Barton Action Plan for COVID-19

As the world unites across borders to slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 to protect the lives of those at risk, Barton Community College has identified a number of measures to do our part reduce the chance of exposure for students, faculty and staff and our community. Despite the challenging situation, Barton remains determined to continue to provide a high level of service and quality instruction. Haga clic aquí para español

CDC Guidelines

Visit cdc.gov/coronavirus for the latest updates and prevention. The CDC posters below share facts about limiting the spread of the virus.

Stop the Spread of Germs 
Cloth Face Coverings
Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019
Help Protect Yourself and Others
Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 If You Are Sick
All Fact Sheets 

Stop the Spread of Germs Facts about COVID-19 Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Stay Home

Opt Out Form

For those who opt out of being contacted regarding potential exposure but who may later recognize that they have likely been exposed to a COVID-19 positive person, Barton expects that these individuals will voluntarily undergo a self-quarantine, so as to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 among our campus communities.

COVID-19 Opt Out Consent Form

Barton County Campus

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Quarantine Requirements

Please note that anyone arriving to Kansas from areas designated on the KDHE Travel & Exposure Isolation/Quarantine document are required to observe a 14 day quarantine. Please see the link above for specific locations as the KDHE can update these at any time. If arriving from outside of Kansas, please plan your travel dates accordingly. Students who have applied for housing on the Barton County/Great Bend campus will be provided information about mandatory quarantine for housing residents.  

Quarantine Locations

The Barton County Campus has identified two quarantine locations - one to house students who arrived early to address required KDHE quarantine for people entering Kansas from other locations and one to house any students who might be assigned to quarantine by the Health Department due to test results or exposure.

COVID-19 Information for Students in Residence Life

Students should also review the COVID-19 Housing Booklet for guidance on monitoring symptoms and reviewing quarantine requirements. 

This booklet also contains information and methods to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from the following organizations:

  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • World Health Organization

Health Screenings

All students will be encouraged to attend to their own personal health status by way of daily screenings for increased temperatures or other symptoms of illness. Information will be provided regarding health self-screenings. Additionally, college personnel are exploring what type of campus screenings will be put in place for fall semester. This may include screenings in certain buildings, screenings on certain days of the week, etc. More information will be provided related to these plans.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Currently, masks or other face coverings are required on campus when social distancing cannot be maintained for students, employees, and visitors at the Barton County/Great Bend campus.

Student Information

Classroom and Course Adjustments

Our first and foremost priority is your health and safety and that of everyone in this learning community; therefore, face to face courses have been adjusted to comply with social distancing requirements. What this means is that in order to accommodate space limitations, a reduced number of students will attend classes in person while remaining class members will attend via Zoom (Fuzion classes). There will also be some instances where all students will attend class via zoom (LiveOnline classes). This delivery arrangement does not alter the content of your classes, the instructor or the scheduled meeting time. If you have questions about whether or not your enrollment has shifted from in person attendance to zoom, please contact advisement@bartonccc.edu or (800) 748-7594 ext. 225.

Scheduling

Adjustments have been made to the schedule for the semester.

Arrival for housing residents coming from areas designated by the KDHE as quarantine mandatory locations (see link above) will be July 20, 21, and 22 only.
All other housing residents will move into the residence halls on August 7 and 8 according to when they registered for move in.           
New Student Orientation sessions will be offered Monday, August 10 and Tuesday, August 11.  More information will be coming related to orientation. Orientation is required for all new/incoming athletes and recommended for all new/incoming students.
Regular full term (and first 8 week term) classes begin on the Barton County/Great Bend campus on Wednesday, August 12.
Regular full term (and second 8 week term) classes will end on Tuesday, November 24.  Finals will be addressed during the final days of the term as directed by course instructors.
Thanksgiving break will be observed November 25 through November 27, and offices will be closed.
The Barton County/Great Bend campus will be closed for Christmas/New Year/holiday/semester break December 21 – January 1, 2021.

Child Development Center

8/22/2020 - Barton CDC Closed Temporarily Due to Covid-19

The Child Development Center will remain open providing needing child care services for faculty, staff, students, and community members. Child Development Center Director Graham is monitoring any directives that may come from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the State of Kansas in terms of their licensing. The Child Development Center has already been communicating with parents related to steps they are taking to maintain a healthy environment, which are in line with their typical cleaning, sanitizing, and hygiene practices. 

Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley Campuses

Office Operations

Ft. Leavenworth: The office is currently open for appointments only. At this time, the office is minimally staffed and will not return to normal operations until further notice. For questions regarding this, please contact Erika Jenkins-Moss at mosse@bartonccc.edu.

Ft. Riley: Students wanting to visit our office must enter Bld 211 on the west side (at the handicap ramp entrance near the education center) to sign in. A facemask must be worn when entering the building and for the entirety of your visit. No children under 14 years of age allowed in the building. For questions regarding this, please contact Abby Kujath at kujatha@bartonccc.edu.

Barton-Issued Textbooks

Ft. Leavenworth: Students may return books to the office by appointment only. Charges will be added to students’ accounts at the conclusion of each cycle for any outstanding textbooks. For questions regarding this, please contact Erika Jenkins-Moss at mosse@bartonccc.edu.

Ft. Riley: Students may return books to the office. Charges will be added to students’ accounts at the conclusion of each cycle for any outstanding textbooks. For questions regarding this, please contact Abby Kujath at kujatha@bartonccc.edu.

Delivery Mode for Classes

Fall Courses: All programs listed below are offered in a Fuzion or LiveOnline delivery mode (Students and instructors meet during specified course meeting time with a portion of students meeting in-person and a portion meeting via zoom). View a schedule of the selected program for details.

Fort Leavenworth College Program Cycle 5: August 10-October 2, 2020 Fort Leavenworth College Program Cycle 1: October 19-December 18, 2020
Fort Leavenworth LSEC Cycle 7: September 21-October 30, 2020
Fort Leavenworth LSEC Cycle 1: November 5-December 18, 2020 Fort Leavenworth BSEP Cycle 7: October 19-November 16, 2020

Fort Riley College Program Cycle 5: August 10-October 2, 2020 Fort Riley College Program Cycle 1: October 19-December 18, 2020
Fort Riley LSEC Cycle 7: September 21-October 30, 2020 Fort Riley LSEC Cycle 1: November 5-December 18, 2020 Fort Riley BSEP Cycle 11: September 8-September 30, 2020
Fort Riley BSEP Cycle 1: October 13-November 4, 2020
Fort Riley BSEP Cycle 2: November 12-December 9, 2020

Enrollment

Fort Leavenworth: Students are able to enroll in upcoming cycles through their Barton Portals. For assistance with enrolling, call our office at (855) 509-3374 or email us at FLOfficeStaff@bartonccc.edu.

When enrolling for LSEC classes, students also need to register for classes in GoArmyEd to complete the registration process each cycle. For assistance with this, please contact the education center at (913) 684-2496 or send an email to usarmy.leavenworth.imcom-central.mbx.education@mail.mil. Please clearly indicate that you signed up with Barton and you need to complete your GoArmyEd enrollment. 

For expedited assistance you will need to provide your information:

  • First and Last Name
  • Last 4 of SSN or benefits number
  • Your phone number
  • What classes you are registering for as well as the start times

Fort Riley: Students are able to enroll in upcoming cycles through their Barton Portals. For assistance with enrolling, call our office at (785) 784-6606 or email us at fortriley@bartonccc.edu.

When enrolling for LSEC classes, students also need to register for classes in GoArmyEd to complete the registration process each cycle. For assistance with this, please go to the education center in Building 211 Custer Ave or send an email to usarmy.riley.imcom.mbx.education-service@mail.mil. Please clearly indicate that you signed up with Barton and you need to complete your GoArmyEd enrollment.

For expedited assistance you will need to provide your information:

  • First and Last Name
  • Last 4 of SSN or benefits number
  • Your phone number
  • What classes you are registering for as well as the start times

Tutoring Services

Fort Leavenworth Campus:

Accuplacer testing is available by appointment only on Monday and Wednesday 12-3 p.m., and Tuesday 1-4 p.m. To schedule an appointment for accuplacer testing contact Erika Jenkins-Moss by email at FLOfficeStaff@bartonccc.edu.

Fort Riley Campus:

The tutor center has returned to semi-normal operations and are open during their regular hours as posted below. The tutor center is located in Building 7656 Graves St, Room 15. To schedule an appointment for accuplacer testing call (785) 784-6606 ext. 763 or email FTRTutorCenter@bartonccc.edu.

Monday 0900-1700
Tuesday 0900-1700
Wednesday 0900-1900
Thursday 0900-1700
Friday 0900-1500
Saturday 1100-1500
Sunday Closed
*Closed on Holidays*

Facemasks must be worn upon entering the building and for the entirety of your visit. For questions regarding services, please call the tutor center at 785-784-6606 ext. 763.

Graduation

Fort Leavenworth: Due to COVID-19, the combined Fort Leavenworth graduation ceremony (which was scheduled for Wednesday, June 10) was held virtually. Links to view the video are below:
Barton Fort Leavenworth Facebook
This year's ceremony can also be viewed at online.
Direct Facebook link

Fort Riley: Due to COVID-19, the combined Fort Riley graduation ceremony (which was scheduled for Thursday, August 27) has been postponed to June 2021. More information will follow when it becomes available.

To confirm your participation and/or should you have any questions, contact Megan Chambers via e-mail chambersm@bartonccc.edu or via phone (785) 784-6606 ext 709.

For students who are members of PTK and/or would like more information, contact Janet Balk at balkj@bartonccc.edu.

Alternate Delivery of Courses

Spring Break Extension & Remote Access for Face-to-Face Classes

Spring break, which was scheduled for March 16-20, will be extended through the following week for students. Faculty and staff will maintain their work schedules for the week of March 23. Face-to-face classes at Great Bend, Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth will resume March 30 via Zoom, Barton’s online streaming video service, fully online, or via other alternative instructional formats.

Zoom Instructions for Students 

The extension of the spring break will give faculty added time to plan and adapt the curriculum for alternate delivery. The revised format of delivery will continue for the remainder of the spring term.

Students are required to attend class remotely unless access to an Internet connection is prohibitive or places an undue financial burden on the student. In those situations, Barton will work with students to identify a resource or solution.

Certain face-to-face courses (primarily career and technical in nature) will continue at the Great Bend, Military Schools, and Grandview Plaza campus locations with added precautions. The College’s BASICS program offered at Ellsworth Correctional and Larned Correctional will continue to operate with guidance from the Kansas Department of Corrections. Our High School programming offered in two formats (CEP at the high school and partnered online) will shift in alignment with the state’s requirements to close K-12 buildings. Online programming across the instructional system via BOL remains operational. In addition, student housing remains open on the Great Bend campus and we will continue to have students living on campus.

The following Barton Community College classes will resume face-to-face instruction with added precautions the week of March 30th as originally scheduled at the start of the spring semester. Program leaders are reaching out to impacted students to notify them of additional details pertinent to their classes. Students in these programs should check their college email messages, course shells and/or visit with their instructor for more information:

  • Auto Body
  • Medical Assistant (MDAS 1648)
  • Adult Healthcare (Certified Nurse Aide/Certified Medication Aide)
  • Nursing

Online classes will continue as normal, including the remaining sessions beginning March 16, March 30 and April 13.

KDHE Compliance

Barton is complying with directives from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) regarding those who are returning to Kansas following out of state travel. These directives will pertain to Barton residence hall residents planning to return to the dorms as well. Residents who have traveled out of state should inform Barton housing or student health personnel before returning so they can be assessed and given guidance. Residents who have traveled to one of the areas noted in the KDHE guidance must remain out of the residence halls during a mandatory 14-day health monitoring period. Please contact housing or student health staff with questions or concerns about this.  

KDHE Guidance

Residence halls will remain open. Students who choose to go home for the balance of the semester are being encouraged to confirm with their instructors the alternative delivery mechanisms before they depart and then are being asked to check out with housing staff as they normally would at the regular end of the semester. Additionally, housing is monitoring residents who are returning after travel and working with health services to assess their health status upon return.

Instruction Update

The following Barton classes will resume face-to-face instruction with precautions the week of March 30th as originally scheduled at the start of the spring semester. Program leaders are reaching out to impacted students to notify them of additional details pertinent to their classes. Students in these programs should check their college email messages, course shells and/or visit with their instructor for more information.

  • Commercial Driver’s License
  • Auto Body
  • Automotive
  • Welding
  • Adult Education (GED Studies)
  • Medical Assistant (MDAS 1648)
  • Criminal Justice (CRIM 1668 and 2658)
  • Target Shooting
  • Adult Healthcare (Certified Nurse Aide/Certified Medication Aide)
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Nursing

Clarification

Barton has been fielding questions about its coronavirus response plan following the March 15, 2020 article in the Great Bend Tribune titled “USD 428 cancels classes; BCC going online after extended spring break.”

While some of the college’s face-to-face classes will be delivered online, others will be made available to students via online video (Zoom) or still others through other alternate delivery methods. One instructional approach does not fit all of the college’s schedules, campus and outreach locations, student groups and partner commitments.

As stated near the end of the article, “on a case-by-case basis, classes may still be held on campus depending on the associated risk and the nature of the course, with extra precautions taken.” These may include such programming areas as career technical education, customized training and/or contracted programs associated with partner memorandums of understanding.

Students should communicate with their instructors about expectations following the extended spring break.

Support Services

Counseling services, services for students with disabilities, tutoring services, advising services, and student health services will maintain their regular schedules, and in some cases, even expanded schedules in order to address student concerns and needs associated with current health and safety concerns. 

CDC Facts, Health Guidelines and Mental Health Resources

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019/COVID-19 Prevention and Facts

Facts about COVID-19 Social Distancing
Stop the Spread of Germs 
What You Need to Know if You Get Sick 
All Fact Sheets 

Helpful COVID-19 Guidelines

Quarantine Guidelines
Risk Assessment 
Social Distancing 
Symptoms Log 

General Preventative Measures

Faculty, staff, students and the community continue to receive communications from college personnel on best practices for preventing the spread of the Coronavirus, including text and email reminders to wash hands often and practice social distancing when feasible. Dean of Workforce Training and Director of the Nursing Program Dr. Kathy Kottas and Campus Nurse Kathy Brock are leading a six-person task force to guide the college’s operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly preventative measures.

The list of guidelines the college is using is adapted from the Center for Disease Control:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. It is strongly recommended that you call ahead to your healthcare provider’s office before you go in to be seen if you are ill. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.  If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.  It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has SARS-CoV-2 on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the primary way the virus spreads.

Thank you for your patience as we implement these preventative measures, which collectively act as a small cog in a larger machine designed to allow our nation’s healthcare infrastructure to keep pace with the spread of the disease and retain the ability to provide care for patients, saving many lives. 

Mental Health Resources

Barton Mental Health Counselor Jacquelyn Maser shares helpful resources and Tips for Managing Anxieties and Mental Health During Coronavirus Pandemic

Faculty, Staff & Student Travel Restrictions

International Travel:

  • All personal international travel is strongly discouraged (employees and students).

Out-of-State Travel:

  • On a case-by-case basis, trips may be approved based on a risk assessment of each individual trip.
  • Please contact one of the three Vice Presidents to report any planned out-of-state travel and/or to request a review of an upcoming trip.
  • All college-related, non-essential, air travel is prohibited.
  • All personal out-of-state travel and air travel is strongly discouraged (employees and students).

Returning or Arriving to Campus:

  • Employees who become ill during or upon returning from travel with virus-like symptoms will need to contact a health care provider as well as their supervisor and HR department for direction as soon as possible.
  • Employees returning from travel who do not exhibit virus-like symptoms must still contact their supervisor as well as HR department upon return and may be directed to remain away from the workplace for fourteen days to determine whether or not they have been exposed. The returning employee should work with his or her supervisor and HR to set appropriate telecommuting arrangements (if the position and requirements allow for this) or request leave time off from work.