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UK reaching out to flooding victims as record first-year class arrives on campus


As the University of Kentucky prepares to welcome a record-breaking first-year class, the school is mobilizing efforts to respond to the Eastern Kentucky floods while keeping a watch on COVID-19 on campus.

More than 6,000 first-year students and 200 new faculty are set to begin the fall semester at UK. And as the new faces arrive, the school is reaching out to both incoming and returning students affected by the devastating floods in Eastern Kentucky through UK's Center for Support and Intervention. More than a thousand students have already received a call.

Anyone who needs help or knows of someone in need of assistance can email crisisresponse@uky.edu or donate through the university's Basic Needs and Persistence Fund.

On the COVID front, the school is strongly encouraging, but not requiring, vaccination. While UK is mask optional now, the university is recommending them as an added layer of protection. Masks and sanitizer will be available in classrooms and other facilities.

To provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccines or test results to UK Health Corps, the school is also asking students to use the online self-report tool.

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