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Kappa Delta Responds to Coronavirus

We find ourselves in unprecedented times as people around the world are focused on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The health and well-being and of all members and those in our communities is our top priority. 

National Kappa Delta and local volunteers are working diligently to address concerns in our collegiate and alumnae chapters and the national organization. All universities where Kappa Delta has chapters have moved to virtual classes and/or temporarily closed their campuses to keep the virus from spreadingWe are working with chapter leaders and volunteers to address the impact of campus closures, classes moving to online or alternative delivery, event cancellations and other decisions on our collegiate and alumnae chapters.  

These are unprecedented circumstances that require universities, organizations and businesses to think critically and make decisions for the good of all. 

Please reach out to us if you have questions. Collegiate members can direct questions to the chapter president or CAB chairman. Advisors and housing volunteers can reach out to the chapter services coordinator or new chapter manager for their chapter. Other inquiries can be directed to kappadelta@kappadelta.org. 

UPDATE: March 16, 2020
Kappa Delta views the health and well-being of members, volunteers and staff as a top priority. As with most other organizations and businesses, we are actively doing our part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in our communities. Therefore, our KDHQ staff members will be working remotely until March 30, 2020. Operations will continue as usual during our regular office hours of 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday. To reach a staff member, please visit the staff directory or email our general inbox at kappadelta@kappadelta.org. 

Resources For Remote Learning and Health & Wellness

Distance Learning: 5 Tips for Success
Distance Learning: Academic Tools and Resources
Distance Learning: Member Interaction
Time Management Tips
Strategies for Online Classes
Tips for Time Blocking
To-Do Lists and Time Tracking
Communication in Virtual Teams
Managing Stress
Health and Wellness While Practicing Social Distancing

Additional resources are available for chapter leaders on virtual member engagement by logging into the Resource Library.

General Resources 

CDC: COVID-19 FAQs
CDC: Guidance
CDC: Healthy Habits to Prevent the Flu
CDC: Spanish Resources
World Health Organization: Coronavirus
Enterprise Car Rental: College Student Travel Assistance
Free Internet for 60 Days
U-Haul: Free Storage for Students 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What can I do to protect myself and my sisters?
A: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends:

Maintaining physical distance between yourself and other people when possible.
Avoiding  being out in public places unless absolutely necessary.
Practicing good hand-washing.
Disinfecting commonly touched surfaces often.
Practicing home isolation for infected individuals who are mildly ill.
Taking special precautions for older people and people with severe chronic conditions. 

Q: What do I do if I or a sister has a confirmed case of the coronavirus?
A: If you suspect you have the coronavirus, unless otherwise directed by a health care professional, we respectfully recommend you self-quarantine in another location than the chapter house. Our chapter facilities are not equipped for medical quarantine, and we cannot put the health and safety of other chapter house residents and staff at risk of exposure. 

Q: What does my Kappa Delta experience look like now that we are not on campus?
A: In challenging times like this, the KD sisterhood becomes increasingly important. We are fortunate to have a support system of KD sisters who are there for us in the best of times and worst of timesYou don’t need to feel isolated. While events and meetings have been cancelled or postponed to comply with nationwide recommendations, there are many ways to engage with your sisters. We encourage you to take advantage of technology to stay in touch. Reach out to those members who may feel disconnected. When you show care and concern for one another and those in your community, you live our KD values. Your chapter will be implementing some virtual member engagement activities — we encourage you to participate.  

Q: Will we still have chapter meetings?
A: Each chapter and each situation is different. While national requirements have been reduced in response to the crisis, there may be a need for your chapter to meet to complete essential chapter operations. Chapter meetings may happen less frequently and will look different than your traditional in-person meetings. Your chapter council will look at options to host virtual chapter meetings as needed.  

Q: I have an outstanding bill from the chapter or house corporation. What should I do?
A: Please reach out to your chapter’s VP-F to discuss chapter bills. Contact the house corporation directly regarding bills you receive from the house corporation.  

Q: Can I continue to live in the chapter house?
A: In general, we recommend house corporations close the chapter facility if the university has closed residence halls or while university coursework is being offered only online. At their discretion, the local house corporation may consider exceptions for members with special circumstances. Chapter members and Kappa Delta volunteers should comply with the CDC’s recommendation to limit gatherings to fewer than 10 people, specifically in the chapter facility. For information on whether you can live in your chapter house, please contact your local housing volunteers.  

Q: Can national Kappa Delta answer questions about my housing situation?
A: In most cases, local housing volunteers are the appropriate people to answer your questions about housingMost Kappa Delta chapter facilities are owned and managed by local chapter house corporationswhich are comprised of Kappa Delta alumnae who care deeply about the collegiate members and long-term sustainability of the chapter facility. National Kappa Delta offers guidance and recommendations to local house corporationswhich are separate legal entities and make their own decisions 

Q: I am returning from studying abroad or being abroad for spring break. Can I return to the chapter house?
A: Members returning from study abroad should follow CDC recommendations and guidance from their college or university regarding returning to campus. In accordance with recommendations from the CDC, we recommend that house corporations require members who have traveled to level 2 or 3 countries to self-quarantine somewhere other than the Kappa Delta facility for at least 14 days before entering the Kappa Delta house. Many universities and health departments recommend that students who have traveled to any country outside the United States self-quarantine off campus; Kappa Delta supports house corporations that choose to follow these local guidelines for the safety of all members. 

Q: Can events be held in the house?
A: For the safety of members and others in our communities, all events and gatherings should be postponed or canceled. Chapter members and Kappa Delta volunteers should comply with the CDC’s recommendation to limit gatherings to fewer than 10 people, specifically in the chapter facility. 

Q: Are members who do not live in the house allowed to visit the chapter house?
A: We recommend that non-resident members do not visit the chapter house to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Please follow the guidance of your house corporation. Chapter members and Kappa Delta volunteers should comply with the CDC’s recommendation to limit gatherings to fewer than 10 people, specifically in the chapter facility. 

Q: Can we have guests at the house?
A: Guests should not be invited to the house.  

Q: I was asked not to return to the house and left personal belongings there. When can I return to get them?
A: Please work with your house corporation or house director to arrange a time to pick up your belongings. 

Q: Will meals still be provided at the chapter house?
A: With very few exceptions, Kappa Delta meal service has been suspended. Each chapter’s house corporation will determine if meals will continue to be provided based on the university and local health department recommendations or requirementsThe health and safety of members and housing staff are the highest concern.  

Q: Will housing fees, including room, board, common area maintenance and facility fees be refunded?
A: Local housing volunteers are evaluating this decision on an individual chapter/facility basis. At this time, they are focused on the health and safety of members, and these decisions may take time given this health crisis evolves day to dayThese local volunteers care deeply for the collegians and the long-term sustainability of the chapter facilityWe are in unprecedented times, and that requires us to balance member needs with the financial stability of the house corporation.  Please contact your house corporation (or if you don’t have a house corporation, your chapter’s VPfinance) for information about housing fees for your chapter. We encourage you to be patient while they consider all factors and make decisions in the best interest of members and the chapter facility operations. 

Q: Will we be able to resume activities in a few weeks?
A: We are seeing more and more universities make the decision to remain virtual through the end of this academic year. It is likely that chapters will not resume normal activities until the fall academic term. We are monitoring the crisis and guidance from public health agencies to plan for the coming months. 

Q: Are we getting any refunds or reduction in dues?
A: Each chapter’s VP-F and CAB-F, alongside their national finance advisor and with input from the chapter’s council, are reviewing the chapter’s financial position and impact of any potential refunds or reduction in dues. Even though events may have been cancelled, the chapter may be contractually obligated to pay cancellation fees and other costs. In addition, the chapter needs to retain enough funds to remain operationally sound. We encourage members to keep their sorority account paid in full as your chapter leadership works through these decisions. If you have any questions about your financial obligations, potential credits, or billing concerns, please reach out to your chapter’s VP-F.

Q: My chapter has a house or a suite.  Can I just talk to the VP-F about my housing fees?  
A: Most Kappa Delta chapter facilities are owned and managed by local house corporations, which are comprised of Kappa Delta alumnae who care deeply about the collegiate members and long-term sustainability of the chapter facility. Local house corporations are separate legal entities and make their own decisions. Some Kappa Delta chapter facilities (typically University-owned spaces such as suites and dormitory floors) are managed by the chapter or a local housing volunteer; if your chapter does not have a house corporation, the VP-F is the right contact for questions about your housing fees.

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