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

Cancelled Events

The following events have been cancelled:

  • Hispanic Culture Day - Tuesday, April 7
  • 11th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot - Sunday, April 19
  • Field Ops Day - Saturday, May 2
  • All Commencement activities planned for Friday, May 8:
    • 50th Annual Commencement
    • MLT Student Pinning Ceremony
    • Honors Reception
    • Nursing Pinning Ceremony
    • Paramedic Cording 
  • Fort Riley Commencement - rescheduled for Thursday, August 27

Barton is thinking up alternate ways to celebrate your achievements! Stay tuned!
Commencement

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 
Facts about COVID-19 
What You Need to Know if You Get Sick 
Stay Home When You Are Sick! 
All Fact Sheets 

Stop the Spread of Germs Facts about COVID-19 Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Stay Home
Barton County Campus (Hours, Minimal Staffing, Events, Housing and Services)

Adjusted Hours on Barton County Campus

Kirkman Visitor Center Hours beginning March 25, until further notice:
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday

Minimal Staffing On Campuses

Barton is implementing a reduced employee staffing policy. The college’s facilities will be open to current and future student needs but are otherwise closed to the public.

With a focus on our employees and the safety of the community in addition to students, the reduced staffing will be implemented at all the college’s locations, including Great Bend, Fort Riley, Grandview Plaza, Fort Leavenworth, and 1025 Main Street downtown Great Bend (known as “One Stop”) effective March 24 and remaining in effect until further notice.

Employees who can work at home will begin doing so March 24. The college has offered resources and alternative ways to stay home for individuals whose job responsibilities are not conducive to working remotely.

Those who are working on-site are taking extra precautions. 

Event Cancelations

All public events through April and into May have been canceled or postponed. Check our calendar or news section on the website, or our Facebook page for updates as the semester continues.

  • All Commencement activities planned for Friday, May 8 have also been canceled including:
    • 50th Annual Commencement
    • MLT Student Pinning Ceremony
    • Honors Reception
    • Nursing Pinning Ceremony
    • Paramedic Cording 

Barton is thinking up alternate ways to celebrate your achievements! Stay tuned!
Commencement

Child Development Center

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. 

Student Housing Information

At this time, there are no plans to close the dorms, but students may choose to move out.

Students who move out can receive a pro-rated refund. Important: Students will be refunded based on the date they check out with the college. The check out procedure must be completed in order to process a refund.

Students contemplating moving out of the dorms are encouraged to consider the following:

  • Gather information as to how each instructor plans to deliver the remainder of their class.
  • Those moving out should contact David DeVillier at (620) 617-2788 or Mark Rogers at (620) 792-9855 to schedule a time to check-out. Students moving out need to complete a check-out envelope and turn in keys.
  • Students on book scholarships who plan on finishing courses via an alternative delivery method should return scholarship books to the bookstore by the end of the semester.
  • Student and Campus Support Services will maintain their regular schedules, slightly adapted schedules and, in some cases, expanded services to address student concerns and needs associated with the current health concerns.  Thus, counseling services, tutoring services, student health services, advising services, library services, and services for students with disabilities will remain open and available for all students. 
Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley Campuses

Ft. Leavenworth

Students should hold onto any books they currently have until the base is reopened for classes in the future. For all classes in the next cycle, Instructors are using online resources instead of physical textbooks. Students will receive information about these resources from their Instructor.

Ft. Riley

Students should hold onto their LSEC books until Barton’s physical office reopens in B211 on Ft. Riley. For all classes in the next cycle, except ACCT 1616, Instructors are using online resources in lieu of physical textbooks. Students will receive information about these resources from their Instructor. If a student is enrolled in ACCT 1616, they should contact the Director of Ft. Riley Academic Programs Janet Balk at balkj@bartonccc.edu to make arrangements for checking out the book.

Enrollment (specifically to military verification)

Fort Riley

Students are still 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, you will still need to register your classes in GoArmyEd to complete your registration for the cycle. For assistance with this, please contact the education center at (785) 239-6481 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, and what classes you are registering for as well as the start times.

Fort Leavenworth

Students are still 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, you will still need to register your classes in GoArmyEd to complete your registration for the 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, and what classes you are registering for as well as the start times.

future class plans (similar to all classes, I know but I have received a couple of questions from these students)

Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions in place, we are preparing for LSEC Cycle 4 courses to be conducted via Zoom.

Tutoring Services for Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth

The Fort Riley Tutor Center is still available to assist you! There will be drop in Zoom meetings where anyone can join the meeting room to ask for help:

Monday - Friday, 1000 - 1100 (Zoom meeting ID 674-748-120)
Monday - Friday, 1400 - 1500 (Zoom meeting ID 570-107-017)
Wednesday, 1700 - 1900 (Zoom meeting ID 481-334-452)
Saturday, 1100 - 1500 (Zoom meeting ID 320-066-150).

Need to schedule a one-on-one tutoring session? Email Jim Turner at turnerj@bartonccc.edu or Laura Turner at turnerl@bartonccc.edu, or call the tutor center at (877) 620-6606 ext. 763

Graduation Plans

Fort Riley

The combined Fort Riley graduation ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, August 27th at 1:00 at the Hilton Garden Inn (410 S 3rd St., Manhattan).

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.

Fort Leavenworth

The combined Fort Leavenworth graduation ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10th at 3:00 in the Lewis & Clark Auditorium (located within the Command General Staff College (CGSC), 100 Stimson Avenue, Fort Leavenworth).

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.

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)
  • Criminal Justice (CRIM 1658)
  • 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:

  • Effective immediately, and through May 22, all college-related international travel is prohibited.
  • All personal international travel is strongly discouraged (employees and students).

Out-of-State Travel:

  • Effective immediately, and through April 1, all college-related out-of-state travel is prohibited.
  • 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).

In-State Travel:

  • Effective immediately, and through May 22, all college-related travel to the Kansas City metro area is prohibited. This travel restriction may be amended to include additional in-state regions.

Athletic Travel:

  • Effective immediately, and through April 1, all athletic travel is suspended. For travel out-of-state and to the Kansas City metro area, travel is prohibited through May 22. This travel restriction may be amended to include additional in-state regions.

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.
Student FAQs

Q: What do I need to know about Financial Aid?
A: Barton’s Financial Aid Office staff know this is a trying and anxious time for many.  Barton’s Financial Aid team has committed to ensuring continuous financial aid operations and support for students.  Federal aid applications for 2019-20 and 2020-21 can be completed at fafsa.gov.  All aid payments and refunds will continue as regularly scheduled.  Access this link for published refund dates and other important financial aid information, Financial Aid Information. For convenient, direct delivery to your bank account, sign up for direct deposit through the Student Financial Center in your MyBarton portal. 

“Stay Safe” and stay connected!  Financial Aid staff members are accessible through phone, email, Zoom Meeting/Chat even while most are working remotely. Appointments can be made through AppointmentPlus to schedule a phone call or Zoom Meeting with a Financial Aid representative. 

This is an opportune time to apply for financial aid and to review summer and fall course offerings to continue on with your certificate or degree attainment.  Contact Barton’s Financial Aid Office for advice; we will be glad to assist you

Q: How will Chemistry Labs be handled, and will there be additional costs for lab materials at home? If there are additional lab costs, will scholarship cover them?
A:  Your Chemistry instructor will be in contact with you regarding changes to the lab portion of the course. There are multiple options for delivering lab courses remotely (Barton offers Chemistry in the fully online format), and your instructor is investigating those options. If you find there is an added expense to the required changes for any course, and you do not believe you can cover the expense, please communicate that immediately to your instructor or advisor to investigate potential solutions.

Q: Will we always be working in Zoom?
A: You will access all of your courses via your Canvas Course Shells. If your instructor schedules a Zoom lecture, it will be posted within the course shell. Begin reviewing your individual courses for messaging from your instructors regarding the use of live Zoom lectures or recorded lectures.
Zoom Instructions for Students 

Q: Does Zoom have any translation or closed-captioning features for international students struggling to translate during remote lectures?
A: Zoom does allow for live closed-captioning, but it is not an automated feature. After live lectures are recorded, Zoom provides a link to the video as well as a text transcription to the instructor. If a student is struggling to understand the live lecture, he or she should request the link to the text transcription if available. Students are generally encouraged to communicate with their instructor regarding difficulties in understanding course materials.

Q: How will College Prep Math work?
A: College Prep Math (CPM) instructors are working to create clear guidelines for students in completing CPM courses this semester (including information on required lab hours and testing procedures). Please monitor your email and Canvas course shell for information from your instructor. One of the benefits of the CPM course, is the ability to continue to work on math instruction from home through the MyMathLab. You may continue to work on your math assignments and progress through your current module while waiting for updates from your instructor. At this time, the Math Lab located in the Classroom Building is planning to remain open for walk-in students.

Q: Will the cafeteria be open to students who do not live in the dorms or employees?
A: The cafeteria is serving meals beginning Monday, March 23. Faculty and staff can continue to purchase 10 meal tickets in the Bookstore and non-housing students can continue to purchase 10 meal tickets at the cafeteria door. Prospective students visiting campus can also purchase meals at the door. Otherwise the cafeteria is closed to the public. Continually check the Barton COVID-19 webpage for updated information.

Q: I live in the dorms and had already left campus for the “regular/schedule” spring break week (March 16-20) when I learned about the extended spring break week (March 23-27) and moving of face-to-face classes to alternative delivery. However, I was scheduled to return to campus after the original spring break. Can I move back into my dorm room?
A: Yes. Dorms remain open to residents during the extended spring break period and through the end of the semester. Meal plans associated with residence hall contracts remain in effect and meal service begins again on March 23 as regularly scheduled.
While the residence halls remain open, students may return to the dorms to collect their belongings, as long as they have not traveled to a high risk/mandatory health monitoring/mandatory quarantine location.  For residents who cannot return to the dorms, please email housing@bartonccc.edu to inform housing personnel. Information will be forthcoming over the next few weeks about arrangements for essential belongings left in the dorms.

Q: If all my classes are moving to alternative delivery methods, such as online, can I just go home/stay home for the rest of the semester without coming back to classes at all?
A: Yes, but please make sure you have communicated with all of your instructors or received communication from your instructors regarding how they plan to complete their classes for the term. All instructors should have determined any alternative delivery format by Friday, March 27.

Q: I have communicated with all of my instructors and verified how my instructors are completing their classes this semester. I will not be back to campus this semester. However, I was scheduled to graduate. Will I still get my degree?
A: Students who have applied for graduation and were in fact scheduled to graduate after successful completion of their current spring 2020 classes can expect to complete their degrees as planned as long as they:

  • successfully complete spring 2020 classes (although through alternative delivery)
  • meet all standard graduation requirements
  • have completed their graduation application which has in turn been approved by their advisor, and followed all of the standard graduation checks
  • have paid their graduation fee

Questions about graduation should be directed to the student’s advisor or advisement@bartonccc.edu

Q: I am a local student (or a housing student remaining in the dorms). Are there any services and resources available for me or is the Barton County campus essentially “closed?”
A: The Barton County campus offices remain open and services remain available (except for regularly scheduled staff spring break days of Thursday and Friday March 19 and 20). For more information on specific services, email advisement@bartonccc.edu

Q: Are there support services available to assist with the classes that have moved to alternative delivery?
A: Yes, tutoring services remain available for all students. Please visit the Tutoring webpage for resources.

Q: How will instructors communicate with me?
A: Instructors will be posting information and communicating with your class through Canvas. It is their quick access for all email addresses. It will be very important that you check your bartoncougars.org email and your Canvas messages daily, beginning March 23. Instructors will also post information about the new course format in their course announcements and on their course home page (both are located in your Canvas course shell) as well as through email.  

Q:  How will we take tests?
A:  Tests will depend on your instructors’ requirements for their individual courses. You may be asked to download the lockdown browser and/or other software. It will be important to read all communications from your instructor so you can be aware of these requirements and prepare accordingly.

Q: What happens if I don’t have internet access during this time?
A: Communication with your instructors will be important. Contact your instructor with your concerns and make them aware of the difficulties you may be facing when attending from home. If they are aware, they can better assist you.

Q: Will we have to meet each class period for each class online?
A: Class meetings in the online format will be determined by each instructor. Instructors will communicate their plans regarding “live” lectures via zoom. Many instructors are recording their lectures and posting them into course shells for later viewing, but students should communicate directly with instructors to determine alternate plans and expectations.

Q: What should we do about textbooks?
A: The recommendation to students is that you keep your textbooks. They are going to be an important resource in our alternative delivery methods. The Barton Bookstore and Student Services are currently working out guidelines for book returns at the end of the semester. Keep watching your email for further guidance.

Q: What will we do in Performing Arts classes and Stagecraft?
A: Instructors will be sending updates for their classes. Instructors of these classes may have many ideas of guided projects or learning activities to ensure students have the opportunity to continue to learn.

Q: Are we still able to stay in our dorm rooms? Will food service still be available?
A: Yes. At this time students are able to remain in the dorms and utilize their meal package. Food service will resume meal service on Monday, March 23.

Q: If we choose to leave the dorms, will a refund be issued?
A: Students who choose to move out of the residence halls can receive a prorated refund based on their check-out date. Students must complete the check-out procedure for a refund to be processed. Meal plans are included in housing costs and would be included in the prorated refund.

Q: Will there be any refunds issued for tuition and fees?
A: Because Barton is still delivering courses in alternative formats, there will be no refunds issued. Students may still choose to drop a course per Barton’s drop/add policy guidelines.

Q:  What do I do with a calculator that I borrowed from Barton for my math class?
A: Students departing campus need to return their calculator to Cherish Robinson in the Classroom building office.  If there are extenuating circumstances as to why that may not be possible, email Ms. Robinson at robinsonc@bartonccc.edu.