Neosho County Community College is preparing to have classes in different forms this fall.


NCCC will have face-to-face and hybrid classes, said Brian Inbody, NCCC president.


"The classes will be conducted in a manner that respects national, state and local experts with safety of all constituents as the top priority," Inbody said.


NCCC released a framework for reopening the college that mirrors the Kansas phased plan reopening of the state, he said. Kansas is in the 1.5 phase, with Phase 2 next on the horizon.


NCCC facilities are spread throughout Kansas.


"The counties retain the ability to set their own phase level depending on their situation," Inbody said. "It is possible that college campuses and centers might be at different phases depending on location."


The NCCC COVID-19 Response Phase Plan has five levels, from Level 0 that corresponds to the governor’s stay-at-home order to Levels 1-4 that sync with the Ad Astra plan, Inbody said.


"The levels provide a framework for many areas, including instruction, housing, employee workspace, community groups, building access, venders on campus and college travel," he said.


NCCC plans to have athletic competition in the fall, Inbody said. The athletics framework will be announced after the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Kansas Junior Community College Conference (KJCCC) release their guidance, which is set for mid-June.


"For all phase levels, NCCC developed Standard Safety Protocols, which includes frequent disinfecting campus spaces, following social distancing guidelines, recommending masks, utilizing county resources for testing/contact tracing, and physical changes to buildings," Inbody said. "The physical changes to buildings include clear barriers in reception areas, numerous hand sanitizing stations, social distance reminders and positional directions for those in line."


As the state and counties declare various phases, the NCCC Core Emergency Response Team (CERT) will declare its corresponding level along with the date and time that that level will be enacted, Inbody said.


"The CERT members have the ability to set a different level based on data from individual campuses or centers," he said. "Students, employees and communities will be informed of the phase level change through email and social media."


Students can communicate with the college remotely for services such as advising, financial aid and tutoring. The Ottawa area contact information is www.neosho.edu/ottawacontacts.aspx.


"While the buildings may be opening to students and the public beginning when the CERT team declares a particular campus at NCCC at phase level 2, 3, or 4 in the coming weeks, the College has committed to offering all summer face-to-face and hybrid classes by remote instruction or online delivery," Inbody said.