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Members of the JCCC Community,

We want to take this opportunity to commend you for the collaborative and collective effort exerted for a successful start of the Fall 2020 semester. All the hard work to prepare and deploy classroom standards, student support services, department plans, protocols, signage, and PPE will come to our aid as we enter into the months ahead.

Over the past several weeks, the JCCC Return to Campus Taskforce has worked to share out the latest guidance on facial coverings, update reporting protocols and continue to limit on-campus activities to those that are best served through face to face interaction. To ensure the JCCC Return to Campus Plan (jccc.edu/ReturnToCampus) and College Guidelines continuously stay relevant to the current environment, the “Duration of Steps” section is currently being updated to reflect the most recent workplace guidance on the College website.

Duration of Steps and Gating Criteria

In working with Johnson County Department of Health & Environment (JCDHE), they recommend Johnson County Community College follow workplace guidance (PDF) (rather than K-12 or Higher Education with campus housing). This guidance is designed to aid in preventing the spread of COVID-19 at work, concentrating on the rules of infection control and what to do when a case of COVID-19 occurs in the workplace.

JCCC has limited on-campus activity to protect the campus for required face to face support, teaching and learning. We will continue to follow State and County guidance, as well as roll back specific activities associated with COVID-19 cases to contain spread.

Below are the internal and community measures being monitored closely:

  • Internal Influencers (may impact specific activity or campus as a whole):
    • Total number of active JCCC positive COVID-19 cases in the past seven days
    • COVID-19 Reports:Number of on-campus students actively in isolation or quarantine
    • Supply chain disruptions (i.e.: PPE, Cleaning Supplies, power outage, etc.)
  • Community Indicators (see Johnson County COVID-19 Dashboard - Gating Criteria):
    • State of Kansas or Johnson County Executive Orders
    • Johnson County daily new cases per 100,000 population in the last 7 days = 150-200
    • Johnson County percent of COVID-19 tests with positive results (14-day moving average) >15%

What to Expect Moving Forward

Proceeding to the next Step or a previous Step will depend upon us reducing or exceeding a combination of the criteria listed above and would trigger a communication to campus. That communication would outline the specific and/or combination of criteria we are monitoring to determine if alternative strategies and action are needed, following a 5-day evaluation period.

Knowing this situation continues to evolve, we will continue to update the JCCC Return to Campus Plan and College Guidelines to meet the changing demands of the environment. Specific questions can be directed to your department manager or the IRT members at incidentresponseteam@jccc.edu.

Stay Safe,

The Return to Campus Taskforce

Molly Baumgardner, Lenora Cook, Holly Dressler, Tim Frenzel, Lisa Gartland, Chris Gray, Tom Hall, Jeff Hoyer, Farrell Jenab, Dixie Johnson, Alisa Pacer, Tom Pagano, Gregory Russell, Heather Seitz, Janelle Vogler, Sandra Warner, Randy Weber

Greetings Cavalier!

As we prepare for the upcoming fall semester, we want to reassure you that the safety of our students, employees and visitors at Johnson County Community College continues to be at the forefront of our decision-making process. That’s why the policies and protocols we’ve implemented were developed using data and the recommendations of state and local officials to inform our actions. We continue to be flexible and ready to adjust as needed. 

Your well-being and academic achievement are important. To better prepare and support our Cavaliers during the upcoming weeks and months, JCCC is offering credit courses and a broad range of student services using multiple delivery methods. Detailed Course Delivery Method definitions can be found on the Course Delivery Methods webpage..

Hybrid, Online Hybrid and Online Virtual Courses and Services

This semester, a majority of our credit courses will be taught online. In a hybrid course, a portion of the class assignments and meetings are delivered online, but it also has some required on-campus face-to-face meetings. An online hybrid course will use the Canvas online Learning Management System and requires that you attend scheduled virtual meetings. Our online courses have no required on-campus or required online meetings and are provided through the Canvas online Learning Management System. As long as you meet any required timelines or deadlines, you can study at your own pace. 

With few exceptions, a large array of student services are available to you via scheduled Zoom sessions or over the phone. These services include Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, academic and personal counseling at the Counseling Center, Career Services to help with your career development, internship, or job search needs, Tutoring and Academic support now located on the first and second floors of the Library, Access Services, computer labs, limited testing, the Billington Library, Clubs & Orgs, the Student Basic Needs Center, and Dining Services.

 

Face-to-Face (F2F) Courses and Services

Our F2F credit courses are delivered fully on-campus with face-to-face interaction between the instructor and students. A face-to-face course may use computers, the internet or other electronic media in the classroom.

In-person services are also available to you on campus by appointment or on a drop-in basis. In addition to the student services identified above, on-campus services include the Fitness Center (opening Aug. 24), full-service testing, use of the computer labs, all tutoring and academic support now located on the first and second floors of the Library, and the Student Basic Needs Center in COM 319 for food and school supplies.

U-Pass for University Students

Need transportation? If you’re a current JCCC student, faculty or staff member, you can ride free on any RideKC bus route except the K-10 connector operating between Overland Park and Lawrence. No sign up required. Simply swipe your JCCC ID at the fare box. Bus service in the JCCC area (PDF). 

Wishing you all a safe and happy start to the Fall 2020 Semester!

 Sincerely,

Return to Campus Task Force


Common FAQs

When are Campus buildings and computer labs open?

Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. and weekends, noon – 5 p.m.

When do I need to use the Daily Wellness Checklist?

All JCCC students must complete the COVID-19 wellness self-check each day PRIOR to coming to any JCCC location. Don’t come on Campus if you answer YES to the wellness self-check.

 What are the health protocols I need to follow on campus?

Wear a face covering at all times in public. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Maintain six feet of distance from others. Monitor your health throughout the day. Cover coughs and sneezes.

What do I do if I think I have COVID or I tested positive for COVID?

  1. Stay home; do not come to JCCC

  2. Contact your professor to report your assessment

  3. Follow Return to Campus Guidelines to stay home

  4. You are strongly encouraged to contact a healthcare provider to evaluate your situation

  5. If you have reported symptoms, please answer your phone when called to facilitate contact tracing process

How do I get tutoring help?

The Academic Resource Center is located on the first floor of the library. It’s your one-stop shop for free tutoring and assistance for your classes! You can visit in person or get help online via Zoom appointments.

I’m having trouble making ends meet, will JCCC help me?

Our Student Basic Needs Center has the Cav Cupboard food pantry in COM 319, which is filled with food and school supplies. If you are worried about a place to live or how to get to school, send an email to basicneeds@jccc.edu.

What if I have a disability and need accommodations or services?

If you’re a student with a disability and need accommodations, Access Services can provide support to help you meet your educational goals.

What if I’m having trouble with my computer or WiFi and I’m taking online or hybrid classes?

For computer troubleshooting, call the Technical Support Center (913-469-8500, ext. HELP). Also, our computer labs are available to use when campus buildings are open and WiFi is in all buildings.

Are library resources only available on campus?

Even if you’re not on campus, the Billington Library is here to serve you, offering a variety of services in person and remotely. 

Where do I get my student ID?

Obtain your student ID card at the Student Engagement Desk (SC 106). For ID card eligibility call 913-469-3807.

Can JCCC help me with bus passes?

Learn about the U-Pass for RideKC transportation or purchase a K-10 Connector bus pass at the Student Engagement Desk (SC 106).

I want to get involved – where should I start?

On campus: Stop by the Center for Student Involvement in COM 309 to learn how to Get Involved @ JCCC via clubs and other involvement opportunities including Student Senate and Quiz Bowl.

Online: Visit the online involvement portal, Get Involved @ JCCC, for student events, clubs, and additional engagement opportunities.

Cavalier Greetings!

We want to share the College’s continued interpretation of the Governor’s Order that the Johnson County Board of Commissioners upheld as of July 2 and again on July 9. Below are the new requirements:

  • Public indoor spaces (public service areas frequented or visited by members of the public, lobbies, hallways, stairways, restrooms, food/beverage areas, lines to enter any public indoor space) – facial coverings are required at all times even when members of the public may not be present at the time
  • Public outdoor spaces where 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained – facial coverings required
  • Classrooms facial coverings required
  • Work areas where more than one person shares the same space (work areas, office suites, meeting/conference rooms) – facial coverings required
  • Private offices – facial covering not required, except when someone else enters the private office, then facial coverings are required
If you need an accommodation for face coverings, please notify Access Services. JCCC will then work to determine if a reasonable accommodation is necessary or possible for you.

This is a change in the current College Guidelines and work is underway to update signage across campus to reflect the facial covering requirement. We will continue to update the campus community as this evolves in the coming weeks and months.

As a reminder, it is the responsibility of each of us to hold ourselves and others accountable.

  • Departments will follow their current protocols for non-compliant students and personnel
  • If a person is non-compliant with wearing a facial covering after you have politely asked for them to comply, you are empowered to ask them to leave or to remove yourself from the situation
  • Offering to hop on a Zoom call and meet remotely is a graceful alternative to a face to face meeting
  • Please contact your professor with any questions about their department’s protocol for noncompliance
  • If a situation has escalated and you need assistance, please contact the Police Department at ext. 2500
Continue to be safe and well,

The Return to Campus Taskforce

Dear JCCC Cavalier,

While our summer semester is just starting at Johnson County Community College, we want to share useful information that will be helpful as you start shaping your future academic plans.

JCCC’s fall schedule includes four different course delivery methods. Keeping your safety and wellness in mind, most of the courses offered will be using the Online and Online Hybrid delivery methods. When using the online course search, look for ONLINE, HYB, and F2F to designate the type of course delivery you prefer. There is a ‘Description and Notes’ for each course that will give you more detailed information

  • Online Courses (ONLINE): An online course has no required on-campus or required online meetings and is provided through the Canvas online Learning Management System. As long as you meet any required timelines or deadlines, you can study at your own pace.
  • Online Hybrid (HYB): An online hybrid course will use the Canvas online Learning Management System and requires that you attend scheduled virtual meetings.
  • Hybrid (HYB): In a hybrid course, a portion of the class assignments and meetings are delivered online, but it also has some required on-campus face-to-face meetings.
  • Face-to-Face Courses (F2F): A face-to-face course is one in which class meetings are delivered fully on-campus with face-to-face interaction between the instructor and students. A face-to-face course may make use of computers, the internet or other electronic media in the classroom.

Detailed Course Delivery Method definitions can be found on the Course Delivery Methods web page.

Starting June 22, the College plans to enter Step 3 of the JCCC Return to Campus Plan. All student support services will continue to offer remote services, and students are encouraged to use online meetings, email, and phone calls whenever possible. As part of Step 3, on-campus student services will be available to students who require face to face support. In an effort to best serve you, we ask that you visit the Student Resources page after June 22 for details about face-to-face appointment availability.

HERE is what you need to know for Return to Campus Step 3:

  • Beginning June 22, many JCCC offices will be open with limited staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. We will continue to offer remote and online student support services, but a limited number of face-to-face on-campus student support service meetings will be available by appointment to minimize walk-in traffic.
  • Students with hands-on training and approved courses will return to campus. This includes the “teach-out” requirements for those students who need to complete spring courses and approved hands-on training such as nursing labs, welding, photography, and more.
  • Instructors, students and staff are expected to clean their on-campus workspaces after use.
  • The JCCC Bookstore will be closed June 22 – 30 to conduct their annual inventory. Assistance will be available upon request during this time. They plan to reopen with limited services July 1. Check out their website at bookstore.jccc.edu for details.
  • If you need to visit campus after June 22, please keep safety and health in mind:
    • Wear a facial covering
    • Stay 6 feet apart when possible
    • Do not congregate in groups
    • Limit face-to-face interaction
    • Limit your campus footprint as much as possible
    • Move quickly and observe social distancing in hallways
    • Use elevators, walkways and hallways only when necessary

We hope this information helps you to plan for the weeks ahead. As always, we encourage you to email your instructors, academic deans, and the student support service areas with any specific questions you have. Everyone at JCCC is committed to addressing your concerns. We look forward to supporting your education goals now and in the future.

Sincerely,

The JCCC Return To Campus Task Force


Fall Academic Calendar Changes

May
18 Fall schedule of classes becomes available on the web.
June
15-17 Fall pre-enrollment begins at 8 a.m. for students who have applied for graduation or are required to enroll in a developmental education course. Career program students are also eligible to enroll at this time (excludes Liberal Arts, General Sciences, General Studies and non-degree seeking students).
17 Open enrollment for fall begins on the web at 9 p.m.
19 Enrollment for fall CNA courses (AVHO 102) begins at 8 a.m. (please check the schedule of classes to determine if CNA courses will be available this fall).

Spring 2020 Policy Changes

Out of care and concern for the personal circumstances and academic achievement of every student, the College is implemented this policy change for the Spring 2020 semester:

  • The last day to convert a passing grade of D or higher to a P (pass) grade for any Spring 2020 course has been extended to December 1, 2020. A pass grade option allows you to receive credit for the course and will not affect your GPA. See the Pass/Fail Grade Option page for additional details.

 These deadline extension is available to help students with their academic planning and decision making.

Greetings,

At Johnson County Community College, we understand the challenges you may have encountered with the shift to spring courses being delivered online. Our faculty and staff are available to help you navigate these changes. We will continue to monitor state recommendations to determine when we may safely return to campus.

Out of care and concern for the personal circumstances and academic achievement of every student, the College is implementing two policy changes for this semester:

  1. The last day to drop with a “W” for Spring 2020 classes that are currently still in progress as of April 27, 2020,is Friday, May 22, 2020.
  2. The last day to convert a passing grade of D or higher to a P (pass) grade for any Spring 2020 course is December 1, 2020. A pass grade option allows you to receive credit for the course and will not affect your GPA. See www.jccc.edu/admissions/enrollment/pass-fail-covid.html 

These deadline extensions are available to help you with your academic planning and decision making. It is our hope that these changes will give you ample time to connect with JCCC resources that may assist you in successfully completing your coursework. Our faculty and staff stand ready to help you with questions and concerns. We have many resources available to assist you at www.jccc.edu/student-resources. If you decide the pass grade option may be right for you, please contact our counseling faculty at advise@jccc.edu.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we may support you in these challenging times.

Warm regards,

Joe Sopcich,
JCCC President

April 17, 2020:

To assist you during the COVID-19 pandemic, our faculty has created several pathways for students who need to enroll in a Summer 2020 course that has a placement test requirement. Review your available prerequisite options.


April 10, 2020:

Summer enrollment is now open - See the updated summer academic calendar

  • Enrollment for students eligible for the 60+ tuition rate begins June 5 at 8 a.m.

View credit class schedules — select the term you wish to view.

March 16, 2020 - 6:15 p.m. — Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) has concluded its investigation and has called all individuals possibly exposed to COVID-19. If you develop symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) within the next two weeks, please contact JCDHE at 913-477-8343.

As a reminder JCCC is closed starting today, March 14, for all classes, events and activities until further notice. Online class delivery will begin March 30. Students will need to communicate with their instructors for online course information.

It is critical to reiterate only essential personnel performing essential functions should be on campus during the closure. Anyone able to perform their required tasks from home needs to do so. As part of their official disease investigation, the JCDHE is reaching out directly to provide guidance for those they deem most likely to have been impacted by the case.

Over the past two weeks, JCCC housekeeping and staff increased their cleaning practices under the guidance of the CDC and health department. Currently, efforts are underway to perform appropriate cleaning measures in areas where those who may have been exposed worked and gathered.

JCCC has been in close contact with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) to assist in their active case. As of now we are aware of the following:

  • The JCDHE hopes to conclude their phone outreach to any possible employees or students that may have been potentially exposed by tomorrow, March 16, end of day.
  • JCCC will send a message to campus as soon as this is confirmed by the JCDHE.
  • We are not aware, nor can we release, any footprint of areas where this individual may have been on campus.

Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to close the campus to ALL personnel until Wednesday, March 18. Since the notice from the JCDHE on Saturday morning, the campus has undergone an extensive cleaning process. To allow for what the JCDHE recommends as a 72-hour prevention window, we will close the campus to ALL employees and go on lockdown until Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. Starting Wednesday, March 18, only essential personnel, as previously notified by supervisors, will be allowed on campus with their key card and ID badge to mitigate future risk.

Campus Community,

Thank you for your patience as we work through this difficult process related to how COVID-19 is affecting all of our lives. Rest assured that JCCC will continue to communicate out to you with any new information we are provided related to COVID-19, as well as updates to the campus environment over the coming weeks.

JCCC has been in close contact with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) to assist in their active case. As of now we are aware of the following:

  • The JCDHE hopes to conclude their phone outreach to any possible employees or students that may have been potentially exposed by tomorrow, March 16, end of day.
  • JCCC will send a message to campus as soon as this is confirmed by the JCDHE.
  • We are not aware, nor can we release, any footprint of areas where this individual may have been on campus.

Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to close the campus to ALL personnel until Wednesday, March 18. Since the notice from the JCDHE on Saturday morning, the campus has undergone an extensive cleaning process. To allow for what the JCDHE recommends as a 72 hour prevention window, we will close the campus to ALL employees until Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. Starting Wednesday, March 18, only essential personnel, as previously notified by supervisors, will be allowed on campus with their key card and ID badge to mitigate future risk.

As a reminder, if you develop symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) within the next two weeks, please contact JCDHE at 913-477-8343.

As the virus becomes more widespread, it is important to remember that exposure to the virus can come from many places in the community. Our best defense is still to practice good personal hygiene:

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve.
  • Stay home if you become sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently. Use hand sanitizer if soap is not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash hands after using shared keyboards and work machines.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

For updates please visit jccc.edu/covid19 for updates and information.

Continue to be safe,

Joe Sopcich
President

Saturday, March 14 - 10 a.m. — There has been a possible exposure to a case of COVID-19 at Johnson County Community College. JCCC is working closely with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) to identify any close contacts of the individual. If you were exposed, JCDHE will notify you as soon as possible. If you develop symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) within the next two weeks, please contact JCDHE at 913-477-8343.

Dear members of the JCCC Community,

Late yesterday afternoon as I entered the Carlsen Center atrium, I ran into Dr. Leiker. He was carrying several bags in his hands and had three or four others strung over his shoulders as he was relocating his office from campus to his home. Jim spoke of the flexibility faculty was demonstrating as they prepared for changes in their pedagogy resulting from the College’s decision to close campus. I sincerely appreciated his insightful and constructive comments. He noted, and this is what stuck with me, that this situation, and the College’s response to it, will give us an opportunity to demonstrate how great we can be when we work together. This extraordinary time in history, could become one of our finest moments. Spoken like a true historian. It was terrific.

A few minutes later I walked by the CoLab. Inside I watched CoLab staff and students wiping down all the countertops with disinfectant. Their focus and intensity, not to mention their speed, was remarkable. When I talked to them as to why they were doing this, they shared their desire to help, their commitment to the CoLab, and their affection for the College. I was struck by the expressions on their faces. They were upbeat, positive, and smiling. They wanted to make a difference. They personified the mission of our College to inspire learning, transform individuals, and strengthen our community.

Later that evening I learned that one of our own, a member of our campus community, may be infected with the virus. This news was shocking and unnerving. You feel it deep down inside. My first thought was for the person, their family, friends, and colleagues who are confronted with the tragic reality we’ve all been following in the media and now hits close to home. Our hearts and prayers go out for the individual and those around this person who are dealing with this virus firsthand. This morning when we read the RAVE announcements, the first questions that come to mind pertain to our family, friends and colleagues. Where have we been? With whom have we come into contact? My first reaction was to retrace my steps, where I’d been, who I’d been with, what I’d touched. Stacy, my spouse, has adult asthma. My 88 year old father has COPD. These are two of the worst conditions for contracting the virus. Could I have been a carrier to them? We will all experience these thoughts.

The harsh reality is I cannot eliminate where I’ve been and those I’ve been in contact with. I cannot turn back the clock. Together, all we can do is stay calm, don’t panic, and take the precautions featured in everything we read. Wash hands consistently, keep your distance from others, and stay inside your residence as much as possible so as to avoid coming into contact with any trace of the virus.

The College is doing all it can with the leadership of some very giving individuals. Dr. McCloud, the deans, chairs, Ed Tech, and faculty have performed miracles in preparation for performing even more. Regardless of what confronts us, teaching will go on at JCCC. And it will go on with the quality that it always has. Chris Gray is doing extreme heavy lifting trying to keep us all on the same page regarding messaging so as to prevent misinformation from being distributed. He, along with his staff, is now working closely with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, various media outlets, and the general public to make sure that awareness of our situation can benefit others in our community. Dr. Weber is heroically keeping the various College departments together and moving forward. His leadership, along with that of his teams, of our operations is exemplary as they deal with events and updates that change seemingly on the hour. Our Facilities area, including custodial, are stepping up in a big way. Our Information Systems department is critical to ensure that we are able to communicate and continue to teach in the days ahead. They are phenomenal. Our Emergency Preparedness operation is doing remarkable work as they focus on our campus and work with a variety of regional organizations simultaneously.

We’ve invested considerable time in our Business Continuity initiative under the leadership of Sandra Warner. I’m always dubious of such campus-wide efforts to prepare for things that may never happen and that take up so much time. Now, I’m a believer. Conducting countless meetings and filling out endless forms at the time may have been a hassle, but now those efforts are paying off. We’re way ahead of where we would have been had we not engaged in this initiative. Assuredly, this is one “plan” that will not gather dust on the shelf.

I know there are many other areas on campus that are doing stellar work in keeping the campus going and preparing for the days ahead. It is impossible for me to recall everyone and every area involved. To those so engaged and so critical in this effort, I apologize for leaving you out. Rest assured that when recognition is given and history is written, everyone involved will be honored.

The days ahead are going to be challenging. They will demand we pull together like never before. We need to trust those making decisions and have confidence in their judgment. Good ideas are always welcome, please feel free to share with the appropriate people in your areas. We need to practice patience, be calm, and follow the health guidelines that are available. We need to take care of ourselves so we can take care of our loved ones, friends and colleagues. We need to set constructive examples for those around us. We’ll get through this one day at a time. And in the end, JCCC will once again distinguish itself as one of the finest community colleges in the country.

Be safe.


Joe Sopcich
President

Members of the JCCC Community,

Like all of you, we have been closely monitoring reports of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and thinking of ways it impacts our campus community. Fortunately, a group of extremely dedicated people have been working around the clock to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19. Our teams are considering every contingency. As we’ve seen, this is an evolving issue and will continue to change over the coming weeks.

In order to help minimize spread of the coronavirus and protect our campus community, Johnson County Community College will begin taking the following steps:

  • March 14-22: Campus will be closed — including all events and activities — during spring break. Essential personnel on campus only. Efforts will be directed towards continued work on building support for online delivery of courses.
  • March 23-29: Campus will be closed — including all events and activities. Essential personnel on campus only. This time will be used to provide additional support to instructors and to transition to an online-only learning environment.
  • March 30: Begin delivering all courses remotely. Campus will continue to be closed. Students are strongly encouraged to remain at home for the two weeks following spring break.

Faculty and instructional support staff

Faculty are expected to deliver all courses remotely as provided in the plan submitted by the Academic Branch. Ed Tech will be providing CANVAS training sessions, as well as an email with advice and support if faculty would like to discuss issues regarding remote delivery of their courses. Communication from faculty to students is key. In the next few weeks, please make plans to communicate with students through CANVAS, email, phone, etc.

Other support staff

Managers will be working with Administration to determine what is needed for essential college functions and staffing. Please prepare to receive further detail from supervisors on departmental operations over the coming weeks. Human Resources will provide additional guidance via email.

Students

We understand that this significant disruption to your learning environment is not ideal, nor may it be possible for all. Faculty are receiving support to make this modified experience as effective as possible. There are a number of non-academic functions (i.e. tutoring, registration, financial aid, counseling, etc.) that require specific modification to meet your needs during this interim period. For detailed information about these functions, please rely upon our COVID-19 website (jccc.edu/covid19).

Travel

Be mindful about travel the next few weeks. If you’re visiting a high-risk area, you may be subject to quarantine upon return. JCCC is following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel advisories. As of March 11, 2020, JCCC has suspended all college-related international travel as a precautionary measure. Domestic travel to identified high risk areas (such as New York and Washington state) is being addressed on a case-by-case basis. To check the current CDC travel recommendations, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Events

Gatherings pose unique risks. For that reason, on-campus events will be canceled starting Saturday, March 14, through Sunday, April 5. Organizers of these events will be contacted, or they may contact the event sponsor directly. We will continue to monitor and assess the risk for any events beyond April 5, including commencement.

Our action will be informed by guidance from the Johnson County Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control. Be assured that we intend to return to normal campus operations as soon as possible. We will continue to consult with public health officials in order to make the most prudent decisions.

Please know that we will share updates as soon as we can. In the meantime, the best source for updated information is our COVID-19 website. There you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions, tips on how to keep yourself healthy, and details on our response to the outbreak. 

Finally, we are in extraordinary circumstances that have called for less than desirable measures. I ask that each of you show a generosity of spirit as things continually evolve. Thank you all, and please take good care of yourself.

 

Dr. Joe Sopcich
President

During the announced campus closure, employees are expected to continue to provide the essential functions of the College. Managers will work with administration to determine essential College functions and staff. Please work with your manager to understand how you are affected and how your area will deliver essential functions. Note that during this closure all campus buildings will be locked, similar to holiday breaks. Only those identified as essential personnel will be granted access with their key cards.

All full-time and part-time regular scheduled staff will receive their regular pay during the campus closure, except as noted below.

If you are a part-time temporary, hourly paid employee, check with your supervisor for guidance on your specific situation.

If your work is considered essential and you are unavailable to work on campus because of a COVID-19 related matter (personal illness, quarantine per CDC guidelines, taking care of an ill family member, or childcare issues related to school or personal daycare closures) and your position provides you with the opportunity to work from home, please work with your supervisor to make necessary arrangements. Otherwise notify your supervisor that your absence is COVID-19 related and sick time will be used to cover your absence.

As this is an evolving situation, the JCCC COVID-19 website will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.

Colleagues,

As we move through the steps to activate this emergency move online, it has been communicated to me that there is confusion concerning faculty activity.

I’d like to emphasize the fluidity of this situation, and that flexibility is the order of the day, as a one-size-fits-all model would be wholly ineffective in meeting the needs of our students during this transition.

As I stated in yesterday’s update, we are providing an extra week of ramp up time for faculty to get their classes up and running in a fully online environment and communication needs to be clear between Deans and Chairs and their faculty contingents. Communication with your students is also crucial, so be certain to alert students to how you would like to engage with them in the new paradigm.

For those who are ready to roll their classes or are already online, it is totally permissible to continue your course along the standard post-spring break schedule, but understand the need to be more flexible with deadlines as students might be adjusting to an entire schedule delivered online and need a little flexibility to get their feet under them.

Thank you all for your hard work during this trying time, and for keeping JCCC strong and moving forward for our students as best we can.

L. Michael McCloud, PhD
Vice President of Academic Affairs/CAO

Campus Community,

There has been increased interest and communication this past week regarding the ongoing disease outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to monitor the outbreak of the coronavirus disease/COVID-19. The number of known cases worldwide is increasing, including in the U.S.

The respiratory virus can be spread by person-to-person contact, and more cases are likely. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Older adults and individuals with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease.

This is an update on guidance and actions being taken by JCCC in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The administration and the Incident Response Team continue to follow plans and evaluate the spread of the virus and its potential impact on our campus community.

Monitoring continues

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is closely monitoring the number of cases in Johnson County. To date, there is one reported case in Johnson County, Kan. and one in St. Louis, Mo. Officials continue to say the risk to the general public is currently low in our area. The situation is evolving daily as health officials learn more about COVID-19. At this time, there is no indication that the JCCC campuses are affected.

Continuity of instruction/distance education conversion

In the event of a forced learning environment disruption related to COVID-19, JCCC’s Academic Branch is working to plan for and begin the conversion of classes from onsite to online.

It is understood that this is a complex undertaking and that some classes with laboratory or other hands-on components will have difficulty with this conversion. Efforts are being made to work with accreditors and others to see how this problem can be addressed.

New web resource

We have launched a new JCCC COVID-19 web resource to track campus communications and to provide answers to common questions and links to informational sites. This section will be updated as needed, and we encourage you to check it frequently for important updates. If you have specific questions that are not answered by the information online or in resources in InfoHub, we encourage you to email incidentresponseteam@jccc.edu.

Travel

Following guidance by the CDC, JCCC has made the decision to suspend all college-related international travel as a precautionary measure. Domestic travel to identified high risk areas — such as New York and Washington state — will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Additional information

The Incident Response Team is actively working to thoroughly address other very broad topics, such as:

  • Student Services — adherence to FERPA, financial aid and other compliance issues
  • Academics/Continuing Education — including alternate content delivery
  • Human Resources — including policies regarding leave, absences and remote work capabilities
  • Facilities Management — developing methods to increase self-guided sanitation strategies
  • Technology, Travel, and more

Check this website for more details on these topics; pages will be updated or added as things evolve.

Best practices for maintaining a safe campus environment

We are asking the entire campus community follow best practices in helping reduce the risk of spreading any type of illness on campus.

  • If you are a student, please stay home if you are sick. Please communicate directly with your instructors about your situation.
  • If you are a faculty or staff member, please stay home if you are sick. Please communicate directly with your immediate supervisor about your situation.

Centers for Disease Control wellness tips:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
  • The CDC does not recommend wearing a facemask, unless you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you are sick and plan to seek care, please call before going in for care so arrangements can be made to prevent exposing others.

Additional resources:

Sincerely,

Dr. Randy Weber
Executive Vice President, Finances and Administration
Vice President, Student Success

Dear members of the JCCC Community, 

We want to assure the campus that there are no reports of required quarantine or Coronavirus (COVID-19) connected to JCCC campus. We will continue to work closely with Johnson County Health Department and will be notified of any cases that could affect our campus community.

Given the global evolution of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we would like to assure you that JCCC is closely monitoring the situation. The continued health and safety of our campus community is of the utmost importance. JCCC’s Incident Response Team is proactively working with local, state, and federal health agencies to stay apprised of updates and developing action plans, should they be required. The state of Kansas currently has no COVID-19 cases and no Persons Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19.

The College has taken the following actions:

  • JCCC’s pandemic plan is being reviewed to ensure we are prepared for any action necessary in case of an increased threat.
  • JCCC is following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel advisories for determination of international travel. To check the current CDC travel recommendations visit the CDC website.
  • The College has implemented increased safety and awareness measures to help employees and students be mindful of good hygiene practices to reduce the transmission of flu or other respiratory illnesses.
  • Housekeeping has increased frequency of sanitizing high-touch surfaces and restrooms in College buildings.
  • Daily collaboration and coordination is taking place with the College Incident Response Team (Dr. Randy Weber, Chris Gray, Tom Clayton, Alisa Pacer and Sandra Warner).
  • Instruction is providing additional guidance to faculty and professors regarding illness reporting and extended absences.
  • The Procurement Services department is working with employees and students who have previously scheduled college-related travel.
  • Students, staff and faculty who are ill—no matter the cause—are encouraged to stay home and to communicate by phone or email to relevant parties (professors, supervisor, etc.) to let them know they are sick. 

Influenza activity is high in the U.S. and expected to continue for weeks. Anyone who has not yet received a flu vaccine this season should strongly consider getting the vaccine. The CDC recommends (strongly) a 7-day quarantine for Influenza A or B to avoid the spread of the virus. 

To inquire further or report cases of concern, please email incidentresponseteam@jccc.edu. We encourage you to remain up to date about the virus and precautionary measures.

Resources:

This message is being sent to JCCC employees as a precautionary measure. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Dr. Randy Weber

News reports of the Coronavirus are still of concern. This is an evolving public health issue and JCCC will be sending updates as needed. Please note that we have not seen any cases on the JCCC campus as of this email. However, we do continue to have Influenza cases. 

We are writing today to remind you that during Influenza season, it is very important to practice preventive health measures. These would also be helpful if we had Coronavirus at JCCC. Housekeeping Services is increasing cleaning measures for sanitation of horizontal surfaces and high touch points (elevator buttons, door handles, etc.) during this season.

Here are a few tips to keep our community healthy:

  • Get your flu shot. It's not too late! Health providers still have limited number of shots available or you may visit a local pharmacy.
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for twenty seconds – especially before eating or preparing food, after going to the bathroom and after you have been around someone who is sick.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you are unable to wash with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid sharing dishes, glasses and utensils.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw it away.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat a healthy diet daily.
  • If you’re sick, don’t go to work/class. Staying home will help you recover and avoid spreading illness to others.

Please embrace the culture of care for each other during times of illness and stress.

Additional Information

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) established a webpage for up-to-date information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019. If you have specific medical questions about coronavirus and your health, contact your primary health provider.

We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Dr. Randy Weber

Dear members of the JCCC Community,

Health officials worldwide are monitoring an outbreak of pneumonia caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that originated recently in Wuhan, China.

We are not aware of any coronavirus cases at Johnson County Community College. However, there is one suspected case reported in Douglas County, Kansas, per the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Out of an abundance of caution, we are sending this preliminary information to raise awareness and inform the College community.

As of January 27, the U.S. Department of State issued a Level 3 Travel Warning – to reconsider travel to China. Officials are actively screening for signs of illness in travelers from the Wuhan area arriving in U.S. airports.

Additional health information for students and employees:

According to the CDC, if you have traveled to China on or after Dec. 1, 2019, and feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

In addition, flu activity continues to be high in Kansas and Missouri, and students and employees are encouraged to take the same everyday actions as above to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.

These include getting a flu shot, avoiding those with the flu, washing your hands, covering coughs/sneezes in your elbow/sleeve and, if ill, staying home until you are fever-free for 24 hours. If you do become ill, seek medical attention within the first 48 hours of symptoms.

At JCCC, we are taking precautions to identify cases early should they occur among members of the College community in coordination with local and state health departments as per our standard practice.

Additional Information

 The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) established a website for up-to-date information on the 2019 Coronavirus.

We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Randy Weber