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  • July 29, 2020: McPherson County Covid Update

    McPherson County Health Department now reports 135 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in McPherson County.  111 of the total confirmed cases have met recovery guidelines.  At this point in time, there are two hospitalizations and there have been no COVID-19 related deaths in McPherson County.  McPherson County is currently in Phase 3 of reopening Kansas.  KDHE and MCHD continue to mandate a 14-day home quarantine for Kansans if you have done the following:

    KDHE and MCHD continue to mandate a 14-day home quarantine for Kansas if you have done any of the following:

    • Traveled to:
      • Florida on or after June 29.
      • Arizona between June 17 –July 27.
      • Traveled on a cruise ship or a river cruise on or after March 15.
      • Traveled internationally to Bahrain or French Guiana July 14 –July 26.
      • Traveled internationally on or after July 14 to countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice, including China, Iran, European Schengen area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, and Brazil. International travelers must follow CDC guidance and protocols
    • If you would like to read more, please follow this link: https://www.mcphersoncountyks.us/866/COVID-19-Resources
  • City of McPherson Mask Ordinance

    Ordinance No. 3340 requires individuals to wear masks or other face coverings in public and in any situation where 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintained.

    Visit www.McPCity.com/724/Mask-Information for other details. Ordinance No. 3340 passed July 27, 2020, and is effective July 29, 2020 through September 9, 2020, unless otherwise extended by an affirmative vote of the governing body of McPherson, Kansas.

    Medical and other exceptions for the Ordinance may be found on McPCity.com or at the McPherson Municipal Center at 400 E. Kansas Ave, McPherson. Individuals may also call the City of McPherson at (620) 245-2535.

  • July 20, 2020: McPherson County Covid Update

    McPherson County Health Department now reports 112 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in McPherson County.  Ninety-eight of the total confirmed cases have met recovery guidelines.  At this point in time, there are no hospitalizations and there have been no COVID-19 related deaths in McPherson County.  McPherson County is currently in Phase 3 of reopening Kansas.  KDHE and MCHD continue to mandate a 14-day home quarantine for Kansans if you have done the following:

    • Traveled within the United States to any of the following states with known widespread community transmission:
      • On or after June 17: Arizona
      • On or after June 29: Florida
      • Traveled internationally on or after March 15
      • Traveled on a cruise ship or a river cruise on or after March 15
    • If you would like to read more, please follow this link: https://www.mcphersoncountyks.us/866/COVID-19-Resources
  • July 13, 2020: McPherson County Covid Update

    McPherson County Health Department now reports 97 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in McPherson County. Eighty-four of the total confirmed cases have met recovery guidelines.  McPherson County is currently in Phase 3 of reopening Kansas.  KDHE and MCHD continue to mandate a 14-day home quarantine for Kansans if you have done the following:

    Traveled within the United States to any of the following states with known widespread community transmission:

    • On or after June 17: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas
    • On or after June 29: South Carolina, Florida
    • Traveled internationally on or after March 15
    • Traveled on a cruise ship or a river cruise on or after March 15
    • If you would like to read more, please follow this link: https://www.mcphersoncountyks.us/866/COVID-19-Resources
  • July 6, 2020: McPherson County Covid Update

    McPherson County Health Department now reports 84 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in McPherson County.  76 of the total confirmed cases have met recovery guidelines.  McPherson County is currently in Phase 3 of reopening Kansas.  KDHE and MCHD continue to mandate a 14-day home quarantine for Kansans if you have done the following:

    • Traveled within the United States to any of the following states with known widespread community transmission:
      • On or after June 17: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas
      • On or after June 29: South Carolina, Florida
      • Traveled internationally on or after March 15
      • Traveled on a cruise ship or a river cruise on or after March 15.

    If you would like to read more, please follow this link: https://www.mcphersoncountyks.us/866/COVID-19-Resources

  • June 26, 2020: Residential Fall Update

    In light of the global uncertainty that seems to orbit around the presence of COVID-19, Central Christian College of Kansas (CCCK) would like to assure its community that it remains committed to its mission to provide a Christ-Centered Education for Character.

    Online operations have run without interruption since the onset of the pandemic and will continue to do so as the College prepares for the fall of 2020. While the residential campus did move briefly to remote learning at the end of the spring, the College is fully prepared to welcome residential students back to its McPherson campus for the fall semester. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the College has been working with federal, state, and local officials in order to comply with recommendations designed to highlight community health and mitigate the spread of the virus.

    Contingent on existing health and safety guidelines, we are preparing to welcome new students to campus as early as August 10, with fall courses set to begin on August 12, 2020 for new students and August 13, 2020 for returning students. Students will receive specific guidance on move-in and orientation by mid-July. Some students, from states or locations that are in a “hot zone”, may need to return to campus earlier for a period of self-quarantine. Fall athletes will receive specific communication from the coaching staff concerning move-in, practices, and fall schedules also by mid-July.

    In order to reduce the possibility of exposure and to protect the campus community, the current plan is to end the semester by November 25, 2020, just prior to Thanksgiving Day. Traditional breaks, such as Labor Day and Fall Break, have been modified to diminish the amount of travel to and from campus, which will help in limiting exposure to COVID-19 and other related respiratory viruses that increase in the fall.

    The College has also invested into technologies designed to reinforce student-faculty interaction, as well as enhance the learning experience of the entire campus community. Students can expect to receive orientation materials related to these technologies as early as mid-July. In the meantime, College offices are open and ready to assist students in completing registration, financial aid, billing, housing, and other registration requirements. Students should proactively seek to complete registration remotely, which will help enhance the safety and wellbeing of the campus community.

    Currently, the College has partnered with the McPherson Center for Health to ensure that it has access to medical staff, testing, and other health-related resources. Additionally, the College is working with the McPherson County Health Department to determine specific measures that might need to be considered as students prepare to return for the fall. The College will provide explicit recommendations as warranted by state and county regulations.

    While it is true that the past few months required many to isolate for safety, Central Christian College of Kansas has used that time to innovate for excellence. While the likelihood of stopping the spread of COVID-19 is remote, the campus stands ready to respond with a singular focus on ensuring a clear path toward academic success and the development of the core character qualities that make the Central experience unique. The College’s modified schedule, enhanced focus on wellness, partnership with local health agencies, and investment into flexible technologies serve as powerful evidence of its readiness to safeguard the aspirations of its campus community.

  • June 24, 2020: General Update

    McPherson County Health Department now reports 55 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in McPherson County.  Forty of the total confirmed cases have met recovery guidelines.  McPherson County is currently in Phase 3 of reopening Kansas, until July 6th, 2020.  KDHE and MCHD continue to mandate a 14-day home quarantine for Kansans if you have done the following:

    • Traveled within the United States to any of the following states with known widespread community transmission:
      • On or after May 12: Maryland
      • On or after June 17: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas
      • Traveled internationally on or after March 15
      • Traveled on a cruise ship or a river cruise on or after March 15.

    If you would like to read more, please follow this link: https://www.mcphersoncountyks.us/866/COVID-19-Resources

  • June 1, 2020: General Update

    McPherson County Health Department now reports 28 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in McPherson County, only one of which is currently hospitalized.  At the time of this email, 25 of the total cases have now met recovery guidelines set forth by the KDHE.  The most recent positive case is a male in his 50s recovering from home, with unknown exposure.  KDHE and MCHD continue to mandate a 14-day home quarantine for Kansans if you have done the following:

    • Traveled within the U.S. to any of the following states with known widespread community transmission:
      • On or after March 15: New York
      • On or after March 23: Illinois, New Jersey
      • On or After April 6: Connecticut
      • On or after April 30: Massachusetts, Rhode Island
      • On or after May 12: Maryland
    • Traveled internationally on or after March 15
    • Traveled on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15

    McPherson County is currently in Phase 2 of Reopening Kansas. If you would like to read more, please follow this link: https://www.mcphersoncountyks.us/899/COVID-19-Reopening-McPherson-County

  • May 27, 2020: General Update

    McPherson county is currently up to 27 positive cases of COVID-19, and thankfully most of those individuals have met the recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).  No deaths have been reported in McPherson County.

    The residential campus [McPherson, KS] plans to be fully operational during the fall semester.  The College administration, along with its faculty, are formulating plans to enhance the safety and well-being of our students. While we cannot guarantee a COVID-19 free semester, we can tell you that we are taking precautions to mitigate its presence in our culture.

    The class of COVID should be expecting their graduation boxes in June. The delivery date was postponed due to shipping delays.  In the meantime, we continue to pray for you, continue to root for you, and continue to be thankful for a God who is in control of these situations.

  • May 11, 2020: CARES Act – Higher Education Relief Fund `{`Updated: 5/22/20`}`

    In an effort to assist students affected by the COVID-19 crises, the Federal Government approved the $2 trillion CARES Act, a part of which established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund. This fund provides institutions, like Central Christian College of Kansas, a specified amount of funds earmarked to be used as emergency financial aid grants to qualified residential students for expenses incurred due to the disruption of campus operations this spring.

    Upon signing and returning the Certification and Agreement, Central Christian College was initially awarded $464,984. Of this amount, no less than 50% ($232,492.00) will be distributed directly to qualified residential students.

    According to federal regulations, Title IV eligible students, who were enrolled in the residential program as of March 13th, 2020, as a degree seeking student, were eligible to receive a portion of this aid.  All funds will go directly to eligible students. Any debts or fees owed to the College will not be deducted from the emergency grant.

    These funds are provided to help students with costs associated with having to relocate following Spring Break, such as food, housing, technology, health-care, transportation, relocation expenses, etc. These are federally funded, one-time grants and do not require any repayment, nor are they taxable to the students receiving the funds.

    Using data from the FASFA, the College developed a formula to ensure an equitable distribution of these funds, which considered the universal reality that all students suffered some level of disruption, as well as the economic reality that a number of students face additional economic need, as documented on the FAFSA. All eligible students will receive a minimum of $700 to help offset costs. The remaining pool of funds was apportioned based on a calculated relationship between Cost of Attendance (COA) and Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which could result in an additional distribution of $5 to $550.

    The College has determined that 221 students qualify for some level of aid, ranging from $700 – $1,249. To date [5/22/20], the College has disbursed $215,641.26 to 206 students.

    The U.S. Department of Education does not allow these funds to be used for international students, undocumented students, non-matriculated students, or our students enrolled in our online-program. These students should contact the Financial Aid Office to determine if there any other resources available to them.

    When asked about the distribution of these funds, President Favara stated, “As part of our mission, to provide a Christ-Centered Education for Character, we seek to instill resilience and adaptability in our students. I believe that they have shown us that they are capable to rise to the challenge. We also try to help them understand the value of a civic society that seeks justice and mutual edification. This commitment, by our government, to provide funding to support students uprooted by this unprecedented reality, serves as a model, demonstrating on a national level the character qualities we seek to instill” Favara continues, “We are grateful to partner with the Federal Government, serving as a conduit to help in this great time of need.”

  • May 6, 2020: Commencement Announcement- From the Desk of the President

    Like many of our seniors, I found last weekend (May 2) a bitter pill to swallow. Usually, the first weekend of May is dedicated to celebrating the work of our seniors as we engage in an inspiring Commencement Weekend. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we were unable to gather together. Though, if I am being really honest – I have to admit that not wearing those robes for endless hours – swimming in the sweat of the moment – was kind of okay with me. However, I would swim in sweat any day of the week if it meant we could celebrate!
    After consulting with the senior class leadership, the Student Government Association, campus leaders, and the Board – I am proud to announce that this October, during our Homecoming festivities (October 2-4), Central will be hosting Commencement festivities for the class of 2020. Yup, you heard that right. Come October we will host formal commencement exercises, right here on campus, to celebrate the accomplishments of our 2020 seniors. More details to follow.
    Mason McCartyIn the meantime, I have been enjoying the opportunity to participate in senior “graduation” photoshoots, as part of their return to campus to pack up their belongings, and get ready for life ahead. We are also excited to be sending a “COVID” Commencement Care-Package in late May to our Seniors, that includes fun items to honor this unique class. This will provide seniors with a sense of closure, accomplishment, and triumph, while waiting for the big day in October.
    At the heart of this all, I want you to understand that it is your health and safety that is of utmost concern to us. We have had to balance that concern with our very deep desire to celebrate with you. We believe that this decision honors those desires.
  • May 6, 2020: Room and Board Refund & CARES Act

  • May 4, 2020: Move Out Procedure Information

    https://youtu.be/cGrlQy3a2cQ

    Dear Students,

    What a crazy series of events over the past several weeks!  We really miss having you all around and look forward to what some “normality” might do for the health and well-being of our constituents.  I am writing to you today with some information pertaining to the move-out process in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as local and state guidance in this time.  We have so appreciated your patience with us as we have carefully and thoughtfully attempted to navigate through these waters.  Please read through this entire email for full details of the move-out process.

    OPTION #1: STUDENTS RETURN FOR A “SELF-CHECKOUT”

  • April 29, 2020: Campus Update

  • April 20, 2020: Campus Update

    The College continues to monitor the COVID-19 crises. Currently, we have 17 confirmed cases in McPherson county, with 1,986 total cases in the state of Kansas. In recent news, the Kansas Governor, Governor Kelly, has extended the stay-at-home order in Kansas until May 3rd.  This has limited our ability to provide you concrete guidance on accessing your rooms, commencement, and other related topics. However, we are working with other private colleges and the Governor’s Office to push that agenda forward.  It is our hope to have some alternative ideas out to you soon.

    In the same way, we are working with government officials to speed up the process of getting some financial help to you.  We, and other colleges in the area, are seeking clarification on the processing of refunds and stimulus resources provided through the CARES Act.  In the meantime, we are setting up the processes and procedures to ensure that these resources get into your hands as quickly as possible.

    In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to stdev@centralchristian.edu if you have specific questions or concerns.

  • Refunds & Federal Guidance

    Dear Students –

    As you are aware, due to the covid-19 pandemic that has hit our country, classes will continue remotely through the remainder of the SP-20 semester.  We have already received some inquiries in regards to your housing and meal plan charges for the SP-20 semester.  I know we are all looking for some solid answers to give us some sense of control and assurance during these uncertain times.

    Rest assured, the Administrative Team of Central Christian College of Kansas has been feverishly working to keep up with the federal, state, and local governments in regards to the effects of covid-19.  We are addressing how all of this has affected our students when it comes to their housing and meal plans, and we continue to watch as more relief acts and guidance comes out almost daily.  While we do not have a final answer at this time, we continue to work through it and once a final decision has been made, we will send out a notice to those students affected.  Thank you for your patience as we work through this new “territory” for all of us.

    Blessing and please stay safe!
    LeAnn Moore, Chief Financial Officer

  • March 27, 2020: Video Update from President Favara

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYT_-Zbc6i8&feature=youtu.be

    From the Desk of the President, March 27, 2020

    Let me start by first commending each and every one of you.

    As President of this College I am very proud. Over the last two weeks I have had opportunity to observe how we, as an institution, have reacted to this unprecedented crisis.

    What I have seen is an enormous amount of support, creativity, and resilience – the very essence of our CORE FOUR! So, great job! I am crazy proud of us all.

    That being said – it is not over.

    Just this morning, McPherson Country recorded its first case of the Coronavirus and data shows that the number of cases in Kansas are growing, as they are in many other states.

    That means there is more work yet to be done.

    Previously, CCCK had announced its plan to leverage remote learning through April 5, with the intent of evaluating a possible return to campus following that timeframe. However, in light of the rapidly changing reality surrounding the virus and in an effort to provide clarity to you and your families, the administration has evaluated our current response plan.

    After consulting with local officials and based on the guidance provided to us from Federal Offices, the Kansas Governor’s Office, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we have decided to extend our remote learning strategy through the end of the semester.

    Click Here to Read More

  • NAIA Cancels Spring 2020 Season, Effective Immediately

    After convening the Council of Presidents Executive Committee this morning, and with input from the National Administrative Council and National Eligibility Committee, the decision has been made to cancel the spring 2020 sports season, effective immediately.

    We know this is extremely disappointing, especially for our student-athletes. All possible options for maintaining the spring season were discussed at great length by multiple governance groups. However, the growing state of emergency due to COVID-19, as well as the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation yesterday to limit gatherings to fewer than 50 people for eight weeks, meant we could not in good conscience move forward, possibly putting student-athletes, staff, and fans at risk.

    In an effort to provide relief, no spring sport student-athlete will be charged a season of competition. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent.

    We know there are outstanding questions regarding relief for winter sport student-athletes, implications on transfer regulations, and impacts to academic eligibility rules. We are working closely with the appropriate governance groups to determine answers and will continue to share information with membership as it becomes available.

    Provided by Jim Carr President & CEO NAIA on March 16, 2020

  • March 2020: Information for Parents

    Click here to watch an informational video for parents of our residential students.
  • SAC Suspends Practices and Play, Effective Immediately

    Effective immediately, the Sooner Athletic Conference has suspended indefinitely all practices and competitions for athletics programs of its 11 member institutions. The league’s Council of Presidents unanimously reached the decision Thursday afternoon.

    With health, safety, and well-being of student-athletes as a top priority, SAC Presidents view this as the right and necessary step to take relative to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Conference officials will continue to work closely with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and SAC Presidents intend to communicate frequently in the days ahead to determine when and if the suspension can be lifted.

    In considering when and if the suspension can be lifted, Conference officials will look to establish a date when practices can resume, followed by a subsequent date when competitions can commence.

    Provided by Office of the Commissioner March 12, 2020

  • CDC Recommendations

    • Avoid contact with sick people.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

    As we continue to closely monitor this situation, will you joining us in praying for those impacted by Coronavirus, particularly those living in countries that have seen serious outbreaks?  Your health and well-being is our top priority, and we will continue to provide guidance as the situation evolves.

    Officials at CCCK are closely monitoring developments related to the Coronavirus. Currently, the Kansas Department of Health is aware of four confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state. KDH is continuing to monitor the situation; as testing continues the number of confirmed cases may rise. There are currently no confirmed or suspected cases of the virus among any of the students, faculty, or staff.

    The information included on this page is designed to keep the campus community informed about College recommendations and responses.

  • March 19, 2020: From the Desk of the President

    Dear Friends and Family:

    Unprecedented, unparalleled, uncommon, unbelievable, and the list of “un’s” could go on and on.

    Just last week, we were having discussions about upcoming events, meetings, and initiatives. Now, one week later the halls and classrooms echo with the emptiness of isolation.

    Click Here to Read More

  • March 12, 2020: From the Desk of the President

    Dear Campus Community,

    There is little doubt that the headlines regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have been a source of concern for us all. Over the last few weeks we have witnessed unprecedented responses from different world organizations designed to slow and control the spread of this contagion. Domestically, we are just now coming to terms with the presence of COVID-19 in our towns and local communities.

    For some time now, Central Christian College of Kansas has been surveying the situation and preparing contingencies should the need arise.

    To Read More Click Here

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