This information page will communicate the most up-to-date information as decisions are made. Please stay tuned to this page—as well as your Ferris email and KCAD social media channels—for the latest updates and information.
For more information on how Ferris State University as a whole is responding to the
COVID-19 pandemic, please visit ferris.edu/coronavirus.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has determined that we are now in a post-surge recovery phase due to decreases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the state. As a result, KCAD and Ferris State University have implemented the following changes to our ongoing response to the pandemic:
Revised Face Mask Guidance
Face masks are now optional for indoor spaces on campus with the exception of instructional spaces such as classrooms and laboratories, and patient care areas. Faculty and staff representing the University at off-campus locations should follow the face covering policies at the host location. KCAD and Ferris State University will continue to support all campus community members and visitors who choose to wear a mask while indoors.
New CDC Symptom Checker
KCAD faculty, staff, students and visitors will also no longer need to complete the University’s daily symptom checker before coming to our campuses. If you are feeling ill, you are encouraged to use the new COVID-19 symptom checker on the CDC website. This site also provides clear details and information on what to do if you have or have been exposed to COVID-19.
Testing and Reporting
KCAD has at-home COVID-19 tests available for those in need. If you need a test, contact Mary Bradshaw at [email protected].
Alternatively, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has a Test Finder on their website to help you locate places throughout Michigan where you can get a free COVID-19 test. In addition, many pharmacies like Walgreens, Rite Aid and Meijer also have free testing available and at-home tests for purchase.
If you test positive for COVID-19 using any test method, please report your positive status via the “Report a Positive Test Result” portal. Even if you are not exhibiting symptoms and feel fine, it is important that you report a positive test result. Your information will not be shared with the general public, but KCAD is required to report the number of positive cases.
As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to monitor local and statewide conditions, in addition to guidance from local, state and federal health authorities relative to COVID-19. If necessary, these new guidelines on mask usage and the symptom checker may be re-evaluated should conditions in our communities change.
We look forward to continuing to work together as a community to ensure our campuses
remain healthy and safe learning and working environments.
Important Updates on COVID-19 Vaccines
KCAD students: All of us—students, faculty, and staff—will need to be flexible and adaptable, and more importantly, we will need to practice empathy and understanding toward one another. As we work together to navigate the ongoing impact of COVID-19, we want to be sure our efforts are focused on understanding and addressing your needs as well as ensuring our campus remains a safe and healthy learning environment.
If you need assistance, have questions, or would like to share your concerns or comments, please contact us via our Ask KCAD feedback portal.