Letter from the President: COVID-19 Information and update
March 13, 2020
In an effort to support the well-being of our employees and students, we continue to monitor recommendations related to the spread of COVID-19. This situation is dynamic and rapidly changing with the potential for new guidance and recommendations to come forth as the virus spreads and new information is gained. 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 World Health Organization has now identified COVID-19 as a pandemic with cases detected in nearly every state and highest clusters in Washington, New York, and California. It has also been detected in most countries worldwide. The immediate risk of being exposed to COVID-19 is still low for most of Americans but as the outbreak expands, that risk will increase. The “community spread” of the virus is growing in a number of states.
As of March 13, 2020, these decisions have been made:
The KJCCC has cancelled all athletic events from March 13th through April 1st. The Community College presidents will re-assess the situation on March 30th and make further recommendations.
The CIMT is closely monitoring information from the CDC, the Butler County Health Department, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Butler County Emergency Management as well as many other sources. With the potential for community spread of COVID-19 and the health and well-being of our students, employees, and visitors a priority, the following events/meetings have been cancelled:
Events on campus through April 10th will be cancelled including Life Enrichment, AKCCOP, and IDD. Student Services personnel have been notified of specific event cancellations as well. The Theatre production on April 16th-18th has been cancelled.
All end of year and commencement related activities will be evaluated and decisions made in the next few weeks.
College Sponsored Travel
All college-sponsored travel, for employees and students, domestic and/or international which includes attendance at meetings, conferences, events, shows, etc is to be discontinued, effective immediately. No college-sponsored travel plans should be made through the end of the spring semester. In rare circumstances, exceptions to travel restrictions may be considered but only in consultation with the president.
Butler’s regularly scheduled spring break is March 16th through March 20th. It is being extended a week through March 27th. All classes will utilize Canvas for course delivery in an online format beginning Monday March 30th through April 10th unless extended beyond this date. Updates will be provided.
The Residence Halls will remain open through Saturday, March 14th, 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 10 or until otherwise notified. In special situations if students need to come back to campus (after March 14th) for belongings or if they have nowhere to go when they return, they will need to fill out this petition. Petitions will need to be approved PRIOR to the arrival back on campus. Butler will also provide additional information about screening protocols to students returning to campus.
Campuses and Offices Remain Open
Butler campuses and offices will remain open unless otherwise notified. In order to continue to serve students, employees and stakeholders, normal operations will remain in place.
If students have jobs on campus they should report to work as scheduled.
Supervisors should exercise judgment and flexibility when considering requests for alternate work schedules or telecommute due to COVID-19 concerns. In all cases, if an employee is sick, they should stay home.
If any employee or student has been exposed, has a confirmed case of coronavirus, or if has any questions, please contact Butler’s College Health Services at (316) 322-3371.
Butler’s Critical Incident Management Team will continue to meet regularly to discuss and develop plans and protocols as needed. We are also monitoring this situation in partnership with the Butler County Health Department and Butler County Emergency Management. We will continue to update everyone as more information emerges. Check your emails and check the website.
Kimberly W. Krull, Ph.D.
Butler Community College
901 S Haverhill Road
El Dorado, KS 67042