Coronavirus - Be Informed
Coronavirus: Be Informed
Butler Community College is preparing for the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and we continue to monitor the latest information related to the virus in an effort to support the well-being of our students and employees.
As this situation is dynamic and rapidly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page to stay informed of the latest news and actions related to the Butler Community College family.
May 21, 2020
The Coronavirus Aid, Relieve, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides for education stabilization through emergency funding to institutions of higher education through Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF). Institutions accepting CARES funding must commit to providing at least 50% of the funds in the form of emergency student aid relief, to assist eligible students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.
Butler used the allocation of CARES Act funds to establish the Butler CARES Emergency Student Aid program, to assist eligible students with unexpected expenses related to the disruption of campus operations such as technology, course materials, housing, food, health care, and childcare.
In an attempt to meet Congress’s intent to deliver emergency student aid relief as expeditiously as possible, while prioritizing students with exceptional need, Butler has identified two categories of students- students receiving direct disbursement without an application and students who may apply for remaining funds by completing the online application process.
For additional information regarding Butler CARES Emergency Student Aid, including the application process, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page at: www.butlercc.edu/cares-faq. You may also contact the Financial Aid Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 13, 2020
Butler Community College will resume face-to-face classes for fall 2020. As national, state, and local officials develop a plan to re-open, the College will adhere to guidelines set forth by those officials and follow CDC and KDHE recommendations.
Face-to-face does not necessarily mean business as usual. Various protocols will be in place to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff. College leadership is working diligently to determine learning options that keep the safety of students in the forefront while also balancing the quality of instruction. For example, the number of students in a single classroom is being reviewed.
Butler Community College campuses closed to the public on March 18 and the institution moved all spring and summer classes to remote teaching. Over the summer Butler will slowly implement a phased approach for bringing staff and faculty back to campus while also adhering to necessary COVID-19 protocols.
May 7, 2020
Commencement Update: A virtual celebration will acknowledge Butler graduates on May 29 at 7 p.m. on YouTube. More info can be found at butlercc.edu/graduation
The event is open to all students, families and college staff & faculty. This celebration will include messages from President Kim Krull, presentation and acceptance of the class of 2020, scholarship presentations, and more.
More than 1,000 students will receive certificates, diplomas and degrees from Butler this year. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us to celebrate these Grizzlies!
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment
- KDHE Kansas COVID-19 Case Summary
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- John Hopkins COVID-19 Data Center
- Novel Coronavirus FAQs
- COVID-19 Fact Sheet
- Reduce the Spread of COVID-19
- If you are sick with COVID-19
- Letter from the President - 03.23.20
- Letter from the President - 03.13.20
- EduCare Update
- Residence Hall Update
- A Message From Concerned Physicians
Notice of Cancellations and Postponements:
- 04.15.20: Due to Gov. Kelly's stay at home order, all prospective student campus visits will be suspended until at least May 3.
- 03.28.20: Due to Gov. Kelly's stay at home order, all prospective student campus visits will be suspended until at least April 19.
- 03.20.20: Regretfully, Butler Community College has decided to cancel its in-person commencement ceremonies which were scheduled for May 13 – 15, 2020. This includes Nurses’ Pinning, Order of the Purple and Graduation exercises. All faculty and staff at Butler share in the disappointment of the current day circumstances. Celebrating the personal growth of our students is always a highlight for us as well. Butler is reviewing alternative ways we can celebrate the academic accomplishments of our students and we will release those details at a later date.
- 03.18.20: After much consideration, the Butler Critical Incident Management Team has decided to close EduCare as of Friday, March 20th, temporarily. We deem this to be a highly precautionary emphasis. Please click here for more information.
- 03.16.20: The NJCAA has announced the remainder of spring sports seasons are canceled.
03.13.20: It was announced that the Orientation and Enrollment Days scheduled for March 25 and April 8 have been cancelled.
03.13.20: It was announced that prospective student campus visits will be suspended until April 10.
03.13.20: It was announced that the the Theatre production on April 16th-18th has been cancelled.
03.13.20: It was announced that events on campus through April 10th will be cancelled. This includes the 2020 Association of Kansas Community College Occupational Professionals (AKCCOP) Conference scheduled for April 1 to April 3 and the Institutional Development Day (IDD) scheduled for April 9.
03.13.20: Butler’s regularly scheduled spring break has been extended through March 27 for students. Offices will remain open. Classes will resume Monday, March 30 with all classes utilizing Canvas for course delivery in an online format.
03.12.20: Based on the latest developments and the continued spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, with support from the Presidents Council, announces the suspension of all regular season competition for all teams, effective Friday, March 13 through April 1.
03.12.20: Life Enrichment announced March 12 that the April 7 meeting and “Scan & Share” activity have been canceled. The "Scan & Share" activity may be rescheduled.
03.12.20: The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) announced March 12 that the Division I and II Men's & Women's basketball tournaments have postponed. Originally scheduled for next week, the four upcoming National Tournaments have been tentatively postponed until Monday, April 20.
GrizzlySAFE is the official mobile safety tool of Butler Community College. This app is designed to take with you anywhere and keep you notified at all times of important news, campus closings and more.
Learn more and download the free app at https://www.butlercc.edu/grizzlysafe
April 30, 2020
Governor Kelly held a press conference this evening at 6:30 p.m. and shared her plan to re-open Kansas. Her statewide “safer at home” order will be lifted on May 4, 2020. Phase 1 for her 3 Phase plan will begin that day.
In each phase, the state’s disease spread, testing rates, death rates, hospitalizations, ability to contain outbreaks and conduct contact tracing and availability of PPE will be evaluated in order to determine if the state should move to the next phase. Right now, Phase 1 will be from May 4 – May 18, Phase 2 from May 18 – June 1, Phase 3 from June 1 – June 15 and then “Phase Out” will begin no sooner than June 15th with the Governor issuing additional guidelines for this phase.
Of importance to all of us at this point is….can we open up our campuses again? Not quite yet.
Her plan states for Phase 1: “Higher education institutions that are closed before May 4th should remain closed for in person learning or events involving groups of more than 10 individuals present at a time.”
With the limit of no more than 10 individuals, we’ll continue to follow the guidelines we currently have in place. Our Critical Incident Management Team (CIMT) is putting together protocols for returning to campus when we are able to safely do that. They will include adherence to social distancing guidelines, use of PPE, sanitizing and disinfecting work areas among other things. Our efforts will be with measured care and thought to continue to keep everyone as healthy as possible. Each Phase of the Governor’s plan loosens the restrictions on the number of people who can be present in a group.
Because we have students in CTE programs that are waiting to finish required “hands-on” portions of their curriculum, we’ll be working to get small groups of those students back soon into their classroom and lab spaces so they are able to finish their last course outcomes. After CIMT meetings and reviews the Governor’s plan, we’ll provide additional details to everyone.
April 22, 2020
Summer Classes Update:
All summer courses at Butler have been moved to an online/virtual environment to help ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff.
Butler is announcing its new SummerPlus initiative as a way to give back and encourage students to not let these unprecedented times derail their educational goals and to offer some assistance to those who find they may need to retool for industry. SummerPlus provides students taking six or more credit hours in the summer 2020 semester with three free credit hours of tuition for the following fall semester. SummerPlus covers the cost of tuition for three credit hours only (fees and books not included), and the credits are only available for the fall 2020 semester.
Nursing TEAS Update:
Butler has decided to push the deadline back to June 1st. New TEAS test dates should be posted by the end of next week online at https://www.butlercc.edu/info/200181/nursing/341/teas-process-required.
For the students that are interested in the KU partnership, we would encourage you to start the application process.
April 15, 2020
Governor Laura Kelly has extended the statewide stay-at-home order until midnight on May 3 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Butler campuses will remain closed until at least May 3. Faculty and staff are working remotely.
March 28, 2020
As part of ongoing efforts to limit the spread of novel coronavirus in Kansas, Governor Laura Kelly issued a temporary, statewide stay-home order. It will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 30. The measure will be in place at least until Sunday, April 19. Butler campuses will remain closed until at least April 19. Faculty and staff are working remotely.
March 24, 2020
Butler has created a resource shell in CANVAS titled Keep Learning @ Butler. This page provides resources as you transition to online courses. Pay attention to the course homepage and modules tab! Be sure to connect with our student support social media channels for the latest information and direct communication. We are here to help you through this unprecedented time!
Facebook – @ButlerCCStudentSupport
Instagram – butlerccstudentsupport
Twitter - @ButlerCCStuSupt
March 23, 2020
Butler Community College President Dr. Kimberly Krull shared a new letter with Butler students updating them on our response to COVID-19 and providing additional information about the recent changes. Read Dr. Krull's letter here.
March 20, 2020
EduCare will close at 6 p.m. Friday, March 20. We deem this a highly precautionary emphasis. Please click here for more information.
Press Release - Butler Cancels May Commencement Exercises
Press Release - Butler Community College Closed to the Public
March 19, 2020
March 16, 2020
The health of Butler’s students, employees, and visitors are of critical importance. With that in mind, the following “preemptive” measures are being taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:
- Effective Wednesday, March 18th, all Butler campuses will close to students, visitors and the public until April 10th, unless extended. (Reminder: spring break has been extended through March 27th for all students.)
- Between March 18th and March 30th, college employees may be transitioned to remote work under the direction of the unit Vice Presidents or Associate Vice Presidents.
- Starting March 30th, essential staff identified by unit Vice Presidents and Associate Vice Presidents will continue to report to campus and all other college employees will work remotely until April 10th, unless extended.
- Beginning Monday, March 30th, all classes regardless of modality and location will utilize Canvas for course delivery in an online format through the end of the spring 2020 semester.
Residence Hall students will be given further direction by the Director of Residence Life. Watch your Butler email for specific instructions and view the initial message here.
EduCare will remain open and under normal operations until a time is determined by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment or Butler Administration for the necessity of the center’s temporary closure.
The Critical Incident Management Team is meeting daily. Butler employees should direct any questions to department supervisors. We will be monitoring this situation and communicating regularly through Butler email as updates occur. Continue to access the college website at www.butlercc.edu/coronavirus for additional information.
Because this is such an unprecedented situation, a number of Butler processes are still being determined. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we work through this situation together.
March 13, 2020
Butler’s regularly scheduled spring break has been extended through March 27 for students. Offices will remain open.
Classes will resume Monday, March 30 with all classes utilizing Canvas for course delivery in an online format through April 10.
Butler’s regularly scheduled spring break is March 16th through March 20th. Butler is extending spring break through March 27th. Classes will resume Monday, March 30, for ALL students in an online format utilizing Canvas for course delivery through April 10. We continue to evaluate and will make updates as warranted. All campuses and offices will be open and operational.
All Butler employees and students will continue to be informed of changes via Butler email, the college’s website at www.butlercc.edu/coronavirus, GrizzlySafe, and the Butler Facebook page. Butler’s Critical Incident Management Team (CIMT) is meeting regularly to remain informed, update information, and make decisions.
The Residence Halls will remain open through Saturday, March 14th at 5:00 pm.
Students approved to stay on campus during spring break will be permitted to remain if they choose. Brunch and dinner will be available in the cafeteria for students remaining on campus. Students leaving campus for Spring break travels will be expected to remain home or off campus through April 10th unless otherwise notified. In special situations if students need to come back to campus (after March 14th at 5:00 pm) for belongings or if they have no where to go when they return, they will need to fill out this petition. Petitions will need to be approved PRIOR to the students arrival back on campus. Butler will also provide additional information about screening protocols to students returning to campus.
EduCare will remain open and running normally (with all current policies remaining in effect) until a time is determined by the Kansas Department Health and Environment that the center must temporarily close (or if the college goes into a mandatory shutdown). We are taking every step possible to be sure that we are proving the cleanest environment for your children. For more information, please see the EduCare webpages.
NetTutor Online Tutoring
Online tutoring is available to all students for free. NetTutor provides tutoring that fits your schedule for all courses that you take and is accessible through Pipeline and Canvas. NetTutor is now accessible on mobile devices (Android, Apple, Windows devices).
To use NetTutor:
- Login to Canvas.
- Select any class from Dashboard or Courses.
- Select NetTutor Link.
- A new window will open, taking you directly to the tutoring site.
- Select the desired subject.
March 12, 2020
Butler Community College, El Dorado, Kansas, is monitoring the situation and concerns with COVID-19 very closely. We have a comprehensive internal team that has been meeting as we remain alert to information from the CDC and are in regular conversations with several representatives and agencies, i.e., school districts, higher education partners in Kansas, Emergency Management and the County Health Department, area hospitals and other medical professionals.
We encourage all our employees and students to use basic prevention methods as recommended by the CDC, such as thoroughly washing hands and staying home when ill.
Actions we are taking:
- Our custodial staff are working to ensure fully operational hand sanitizing stations are in each building
- We are utilizing our digital signage to inform faculty, staff and students of CDC recommended protocols
- We are prepared to leverage the GrizzlySafe App as warranted
- We are assessing spring break travel plans
An all-college email was sent informing faculty, staff and students of appropriate precautions regarding the concerns of travel during spring break. As of this time, Butler Community College administration has not deemed it necessary to delay school after spring break.
At this time, we have not made a decision to move all classes online, but our critical incident management team is discussing necessary implementation measures if such actions are needed.
Statement from Kansas Association of Community College Trustees (KACCT) on COVID-19 impact
Today, the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees (KACCT) convened the leadership of Kansas community colleges to discuss the COVID-19 situation. The KACCT representatives shared how each campus has prepared for this situation over the last month and how to best ensure the health and safety of Kansas Community College students, faculty, staff, and the communities in which they reside. This is a fluid situation and each Kansas community college has a plan which includes precautions they will be taking with their students, faculty, visitors, and staff. Be assured that the situation is being continuously monitored and operations will be adjusted if the situation worsens. Student success and safety is in the forefront of each college’s plan. Each college takes the situation seriously, institutes good health practices, implements restrictions to protect health and safety, and continues to monitor the evolving situation. The best course of action for students and parents is to remain informed of the evolving situation, follow each college’s social media stream and website, and remain calm and focused on the successful completion of the semester. Additional information will be released as the situation develops.
While this is a serious public health threat and COVID-19 is slowly spreading throughout the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines the immediate health risk as low for those who are unlikely to be exposed to the virus, but as a Butler family we need to remember to practice prevention techniques such as frequently washing hands for more than 20 seconds with soap and water, and covering your mouth when you cough. The CDC actually recommends that healthy people do not wear a face mask. Only individuals that experience symptoms should wear a face mask.
Spring Break Travel
With Spring Break nearly here, please remain vigilant when considering your travel plans, especially if they include travel to international locations. Risks relating to travel include potentially contracting the disease, travel restrictions imposed by local governments or health authorities, or being quarantined or physically isolated from others for extended periods of time. Please take these important considerations into account as you make your Spring Break plans.
Stigma Related to COVID-19
At this time most people in the United States have little immediate risk of exposure to COVID-19. However, many people are worried about the disease. Due to the origin of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China, that fear and anxiety can lead to stigma and discrimination toward Chinese or other Asian Americans. These stigmas hurt everyone by creating more fear or anger toward ordinary people instead of the disease. In support of our institutional values of Quality, Integrity, Caring, and Service, Butler Community College will advocate for the dignity of all members of our Butler Family. We can all do our part to fight this stigma by providing social support.
March 5, 2020
As mandated by the CDC, anyone who has traveled to Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan, or China should stay at home and not attend class in person for 14 days, whether or not they’re symptomatic. Any Butler students in this situation should contact Butler’s College Health department for protocols and notify their instructors regarding class assignments.
Butler remains vigilant about the health and safety of our campuses.