Updates related to COVID-19  

Past Updates

The Student Operational Plan was updated on the 8th.

The Student Operational Plan was updated on the 20th.

The weekly COVID-19 update was emailed to students on the 6th, 13th, and 20th.

The Student Operational Plan was updated on the 16th.

The weekly COVID-19 update was emailed to students on the 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th.

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

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

16: CCC updated the Student Operational Plan and notified students.

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

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

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

Aug. 21: With the start of the fall semester, CCC updated the Student Operational Plan and sent an email to all students.

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

July 31: Following new guidance from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, CCC updated the Student Operational Plan and sent an email to all students.

July 20: 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.

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.

Buildings were unlocked, consistent with normal summer operations. Guests intending to enter facilities were required to make an appointment and answer screening questions. The gymnasium, Fit Lab, and Steve Lampe Athletic Center opened June 8. Employees and visitors were not required to wear masks but social distancing was highly encouraged.

May 4: In a letter to students, Dean of Student Affairs Nikol Nolan provided information on the process to officially check out of student housing. 

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

April 27: 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.

April 24: Vice President Bennett sent a memo regarding fall 2020 classes.

March 18: Dr. Carter sent a letter to students anouncing the transition online for face-to-face classes.

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 brought 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.

March 13: Colby Community College extended spring break through March 27. The College released an official statement regarding classes, residence halls, and other primary services.


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.