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Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

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COVID-19 Update - 06/12/2020

Hopkinsville Community College (HCC) is set to gradually re-open the Hopkinsville Campus on Monday, June 15 to provide limited in-person service on weekdays 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Under direction from the U.S. Army, HCC’s Fort Campbell Campus will re-open for most services on Monday, July 6, with weekday hours 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Service will by appointment Only; no walk-ins will be permitted until further notice. Appointment procedure details will be given at a later date as they become available. Virtual services for the Fort Campbell Campus can currently be utilized.
Fort Campbell Campus (270) 707-3918 or Hp-enable@kctcs.edu 
Veterans Services Hp-vetservices@kctcs.edu

HCC administrators continue to ask that students utilize virtual services whenever possible. The College’s Virtual Resources webpage includes important procedures and contact information for those who prefer to access services remotely. Virtual Student, Business and Workforce services can be provided by email or phone.

Those who choose to visit HCC’s Hopkinsville Campus are encouraged to make an appointment by using the department specific phone or email contacts listed on the virtual services webpage for all areas with the exception of Financial Aid, which takes appointments by email only. Appointments will help College employees manage traffic flow and adhere to the social distancing requirements. Students visiting campus may be asked to wait in their vehicles or outside until they are called in an effort to reduce the number of people in a building at any one time. No other guests will be allowed with the student during appointments. Each campus building will have only one door to use as an entrance/exit. These will be clearly marked.

  • Administration Building - entrance left main door & exit right main door off of Talbert Drive.
  • Auditorium Building - left, main entrance off of Talbert Drive.
  • Academic and Technology Center - under the clock tower
  • Emerging Technologies Building - right, main entrance off of North Drive
  • The Rotary Club of Hopkinsville LRC (Library) will remain closed until July 1.

Healthy Campus Requirements
As part of the re-opening process, HCC will implement new requirements and procedures that all employees, students and visitors must follow when visiting campus.

  • Wear a facemask (mandatory).
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Practice 6’ social distancing. Floor decals will be installed in common areas where lines may form to help us remember.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Use hand sanitizer before and after in multi-use areas.
  • Each building will have a sanitization station with infrared thermometers, gloves, masks and hand sanitizer.
  • Common areas and break rooms will be closed to gatherings. Microwaves can be used, but only one person at a time may enter the area.
  • Vending machines and water fountains will be turned off, but water bottle fillings stations will be operational.
  • One person may ride in an elevator at a time.

Summer & Fall Courses
Summer II and *fall semester courses are currently open for registration. Summer II courses, beginning July 6, will be offered primarily online along with some hybrid courses that combine online and on-campus study.

HCC administrators are planning for fall semester courses, beginning August 17, to be offered in all three formats: online, hybrid and traditional in-person campus classroom. Course offerings are subject to change with the pandemic status.

*Fort Campbell fall course registration opens for servicemembers on July 6 and all other students at noon on July 27.

Barnes & Noble Bookstore
HCC’s Barnes & Noble bookstore will continue to operate through virtual, online service. Questions regarding order status, book rental return and general information can be emailed.

Placement Testing
All KCTCS colleges have approved a 1-year waiver to allow previous test scores to be used for placement score to enter college classes. Approved assessments include the following: ACT or SAT scores, Accuplacer, COMPASS, KYOTE, and TABE. This waiver will expire at the end of spring 2021 semester. Additionally, KCTCS has approved that a high school GPA may be used as a placement tool as a substitute for potential students with no previous placement scores. Current placement testing will be available only for incoming students who have no other test score option on file. To schedule a placement test, contact Martha Metcalfe at martha.metcalfe@kctcs.edu or (270) 707-3826. Anyone taking a placement test will be required to abide by HCC’s Healthy Campus Requirements listed above.

Workforce Assessment Testing
HCC’s Workforce Assessments, which include Pearson VUE, PAX-RN, NACE and WorkKeys exams, will resume testing on the Hopkinsville Campus later this month.  All testing will be by appointment only with a reduced capacity in the testing room.  Examinees must follow the Health Campus Requirements above and will receive additional specific instructions about the check-in and testing process prior to coming to campus. Additional details will follow prior to re-opening.

Healthy at Work Officer
HCC has named HR Director Yvonne Glasman as the Healthy at Work Officer, following the Healthy at Work requirements. She may be contacted by email or phone at  (270) 707-3722 with questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 information at HCC.

HCC will continue to follow the re-opening requirements set forth by the Governor’s Office and guidelines from the CDC and Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) as the College moves through the phased process.

COVID-19 Update - 03/24/2020

ATTN Fort Campbell Students - the Education Center is now closed to the public. All counseling services for Soldiers will be conducted remotely via email. If you need additional assistance, you may also email hp-enable@kctcs.edu.

We will communicate with you as soon as we have further guidance in the future.

COVID-19 Update - 03/22/2020

On Sunday, March 22, Hopkinsville Community College (HCC) leadership was made aware that a college employee has received a presumptive positive for COVID-19. According to the Christian County Health Department, the test is categorized as presumptive due to the fact that the test was given at a new testing facility, which requires verification from the State.

HCC moved classes to all online instruction on March 13, then announcing on March 17 that college would make the full transition to complete virtual services beginning Monday, March 23. Some college employees began the transition to remote work as early as March 19. 

During this COVID-19 pandemic, HCC’s maintenance department has increased their general cleaning practices, incorporating more potent cleaning products. In an abundance of caution, HCC will utilize an outside contractor to perform additional sanitizing.

Health and safety is HCC’s primary concern. College administrators have been in contact with the Christian County Health Department (CCHD) for advisement. CCHD will contact anyone who the employee identifies as having been in contact.

COVID-19 resources can be found on the Christian County Health Department’s website www.christiancountyhd.com as well as the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s resource page at www.kycovid19.ky.gov. There is also a state COVID-19 hotline, (800) 722-5725, operated by the healthcare professionals at the KY Poison Control Center who can provide advice and answer questions.

“As we go through this challenging time, our students, faculty, staff and I need the community’s support and patience. We are dealing with an unprecedented event and will do our best to keep everyone informed as we work through this fast-changing situation. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers, and know that we have the best intentions in everything we’re doing,” stated HCC President Dr. Alissa Young.

COVID-19 Update - 03/17/2020

After much deliberation, we have decided that beginning on Monday, March 23, HCC will transition to virtual services. This means that campus buildings including the bookstore, labs, and testing centers will no longer be accessible to students or the public. Classes and library services are still accessible online. We feel this is the best course of action to help keep everyone healthy and safe. 

Online Class Instruction
We hope that our online class instruction will be temporary through April 12, but COVID-19 quarantine advisement will dictate our decisions. Please sign onto Blackboard, review your classes and communicate questions with your instructor as soon as possible so that you may be assisted. Blackboard tutorials are available online as well as Blackboard technical support at 713-333-7300.  

Student, Business, and Workforce Services
Student, Business, and Workforce Services are still available at HCC. General information can be discussed by phone, SKYPE, or email. Visit our COVID-19 Virtual Services page for contact information.

Free Internet Services
During the COVID-19 pandemic, several area internet service providers are offering free internet service to students. For further information

Special Circumstances
For those students enrolled in courses that require labs, clinical visits, or practicums, you will be contacted by your instructors with details explaining how the remainder of the semester will be handled. 

Because communication is one of the most important pieces in making this a smooth transition, please remember to regularly check your KCTCS student email, our official communication channel. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @HopkinsvilleCC and utilize the KCTCS app.  

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as information changes quickly at state and national levels. We appreciate your patience during this time. We understand the stress that comes with uncertainty and change. Please know that we are still here to serve students even though we may be doing it away from our Hopkinsville and Fort Campbell campuses. 

COVID Update - 03/13/2020

Our campus community is taking preparations around COVID-19 very seriously. At this time, we continue to monitor the situation and gather information from state and local health agencies.

Hopkinsville Community College will be making the following adjustments:

  • HCC will move to all online course instruction Mon., March 13 – Sun., April 12. Instructors will contact students.
  • At this time, we hope for courses to return to their previous delivery method on Mon., April 13.
  • Blackboard workshops for students who are unfamiliar with online courses will be scheduled with social distancing utilized. Additional details to come.
  • All public, special events scheduled on campus will be canceled.
  • Limited computer lab access will be available. Additional details to come.
  • The Rotary Club of Hopkinsville Learning Resource Center (Library), Tutoring Center,  Barnes & Noble Bookstore and Testing Center will all be open with regular hours at this time with social distancing utilized.

All HCC Campuses will remain open during this period. We understand that this situation can create challenges for our students. All of our business and student support services will continue as usual.

HCC plans to resume all normal operations on Monday, April 13. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will make a determination about the rest of the semester by April 10. Please follow us on social media and check your KCTCS email and Blackboard accounts regularly. 

Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this challenging time.

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About COVID-19

The Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a new form of the coronavirus family that originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December and has spread throughout the world.  As of right now, the risk of exposure to this new strain of the coronavirus is considered low in Kentucky.  However, confirmed cases in the US are increasing.  We are monitoring the situation and will continue to update this page and take appropriate measures to ensure the health and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff.  The following is a list of key resources to keep you informed about the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

RESOURCES

State of Kentucky COVID-19 Website and Hotline

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has prepared resources on when to seek care, how to prevent becoming ill, who is most at risk, and up-to-date status of the COVID-19 situation in the state. A hotline for questions regarding the virus in the state is available at 800-722-5725. 

Kentucky Department of Public Health

The Kentucky Department for Public Health continues to closely monitor the international situation concerning the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This respiratory disease was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China on December 31, 2019. Since that time, it has spread throughout China and to many other countries. Public health officials in Kentucky are monitoring individuals who meet certain exposure criteria to limit the introduction of COVID-19 in Kentucky. They are also are preparing for the possibility that the virus begins to spread in the commonwealth.

Kentucky Health Departments 

Colleges are encouraged to visit the websites of their local health departments and coordinate with them for guidance related to cases in their area.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading public health agency for the United States and has all the current information related to COVID-19.  You will find facts about symptoms of the virus and what to do if you become sick, tips on how to prevent the spread of the virus, and answers to frequently asked questions.

The U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State provides an updated list of travel advisories.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE

This web-based interactive dashboard tracks the spread of COVID-19 in real time. It is hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

 

updated 3/13/2020