CARES Levels of Concern

CARES levels of concern

Hesston College Lark Commitment (HCLC) and Hesston College COVID-19 related policies will be in place at all levels below: mask policy, social distancing, limited group gathering sizes, enhanced cleaning and disinfection, daily self-screening, ongoing education of campus community, reporting symptoms or exposure to someone with COVID-19, and following protocols in place for isolation and quarantine. The CARES level of concern in which we are operating will be posted on the website along with the planning document. Communication will be a high priority as we transition between levels of concern throughout each semester. As conditions continue to change and as new information is gathered, plans may be adjusted accordingly.

Hesston College’s current CARES level is R – Restricted.

C means cautious.
Awareness of potential problems or dangers

State/County/Campus Landscape

COVID-19 rates are stable or decreasing in Harvey County and/or surrounding counties according to KDHE data.

  • Kansas no longer appears on a travel restricted list.
  • Symptomatic as well as asymptomatic testing and results are readily available.

Academics/Performing Arts

  • Academic semesters condensed and do not include midterm breaks.
  • Combination of-in person and online classes planned to offer flexibility.
  • HCLC practices implemented.
  • Some faculty in vulnerable populations may request to teach remotely.
  • Applied music lessons held in rooms where 6′ or more of distancing can be maintained (all semester).
  • Students must schedule use of practice rooms. Practice room use for music students only (all semester).

Student Life

  • Single rooms offered to all students living in Erb Hall and Kauffman Court. On-campus house (Main Street House, President’s House, Guest House) bedrooms have been approved for double occupancy.
  • CAB activities planned with social distancing guidelines in place.
  • Combination of chapel houses/online chapels and forums
  • Dining Hall open to students with 6′ social distancing, extended hours and limited capacity.
  • Employees/commuters allowed to purchase food in Larks Nest area.

Athletics

  • Following guidelines of governing bodies with precautions in place.
  • No overnight stays.
  • Scrimmages only with teams from counties with no community spread.
  • Fitness room open to all students with HCLC requirements in place.
  • Attendance at fall scrimmages limited to students and prospective students, or families of a current athlete allowed with HCLC practices and limited number of passes. (Spring plans TBD)

Employee Guidelines

  • Employees report to work in classrooms and office spaces.
  • Return to work screening process, followed by daily self screens.
  • Following the HCLC practices.
  • If personal travel to a recognized KDHE hot-spot zone is necessary, a two-week self-quarantine is required upon return.

External Engagement and Travel Guidelines

  • Campus visitors allowed. (No overnight visitors)
  • Events may be planned as long as social distancing can be maintained and masks are required (e.g. performing arts events, Weekend College, etc.)*
  • No work related travel to a recognized KDHE hot-spot zone
A means Alert.
Approaching potentially difficult circumstances

State/County/Campus Landscape

COVID-19 rates are increasing in Harvey County and/or surrounding counties according to KDHE data.

  • Kansas appears on travel restriction lists.
  • Only symptomatic testing is available and/or results are projected to be 7 days or more.

Academics/Performing Arts

  • Academic semesters condensed and do not include midterm breaks.
  • Combination of in-person and online classes planned to offer flexibility.
  • HCLC practices implemented.
  • Some faculty in vulnerable populations may request to teach remotely.

Student Life

  • CAB activities offered with gathering limits in place.
  • Students sign out for overnight, off campus stays.
  • Dining Hall open to students with 6′ social distancing, extended hours and limited capacity.
  • Employees/commuters allowed to purchase food in Larks Nest area.

Athletics

  • Competition is limited to scrimmages with teams within 30 miles of campus and from counties without community spread.
  • Attendance at scrimmages: same as above.
  • Fitness Room is open for limited hours and users, to allow for distancing and time for hourly cleaning.

Employee Guidelines

  • Employees report to work in classrooms and office spaces.
  • Return to work screening process, followed by daily self screens.
  • Following the HCLC practices.
  • Encouraged to use increased caution in personal travel choices and attendance at group gatherings.

External Engagement and Travel Guidelines

  • Campus visitors not allowed in the residence halls.
  • Large group gatherings/events are planned to be virtual or not at all.*
  • Hesston College sponsored travel must be approved by manager on a case-by-case basis.
  • Only virtual professional development will be approved.
R means Restricted.
Placing limits on interactions for a period of time

State/County/Campus Landscape

COVID-19 impacts campus with a positive test result of student(s) or employee who has had contact with others on campus. Harvey County works with college officials to conduct universal testing and contact tracing as needed.

Academics/Performing Arts

  • Affected students placed in isolation /quarantine and continue coursework virtually.
  • Affected faculty teach remotely until risk subsides or the quarantine period ends.
  • Affected classes may be temporarily taught remotely during classroom disinfecting period.

Student Life

  • Affected chapel houses may be cancelled or meet remotely.
  • Specified mod lounge areas are restricted.
  • Students asked to refrain from any overnight stays.
  • Dining Services arrange delivered meals to affected dorming students in collaboration with the quarantine coordinator.
  • Employees/commuters allowed to purchase food in Larks Nest pending location of possible exposure.

Athletics

  • Scrimmages may be canceled pending degree of student exposure.
  • Off campus students not allowed to practice with the team.
  • Practices may continue unless members of the team are affected by virus.

Employee Guidelines

  • Affected employees quarantine/isolate until threat diminishes or period ends.
  • Employees from vulnerable populations who can work from home may do so until the risk diminishes.
  • Employees are potentially limited to individual work areas pending location of possible exposure.

External Engagement and Travel Guidelines

  • Outdoor areas remain open to visitors.
  • Indoor campus visits are limited to admissions visits, dependent on possible exposure levels and determined on a case-by-case basis.*
  • Hesston College sponsored travel must be approved by manager on a case-by-case basis.
E means Elevated.
Impact of threat increases and extra measures are put into place

State/County/Campus Landscape

Community spread of COVID-19 outbreak affects students across campus. Harvey County Health Department may follow crisis plan of universal testing of entire campus in collaboration with Student Life.

Academics/Performing Arts

  • Classes increase remote learning (increased hybrid nature) to limit classroom use.
  • Classes will be temporarily taught remotely until risk diminishes. Students remain in dorms.
  • Nursing clinical rotations and skills/simulation labs and aviation flights may continue according to parameters set by clinical site or airport guidelines.

Student Life

  • CAB activities offered on mod level or virtually.
  • Chapel houses are canceled; chapel/forum continues online.
  • Students asked to stay on campus during this time.
  • Dorming students are not to visit other mod areas.
  • Outdoor activity is encouraged with HCLC practices
  • Dining Hall offers to go meals only.

Athletics

Practices cease during this time until risk is diminished.

Employee Guidelines

  • Essential employees invited to report to work as able.
  • Employees who are able to work from home may do so until risk diminishes.

External Engagement and Travel Guidelines

  • Only Hesston College students and employees are allowed on campus.
  • Any planned events that cannot be produced virtually must be canceled.
S means Severe.
Unable to continue present level of in-person operations

State/County/Campus Landscape

COVID-19 becomes widespread on campus to a degree in which the ability to accommodate necessary isolation or quarantine spaces is no longer possible.

Or

Incidents in the county rise to a level in which health authorities make the recommendation that the dorms close and the semester ends online.

Academics/Performing Arts

  • VP of Academics will announce the move to remote learning for the remainder of the semester.
  • Nursing clinical rotations and skills/simulation labs and aviation flights may continue according to parameters set by state or local authorities.

Student Life

  • Student Life coordinates move out for all dorming students.
  • Only students with legitimate reasons to remain are allowed to stay in campus housing, pending availability of space and services. (e.g. if their second residence is in a hot-spot zone; if they would be placed in a compromised living situation off-campus; if they test positive for COVID-19).

Athletics

Athletics are canceled for the remainder of the semester.

Employee Guidelines

Employees report to work in classrooms and office spaces only when deemed safe to do so by local health authorities and administration.

 


*All public events will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by the supervising vice president.