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

Latest Update

Please see the Barton Reopening May 8 Update article and Barton and the Kansas Reopening Plan article for the most recent plans for the Barton County campus and course formats.

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

Offices Re-Opening

Ft. Leavenworth: At this time, staff are expecting to return to the office on June 1. For questions regarding this, please contact Erika Jenkins-Moss at mosse@bartonccc.edu.

Ft. Riley: At this time, staff are expecting to return to the office on June 1. For questions regarding this, please contact Abby Kujath at kujatha@bartonccc.edu.

Barton-Issued Textbooks

At this time, students are not able to return Barton-issued textbooks to the Barton offices on Fort Riley or Fort Leavenworth. Once offices are able to re-open, we will send an email to students letting you know when and where textbooks can be returned. Until this time, no charges will be applied to student accounts for unreturned books.

Ft. Leavenworth: For questions regarding this, please contact Erika Jenkins-Moss at mosse@bartonccc.edu.

Ft. Riley: For questions regarding this, please contact Abby Kujath at kujatha@bartonccc.edu.

Delivery Mode for Classes

Summer courses: All programs listed below will continue being delivered via LiveOnline delivery mode (synchronous course with specified meeting time; all faculty/students participating via Zoom)

Fort Leavenworth LSEC Cycle 5: May 27-July 10, 2020
Fort Leavenworth College Program Cycle 4: June 1-July 31, 2020
Fort Leavenworth BSEP Cycle 5: June 1-June 29, 2020

Fort Riley LSEC Cycle 5: May 27-July 10, 2020
Fort Riley College Program Cycle 4: June 1-July 31, 2020
Fort Riley BSEP Cycle 8: June 1-June 24, 2020

Fall Courses: Delivery mode TBD

Enrollment

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
  • What classes you are registering for as well as the start times

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 (785) 239-2332 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

For both the Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth campuses:

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:

 M-F: 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Meeting ID: 674-748-120)

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

Fort Leavenworth: Due to COVID-19, the combined Fort Leavenworth graduation ceremony (which was scheduled for Wednesday, June 10th) will now be held virtually. Details are still being worked out and finalized regarding the virtual commencement video. A link to this video will be shared on the Fort Leavenworth Garrison Facebook page in addition to the Barton – Fort Leavenworth Facebook page on June 10, 2020. Further information as to the location of the video being posted is forth coming. 

For the time being, those that want to be a part of this virtual commencement need to submit a photo of themselves which follows the below requirements:

  • Must be in appropriate dress (Males- suit or dress shirt w/ tie, Females-dress or dress shirt)
  • Must be taken from the neck line/chest and higher
  • Photo file needs to be saved as JPG and titled lastname.firstname.school (Ex: Chambers.Megan.BCC)
  • Photos must be submitted to Director Jenkins-Moss via e-mail (mosse@bartonccc.edu) no later than the below deadline
  • Photo submission deadline is Monday, May 11th

If you would like to participate in the virtual commencement but haven’t yet confirmed your participation, contact Megan Chambers via e-mail at chambersm@bartonccc.edu or via phone at 785-784-6606, ext. 709 ASAP.

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.

For students who are members of ASL or PTK and would like more information about the Honors Ceremony at Morris Hill Chapel in Ft. Riley on August 26, contact Janet Balk at balkj@bartonccc.edu.

Spring 2020 Grading

As have many colleges and universities, Barton has considered whether an alteration in grading should be applied to Spring 2020 courses in light of the significant disruptions associated with the COVID 19 pandemic. We have sought input from faculty, received input from students, and considered how other institutions in Kansas are choosing to proceed. 

As of the first week of April, most higher education institutions in Kansas have reported they are not proceeding with any blanket change in grading. There are a few different approaches being considered by institutions within Kansas. None of the Kansas institutions are considering any approach that might be called a “Universal Pass,” wherein all enrolled students automatically receive a passing grade for incomplete courses. Likewise, Barton would not consider that approach, primarily due to our role as a learning institution, our core values of academic integrity and assessment of student learning, and our essential objectives of preparing students for further education and employment.

At this time, Barton has elected to continue with its current practice of awarding letter grades. At the same time, we are doing our best to monitor how students are responding to the unprecedented disruptions to their academic endeavors and their lives. We do expect that despite the need for adjustment, students will still be able to continue with their courses and continue learning. However, as we’ve all come to see these past few weeks, this is a time of great upheaval and frequent change. If we uncover information that suggests the need to revisit this decision in the coming days, we will do so.

We have already taken actions in recognition of the challenges faced by our students, including adjusting withdrawal deadlines; the last day to withdraw with a “W” on the transcript has been moved from April 2 to April 22 for Barton County campus full-term courses and withdrawal deadlines have been extended for courses originating from our Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth locations as well.  Additionally, Barton has approved temporary modifications to the Incomplete Procedure, to accommodate students for whom the pandemic has seriously impacted the ability to complete spring semester courses on time.

 

We will continue to anticipate and prepare for other student needs as best we can during this challenging time. Thank you for your patience.

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:

  • 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.