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CORONAVIRUS: BE INFORMED

Bethany College employees are working remotely but remain committed to serving the students, employees and community.   We are in the midst of transitioning back to work on campus through three phases designed to ensure adherence to COVID related precautions and health recommendations for the safety of everyone. Visitors are highly discouraged from coming to campus until July and encouraged to conduct business by email of phone. See directory for contact information. Anyone who visits campus must complete this health screen (including taking a body temperature) beforehand. Anyone on campus is required to wear a mask and practice social distancing!
Bethany College is subject to stay in place orders at this time. Both McPherson Co and the state of Kansas have issued orders. While both orders are subject to change at this time it is likely an order will be in place until April 25. Essential functions will be maintained, and while most departments are conducting business they must do so remotely. See the directory for contact information.

Bethany College Updates

Dear Bethany Students Planning to Travel to Sweden,

It is with regret and disappointment that we write to tell you the August 2020 Swedes to Sweden trip (for 2019-2020 sophomores) has been postponed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

This year’s trip postponement will also delay the trip planned for the following year (the Swedes to Sweden trip for 2020-2021 sophomores).

Rescheduling the trips will depend on many factors—including health and safety conditions, travel and movement restrictions, and available transportation options in both the U.S. and Sweden.

Given the profound changes and uncertainty characterizing the current pandemic, it will be at least six months before we can provide you with an update about either trip.

If you have questions, please direct them to Vicki Cornett (cornettv@bethanylb.edu) or Kristin Van Tassel (vantasselk@bethanylb.edu).

 

Sincerely,

The Swedes to Sweden Planning Committee

UPDATE – THE DATES OF THE IN PERSON TEXTBOOK RETURN HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO MAY 20th AND 21st FROM 10 am TO 2 pm.
There are a few different ways to return your textbooks this semester:
1.  If you have your textbooks with you, you can return your textbooks by printing a UPS label (no cost to you) from your eCampus account, preparing books for shipment, and dropping off at a UPS dropoff location.  Please see the attached PDF for step by step instructions on this process.  Make sure you have your books to the UPS dropoff location no later than May 20.
2.  If you left your textbooks in your room, I will start collecting those in coordination with Student Development after the Kansas stay at home orders are lifted.  Please send me an email if you left any/all of your books in your room.  In that email, let me know if you left all or some of your books in your room.
 
3.  On  May 20 and May 21 from 10 am to 2 pm, I will be having an on campus textbook return option.  This will be conducted in the Learning Commons of the library.  You will need to enter through the front doors of the library (east doors).  Please bring your textbooks in a tied grocery sack, or trash bag.  Please include a paper with your name and student ID number inside of the bag.  These returns will be processed after sitting for 72 hours.  If stay at home orders are extended, this date could change, so please continue to check your email for updates.
Please be aware of the change in summer textbooks.  You are not charged for textbooks in the summer, so you are responsible for purchasing your textbooks.  Please see the attached instructions on how to order textbooks from Campus.

This note comes as a follow up to President Mauch’s email of April 29th. Bethany College held a percentage of the CARES Act fund for qualifying students who have faced an unusual school-related financial circumstance due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Students have the ability to apply for additional emergency grants that can help them cope with the financial uncertainties. Please recognize funds are limited and the allocation of those funds will be determined by a committee appointed by Dr. Mauch and me. If you feel you have faced extreme financial hardship due to the Covid-19 outbreak, please email me at pfannenstielmm@bethanylb.edu to gain access to the supplemental grant application.

Should you have any immediate questions regarding the supplemental grant, or, topics regarding the CARES Act, please email me.

For Students’ Success,

Matt Pfannenstiel
VP of Enrollment Management
Bethany College

For the health and safety of our campus and community, President Mauch, the C Team and Cabinet have adopted the following requirements, effective June 2, as Phase B, (“be” cautious) of the multi-phase plan ensuring employees safe return to work on campus.

1.    All employees may work from home so long as they can meet the  employee expectations stated in the workplace guidance issued by email March 27, 2020 from Jennie McCall, HR and Matt Pfannenstiel, VP of Enrollment Management and listed in Phase A.

2. Those who need to be on campus to complete work related tasks, may do so but must contact their supervisor who will be permitted to make these arrangements within departments. To ensure appropriate time for National to disinfect all spaces, please come to campus between 9:30am and 5 pm only.

3.   Anyone who comes to campus during Phase B will be required to complete a health screening BEFORE COMING  to CAMPUS..

A.  Employees must take their body temperature and complete  the online health screening, at www.bethanylb.edu/healthscreen to acknowledge you:

– do not have a body temperature of more than 100 Fahrenheit

– will social distance with any other person by six feet

– do not have any symptoms or illness consistent or related to COVID- (see websites in #10 for updated symptoms.)

– have not traveled to those locations requiring home self quarantine within the past 14 days (check websites in #10 for most current)

– have not been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID

– will wear a mask on campus

B.  Because a temperature will need to be taken, please complete the health screening at home. Campus will have one designated location to take temperatures, only for a limited time each day, starting July 6.

C.  You must wear a mask on campus. This is vital to your health and others as recommended by CDC guidelines. More so, if you wear a mask, you are not counted as an exposure when identifying contacts for tracing by the local health department.  Masks may be removed when an employee is alone inside their office.

D.  Although face to face contact is discouraged, if you must go to another office, do not enter without stopping to knock and/or give notice so they may take precautions. Pay attention to unique signage on individual office doors as to their preference for level of contact.

E.  Do not bring others to campus with you.

F.  You are encouraged to use hand sanitizer when you can’t wash hands and upon entering and exiting and wipe down any door knobs or hard surfaces you touched with disinfectants that will be provided to departments.

4. DO NOT COME to campus FOR ANY REASON if you are subject to a home quarantine based on travel or known exposure, or have any symptoms of illness and/or symptoms of COVID. As of this publication, symptoms for COVID-19 appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other rarer symptoms that may develop include malaise, sore throat, and diarrhea. You must stay home for at least 10 days after symptoms started or for 72 hours after fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and with significant improvement in symptoms, whichever is longer. If you develop symptoms that may indicate COVID-19, please call your healthcare provider. If you do not have a provider, please call your local hospital at 785-227-3371 or contact the McPherson County Health Department at 620-241-1753 or email at machd@mcphersoncountyks.us. For the most current locations requiring quarantine and COVID symptoms, consult the health links in #10 below.

5. All business travel is suspended until further notice.

6. Buildings will remain locked during Phase B and Athletic facilities will remain closed consistent with Governor Kelly’s reopening plan.

7. The mailroom will be open during limited hours most likely between 9:30am to 12:30pm.

8. All employees are strongly discouraged from any face to face meetings for Bethany College related matters on or off campus if social distancing can’t be practiced. Regardless, groups must be limited per health guidelines. Consult health links in #10 below. Phone calls, emails and virtual meets should continue.

9. No break rooms, copy rooms or lounge spaces small enough in which social distance can’t be practiced shall not be used by more than one person at a time.

10.    Please stay up to date with the latest information from McPherson County, KDHE, or CDC.

*All details of Phase C will be announced no later than June 12. Phase C contemplates all employees returning and campus opening even if for limited operations/limited capacity. Although this date is highly dependent on health metrics, employees should plan as though Phase C would take effect July 6.

Phase A-Avoid campus!

For the health and safety of our campus and community, President Mauch, the C- Team, and the Cabinet have adopted the following requirements, effective May 20 through June 1* as Phase A of the multi-phase plan ensuring employees safe return to work on campus.

1.     Although the college is operational as we conduct business remotely, Governor Kelly recommends all colleges remain closed. To follow the spirit of Governor Kelly’s executive order, the recommendations of health officials, and be adequately prepared to invite students in the fall, employees shall continue to work remotely until at least June 1.  Work at home shall continue in accordance with the employee expectations in the workplace guidance issued by email March 27, 2020 from Jennie McCall, HR and Matt Pfannenstiel, VP of Enrollment Management, stating:

A. Bethany understands during this time, there are other responsibilities that may make an employee’s work in a  home environment look different.  Please work with your supervisor in order to create a plan for an individual work day.

B. Bethany continues to support employees with a typical 8 hr. work day, however that might look.

C. Bethany’s expectation is that all voicemail will be directed to your email, or an employee is checking office voicemail regularly throughout the day.  If possible, all messages are returned in a timely fashion (within 24 hours).

D. Bethany’s expectation will be that employees are frequently checking their email, as this is the main form of campus communication.

E. Bethany’s expectation is that the employee will continue to track hours through the Paylocity payroll system, along with sick, vacation, etc.

F. Bethany’s expectation will be that once the college receives guidance and clearance from public health officials, employees will return to their on campus work environment.

G. Bethany’s expectation will be that the employee will be available for virtual meetings either by phone or other virtual formats, including but not limited to Zoom, Google Hangout, etc..  If an employee is not able to be available in this manner, please communicate with supervisors.

2.    If you MUST be on campus, to complete a task you can’t complete from home, you must notify your supervisor. You must note, and your supervisor may note, the campus date/time in work calendars as a secondary precaution should it be necessary to identify contacts.

A. Your supervisor will need you to verbally and in good faith acknowledge the following:

– you do not have a body temperature of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (you should take your temperature)
– you will social distance if necessary & practice cough and sneeze etiquette.
– you do not have any symptoms or illness consistent or related to COVID- coughing, sore throat, trouble breathing,
– you have not traveled to those locations requiring home self quarantine within the past 14 days
– you have not been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID
– you willI wear a mask on campus

B. You must wear a mask on campus. This is vital to your health and others as universal source control. More so, if you wear a mask, it is not considered an exposure should  contact tracing be necessary. ** Masks may be removed when you are alone inside your office but should be worn at all other times.

C. Although face to face contact is discouraged, if you must go to another office, do not enter without stopping to knock and/or give some notice so they may take precautions. Pay attention to unique signage on individual office doors for an employee’s preference as to level of contact.

D. Do not bring others to campus with you.

E. You are encouraged to use hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting and wipe down any door knobs or hard surfaces you touched with disinfectants as you are able.

3. DO NOT COME to campus FOR ANY REASON if you are subject to a home quarantine based on travel or known exposure, have any symptoms of illness and/or symptoms of COVID. As of this publication, symptoms for COVID-19 appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other rarer symptoms that may develop include malaise, sore throat, and diarrhea. You must stay home for at least 10 days after symptoms started or for 72 hours after fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and with significant improvement in symptoms, whichever is longer. If you develop symptoms that may indicate COVID-19, please call your healthcare provider. If you do not have a provider, please call your local hospital at 785-227-3371 or contact the McPherson County Health Department at 620-241-1753 or email at machd@mcphersoncountyks.us. For the most current locations requiring quarantine and COVID symptoms, consult the health links in #10 below.

4.  All business travel is suspended until further notice.

5. All employees are strongly encouraged to avoid personal travel to any location requiring home quarantine by either McPherson County or KDHE. Should the guidelines differ, McPherson County should be followed. See links in #10 below.

6.  All campus buildings will remain locked during Phase A. Consistent with Governor Kelly’s reopening plan, the Athletic facilities will remain closed until further notice.

7. Prospective students will not be visiting campus during Phase A.

8. Employee Information:

A. Sick, Vacation, and Benefits: Specific questions regarding these  benefits should be directed to Human Resources, Jennie McCall.

B. Employee Assistance Program: The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a useful resource for confidential professional and personal support. The program is available 24/7.  The website to access resources is www.ndbh.com, and the company code is bethanylb.  These resources are available at no cost to all employees regardless of status and their immediate family members.

 C. Family First Coronavirus Act – see information emailed to campus 5/7/20

10. Please stay up to date with the latest information at McPherson County, KDHE, or CDC.

*Phase B is tentatively set to take effect June 2 with any modifications to be announced no later than May 20.

**At this time the college is working to get masks for those who are unable to get their own, but it is unknown when they will be available so please plan accordingly.

 

Dear Colleagues:

We wanted to give you an update on plans for commencement.  Bethany will confer degrees to graduating seniors on May 16 at 2pm as scheduled, but in a virtual format, accessible from our website homepage at www.bethanylb.edu. Conferring degrees, on May 16, although virtual, means students will have graduated for purposes of transcript notation, entry into graduate programs, etc.  Please note:  This will be a short ceremony simply conferring degrees.  We will not call names or have other speakers at this time.

In addition, a formal face-to-face commencement ceremony will be held the first weekend in October, coinciding with Bethany’s homecoming and supported by input from graduating seniors.

Although the class of 2020 didn’t finish their last semester of college in a traditional way, Bethany wants to ensure that graduates experience the tradition of crossing the Presser stage in front of classmates, the college community, friends and family. More details of the in-person October commencement festivities will be shared soon.

Sincerely,

Beth

Dear Students,

I hope that this extraordinary time finds you and your family well.  We have been fielding many questions about room and board now that we are offering a completely virtual format for the remainder of the semester.  I am writing today to let you know that we are working diligently to find the answer but do not have all of the information needed.  The $2-trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, including provisions focused on aid to small businesses has been signed into law.  We are awaiting guidance from federal agencies as to the application and implication of these pieces of legislation for colleges like Bethany College.  Serving as President and working with the Board of Directors, we are committed to a fair solution for students and families who have committed to Bethany.

In the meantime, registration for Fall 2020 classes begins on Monday, April 6, 2020.  Because we are in these extraordinary times, students’ accounts with holds are being reviewed so you can register for the fall semester.  Your advisor and others from Bethany should be in touch (if they haven’t already) to ensure you have the classes that you need for the fall.

We miss seeing all of you on campus – and are hopeful for the day when we can all reunite!

Sincerely,

Dr. Mauch

Good morning!

I hope that this email finds you, our students, well. On this, our first official day of virtual classes, I wanted to say “welcome back to learning.” By now, I am sure that you have been contacted by your professors and are aware of how the semester will progress. We have all been working hard to ensure that the remainder of the semester is a success for you.

As part of our heritage, we believe that each role we play in this world (teacher, mentor, roommate, club president, RA, community leader, athlete, musician … the list goes on and on) that involves us with our neighbors is a vocation – and the goal of our vocation is to find ways to live in the service to our neighbor. Our goal is to educate so you can wonder before the world in ways that we never imagined and transform that knowledge into new ways of gracefully caring for everyone. As I have thought about continuing with this semester, it came to me that this wonder will now take on new forms in new spaces – but with the wonders of modern technology, we will still be able to lean on one another as we always have.

We all care about you greatly – and we are dedicated to ensuring that the remainder of this semester provides you with new opportunities to wonder and care for your larger community. Please contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns – you can reply directly to this email.

Sincerely,

Dr. Mauch

LINDSBORG, KS., On March 25, Dr. Mauch, Interim President of Bethany College announced that all classes for the Spring 2020 semester, to start March 30, will be held in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, the college hoped for a hybrid approach with the return of some students, in accordance with health guidelines, and virtual attendance for others. The college monitored the ever-changing health guidelines, while simultaneously adapting plans to address the situation.  After consultation with health officials, including the county health director, it was determined virtual classes would be the most prudent way to alleviate the potential for concerns such as overburdened health facilities, or the spread of COVID-19. As such, students were notified that they would not be permitted to return to campus for face-to-face classes and were given further instruction on the processes and conditions in place for obtaining personal belongings from campus. Bethany will offer student services— such as library resources lists specific to academic departments, career services, pastoral support, tutoring and counseling services—in a virtual format. The college acknowledges the question as to whether refunds will be given and is working on various considerations with plans to announce a decision in the near future.

 

Many college employees are transitioning to work remotely, yet some continue to work on campus as necessitated by campus needs but do so in accordance with local health guidelines. Many non-administrative campus buildings are locked and the college strongly encourages all college business to be conducted by phone or email.  If absolutely necessary, entry into administrative buildings will be conditioned on compliance with local health guidelines, provisions of which are posted on the main entrance for each building. Bethany has not decided on commencement ceremonies, but all other campus or college-sponsored events have been postponed or canceled. For up to date information visit www.bethanylb.edu

Retention and enrollment will be crucial considerations following this unprecedented interruption in higher education. Bethany appreciates any and all support from surrounding communities, partners and alumni. As a campus community, Bethany will continue to unite around her core values – especially this year’s theme of integrity, as they seek knowledge, strive for understanding, aspire for excellence in all that they do, and remain faithful to Bethany’s calling to inspired learning and informed faith.

Dear Friends:

Today I announced that Bethany College will be going virtual for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.  We have been in constant contact with the McPherson County Health Director.  She is in support of this decision.  She shared that our approach is consistent to what other colleges/universities are doing.  This decision was made with an abundance of caution for the welfare of faculty, staff and students and our surrounding community.

While I am disappointed to share this news with you, I am certain that as a community we will continue to work as a team in our shared passion for Bethany College.  However, in light of these decisions, Bethany will need your support now more than ever.  Retention and enrollment will be crucial following this unprecedented interruption in higher education. Advocating for Bethany in every platform, encouraging others to consider attending Bethany, sharing your skills and time in work for the college, and prayers for Bethany’s future are some ways you can show support.

All events for the Spring semester have also been postponed and/or cancelled except commencement, which will be decided and announced at a later date.

As a campus community, we will continue to unite around our core values – especially this year’s theme of integrity.  For us, integrity is both personal and communal as we seek knowledge, strive for understanding, aspire for excellence in all that we do, and remain faithful to Bethany’s calling to inspired learning and informed faith.

Many employees of Bethany College are transitioning to work remotely, yet some will continue to work on campus as required by campus needs, yet are doing so in compliance with all health guidelines. Most buildings on campus are locked. We strongly encourage all business to be conducted by phone or email, but if absolutely necessary, entry into the few unlocked buildings will be conditioned on compliance with local health guidelines as posted on the main entrance for each building.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at mauchek@bethanylb.edu.

Beth

 

Dr. Elizabeth Mauch
Interim President
Bethany College

Dear Students,

The purpose of this email is to give you an update as promised on how we will complete the Spring 2020 semester to start March 30, 2020.  Given the ever changing health guidelines in both McPherson County and in Kansas, the following updates effective immediately:

1)      We will now have virtual classes ONLY.

2)      Students cannot return to live on campus unless they obtain a waiver from Student Development (deadline is March 30, 2020).  Please contact Student Development (studentdevelopment@bethanylb.edu).

3)      Students currently on campus can stay, provided that they follow the guidelines set forth by Student Development.  Please contact Student Development (studentdevelopment@bethanylb.edu).

4)      We have had many questions about refunds on room and board for the remainder of the semester.  Please understand there are several considerations, many of which are constantly changing.  We are currently working on various options and will communicate those options as soon as they are available.

5)      We understand some students have possessions in the residence halls.  They are being safeguarded. Please make arrangements with Student Development (studentdevelopment@bethanylb.edu) to arrange the details to obtain your belongings. Please understand local health guidelines will be in place which may affect these arrangements.

As noted in earlier emails, Bethany will continue to offer online student services such as libguide, career services, pastoral support, online tutoring services, and counseling services.  If you need access to buildings, which are locked, please contact Admissions at pfannenstielmm@bethanylb.edu.

We have reached out for guidance and support from the McPherson County Health Director, and she is in support of these decisions.  She shared that this is consistent with what other colleges/universities are doing.  I know that many of you will be disappointed that we will no longer offer face-to-face options.  This decision was made with an abundance of caution for the welfare of faculty, staff and students.  We have not yet made a decision on graduation ceremonies, but all other events have been postponed or cancelled.

Your professors will be in touch soon (if they haven’t already) about details for your classes and registration for the Fall 2020 semester.  If you do not hear from one of your professors, please contact Interim Dean Ed Pogue (poguee@bethanylb.edu).

I share in the disappointment that this news must bring to all of you.  We have been celebrating the core value of integrity this year.  For us, integrity is both personal and communal as we seek knowledge, strive for understanding, aspire for excellence in all that we do, and remain faithful to Bethany’s calling to inspired learning and informed faith.  The remainder of this semester will have a new definition of “communal” for all of us.  I am certain that we will meet the challenges of the remainder of this semester as we always have – with a mountain of dedication to you, our students.  Thank you for your understanding at this time.   Please continue to check your Bethany email for future updates.  And, of course, please share this email with your parents – and do not hesitate to contact me if you need further information.

 Sincerely,

Dr. Mauch

Dear Colleagues,

I want to thank each and every one of you for your dedication to our students during this unprecedented time.   The purpose of this email is to give you an update as promised as part of the public announcement today.  Given the ever-changing guidelines in both McPherson County and in Kansas, I have decided to make the following updates to our policy for students after Spring Break on March 30, 2020:

1)      We will now have virtual classes ONLY.

2)      Students cannot return to campus unless they obtain a waiver from Student Development (deadline is March 30, 2020).

3)      If students are currently on campus, they can stay, however, they will have to follow guidelines established by Student Development.  You will be informed of those guidelines by Ryan once they are developed.

4)      Students will need to make arrangements with Student Life to arrange a time to return to campus to collect their possessions.  Appropriate precautions will be taken based on national and local health guidelines for travel.

We have reached out for guidance and support from the McPherson County Health Director, and she is in support of these decisions.  She shared that our approach is consistent to what other colleges/universities are doing.  This decision was made with an abundance of caution for the welfare of faculty, staff and students.

For all faculty and staff, we are now encouraging you to have a plan in place for working from home in the event that the County/State/Federal government imposes work from home restrictions.  If it would be easier for you to make that transition now, please work with your supervisor to make this change.

We are developing guidelines for both a safe work environment if you are working from campus and expectations if you are working remotely.  In addition, we are forming guidelines for essential personnel.  You should expect to see those from Matt P. soon.

In addition to these changes, I would like to also remind you of the following:

1)      Fall 2020 registration begins soon.  Faculty should start to reach out to their advisees (if they have not already done so) to set up virtual meetings with them about classes for fall.

2)      Faculty should reach out to their classes (if they have not already done so) to update students to changes in the virtual learning space.

3)      The travel moratorium continues to be in effect for all Bethany College travel through April 15.  The date is subject to be extended.

4)      There is a moratorium on hiring on all new and vacant positions.

5)      There is still no decision about graduation. The newest guidelines from McPherson County are
that there should be no more than 10 people at a gathering. Obviously this recommendation, will factor into our decisions.

I share in the disappointment that this news must bring to all of you.  I do believe that we will continue to unite around our core values – especially this year’s theme of integrity.  For us, integrity is both personal and communal as we seek knowledge, strive for understanding, aspire for excellence in all that we do, and remain faithful to Bethany’s calling to inspired learning and informed faith.  The remainder of this semester will have a new definition of “communal” for all of us as we continue to educate Bethany’s students.  I am certain that we will meet the challenges of the remainder of this semester as we always have – with a mountain of dedication to our students.

Thank you for all that you do!

Beth

Greetings Bethany Family:

 

As we continue to navigate these tumultuous times, I thought it might be worthwhile to share a few words regarding how the necessary work and decisions are being addressed by the Bethany College Board of Directors and administration.  As is appropriate, the specifics and timing of decisions will continue to be disseminated through the President’s Office. Today it is my hope to share a little about how decisions are being made.

The word that keeps rising to consciousness these past few days is providence.  Of course, at a time when the future is so unclear, we are all left with few options but to trust in God’s providence for us, our family, our college and our community.  This is not to imply we sit idly by as events unfold, quite the contrary. In times like these, we must trust in providence as we re-double our efforts and work with even greater passion and urgency.  

I believe it is also providence that finds us with a president, cabinet, faculty, staff, board, and community dedicated to integrity.  When answers are scarce, and even decisions made are sure to require revision, it is only with integrity and mutual trust that a community like ours can hold together during uncertain times.

It is surely providence that at our last board meeting before the scope of the COVID-19 virus was known, we initiated a process for the creation of a case statement for the future direction of Bethany College.  This process lead by former board Member Marie Friedemann and former Interim President Robert Vogel was not tasked with providing answers, but rather a comprehensive look at the landscape ahead with the right questions at hand.  The feedback collected only a few weeks ago will surely be invaluable as we strive into the uncertain future.

Rest assured that we the board of directors of Bethany College are being kept fully apprised of and engaged in the decisions and plans of Interim President Mauch and her cabinet.  I believe we are all blessed to be a part of a community where mutual concern for the well-being and safety of students, faculty, staff, and the community at large, is paramount.  

I am grateful to be a part of a community willing to ask the tough questions.  To that end, I invite you to call, text or email me personally with any questions you might have.  I will do my best to respond in a timely manner, but please know that even if I am unable to respond immediately, I find value in hearing your questions so that mine are better informed.  

Thank you for your love of Bethany.  Thank you for your support and prayers.  

 

Respectfully,

Roper
Class of 00′
RoperDeGarmo@gmail.com
Cell: 913-210-9054

LINDSBORG, KANSAS, MARCH 20, 2020: Bethany College officials announced an extended Spring Break, starting at the end of classes, March 13, 2020. Classes are scheduled to resume March 30. Previously, the College intended to make a formal announcement March 25 but because this situation has changed so fast, is doing so at this time.  Please understand, the fluid changes in the local and state health guidelines, make timely communication difficult.

The college website will be used to provide the most current information, please check back often for the latest information.

Although spring break started one week early, Bethany College students have had the opportunity to stay in residence halls through the two-week break. Campus administrative offices and residence halls remain open and most services, such as counseling, tutoring, student life, and health are available for the duration of the spring semester. Library services and classrooms are slightly modified for the time being. In regard to academics, students who don’t wish to return, will be able to continue their spring semester learning through a virtual classroom option as of March 30, or as soon thereafter as possible. 

Any student, faculty or staff member who has traveled will be subject to all local and state health guidelines in effect upon their return. Individual arrangements will be necessary for self-quarantine as Bethany College is not in a position to assist with such requirement.  Dr. Van Dusen, Dean of Student Development, communicated by email to all students the preliminary details about gathering personal property from campus, safety precautions for returning to campus, and more, but because the procedures are subject to health guidelines they are likely to change. 

Fortunately, class sizes at Bethany rarely exceed 25, and while all students will have the option for virtual attendance, some students may have the opportunity (subject to health guidance such as social distancing etc.) to resume face to face classes.

While administrative offices are open at this time, please refrain from coming to campus unless a physical visit is absolutely necessary. Most, if not all, business can be conducted by phone or email. Use the Bethany College directory to locate phone extensions or emails.

Currently, the College is prohibiting the use of the student union “Pit” area (Pihlblad lower level), and other common areas, even if the building is open. Hahn and Stroble Gibson gyms, and the cardio and weight rooms are closed. 

At this time, there are no cases of COVID-19 on Bethany College campus or in McPherson County. In understanding our role and responsibility, campus leadership has learned that if a test for COVID-19 was to be completed, the state agency, Kansas Department of Health and Environment communicates with the McPherson County Health Department and it is the procedure of health officials that dictates the release of information and/or results as deemed appropriate.  It is imperative that Bethany College cooperates with all health officials and remains mindful of HIPAA and other protocol to ensure the privacy and safety of campus and the larger community. 

Campus leadership acknowledges that several questions remain unanswered and will work diligently to find answers despite the fluidity of the situation. In this unprecedented time, decisions must be made in accordance to health guidelines, and in deference to the health and safety of all and we appreciate your support and understanding. 

The purpose of this post is to give you some preliminary updates for continuing the rest of the semester.  We have not yet worked out all of the details, but we wanted you to be aware of how we will be starting back up after Spring Break.  An official announcement will be made on or before March 25.  At this point, we plan to start classes again beginning March 30.  Faculty will be preparing virtual options for you.  In addition, we plan to allow students who are on campus to continue to be on campus.  If you are off campus now, then you will have to fill out a form if you want to return.  The dining hall will re-open at the conclusion of Spring Break.  We can assure you that all of your belongings in the residence halls are secure.  Many students have asked about graduation – we are going to delay that decision at this point.

We want to ensure that we are able to successfully complete this semester, even given the extraordinary circumstances that we find ourselves in.  We believe that this plan will allow us to have a safe and successful Spring 2020 semester.   We all know the near future is going to be different and challenging.  We will navigate this by working together using our core values to guide us.

Dr. Mauch

Kansas City, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced today that it is canceling the spring 2020 sports season, effective immediately.

“All possible scenarios that would have supported a spring sports season were seriously considered by multiple NAIA governance groups,” said NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr. “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 with the spring sports season and championships.”

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.

The NAIA is continuing to address outstanding questions related to these unprecedented changes and will share new information as it becomes available.

Dear Campus Community,

We are learning information continuously. We will continue to provide updates as necessary by email, and/or through the website.
As such, we have decided to start Spring Break early, at the conclusion of classes, today, Friday March 13 and ending on March 29. During this time, students are welcome to stay in the residence halls. Meals will be provided as carry out as of tonight at dinner. The following week, March 21-28 Sodexo food services will not be available, but if you need meals or help with meals, please let Student Development know.

We will have an update on March 25 about campus reopening after Spring Break. Updates will come via email and through updates to this page.

In our campus planning, we have learned that in any situation if symptoms warrant investigation, the county and state health departments dictate procedure. The McPherson County Health Department will be notified of a test result by the Kansas Department of Health and it will be up to McPherson County Health Department to release any information and/or results as they deem appropriate.

Please be sure to take care of yourself. Each of us plays an important role in maintaining our personal health, which in turn helps protect our broader community. Please continue to follow CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 shared earlier. Taking actions that limit exposure to the virus will help ensure our collective health and safety.

Sincerely,

Dr. Mauch

The college is dedicated to plan, prepare, assess and reassess COVID 19 with an approach rooted in fact and common sense. Members of Health Services, Student Life, Admissions and Communications, alongside the Academic Dean, and Dean of Athletics, are collaborating with Facilities and Food Services. Preventative measures, based on information from local and regional health officials as well as the CDC and KDHE have been implemented, including the addition of more sanitation stations, and an aggressive increase is disinfecting common surfaces, to name a few.  Updates from the U.S. Department of Education continues to be reviewed to maintain the quality of our academic programs, should a transition to online coursework be necessary.  As of today, the college does not plan to cancel classes, move to online classes, extend spring break, but students will have the option to stay on campus over the Spring Break. Because this is a fluid and ever-changing situation, we will continue to assess and communicate as necessary. Please bookmark this page and check back as necessary.

The library is closed for the rest of the semester.  If you have library materials currently checked out, staff is working on renewing the items until the end of the semester.  We will not be loaning any materials from our physical collection.

There are many resources available to you via the library databases.  You have access to a variety of databases and a collection of ebooks. If you are unsure of where to start, please view the Off Campus Study Tips LibGuide.

The librarians are available to help with all things library-related via email.

Denise Carson, carsond@bethanylb.edu

Brittany Torres, torresb@bethanylb.edu

Interlibrary Loan services are suspended until further notice.  Library staff is currently contacting libraries for an extension on the due dates.  If you have items that were borrowed via interlibrary loan, you will be contacted individually regarding the new due date on your item.  If you want to return an interlibrary loan, please return the item via the library book drop by the front doors of the library.

The librarians are available to help with all things library-related via email.

 

Denise Carson, carsond@bethanylb.edu

Brittany Torres, torresb@bethanylb.edu

Interlibrary Loan services are suspended until further notice.  Library staff is currently contacting libraries for an extension on the due dates.  If you have items that were borrowed via interlibrary loan, you will be contacted individually regarding the new due date on your item.  If you want to return an interlibrary loan, please return the item via the library book drop by the front doors of the library.

Yes, check out the Wallerstedt Library for a ton of assistance,  including library guides that provide an overview of resources of information for each academic area of study! You can also find reference tools for various types of research assistance.

Check out the latest updates from our library here.

The librarians created an Off Campus Study Tips LibGuide to assist students during this time. Please take time to look at the guide. It includes information on accessing databases, textbooks, etc. If you think there are additional resources that could be added, please let me know! Also, please think about promoting this with your students as it answers many questions they might currently have.

Thank you,

Brittany Torres

Many services will be offered virtually, such as library resources lists (Libguides), counseling, pastoral services, and tutoring.

If you need counseling services, send an email:

Ginny Reyes, M.S., LPC
Bethany College Counselor
Adjunct Professor of Psychology
reyesg@bethanylb.edu

Students having trouble accessing databases ( i.e. EBSOHost) from off-campus, please submit an IT Ticket. Tickets can be submitted with personal email addresses if you are unable to access your Bethany College email.

Bethany College is subject to stay in place orders at this time. Both McPherson Co. and the state of Kansas have issued orders. While both orders are subject to change at this time it is likely an order will be in place until April 25. Essential functions will be maintained, and while most departments are conducting business they must do so remotely. See the directory for contact information.

Students will not be permitted to access any other buildings.  Most buildings are locked. Students in the area may contact Matt Pfannenstiel (pfannenstielmm@bethanylb.edu) to arrange special permission for entry into buildings to access resources not otherwise available.

Bethany will confer degrees to graduating seniors on May 16 at 2pm as scheduled, but in a virtual format, accessible from our website homepage at www.bethanylb.edu. Conferring degrees, on May 16, although virtual, means students will have graduated for purposes of transcript notation, entry into graduate programs, etc.  Please note:  This will be a short ceremony simply conferring degrees.  We will not call names or have other speakers at this time.

In addition, a formal face-to-face commencement ceremony will be held the first weekend in October, coinciding with Bethany’s homecoming and supported by input from graduating seniors.

Although the class of 2020 didn’t finish their last semester of college in a traditional way, Bethany wants to ensure that graduates experience the tradition of crossing the Presser stage in front of classmates, the college community, friends and family. More details of the in-person October commencement festivities will be shared soon.

The residence halls are not open to students not already on campus. To make arrangements to pick up your personal belongings, please contact Dr. Ryan Van Dusen, Dean of Students, at dusenrl@bethanylb.edu.

 

The NAIA declared that spring sport student athletes will not be charged a season of eligibility. Please see this press release from the NAIA.

Yes. If you have questions, please contact United Health Care.

Yes. Please complete this form so the mail room can forward your mail.

Please complete the 2020-2021 Housing Application.

The US Department of Education has issued COVID-19 guidance for how to operate the Federal Work Study (FWS) program during this time. Following are bullet points describing what this means at Bethany.

  • For students who remain living locally in the area (whether on campus or off) and are able to continue performing their jobs just as normal, there are no changes. This assumes all social distancing best practices can happen in the given position. Please work with your supervisor if any additional hours are needed.
  • For students who are at home and it is possible to perform their job in some virtual or electronic manner that continues being supervised, proceed with such adjustments and move on with getting the job done. Continue entering hours in Paylocity with the supervisor approving. Please also work with your supervisor if any additional hours are needed.
  • If an area has increased need for work study in light of the overall situation and work study dollars remain in the area budget, in only this scenario can a student now newly begin in the work study program. If a student had not previously been hired, completed the on-boarding process, and had scheduled hours, there is now no way to be newly hired for the duration of this budget period.
  • For a student who has scheduled work study hours that now simply cannot be performed in light of new realities, the rules allow for this student to continue receiving pay. The key word here is “scheduled”. Student workers in such a situation will need to enter their standard scheduled hours in to Paylocity and supervisors will need to approve same. The audit process will require the college to check and make sure these hours are basically in keeping with what the student was earning prior to the societal changes.
  • Student workers definitely need to use Paylocity to enter their hours, whether actually performed under the described scenarios or scheduled if the job is in the cannot be performed category, and supervisors definitely need to follow procedures to monitor and approve these hours. If there are any questions about entering or approving procedures, please contact Jennifer McCall in human resources.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or a team member in the financial aid office.

Matt Pfannenstiel
VP of Enrollment Management
Bethany College

As of March 17th, in-person visits are suspended until further notice. Prospective students are very much encouraged to sign up for a virtual tour and visit with faculty and admissions.

The admissions office will announce the plan for enrollment days by March 31st.  Take this time to read about what Bethany has to offer.

The Admissions office is committed to lavish communication with students and can’t wait to give you the good news when you’ve been accepted! Students can always reach out to their specific admissions and financial aid counselor. 

The admissions office phone number is 800-826-2281 x. 8113

Public Health Updates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
From: Shalei Shea, RN BSN
McPherson County Health Department Director and McPherson County Health Officer
April 1, 2020 at 8:35 pm

 

FIVE CASES OF CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19) IDENTIFIED IN MCPHERSON COUNTY

McPherson County Health Department is confirming 5 total cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in McPherson County.
The last two identified positive cases are recovering well in isolation, one at home and one in a local hospital, pending discharge. Both cases have no identifiable travel exposure and are clients of a group care facility. McPherson County Health Department and key partners are actively investigating contacts and exposures. If you are an identified contact, you will be directly reached out to by local health officials. At this time, nothing further will be released about the patients.
Please depend on health authorities to provide the most accurate information for McPherson County. If you are experiencing a fever, shortness of breath, or a cough, please call your health care provider. If you do not have a primary health care provider, please call your local hospital.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has released a new mapping feature on their COVID-19 Resource page. The mapping feature includes positive case counts by county, total hospitalizations, total deaths, symptom onset and date diagnosed data, and lab testing rates by county. This resource can be found at https://govstatus.egov.com/coronavirus at the top of page, labeled “Map of COVID-19 in Kansas.”
Please continue to stay at home, practice frequent handwashing, cover your cough and sneeze, avoid physical contact such as handshaking, and call your healthcare provider to discuss any illness.
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REVISED COVID-19 Guidance 20-16-1
April 11, 2020 (Updated April 15, 2020)

Executive Order No. 20-16

McPherson County Health Department

1001 N. Main. St.

McPherson, KS 67460

(620)241-1753

 

EMERGENCY SAFER-AT-HOME ORDER OF THE MCPHERSON COUNTY LOCAL HEALTH OFFICER MARCH 27, 2020

Applicable within the entirety of McPherson County, Kansas

This Emergency Public Health Order is effective the 27th of March, 2020, at 5:00 pm to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic in McPherson County, Kansas pursuant to the authority provided in K.S.A. 65-119, McPherson County Resolution No. 2020-03, and other applicable laws or regulations.

WHEREAS, the Local Health Officer is authorized and required, pursuant to K.S.A. 65-119, and McPherson County Resolution No. 2020-03 to immediately exercise and maintain a supervision over known or suspected cases of any infectious or contagious disease during its continuance, and to issue orders seeing that all such cases are properly handled and that the provisions of the Kansas public health laws as to isolation, quarantine, and disinfection are duly enforced; and

WHEREAS, the Local Health Officer is appointed by the Board of McPherson County Commissioners and is authorized, pursuant to K.S.A 65-119(a) to prohibit public gatherings when necessary for the control of any and all infectious or contagious diseases, and to use all known measures to prevent the spread of any infectious, contagious, or communicable disease pursuant to McPherson County Resolution No. 2020-03 and consistent with K.S.A 65-202; and

WHEREAS, on March 27th, 2020, the Board of McPherson County Commissioners voted to state a local disaster emergency for McPherson County for 60 days; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that spreads easily from person to person and may result in serious illness or death, has been confirmed in Kansas and McPherson County, resulting in serious illness and multiple deaths to date in Kansas; and

WHEREAS, such conditions endanger health, safety and welfare of persons and property within McPherson County, Kansas; and

WHEREAS, to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), and the McPherson County Local Health Officer, all recommend implementation of community mitigation strategies to increase containment of COVID- 19, including cancellation of large gatherings and social distancing in smaller gatherings; and

WHEREAS, the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 and the resulting epidemic in Kansas and McPherson County continue to threaten the life and health of our citizens and visitors as well as the vitality of the economy and remains a public disaster affecting life, health, property, and the public peace; and

WHEREAS, this public health order to stay at home is being issued to slow the rate of community spread of COVID-19 through intensified social distancing. It is estimated that each COVID-19 positive person could infect between 2.6 to 4 other people. Furthermore, there is emerging evidence of transmission among pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic people, making routine case-finding and exposure tracing strategies ideally within 2 weeks of the first case and are key to flattening the epidemic curve to prevent overwhelming our local health care system’s ability to care for the proportion of residents who develop severe symptoms. Early implementation of this strategy is even more important in the context of limited available testing. With full community cooperation, this proactive health order can minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our McPherson County community.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDERED by the McPherson County Local Health Officer, pursuant to the above authorities that:

Section 1. Definitions and Exemptions

  • For purposes of this Order, “Social Distancing Requirements” means maintaining at least 6 feet of social distancing from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.
  • For purposes of this Order, individuals are directed to stay at home and leave their residence only to perform any of the following “Essential Activities” as described All businesses and operations in McPherson County, except Essential Businesses as defined below, are required to cease all activities at their places of business, although such businesses may also continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities from their own residences (i.e., working from home). People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are urged to stay in their residence except as necessary to seek medical care
    • To engage in activities or perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members (including, but not limited to, pets) such as, by way of example only and without limitation, obtaining medical supplies or medication, or visiting a health care professional;
    • To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, to obtain supplies they need to work from home, or to deliver those services or supplies to others, such as by way of example only and without limitation, canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supplies, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, personal safety items, and any other household consumer products, and product necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences;
    • To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, or Individuals may use parks or other public area. However, use of playground and park equipment is prohibited;
    • To perform work providing essential products and serves at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted in this Order;
    • To care for family member or pet in another household, or engage in transportation or to transport the family member or pet to provide for such care;
    • To comply with valid court or administrative orders;
    • To  work  for  or  obtain  services  at  any  “Healthcare  Operations”  location  including hospit als, clinics, denists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology  companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare supplier s, home healthcare services providers, mental health providers, or any related and/or ancillary healthcare services. “Healthcare Operations” also includes veterinary care and all healthcare services provided to animals. This exemption shall be construed broadly to avoid any impacts on the delivery of healthcare , broadly defi ned. ” Healt hcar e Operations” does not include activities at fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities;
    • To provide any services or perform any work necessary to the operations and maintenance of “Essential Infrastructure,” including, but not limited to, public works construction, construction of housing (in particular, affordable housing or housing for individuals experiencing homelessness), airport operations, aerospace, national defense, wat er, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services), provided that individuals carry out those services or that work in compliance with Social Distancing Requirements as define din this Section to the extent possible/
  • For purposes of this Order, all first responders, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, court personnel, and law enforcement personnel, United States Armed Forces personnel and activities related thereto, and others working for or to support Essential Businesses are categorically exempt from this Order . Further, nothing in this Order shall prohibit any individual from performing or accessing “Essential Governmental Functions.” Essential Government Functions means all services needed to ensure the continuing operation of the government agencies and provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the public. All Essential Governmental Functions shall be performed in compliance with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section, to the extent possible.
  • For purposes of this Order , “Essential Businesses” means:
    • Healthcare Operations, Essential Infrastructure, and Essential Governmental Functions;
    • Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned foods, dry good, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply , fresh meats, fish and poultry, liquor stores, personal safety and protection stores and shops, and any other household consumer products such as cleaning and personal care product s. This includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences; however, the touching of unpacked baked good is prohibited;
    • Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing;
    • Human and animal food processing facility workers;
    • Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals;
    • Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services;
    • Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair and servicing, emergency road services, and related facilities;
    • Banks and related financial institutions;
    • Hardware stores;
    • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, construction, cleaning and janitorial staff, security staff, HVAC, lawn care and landscaping and other trades and services providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses;
    • Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes;
    • Educational institutions, which includes public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions related to distance learning and support to other essential businesses (such as transportation and law enforcement), provided that social distancing of 6-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible. School buildings may be used if needed to house individuals, distribute food, provide medical care, distance learning or any other services deemed necessary to protect the life and property and other critical resources;
    • Laundromats and laundry service providers, provided that social distancing of 6-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible;
    • Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food and/or beverages, but only for drive thru, delivery, or carry out and not for consumption of food and/or beverages on the premises. Schools and other entities that typically provide free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so under this Order on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and takeaway basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or at any other gathering site;
    • Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home;
    • Businesses that supply other Essential Businesses with the supplies necessary to operate;
    • Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, beverages, goods or services directly to residences;
    • Taxis, aircraft, commercial transportation and logistics providers and services and other transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for Essential Activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order;
    • Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children;
    • Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children;
    • Professional services, such as legal services, account services, real estate services, and insurance services, provided that social distancing of 6-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible and business is conducted virtually to the greatest extent possible;
    • Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempt from this Order to work as permitted. To the extent possible, childcare facilities must operate under the following mandatory conditions:
      • Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 10 or fewer (“stable” means that the same 10 or fewer children are in the same group each day);
      • Children shall not change from one group to another;
      • If more than one group of children is cared for at the same facility, each group shall be in separate rooms and groups shall not mix with each other; and
      • Childcare providers shall remain solely with one group of children;
    • Mortuary, cremation, and burial services;
    • Hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging and delivery or carry-out food services;
    • Manufacturing companies, distributors, and supply chain companies producing and supplying essential products and services in and for residences and industries in pharmaceuticals, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, chemicals and sanitation, waste pickup and disposal, agriculture, food and beverage, transportation, aerospace, energy , construction, national defense, communications, as well as products and services used by Essential Businesses; and
    • Leaders and employees of religious inst it ut ions .

 

Section 2. Essential Businesses must take proactive measures to ensure compliance with Social Distancing Requirements, including where possible:

 

  1. Designate 6-foot distances. Designating with signage, tape, or by other means 6-foot spacing for employees and customers in line to maintain appropriate distance;
  2. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing products. Having anti-microbial soap and water or hand sanitizer

and sanitizing products readily available for employees and customers;

  1. Separate operating hours for vulnerable populations. Implementing separate operating hours for elderly and vulnerable customers;
  2. Online and remote access. Posting online whether a facility is open and how to best reach the

facility and continue services by phone or remotely; and

  1. Protective equipment. As supplies are currently available and become available, providing employees who have frequent contact with the public with protective equipment, including but not limited to gloves and

 

Section 3. All large public gatherings of people in McPherson County are prohibited unless otherwise ordered by the Local Health Officer or the Board of County Commissioners, sitting as the Board of Health. Large public gathering are those with more than ten (10) people in attendance or anticipated to attend, both indoor and outdoor, except for Essential Businesses . A “gathering” does not include normal operations at spaces  where persons may be in transit  or coming and going individually  or in groups of less than ten (10) persons. For all gatherings of people, the Local Health Officer strongly recommends everyone to follow the guidance provided by the CDC, and federal, state, and local public health officials and private medical providers.

 

Section 4. Pursuant to K.S.A. 65-119, McPherson County Resolution No. 2020-03, and other legal authority, any sheriff, deputy sheriff or other law enforcement officer of the state or any political subdivision within McPherson County, Kansas is hereby ordered to assist in the execution or enforcement of this Order.

 

Section 5. Pursuant to the State of Kansas Executive Order No. 20-15, any business or organization that does not meet the Essential Business criteria listed in Section l(D) shall request an exemption from this Order by providing written request to the McPherson County Local Health Officer . The business or organization should identify by number the categories of essential functions it performs and provide any brief necessary explanation to establish that it performs those function s. The Local Health Officer shall determine which, if any, functions of the requesting business or organization are exempt from the local order and inform the requesting business or organization of the determination. The Local Health Officer must grant exemptions from the restrictions of this Order to businesses or organizations for the performance of the Kansas Essential Function Framework (KEFF) essential functions listed in the State of Kansas Executive Order No. 20-15.

 

Section 6. This Order may be supplemented or modified as required for the effective and efficient managements and control of the COVID-19 epidemic in McPherson County by further order or direction of the Board of County Commissioners, acting as the Board of Health, or by the McPherson County Local Health Officer.

 

Section 7. This Order is effective immediately on March 27th, 2020, and shall remain in effect for thirty (30) days, until April 25th, 2020, unless sooner amended, superseded, or rescinded.

IT IS SO ORDERED THIS 27th DAY OF MARCH, 2020 .

Shalei Shea RN BSN

McPherson County Local Health Officer

A copy of this order shall be published once in the McPherson County Sentinel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This guidance is for household members, intimate partners, and caregivers of people with confirmed or suspected coronavirus (COVID-19), persons under investigation (PUIs) who do not need hospitalization, and people with confirmed cases who were hospitalized then stable enough to go home.

Close contact should monitor their health. They should call their healthcare provider right away if they develop symptoms suggesting COVID-19

Make sure that you understand and can help the patient follow their healthcare provider’s instructions for care. You should help the patient with basic needs in the home and provide support for getting groceries, prescriptions and other needs.

Monitor the patient’s symptoms: if the patient is getting sicker, call their provider and tell them the person is a suspect/confirmed COVID-19 case. This will help the provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected. If there is a medical emergency, call 911 and notify dispatch the patient is a suspect/confirmed COVID-19 case.

Household members should stay in another room or be separated from the patient as much as possible. Household members should use a separate bedroom and bathroom if available.

Prohibit visitors who do not have an essential need to be in the home.

Household members should care for any pets in the home. Do not handle pets while sick.

Make sure that shared spaces in the home have good air flow, such as by an air conditioner or opened window if possible.

Preform hand hygiene frequently. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains 60-90% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

The patient should wear a facemask when around other people. If the patient is not able to wear a mask, you should wear a mask when you are in the same room as the patient. McPherson County Health Department Updated 03-14-2020 Information from CDC COVID-19 Guidance Documents cdc.gov

Wear a disposable mask and gloves when you touch or have contact with the patient’s blood, stool or body fluids, like saliva, sputum, nasal mucus, vomit, or urine.

  • Throw out disposable facemasks and gloves after using them, do not reuse.
  • When removing personal protective equipment, first remove and dispose of gloves. Then immediately clean your hands with soap and water. Next remove and dispose mask, and clean your hands again.

Avoid sharing household items with the patient. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding or other items. After the patient uses these items, you should wash them thoroughly.

Clean all high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables every day. Also clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool or body fluids on them. Use household cleaning spray or wipes according to label instructions.

Wash laundry thoroughly. Immediately remove and wash clothes or bedding that have blood, stool or body fluids on them. Wear disposable gloves while handling soiled items and keep soiled items away from your body. Clean your hands immediately after removing gloves. Read and follow directions on labels of laundry soap and clothing items. In general, use a normal laundry detergent according to washing machine instructions and dry thoroughly using the warmest temperatures recommended on the clothing label.

Place all used disposable gloves, facemasks, and other contaminated items in a lined container before disposing of them with other household waste. Clean your hands immediately after handling these items.

Discuss additional questions with the healthcare provider or health department.

Stay home except to get medical care: restrict activities outside your home except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride- sharing or taxis.

Separate yourself from people and animals in your home: as much as possible stay in a specific room away from others, use a separate bathroom if available as well. There has not been reports of animals becoming sick with the virus, but you should restrict contact with pets like you would people at this time. If you must have contact with your pet, wash your hands before and after contact, and wear a facemask.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor: call ahead before arriving to any facility and inform them that you have or may have the virus, this will keep others from being exposed or infected.

Wear a facemask: wear a facemask if you are around other people (sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter healthcare facilities. If you cannot wear a facemask, people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you or they should wear a mask if they enter your room.

Cover your coughs and sneezes: cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean your hands often: wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water are the best option if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid sharing personal household items: you should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.

Clean all high-touch surfaces every day: high touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables. Also clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to label instructions.

Monitor your symptoms: seek medical attention if your illness is worsening (difficulty breathing). Before seeking care call the provider and tell them you have or are being evaluated for the virus. Put on a facemask before entering the facility. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify dispatch that you have or are being evaluated for the virus. If possible, put a mask on before emergency medical services arrive.

COVID-19 resources and updates from the McPherson County Health Department.

FAQ’s

This note comes as a follow up to President Mauch’s email of April 29th. Bethany College held a percentage of the CARES Act fund for qualifying students who have faced an unusual school-related financial circumstance due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Students have the ability to apply for additional emergency grants that can help them cope with the financial uncertainties. Please recognize funds are limited and the allocation of those funds will be determined by a committee appointed by Dr. Mauch and me. If you feel you have faced extreme financial hardship due to the Covid-19 outbreak, please email me at pfannenstielmm@bethanylb.edu to gain access to the supplemental grant application.

Should you have any immediate questions regarding the supplemental grant, or, topics regarding the CARES Act, please email me.

For Students’ Success,

Matt Pfannenstiel
VP of Enrollment Management
Bethany College

Please be aware of the change in summer textbooks.  You are not charged for textbooks in the summer, so you are responsible for purchasing your textbooks.  Please see the attached instructions on how to order textbooks from Campus.
UPDATE – THE DATES OF THE IN PERSON TEXTBOOK RETURN HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO MAY 20th AND 21st FROM 10 am TO 2 pm.
There are a few different ways to return your textbooks this semester:
1.  If you have your textbooks with you, you can return your textbooks by printing a UPS label (no cost to you) from your eCampus account, preparing books for shipment, and dropping off at a UPS dropoff location.  Please see the attached PDF for step by step instructions on this process.  Make sure you have your books to the UPS dropoff location no later than May 20.
2.  If you left your textbooks in your room, I will start collecting those in coordination with Student Development after the Kansas stay at home orders are lifted.  Please send me an email if you left any/all of your books in your room.  In that email, let me know if you left all or some of your books in your room.
 
3.  On  May 20 and May 21 from 10 am to 2 pm, I will be having an on campus textbook return option.  This will be conducted in the Learning Commons of the library.  You will need to enter through the front doors of the library (east doors).  Please bring your textbooks in a tied grocery sack, or trash bag.  Please include a paper with your name and student ID number inside of the bag.  These returns will be processed after sitting for 72 hours.  If stay at home orders are extended, this date could change, so please continue to check your email for updates.

Dear Bethany Students Planning to Travel to Sweden,

It is with regret and disappointment that we write to tell you the August 2020 Swedes to Sweden trip (for 2019-2020 sophomores) has been postponed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

This year’s trip postponement will also delay the trip planned for the following year (the Swedes to Sweden trip for 2020-2021 sophomores).

Rescheduling the trips will depend on many factors—including health and safety conditions, travel and movement restrictions, and available transportation options in both the U.S. and Sweden.

Given the profound changes and uncertainty characterizing the current pandemic, it will be at least six months before we can provide you with an update about either trip.

If you have questions, please direct them to Vicki Cornett (cornettv@bethanylb.edu) or Kristin Van Tassel (vantasselk@bethanylb.edu).

 

Sincerely,

The Swedes to Sweden Planning Committee

Students having trouble accessing databases ( i.e. EBSOHost) from off-campus, please submit an IT Ticket. Tickets can be submitted with personal email addresses if you are unable to access your Bethany College email.

The librarians created an Off Campus Study Tips LibGuide to assist students during this time. Please take time to look at the guide. It includes information on accessing databases, textbooks, etc. If you think there are additional resources that could be added, please let me know! Also, please think about promoting this with your students as it answers many questions they might currently have.

Thank you,

Brittany Torres

Yes, check out the Wallerstedt Library for a ton of assistance,  including library guides that provide an overview of resources of information for each academic area of study! You can also find reference tools for various types of research assistance.

Check out the latest updates from our library here.

The US Department of Education has issued COVID-19 guidance for how to operate the Federal Work Study (FWS) program during this time. Following are bullet points describing what this means at Bethany.

  • For students who remain living locally in the area (whether on campus or off) and are able to continue performing their jobs just as normal, there are no changes. This assumes all social distancing best practices can happen in the given position. Please work with your supervisor if any additional hours are needed.
  • For students who are at home and it is possible to perform their job in some virtual or electronic manner that continues being supervised, proceed with such adjustments and move on with getting the job done. Continue entering hours in Paylocity with the supervisor approving. Please also work with your supervisor if any additional hours are needed.
  • If an area has increased need for work study in light of the overall situation and work study dollars remain in the area budget, in only this scenario can a student now newly begin in the work study program. If a student had not previously been hired, completed the on-boarding process, and had scheduled hours, there is now no way to be newly hired for the duration of this budget period.
  • For a student who has scheduled work study hours that now simply cannot be performed in light of new realities, the rules allow for this student to continue receiving pay. The key word here is “scheduled”. Student workers in such a situation will need to enter their standard scheduled hours in to Paylocity and supervisors will need to approve same. The audit process will require the college to check and make sure these hours are basically in keeping with what the student was earning prior to the societal changes.
  • Student workers definitely need to use Paylocity to enter their hours, whether actually performed under the described scenarios or scheduled if the job is in the cannot be performed category, and supervisors definitely need to follow procedures to monitor and approve these hours. If there are any questions about entering or approving procedures, please contact Jennifer McCall in human resources.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or a team member in the financial aid office.

Matt Pfannenstiel
VP of Enrollment Management
Bethany College

Visit the City of Lindsborg website.

Bethany will confer degrees to graduating seniors on May 16 at 2pm as scheduled, but in a virtual format, accessible from our website homepage at www.bethanylb.edu. Conferring degrees, on May 16, although virtual, means students will have graduated for purposes of transcript notation, entry into graduate programs, etc.  Please note:  This will be a short ceremony simply conferring degrees.  We will not call names or have other speakers at this time.

In addition, a formal face-to-face commencement ceremony will be held the first weekend in October, coinciding with Bethany’s homecoming and supported by input from graduating seniors.

Although the class of 2020 didn’t finish their last semester of college in a traditional way, Bethany wants to ensure that graduates experience the tradition of crossing the Presser stage in front of classmates, the college community, friends and family. More details of the in-person October commencement festivities will be shared soon.

Please complete the 2020-2021 Housing Application.

Students will not be permitted to access any other buildings.  Most buildings are locked. Students in the area may contact Matt Pfannenstiel (pfannenstielmm@bethanylb.edu) to arrange special permission for entry into buildings to access resources not otherwise available.

Many services will be offered virtually, such as library resources lists (Libguides), counseling, pastoral services, and tutoring.

If you need counseling services, send an email:

Ginny Reyes, M.S., LPC
Bethany College Counselor
Adjunct Professor of Psychology
reyesg@bethanylb.edu

Yes. Please complete this form so the mail room can forward your mail.

Yes. If you have questions, please contact United Health Care.

The NAIA declared that spring sport student athletes will not be charged a season of eligibility. Please see this press release from the NAIA.

The residence halls are not open to students not already on campus. To make arrangements to pick up your personal belongings, please contact Dr. Ryan Van Dusen, Dean of Students, at dusenrl@bethanylb.edu.

 

Bethany College is subject to stay in place orders at this time. Both McPherson Co. and the state of Kansas have issued orders. While both orders are subject to change at this time it is likely an order will be in place until April 25. Essential functions will be maintained, and while most departments are conducting business they must do so remotely. See the directory for contact information.