Updates related to COVID-19  

Past Updates

COVID-19 Weekly Update

The weekly COVID-19 update was emailed was to students.

Student Operational Plan Updated

CCC updated the Student Operational Plan and notified students.

COVID-19 Weekly Update

An email was sent to students for the first weekly COVID-19 update.

Students Notified of Confirmed Cases

President Carter emailed students about the first confirmed COVID-19 cases on campus and how CCC responsed.

President Carter Email to Students

Entering the Labor Day weekend, President Carter emailed students encouraging safe protocols in order to keep campus open.

Student Operational Plan Updated After Students Arrive

With the start of the fall semester, CCC updated the Student Operational Plan and sent an email to all students.

Email Sent About House Parties

CCC Administration sent a letter to students addressing the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus if students choose to attend house parties.

Fall 2020 Student Operational Plan Updated

Following new guidance from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, CCC updated the Student Operational Plan and sent an email to all students.

Fall 2020 Student Operational Plan Announced

CCC announced the Student Operational Plan to explain some of the fall semester protocols that will aid in creating a safer environment for learning and living.

Fall 2020 Plan Announced

On June 3, students were emailed a memo from Executive Vice President Bennett announcing the start of the fall semester on Aug. 17, with finals concluding face-to-face classes Nov. 24. Courses starting in September and October will transition online after Nov. 24. Classes originally published to be exclusively online will proceed with no change.

Campus Offices Conditionally Open

(6/3) Buildings are unlocked, consistent with normal summer operations. Guests intending to enter facilities are required to make an appointment and answer screening questions.

The gymnasium, Fit Lab, and Steve Lampe Athletic Center open June 8. Arrangements must be made in advance with Athletic Director Mike Saddler.

Employees and visitors are not required to wear masks. Social distancing is highly encouraged.

Dorm Move-Out Begins

(5/4/20) In a letter to students, Dean of Student Affairs Nikol Nolan provided information on the process to officially check out of student housing. 

Some Staff Return to the Office but Campus Remains Closed to the Public

5/4) Governor Kelly's statewide stay-at-home executive order expired May 3 and some employees returned to campus offices on May 4. However, facilities remain closed to the public.

Emergency Financial Aid for CCC Students

(4/27/20) The Department of Education has provided Colby Community College with emergency financial aid grants to help eligible students cover expenses caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. te all remaining events.

Vice President Bennett's Memo Regarding Fall 2020 Classes

Academic Council is meeting regularly to plan for the fall to address the challenges facing higher education. CCC will continue to follow national, state, and local guidelines that determine our business operations and use these principles to guide our decisions:

  1. Protect Student Health
  2. Protect Community
  3. Protect Higher Education
  4. Protect Employee Health

Currently, CCC is planning a traditional fall semester starting August 17. Developments to the current situation are monitored daily. The impacts of these changes create a need for us to have alternative plans. For this reason, faculty need to plan fall semester classes to be offered remotely. If a traditional semester is not possible, we will explore the option for general education classes to be offered online and technical programs (Health Science & Ag) being modified accordingly to preserve the value of hands-on learning. In the event the pandemic prevents face-to-face classes, we will explore online learning for all programs.

We will provide a decision by June 1.

Sincerely,

Brad Bennett
Executive Vice President

Dr. Carter's Letter to Students

Good Afternoon,

Colby Community College has vigorously been following the developments on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). In light of the continuing concerns regarding COVID-19 Colby Community College has elected to shift all classes online for the duration of the spring semester. Beginning on March 30, 2020, all programs/courses will shift to an online/hybrid modality. Expect further communication from your instructors. Please know these decisions are not made lightly but are made in the interest of the safety for our students, employees, and the communities we serve. This has been an extremely difficult choice, but one we believe that is the right decision.

Technical programs (i.e., Beef Management, Dental Hygiene, Farm and Ranch Management, Horse Production, Massage Therapy, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing, Registered Nursing, Sustainable/Renewable Energy, and Veterinary Nursing) will receive direct guidance from their respective program directors.

Colby Community College has created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on their website to help answer questions https://www.colbycc.edu/about/public-info/covid-19/covid-19-faqs.html. This website is being updated frequently to ensure all students’ questions are being addressed.

Colby Community College’s graduation ceremony will not occur as it was normally scheduled, on May 8, 2020. In accordance with recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the ceremony will be delivered in alternate format or at an alternate date. All campus-related activities have been cancelled until further notice.

On a personal level, I am truly sorry for the disruption in your education. We examined a multitude of potential solutions to keep the academic term intact; unfortunately, as more and more health risks have been identified, this was the best solution. Thank you so much for being a part of the Trojan Family. Please remain positive and we will get through this difficult time together.

Seth Macon Carter

Monday, March 16, the National Junior College Athletic Association officially ended the 2020 NJCAA Men's and Women's Division I and II national basketball tournaments as well as the entire spring championship season. The decision brings a conclusion to CCC's baseball, softball, and men's and women's track seasons. The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) canceled all remaining regular-season and postseason shows. Also, the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) left the decision to its member schools to cancel or reschedule spring rodeos. Schools in CCC's Great Plains Region opted to terminate all remaining events.

Colby Community College is extending spring break through March 27, 2020. Please read the official statement regarding classes, residence halls, and other primary services.

POSTPONEMENTS

NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships The Trojans appearance in the national tournament scheduled for March 16-21 will tentatively be delayed until April 20. Visit the NJCAA website for more information.

Consequently, the schedule change also postpones the alumni and fan get-together on March 16 at AJ's Sports Grill in Hutchinson. Additionally, the bus to take basketball fans to Hutchinson on March 17 will be rescheduled.

Jayhawk Conference Athletics The Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, with support from the Presidents Council, announced the cancelation of all regular season competition for all teams, effective March 13 through April 1. This time will allow each school to assess the current situation and plan accordingly.

A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT DR. SETH CARTER

(3/12/20)  The amount of information concerning COVID-19 has been somewhat ambiguous and guidance has been limited.  Currently, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) we know the number of confirmed cases in the United States has surpassed 1,000; however, the number of unconfirmed cases could be much higher.  The symptoms appear to mirror that of the flu (i.e., “patients with confirmed COVID-19 have had mild-to-severe respiratory illness. Symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure” (Yale NewHaven Health).  

CCC will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates as they become available.  The guidance we have received from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is to avoid travel to areas that have large reported cases of the virus, avoid large gatherings, and continue sanitary practices.  

It is important to continue sanitary/hygienic processes (wash hands regularly and often, avoid shaking hands, and regularly disinfecting work areas) and ensure that everyone is monitoring their health and keeping themselves informed.  If you exhibit these symptoms or have been exposed, please do not come to class and call Citizen Health Center (or your preferred health care provider) and receive additional guidance.

As of right now, Colby Community College is expected to resume classes as normal upon the conclusion of Spring Break.  However, please take any necessary items with you prior to leaving campus, in case something does change.  Again, we are closely monitoring the situation and listening to state health officials.  

What is CCC Doing?

  • Attending weekly meetings with Citizens Health
  • Receiving daily updates regarding the virus from a variety of sources (hospital, peer networks, government resources, the state of Kansas, researching a variety of sources, etc.)
  • Exploring options/feasibility to move classes online, if necessary

We will be posting updates on our website as they become available.

Take care.

Seth Macon Carter, Ed.D.
President

RESOURCES

Fact Sheet for COVID-19 (Center for Disease Control and Prevention):

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts-h.pdf

Keeping Safe

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf

Additional Resources:

https://www.acha.org/ACHA/Resources/Topics/COVID-19_Update.aspx

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-ihe-response.html

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/