives in astounding ways. Our hearts overflow with gratitude for all that God has done, and all that he’s yet to do in our midst.

Our priority is ensuring the health and safety of all students and our community therefore the decision has been made today, Monday March 16th, to adjust all planned schools scheduled to run in the April 2020 quarter. We know this may create mixed feelings and an interruption in people’s plans. Yet we believe people will recognize the wisdom of this decision at this critical time in the world. This is a time for families to be together.

We have postponed the start of our April schools. We will be updating our YWAMKona.org website. Please watch your inbox for updated information on when classes will resume.

Classes and outreach for the January 2020 quarter have already been modified with all students returning home.

We continue to have a great sense of anticipation in our hearts for our Spring quarter students. It is at times like this that God assembles students who are uniquely equipped to meet the challenges and blessings that await. So we encourage you to continue in this journey with us and see what God will do as we trust Him together.

If you have further questions, please do contact us at campusleadership@uofnkona.edu or contact the specific school directly.

UofN Kona Campus – COVID-19 FAQ Page

If you have any questions please contact mediarelations@uofnkona.edu or covid19info@uofnkona.edu, 1 (808) 326 7228

Video Message from Campus Leadership regarding the Coronavirus – March 15, 2020


To Our Big Island & International Ohana,

This is a practical update regarding our response to COVID-19 as of March 15, 2020. Stay tuned for regular updates as we continue to respond with both hope and compassion to the current circumstances.

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UofN Kona Campus – COVID-19 FAQ Page

If you have any questions please contact mediarelations@uofnkona.edu or covid19info@uofnkona.edu

Message from the Campus Director regarding the Coronavirus – March 14, 2020


Aloha, ‘Ohana,

In light of the US Government announcing a state of emergency regarding the global COVID-19 Pandemic, the campus is working diligently to have the appropriate responses. We have a dedicated team and have been monitoring the ongoing government recommendations and updated travel restrictions. Our priority is ensuring the health and safety of the students and our community, and we will be following and going above and beyond CDC and WHO guidelines.

As of Friday March 13th, we have made the decision to change all planned school outreach teams. We are encouraging all students and staff whose permanent residence is not Kona to return home. We recognize this is a time for families to be together and we want to honor that. We anticipate that many will want to depart over the weekend.

We have already redirected most returning students back home. Of the few that have to pass through Kona, on arrival they are immediately screened and consult with a doctor at our medical clinic. They then go into self isolation and follow all recommendations of our medical staff and governmental agencies. Arrangements will be made to help these students all return home as soon as reasonably possible.

The campus will be limiting group gathering sizes as well as continue to follow CDC safety guidelines. While there is no reported case among our student and staff, the campus is putting in place rigorous screening processes for the safety of the community. We have no reported or suspected cases among returning staff or students.

Our primary concern is for the community and we will be taking all reasonable steps to protect our O’hana. Please pray with us that the situation improves and the healing of all those affected. Pray that we overcome fear with love and courage in this time of need.

Campus Director
University of the Nations, Kona, Inc.

UofN Kona Campus – COVID-19 FAQ Page

If you have any questions please contact mediarelations@uofnkona.edu or covid19info@uofnkona.edu

Message from the Campus Director regarding the Coronavirus – March 11, 2020


Aloha, ‘Ohana,

Our Campus continues to follow state, national and international recommendations regarding the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). To date, the Hawaii State Department of Health reports there are only two known cases in the Hawaii, these are on the island of Oahu. There are no known cases involving our students, faculty, staff, or dependents and no reports of any case on the Big Island. Presently, the immediate health risk to members of our Campus is considered low. However, in light of the rapidly changing nature of the virus and our commitment to preserve the safety of both our campus community and Island community, we may reassess this status in future.

Our Campus Response Team is working closely with the Hawaii County Civil Defense and the Hawaii Department of Health in addressing this situation and, following their guidance, have updated our overall Emergency Response Plan and our specific CORVID-19 Incident Action Plan, setting out protocols for caring for our students, staff and dependents. We will continue to update this page with relevant information.

Our campus has taken proactive measures to protect the community. The following FAQs are guidelines put in place after consultation with medical staff and experts. These guidelines are designed to protect the community based off the recommendations and information from the Hawaii Department of Health, CDC and WHO guidelines.

All arriving students and staff will be briefed and monitored for CORVID-19 signs or symptoms, and if warranted, could be asked to stay in voluntary self-isolation until determined safe. Food, housing and medical care would be overseen by our campus medical staff.

Please continue to pray for this situation.

Paul Childers
Campus Director
University of the Nations, Kona, Inc.

UofN Kona Campus – COVID-19 FAQ Page

If you have any questions please contact mediarelations@uofnkona.edu or covid19info@uofnkona.edu

Message from the Campus Director regarding the Coronavirus - Feb 5th, 2020


Aloha, ‘Ohana,

The University of the Nations, Kona, is aware of the present Coronavirus 2019-nCoV outbreak and is working closely with our medical staff to monitor the situation. We are providing this information to raise awareness and to work with the community on how best to protect our students and staff.

There are no cases in Hawaii, and the government has taken steps to minimize the spread of the virus. We are in contact with all of our overseas students and staff, and none have recently visited or travelled through Wuhan or Hubei province in China where the virus originated.

The University and our medical team is taking this situation seriously. Our first concern is the safety of our community, so we are actively monitoring the situation and have taken steps to maintain a safe and healthy campus as per the World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendations. Additional steps that we are taking are:

  • We are training all our staff and students on best practices to minimize risk;
  • We are in regular communication with local YWAM leaders and outreach teams; and
  • Our medical staff is aware of and will follow the CDC and Hawaiian Department of Health directives.
  • We will be providing updates through our website about this developing situation.

Please pray with us that the situation improves and the healing of all those affected, especially our brothers and sisters in Wuhan and Hubei. Pray that God’s people may be courageous and a beacon of light to those experiencing fear.

If you have any questions please contact mediarelations@uofnkona.edu

Sincerely,

Paul Childers
Campus Director
University of the Nations, Kona, Inc.

For more information about the 2019-nCoV virus, visit the link below:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html