Coronavirus - Be Informed
Coronavirus: Be Informed
Butler Community College continues to monitor the latest information related to COVID-19 in an effort to support the well-being of our students and employees. We are dedicated to providing a safe learning environment for students, faculty and staff.
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.
If you have questions about protocols for quarantine and/or isolation or other health concerns related to a student, faculty or staff member, please contact College Health & Counseling by phone or email.
Reminder: Travel-Related Quarantine Period
Your health and well-being are of the utmost importance. Reminder: Anyone subject to a travel-related quarantine for a state or country previously on the travel-related quarantine list must complete their 14-day quarantine period.
- Attended/traveled to mass gathering events (out-of-state) of 500 people or greater on or after 8/11/2020
- Been on a cruise ship or river cruise
- North Dakota, Andorra, Brazil, China, Iran, European Schengen area, Republic of Ireland and United Kingdom,
Please contact Butler Community College Health Services at 316-322-3371 or 316-218-6934 if you have any questions or concerns.
October 23, 2020
Spring classes begin Jan. 24 and many students and parents are asking about the steps being taken for the spring semester. Here are a few Q&As that might be helpful:
Q: Will the policies regarding masks and social distancing introduced this semester remain as they are next semester? What changes to that might there be?
A: The recommendations regarding masks and social distancing will remain in effect in the Spring semester for as long as necessary to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff. If the recommendations from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment along with the CDC change, those recommendations will be taken into consideration prior to recommending any changes.
Q: Since the Spring semester starts on January 25th, when does it end?
A: The Spring semester is still slated to end on May 14, as originally scheduled.
Q: Will there be a Spring break, and when? Are there any extended weekends?
A: Spring Break will still take place from March 15 – March 21. Also, students will have off on April 1 (Institutional Development Day) and April 2. The dates are tentative. For example, if we have a number of closings due to inclement weather, these “days off” may be used to make up for instruction.
Q: Will online classes, and ZOOM attended classes have any changes from this semester?
A: Since we are approaching the Spring semester with the same protocols as the Fall semester, there will be online courses, blended courses, and remote courses taught through ZOOM at the same times as they were scheduled to meet face-to-face. Again, as things progress and we may be able to return to face-to-face instruction throughout the campus, those classes may change. It is too early to determine if those changes would be implemented.
Q: Are students in dorms going to be required to test for COVID-19 again when they return?
A: We did not require students that arrived in the Fall to be tested. If we knew they were from a state that had a large number of COVID-19 cases, we asked them to quarantine for 14 days prior to beginning the semester. At the present time, the only state that is on the quarantine following arrival in Kansas is North Dakota. As long as this progresses and we do not have a resurgence of COVID-19 cases across the country, we may not have a number of students needing to quarantine prior to the start of the Spring semester.
If a student has tested positive for COVID-19 (or had close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19) prior to returning to the campus, we would request that they remain at home and quarantine there until a time where they are no longer positive with the virus. Close contact is defined as having been within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
Have a question that you don’t see an answer to?
- COVID-19 Case Reporting
- Isolation & Quarantine Release
- COVID-19 Self Screening Questionaire
- Contact Tracing Opt-Out Form
- COVID-19 Information
- Student Services Return to Campus Plan
- Fall Semester - Returning Students
- Fall Semester - New Students
- Residence Hall Update
- If you are sick with COVID-19
- Kansas COVID-19 Case Summary
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment
- John Hopkins COVID-19 Data Center
- How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings
- How to Safely Wear and Take Off a Cloth Face Covering Download
- Mental Health During COVID-19
October 5, 2020
The College has recently seen a group of students testing positive for COVID-19. These students have been isolated. Some, not all, are athletes, therefore, members of athletic teams have also been quarantined. Athletic teams currently impacted include Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, some members of the football team, and Spirit Squad. While this situation has raised the level of concern, it is still minimal when compared to other institutions.
Faculty and staff are being contacted either by College Health or the Butler County Health Department if student schedules indicate exposure. The College continues to ask all faculty to continue their work with quarantined students. In return, all quarantined students are encouraged to immediately connect with their instructors to determine alternative learning avenues until their quarantine is completed. Students in quarantine, who remain on campus, are able to receive meals delivered directly to them by Residence Life staff.
The Critical Incident Management Team greatly appreciates all employees and students who are actively practicing the safety precautions implemented by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing during this pandemic. Questions may be directed to Bill Rinkenbaugh,Vice President of Student Services,316-322-3297.
October 2, 2020
The Department of College Health at the College continues to work diligently to keep all faculty, staff, and students safe during this pandemic. Testing and monitoring of all individuals continue on a daily basis. Most recently, we have a group of students that have tested positive for COVID-19. These students have been isolated upon finding the test results. Additionally, members of the athletic teams in which they participate have also been quarantined. The times of quarantine vary dependent upon when the members of the team tested positive.
If you have not been contacted by College Health or the Butler County Health Department, then you have not been exposed to COVID-19 and are not at risk at this time.
All students, at the time they are told to quarantine, are asked to connect with their instructors to inform them that they will not be able to return to the classroom pending the completion of their quarantine. Again, if you have not been contacted by College Health or the Butler County Health Department, you are not at risk of exposure, but the student does need to quarantine and does needs assistance to continue to successfully participate in classes from a distance. The Residence Life staff are ensuring that meals are delivered to all students in the residence halls that have quarantined. This will continue throughout this process.
The Critical Incident Management Team greatly appreciates all employees who are actively practicing the safety precautions implemented by wearing masks, and maintaining social distancing during this pandemic. While this situation has raised the level of concern, it is still minimal when compared to other institutions and that is due to continued practices by all individuals at Butler. It is greatly appreciated and we ask that you continue with this practice.
October 1, 2020
The Critical Incident Management Team continues to meet twice a week in an effort to meet the changing demands of COVID-19. To date, Butler has experienced relatively lower cases compared to other institutions, but we also know numbers can change instantly.
Mental health is as important as physical health and Butler faculty and staff are placing strong emphasis on monitoring students’ mental wellbeing. Any individual experiencing feelings of dismay, worry or depression are encouraged to connect with a college counselor, a service provided at no charge.
We are less than 60 days away from the end of the Fall semester with all final exams scheduled to be complete by the end of Nov. 24. In addition, spring classes will begin Jan. 25, which is one week later than usual, allowing students to return home for an extended holiday break. For these and other dates visit the College Calendar.
July 31, 2020
HIGH SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS - EARLY COLLEGE ACADEMY & CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT
With the rejection of Governor Kelly’s executive order, each K-12 district is working to set their own return plan. Butler continues to serve high school students through our Early College Academy and concurrent enrollment programs.
If you are high school student interested in enrolling for Butler classes, we are testing and enrolling students. Contact Lisa Bolin for Early College Academy at email@example.com or Loni Jensen for high school partnerships at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
July 27, 2020
ADVISING AND ENROLLMENT
Face-to-face advising is available for walk-ins and by appointment. Schedule your appointment
- While on campus, everyone is required to maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing, and you will be required to wear a face covering while on campus. If you don’t have a mask, let the people you’re meeting with know so one can be provided to you.
- You may bring one guest with you for your appointment. Guests are limited because we have limited building capacity and must adhere to social distancing guidelines.
- Due to capacity issues, a certain number of students/guests allowed in the waiting area at a time (this varies by location). If the waiting area is full, you have the following options:
- Utilize remote services
- Wait in your vehicle until your appointment
- Schedule an appointment for another day
PLEASE NOTE: Our location at the Andover High School is permanently closed and all operations have relocated to the newly remodeled 5000 building on 13th Street.
See more information about all Student Services Return to Campus Plan.
July 16, 2020
NJCAA approves move of close-contact fall and winter sports to spring semester
All fall and winter sports, except for Women's & Men's Cross Country, have been moved to a spring start for competition. Read more on the Butler Grizzlies atheletic's site.
Statement on Masks
Butler Community College requires all students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear a mask in accordance with CDC recommendations. Students will not be allowed to attend a face to face class without wearing a mask. Butler Community College recognizes that there may be instances in which a student cannot wear a mask or may choose not to wear a mask to class. Those students will be given the opportunity to participate either in a remote session or by enrolling in an online section. It is the goal of Butler Community College to keep all of our stakeholders safe by reducing the risk of the spread of Covid-19.
Executive order to delay the reopening of public schools (K-12) until after Labor Day
Governor Kelly's executive order is expected to be released Monday, July 20, and relates to K-12 public schools. It does not include colleges or universities. However, Butler does serve high school students through our Early College Academy and concurrent enrollment programs. It is expected for each school district to have some freedom with their own plans. We are working closely with our high school partners to adjust to the Governor’s executive orders and continue to provide opportunities for districts to participate in our Early College Academy and concurrent enrollment programs.
Reminder if testing positive or exposed
If you have a COVID-19 related situation that would prevent you from returning to campus as planned, please contact Disability Services at 316-323-3321 for assistance with possible accommodations.
Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must remain in isolation until they have gone 3 days with no fever and respiratory symptoms have improved, as well as 10 days since symptoms first appeared.
Individuals who have close contact with confirmed cases must remain in quarantine for 14 days.
Individuals awaiting test results must remain in isolation.
MASKS ARE REQUIRED
Considering the rise in COVID-19 cases and the Kansas Governor’s mandate on masks, Butler Community College requires masks be worn on all college property. This decision was made with careful consideration and the health of all our Butler Grizzlies in mind.
The college is providing one cloth face mask to employees and has a supply of disposable face masks for students, visitors, and employees. We ask that all individuals on college property adhere to our floor markings and signage for appropriate social distancing. Face masks are not a substitute for social distancing.
ADVISING AND ENROLLMENT
Face-to-face advising is available at the following locations by appointment. Schedule your appointment
- El Dorado: Operating regular business hours by appointment
- Rock Road Service Center: Open regular business hours, by appointment
- 13th Street in Andover: Will open July 13 for face-to-face, by appointment
PLEASE NOTE: Our location at the Andover High School is permanently closed and all operations have relocated to the newly remodeled 5000 building on 13th Street.
See more information about all Student Services Return to Campus Plan.
El Dorado Campus Visit
Visit Butler Community College's El Dorado campus by appointment only. Call 316.322.3396 to schedule your in-person campus visit.
Butler Bookstores remain closed for face-to-face service but continue to process and ship online orders Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays. Estimated open date is July 20. Face masks and social distancing required. If students have questions, please email email@example.com. Visit the Bookstore.
Move-In Day is Saturday, August 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Move-in teams of three students will be scheduled in 15-minute intervals for different areas of the residence halls in order to accommodate social distancing. A FREE grab and go lunch will be provided with hamburgers and hot dogs for students and their family members. Butler administrators will be available to answer questions. Anyone traveling from a state that is on the KDHE list of mandatory 14-day quarantine should come early to quarantine before classes start on August 10. If students have questions, please contact the Residence Life Office. We are excited to meet you!
RETURN TO CAMPUS PROTOCOLS
The Critical Incident Management Team continues to monitor the situation closely. Protocols have been put into place for social distancing (pay attention to campus signage), regularly disinfecting traffic and work areas, and for placement of Plexiglas® shields.
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (July 1 – August 2, 2020)
While most employees are still encouraged to work remotely, some employees are returning to campus to address student and visitor needs. The following protocols are required:
- Conduct a daily self-screening questionnaire before reporting to work; The tool is help you assess whether or not you should come to campus.
- Maintain six feet of social distancing and limit congregation in groups to 10 or less.
- Employees and visitors, when on college property, are required to wear a face covering (no bandanas allowed) at all times, unless working alone in a personal office space with the door closed.
- Individual staff are responsible for daily cleaning of office desks, tables, shared equipment, personal items, and space within the office environment. Disinfecting supplies are being provided.
- Nonessential travel by employees is discouraged. If traveling to a location that is on the quarantine list as noted by KDHE, employees and students are required to follow the 14-day quarantine guidelines before returning to college property. For the latest travel restrictions visit Kansas Department of Health and Environment (This applies to Kansas residents as well as visitors to Kansas.)
- All classroom and lab protocols are being finalized and will be available soon. Stay tuned for more information.
TRAINING FOR EMPLOYEES AND STUDENTS
Butler is working to finalize a required employee training module related to COVID-19 and the work expectations for returning to work. In addition, a training module to help students understand and visualize their experience on campus is also forthcoming and will be available through Canvas, Butler’s academic portal.
Some student workers are returning to work on campus but it requires special approvals by the the supervisor. Student workers should connect with their supervisors for their return to work plans.
TENTATIVE STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (AUGUST 3, 2020)
- Most employees will be back on campus
- CDC social distancing protocols and personal protection equipment (PPE) will be followed
- Classes begin August 10 and social distancing will be adhered to in all learning environments (classrooms, labs)
Personal Safety Practices
Taking care of your face masks/cloth face coverings:
Disposable masks may only be worn for one day and then must be placed in the trash. You may also wear a cloth face covering which will help reduce the need to purchase additional masks, which are in short supply. Cloth face coverings must only be worn for one day at a time and must be properly laundered before wearing again. So, having more than one cloth mask is ideal.
Find more information regarding face mask use.
Use and care of face coverings
- Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face covering/disposable mask.
- Ensure the face-covering/disposable mask fits over the nose and under the chin.
- Situate the face-covering/disposable mask properly with nose wire snug against the nose (where applicable).
- Tie straps behind the head and neck or loop around the ears.
- Throughout the process: Avoid touching the front of the face covering/disposable mask.
Taking off the face covering/disposable mask:
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face covering/disposable mask.
- When taking off the face covering/disposable mask, loop your finger into the strap and pull the strap away from the ear, or untie the straps.
- Wash hands immediately after removing.
Care, storage and laundering:
- Keep face coverings/disposable mask stored in a paper bag when not in use.
- Cloth face coverings may not be used more than one day at a time and must be washed after use. Cloth face coverings should be properly laundered with regular clothing detergent before first use, and daily thereafter.
- Cloth face coverings should be replaced immediately if soiled, damaged (e.g. ripped, punctured) or visibly contaminated.
- Disposable masks must not be used for more than one day and should be placed in the trash after use or if it becomes soiled, damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured material) or visibly contaminated.
No more than one person may enter an elevator at a time, so please use the stairs whenever possible. If you are using the elevator, wear your mask or face covering and avoid touching the elevator buttons with your exposed hand/fingers, if possible. Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol as the preferred form of hand hygiene in healthcare settings upon departing the elevator.
July 7, 2020
All Butler Community College locations remain closed to the public through August 2, 2020, with the exception of Student Services:
Summer classes are being taught as:
- A traditional online course (on your own schedule with instructor chats and deadlines for completion)
- A remote learning course (set days/times each week with instructor and classmates via web conferencing)
Face-to-face classes are planned for Fall 2020 with classes beginning August 10 and completing November 24.
July 2, 2020
Butler alters fall semester and plans for students to be finished with fall finals before Thanksgiving
In response to a predicted COVID-19 spike during flu season, Butler Community College has altered its fall schedule to help keep students, faculty and staff safe and healthy. Butler announced last week it is shifting its fall schedule to allow students to finish the fall semester sooner than typical. Read full story
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.