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Academics

Will in-person classes resume in the fall 2020?

Yes. Classrooms where 6 feet of social distancing is not capable, students will be required to wear masks.  Other technological strategies are in place for faculty to utilize for any person who may be symptomatic of Covid-19.

What is the adapted calendar for this fall semester?

Classes for first year students will begin on Wednesday, August 12th.  Returning students will begin classes on August 13th.  The semester has been shortened, so there is no fall break, and finals will be completed during Thanksgiving week.

Do returning students need to pre-register for the adaptive in-person semester?

Returning students should seek ways to register via phone or zoom to minimize contact between offices.

How will the adaptive in-person fall semester affect coursework?

Central Christian College of Kansas remains committed to our Christian liberal arts curriculum with standards of academic excellence.  Each course will fulfill our accreditation standards/requirements through the Higher Learning Commission.  We strongly recommend that students come to campus with a laptop computer so that they have ongoing access to the tools they need to succeed academically during this highly flexible period.

How will courses continue if the State of Kansas sees a resurgence of Covid-19 and the institution must pivot back to online instruction?

Faculty are preparing their fall courses with the possibility of this scenario in mind.  If CCCK should need to pivot to remote learning due to increased Covid-19 spread or cases, CCCK will be prepared to do so.

How will students attend classes in the event of illness or need to quarantine/isolate?

All CCCK faculty have been asked to prepare for teaching their courses in person and through remote instruction (via online tools).  Students will have access to their course content even if they are sick or spending time in quarantine/isolation.  CCCK is committed to a hy-flex option for its students to remain excellent.

What changes will students encounter in specialized courses that involve active or applied learning?

All CCCK faculty are developing plans to allow for safe and adapted science labs, music instruction, theater, and other arts.  CCCK will adapt experiential and active learning for the campus’ Covid-19 safety standards while remaining focused on academic excellence and meeting learning outcomes.

Will students be able to participate in off-campus academic internships and practicums?

For the safety of our community and our neighbors, CCCK strongly encourages students to stay on campus and limit off-campus activities.  We are working to identify how students may fulfill specialized requirements in a safe manner.  In those situations where off-campus academic experiences are not possible due to safety concerns, we will work with students to identify alternative solutions.

How will students attend classes in the event of illness or need to quarantine/isolate?

All CCCK faculty have been asked to prepare for teaching their courses in person and through remote instruction (via online tools).  Students will have access to their course content even if they are sick or spending time in quarantine/isolation.  CCCK is committed to a hy-flex option for its students to remain excellent.

What is CCCK planning to do for the Spring 2021 semester?

As of right now, CCCK plans to begin courses on January 4th, 2021 for traditional students.  CCCK will continue to closely monitor the current conditions of our Union, State, and local cases.

Housing & Dining

When can students move into campus housing in the fall?

Students who have been identified to be in one of the “hot spot” states (Arizona, Alabama, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Florida) will need to arrive by July 27th to quarantine in their on-campus housing.  Meals will be delivered to students during this time, and students who must arrive early will be charged an additional $200.

What is my Covid-19 packing list?

CDC approved face masks, hand sanitizer, thermometer, and a Covid-19 “go-bag”.  The “go-bag” should be a bag of one day’s worth of clothing and toiletries in case a student tests positive for Covid-19.  This go-bag will then be utilized by the students RD to bring to the student after the student has been placed in quarantine/isolation.  Students will be provided with one CCCK branded cloth mask upon arrival to campus, however, since these should be cleaned daily, students should also plan to bring other mask options.

How is CCCK planning for a Covid-safe move-in?

Just as our nation has incorporated social distancing into our daily lives, CCCK will adjust its move-in schedule.  First year students will move in on August 10th at a specified time between 8-3 p.m.  Returners are allowed to move in August 11th and 12th to help spread out the density across campus.

What will the cleaning protocols be across campus?

Sanitation levels will be increased across campus to help prevent the spread of germs.  Students will also see an increase in safety signage and hand sanitizer stations across campus.  Community bathrooms will be cleaned daily.  Students who live in apartments will be encouraged to clean their bathrooms regularly.  All students will be asked to assist with frequent cleaning across campus in communal spaces (i.e. desks, dining, etc.) after use, by using the cleaning supplies that will be made available.

What will the public health protocols be for students living closely together in campus housing?

Expectations include measures to prevent the spread of infection as well as for testing and isolation for students who test positive for Covid-19.  We foresee students who share a living space to act with and care for each other as they would for extended family.  To protect our students, access to housing will only be available to current residents.  Guests will not be allowed in residential spaces.

How will dining services and access to meals be adjusted to care for our community?

Students will have continued access to our food services. To accomplish this, we will have fewer food options and they will be served by staff in a “to go” manner. Students may also be divided into groups with assigned meal periods to ensure that we are able to keep everyone appropriately distanced and served in the time available.

How will my housing be affected if I come into close contact with someone who tests positive for Covid-19, or if I test positive?

Students who test positive or who have been identified by MCHD as a possible contact, will be assigned to a living quarter in a campus owned house.

How will isolated and quarantined students eat?

Students in quarantine will have their meals delivered.

Health & Safety

What demographics are considered medically at-risk should they become infected with Covid-19?

According to the CDC, people with the following conditions are considered high-risk for serious infection should they contract Covid-19:

Individuals 65 years and older

Individual show live in a nursing home or long-term care facility

Individuals of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:

Individuals with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma

Individuals who have serious heart conditions

Individuals who are immunocompromised

Individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher

Individuals with diabetes

Individuals with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis

Individuals with liver disease

Please consult with your health care provider to determine whether or not you should come to campus during Covid-19.

How should CCCK students who are considered medically at-risk plan to engage with classes and work in the fall semester 2020?

We strongly advise that you consider not coming/returning to campus where there is a chance for exposure through asymptomatic individuals, but instead to continue your learning remotely until a vaccine or treatment becomes available if you fall into one of the high-risk categories.

What will be the public health expectations that all campus members must be prepared to follow?

CCCK has drafted a Covid-19 document which is published here: www.centralchristian.edu/covid.  Expectations will include best practice measures to prevent the spread of infection as well as for testing, isolating those who test positive, and quarantining others who come into close contact with those who test positive.

What will happen if I test positive for Covid-19?

We are arranging separate housing for students should they test positive for the virus.  Students will receive assistance to move; meals will be delivered; and the McPherson County Health Department will provide medical support as needed; students will still be able to engage with courses online; or, if students are too ill to engage with coursework, course excuses will be communicated to faculty members.

Students within driving distance of the campus are encouraged to speak with their respective families before returning to campus in the fall about the preferred recovery option in the event of positive Covid-19 test: 1) drive home to recover; or 2) recover in housing provided by the college/McPherson County.

What should I do if I have concerns about another student, faculty or staff member who may be exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 or is not abiding by campus expectations?

We recognize that returning to campus this fall will require a shared commitment to caring for those with whom we are living in community by following the shared Covid-19 plan, and separating ourselves from others at the first sign of any illness.  We will also be required to show healthy charity to others.  We ask that each individual join us in our efforts to keep everyone in the CCCK community safe by taking personal responsibility.

What if I am not comfortable wearing a face covering, can I still come to campus?

All students and employees will be required to wear a face covering where designated on campus.  The nature of our shared community requires that everyone on campus abide by the same safety protocols.  This disease can spread asymptomatically, and according to the CDC wearing a face covering is a primary method of reducing the possible spread of the contagion.

Will students arriving in the U.S. from international locations or other “hot zones” be required to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to participating in orientation or on-campus activities?

CDC guidelines currently advises that travelers arriving in the U.S. from international locations must self-quarantine and monitor their health for 14 days.  Unless the CDC updates the guidelines, students should plan their travel and arrival to the U.S. accordingly.

Student Life

How will we do chapel with social distancing?

We are currently working to reimagine Chapel, as we will not be able to meet all together in Greer or the McPherson Free Methodist Church.  More information on Chapel is forthcoming.

Will the Briner Library, BSC, and other communal space be open like they usually are to study and connect?

These spaces will be open for student use.  However, these spaces will not operate “as usual”.  To ensure that we meet social distancing measures, including the number of people who can be in a space at one time, we are investigating ways to extend hangout communal spaces outdoors or other designated locations.

What else is going to be different on campus this semester?

As we follow the guidelines for the county and state, our expectation to begin the semester will be to require face coverings in designated areas, and maintain 6 feet of social distancing from each other outside.  Frequent handwashing, social distancing, hand sanitizer, and other healthy protocols should be followed.  As you may imagine, many typical activities on a College campus will need to be adjusted and reimagined.  Know that CCCK faculty and staff are deeply passionate about providing a rich, Christ-centered education for character in our living and learning community to accomplish this goal.

Athletics & Recreation

What are the plans for varsity athletics this year?

CCCK plans to commence varsity athletics this academic year, following NAIA, NCCAA, and SAC guidelines.  Extra measures to ensure a safe and healthy competition are mandated by the NAIA and other athletic organizations.

Will there be intramural sports during the 2020-2021 school year?

Some intramural sports will still be offered for the fall 2020 semester, with re-evaluation of the spring 2021 semester in consideration.

Will the gymnasium, weight room, and fitness center be open to students in the fall?

Where needed, CCCK will prioritize the need of athletic varsity use and student recreational use as needed.  CCCK may need to adjust how it operates to meet safety standards due to the increased risk that occurs with heavy breathing.  Hours may also be adjusted for frequent cleaning.  Outside equipment and equipment rentals will not be permitted.

Will students be required to wear a mask as they travel on the road, in the vehicle?

During the first phase of reopening campus, students may be required to wear masks on the bus/vans where 6 feet of social distancing is not available.

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