COVID-19 Information

Aug. 24, 2020

Klamath Community College’s reopening plans were approved by the KCC Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at a special meeting. The documents that were approved are:

  • Reopening Plan: Guidance for Conduct of In-Person Instructional Activities
  • Reopening Operational Plan
  • Communicable Disease Management Plan

KCC is committed to providing a safe and healthy educational environment, and has shifted course delivery and campus activities and resources in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic and to help slow the rate of exposure and potential illness. 

Safety precautions for general instruction include:

  • Establish a minimum of 35 square feet per person when determining room capacity, calculated based only on usable classroom space.
  • Modify the physical layout of classrooms to permit students to maintain at least 35 square feet of distance between one another and the instructor(s). This may include changes to traffic flow, desk, or chair arrangements, or maximum capacity.
  • Physical barriers are acceptable instead of, or in addition to, 35 square feet or more of spacing between people.
  • Require face coverings in all classrooms and laboratory settings for both students and instructors. Physical barriers are acceptable instead of, or in addition to, 35 square feet or more of spacing between people. 
  • Develop a plan for maintaining instructional continuity should an instructor become ill, or if exposure to the virus occurs in an in-person classroom. 
  • Students can request remote access to most KCC fall term courses. Contact Student Services or your instructor to learn about delivery options for your courses. 
 

The KCC library and Tutoring Center will be open at 50 percent capacity, with limited hours. The KCC Testing Center will be open during regular business hours and will use physical distancing and physical barriers to ensure proper distance between testers. 

 

Campus access is limited to student-serving activities only. Admissions, and financial aid offices are currently open. Students and prospective students who would like to meet in-person with these staff on campus must adhere to physical distancing guidelines and wear a face covering. Student Services can also be reached remotely by calling 541-882-3521 or emailing kcc@klamathcc.edu

 

The Klamath Center for Education and Training (K-CET) is limited to student-serving activities only. Students and prospective students who would like to meet in-person with these staff on campus, must adhere to physical distancing guidelines and wear a face covering. K-CET can also be reached remotely by calling 541-880-2366 or emailing kcet@klamathcc.edu

KCC will continue to reevaluate the situation based on recommendations from state and local health authorities, the Center for Disease and Control Prevention, and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, and make updates as appropriate.

Click to the links in the column on the right side of this page to read the documents or to fill out a face covering exemption form (students only). Employees who would like to fill out a face covering exemption form should contact Human Resources at wright@klamathcc.edu.

Read the news release discussing the reopening documents at https://www.klamathcc.edu/en-US/About/News-and-Events/News/News-Stories/KCC-Board-of-Trustees-approves-plan;-college-to-re?viewmode=0
Students who have questions/concerns or may be experiencing symptoms can contact the vice president of Student Affairs at 541-882-3521 or jenningsb@klamathcc.edu

Students should contact their instructor directly if they have to miss a class or lab.

Employees who have questions/concerns or may be experiencing symptoms can contact the human resources manager at meeds@klamathcc.edu
 
From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Oregon Health Authority

Klamath County Public Health

Lake County Public Health

World Health Organization



 
Previous Updates - April 2020

April 10, 2020

Klamath Community College’s 2020 GED/adult high school diploma, degree, and certificate commencement ceremonies scheduled for June 12 are postponed until a later date. For all eligible graduates, degrees will be conferred. For those who have, and will, petition to graduate, you will still receive your diplomas in the mail, and you will still be proud Klamath Community College graduates. We are excited to celebrate the Class of 2020 and all you have achieved during your time at KCC. We will be seeking your input for how commencement will be delivered and when.

Previous Updates - March 2020
 

March 24, 2020

Klamath Community College spring term financial aid disbursement will take place 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14. Students can pick up their checks at three separate campus locations to ensure proper social distancing.
  • Students who have a last name that begins with A through H will pick up checks in the Building 4 Commons
  • Students who have a last name that begins with I through P will pick up checks in Building 6, room 6138.
  • Students who have a last name that begins with Q through Z will pick up checks in the KCC Conference Center.
To ensure proper social distancing, students will enter buildings in a spaced, single-file line through one door and exit through another. The entrances and exits will be clearly marked and hand sanitizer will be provided. Students picking up checks will be required to present a valid ID for identification purposes. 
 Checks that are not picked by 3:30 on Wednesday, April 15,* will be mailed to students through the U.S. Postal Service. Be sure to let KCC know if your address has changed. *The deadline to pick up checks was updated on April 13.
 Students can access their spring term financial aid loan disbursement disclosure and billing statement on MyKCC. 
 Students who have trouble accessing their financial aid documents on MyKCC can contact the KCC Technology Help Desk at is.helpdesk@klamathcc.edu. Students who have questions about the details of their disbursement or documents can contact the KCC Business Office at 541-880-2298.
 The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation. If any changes are made to this schedule, KCC administration will make the announcement on this page and via student email as soon as possible. Please continue visiting this page for updates as we continue to update and expand its content.

 

March 20, 2020

UPDATE at 3:27 pm
Klamath Community College very much looks forward to celebrating the 2020 commencement ceremony with our many students who will complete certificate and degree programs this June. 
Unfortunately, right now it is impossible to know what the landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic may be in June. KCC administrators will continue to closely monitor the situation and announce on or before May 1 whether a 2020 commencement will take place at the KCC campus. 
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UPDATE at 12:11 pm

The KCC Bookstore will be open during regular business hours, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, through the extended spring break and the first week of spring term, which will begin April 6.
Students who prefer not to or can’t come to campus can also order books and course materials online. Find instructions for ordering from the KCC Bookstore online here: https://www.klamathcc.edu/Academics/Bookstore-Online
Students who order books and materials online can choose to have direct shipping or to “pick-up” the order on campus, but without having to enter the store. 
Students can make orders online using financial aid or a credit card. Financial aid charges can be made from 9 am, March 23, to 4:30 pm, April 7.
If you have questions about KCC Bookstore merchandise or ordering online, contact the KCC Bookstore at 541-880-2345 or bookstore@klamathcc.edu
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10:08 am
The Klamath Community College Office of Student Life has canceled all student club and organization events through May 1. This includes events, fundraisers, and trips. The Office of Student Life is also asking for clubs and organizations that wish to continue meeting to do so in an online format using Zoom, Skype, or Canvas. 
If your club does not currently have a Canvas site and would like to set one up, contact KCC's assistant director of Student Life, Alece Newberry, at 541-880-2321.

Students who would like assistance hosting Zoom, Skype, or Canvas meetings can contact the KCC Center for Teaching at Learning at ctlsupport@klamathcc.edu.

March 19, 2020

UPDATE at 4:45 pm: News release



KCC to move all academic, GED, and ESL spring term courses online; workforce trainings are delayed
Klamath Community College is in the process of transferring all spring term courses to an online format that will allow students to participate from any place with an internet connection.
Spring term will be a 10-week term, starting on April 6 and ending on June 12. All current students who are making satisfactory academic progress are now automatically cleared to register for spring term. Students who are experiencing an academic or financial hold should call Student Services to resolve the issue.
Although some courses may be impacted by this transition to online-only course delivery, KCC is committed to keeping students on track for completion. Training and support will be provided for students who are not familiar with online learning.

At this time, Student Services will remain open during regular business hours, although KCC recommends that students email, call, or use Skype for Business whenever possible. Student Services can be reached at 541-882-3521 or kcc@klamathcc.edu.
Starting April 6, all K-CET general education development (GED), and English as a second language (ESL) classes will also be offered online and/or through electronic communications through April 28.
Students who do not have access to technology will have paper work packets mailed to them through the U.S. Postal Service. Instructors will also work one-on-one with students over the phone.
Any needed K-CET testing will be by appointment only, and K-CET staff will contact students to arrange times. Students who have questions or would like more information are encouraged to call or email K-CET during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. K-CET can be reached at 541-880-2366 or kcet@klamathcc.edu.
All Community Education personal interest classes are canceled until further notice, and all non-credit workforce trainings are postponed until April 28.
For more information about spring term online courses for degrees, certificates, and K-CET programming, read the full news release here: https://www.klamathcc.edu/en-US/About/News-and-Events/News/News-Stories/KCC-to-move-all-academic,-GED,-and-ESL-spring-term

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12:50 pm
 Klamath Community College is still working on a formal statement regarding last night’s announcement that Gov. Kate Brown has directed Oregon’s higher education institutions to move their curriculum to online learning, prohibiting in-person classroom interactions through April 28 as a way to prevent transmission of COVID-19. 
 As of March 19, students who are making satisfactory academic progress are automatically cleared to register for spring term. Students who are experiencing an academic or financial hold should contact Student Services to resolve the issue. 
 As of now, Student Services will remain open during regular business hours, although KCC recommends that students email, call, or Skype whenever possible. You can reach Student Services at 541-882-3521 or by email at kcc@klamathcc.edu. It is important to contact Student Services virtually through one of those options whenever possible. 
 Currently enrolled students can use Skype for Business to chat with KCC staff. The service is included in students’ Office 365 subscription. Follow the link below for Skype for Business installation and use instructions.
https://www.klamathcc.edu/en-US/Academics/Distance-Education/Skype-for-Business
 Students can click here for more information about accessing Wi-Fi at KCC's partner institutions: https://www.klamathcc.edu/en-US/About/News-and-Events/News/News-Stories/Southern-Oregon-institutions-collaborate-for-stude

Students can contact our Technology Help Desk here: is.helpdesk@klamathcc.edu

March 18, 2020

9:05 pm
Klamath Community College is aware that Gov. Kate Brown has announced an executive order directing Oregon’s higher education institutions to move their curriculum to online learning, prohibiting in-person classroom interactions through April 28 as a way to prevent transmission of COVID-19. KCC is committed to providing a safe and healthful learning environment for our students and is currently assessing the College’s ability to modify spring term academic courses. The College will issue a news release Thursday providing more details about the upcoming academic term.

Please visit this page for updates as we continue to update and expand its content.

March 17, 2020

UPDATE at 5:10 pm: News release
KCC to modify GED, ESL, and workforce development program calendars, community ed classes canceled
Klamath Community College is committed to adhering to recommendations and guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our students. In addition to modifications to the college’s spring term academic calendar, workforce and community education course delivery is being modified to adapt to this rapidly evolving situation.
Until further notice, all KCC community education personal interest classes are canceled. Workforce, general equivalency diploma (GED) and English as a Second Language (ESL) services will continue in a modified format.  
The nature of workforce development courses require that they are delivered in a face-to-face format, meaning they cannot be transitioned to online learning. In an effort to ensure students and community members continue to receive the training they need, workforce courses that were slated to start March 30 now have a delayed start date of April 20.
To ensure GED and ESL students are aligned with the college’s updated academic calendar, GED and ESL offered through KCC’s Klamath Center for Education and Training will begin on April 6.
For a list of programs with a delayed start of April 20 or for more information about Workforce and Community Education, and Klamath Center for Education and Training spring term calendar modifications visit https://www.klamathcc.edu/en-US/About/News-and-Events/News/News-Stories/KCC-to-modify-GED,-ESL,-and-workforce-development

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UPDATE at 4:59 pm: News release

KCC to extend spring break, modify all lecture courses for two-week online-only delivery
In the interest of helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to preserve the health and safety of Klamath Community College students and the campus community, KCC will extend spring break one week. Spring term classes will begin Monday, April 6.
 In addition, the first two weeks of spring term — April 6 through April 17 — will be in an online-only format for all in-person lecture classes, conducted via Canvas, a web-based learning management system.    
KCC recognizes the challenges in remote learning with hands-on Career Technical Education (CTE) classes, apprenticeship classes, and labs. These classes will continue in-person. Classes and labs at the KCC campus will begin April 6; KCC labs at the Oregon Tech campus will begin April 20. Faculty will be contacting students directly to notify them of which courses will be held in-person.

For more information about modifications made to the KCC spring term academic calendar, visit https://www.klamathcc.edu/en-US/About/News-and-Events/News/News-Stories/KCC-to-extend-spring-break,-modify-all-lecture-cou

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9 am: The STEAM Science Exhibition scheduled for April 18 has been canceled. Students who have questions or concerns about the cancellation are encouraged to contact instructor Eleazar Gutierrez at gutierreze@klamathcc.edu.

March 16, 2020

UPDATE at 5:38 pm: The four member institutions of the Southern Oregon Higher Education Consortium have announced they will work together to ensure that all students in the region — regardless of home college or university — will have access to courses that shift online in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Klamath Community College, Rogue Community College, Oregon Institute of Technology and Southern Oregon University will make their guest Wi-Fi networks and library facilities available to students from all SOHEC institutions — and those from any other college or university. The collaborative agreement will enable students who return to their hometowns to continue their studies online, even if they may not have computers or internet access in their homes.

Click here for more information about accessing Wi-Fi at KCC's partner institutions: https://www.klamathcc.edu/en-US/About/News-and-Events/News/News-Stories/Southern-Oregon-institutions-collaborate-for-stude

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UPDATE at 4:57 pm: Klamath Community College is committed to providing a safe and healthful learning environment for our students and is currently assessing the College’s ability to modify academic course delivery for the start of Spring Term. The College will issue a news release Tuesday providing more details about the upcoming academic calendar.

This week KCC is open and winter finals should be completed. KCC faculty will work to ensure the guidelines put forth this afternoon by Gov. Kate Brown to restrict gatherings to small sizes are implemented during finals. Faculty will also facilitate social distancing, and the KCC Facilities staff will continue spending extra time sanitizing campus buildings, high traffic areas, and common touchpoints.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation. Please visit this page for updates as we continue to update and expand its content.

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UPDATE at 3:39 pm: The nursing information sessions scheduled for the last two weeks in March have been moved to a Zoom format. Community members who are interested in learning more about KCC’s nursing program can join a Zoom meeting by downloading the Zoom app on a smartphone or by clicking the following links:
Wednesday, March, 18, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
https://klamathcc.zoom.us/j/180395565
Meeting ID: 180 395 565
Wednesday, March, 25, noon to 2 pm
https://klamathcc.zoom.us/j/637360537
Meeting ID: 637 360 537
For more information, contact nursing program administrator Allison Sansom at 541-880-2223 or sansom@Klamathcc.edu.

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All campus tours have been canceled until further notice. For more information, contact KCC Student Services at 541-882-3521 or kcc@klamathcc.edu.

March 15, 2020

UPDATE at 2:45 pm: The student art show scheduled for Monday, March 16, has been canceled. Students who have questions or concerns about the cancellation are encouraged to contact instructor and show organizer Rick Ball at ballr@klamathcc.edu.

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Klamath Community College recognizes that Gov. Kate Brown’s announcement this week to close K-12 schools across the state will have wide-reaching impacts on our campus community. 
 Following the guidelines put forth by Gov. Brown the morning of March 12, KCC will remain open and has canceled all field trips and off-campus group activities, implemented social distancing, and has canceled events of 250 or more attendees. 
 In an effort to ensure our students’ academic success, KCC faculty will work to find the best way possible for students to balance family obligations and finals. KCC students who are affected by the closure of K-12 schools are encouraged to reach out to their instructors for guidance on completing Winter Term finals. KCC is committed to our students’ success and will strive to make accommodations when necessary. 
 KCC is proactively preparing the campus for a coordinated response to COVID-19. Measures, such as increased sanitation in high-traffic and high-touch areas, are being taken to ensure the safety of our students and employees. 
 KCC is currently working to improve students’ online access to resources in Student Services and academics, and will immediately communicate any changes in campus accessibility or course delivery.
 The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation. Please visit this page for updates as we continue to update and expand its content.

March 13, 2020

Klamath Community College is committed to providing education to the greatest extent possible. At this time, KCC will remain open. The College is adhering to health rules put forth by Gov. Kate Brown the morning of March 12. The rules are intended to slow the spread of COVID-19, and require organizations in Oregon, including colleges and universities, to cancel field trips and off-campus group activities, to implement social distancing, and to cancel events of 250 or more attendees. 

KCC is proactively preparing the campus for a coordinated response to COVID-19. Measures, such as increased sanitation in high-traffic and high-touch areas, are being taken to ensure the safety of our students and employees. 

KCC is currently working to improve students’ online access to resources in Student Services and academics, and will immediately communicate any changes in campus accessibility or course delivery.

Currently enrolled students can use Skype for Business to chat with KCC staff. The service is included in students’ Office 365 subscription. Follow the link below for Skype for Business installation and use instructions.
https://www.klamathcc.edu/en-US/Academics/Distance-Education/Skype-for-Business

March 12, 2020

KCC to remain open and implement precautions in response to novel coronavirus recommendations

3/12/2020 News release

KLAMATH FALLS — Klamath Community College knows that the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) throughout Oregon is of concern to our students, staff, and community. KCC will remain open and is proactively preparing the campus for a coordinated response to COVID-19, while adhering to new statewide guidelines for workplaces and schools to prevent virus transmission.
    
“The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority,” said KCC President Dr. Roberto Gutierrez. “The college is in close contact with local health authorities and is taking the recommended precautions to ensure our students have a safe and healthful environment to learn in.”
    
Gov. Kate Brown announced the new guidelines in a news conference this morning. She said they are based on recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Oregon public health experts, epidemiologists, and health professionals.
    
The state does not recommend that Oregon’s colleges close at this time, and KCC will stay open and operational. However, based on the guidelines, KCC will cancel any field trips or off-campus group activities for classes and student clubs. KCC will also implement distancing measures, including increasing physical space between employees in offices and worksites, limiting in-person meetings, limiting travel when necessary, and staggering work schedules when possible. The college does not currently have any large gatherings of 250 people or more planned to take place in the next four weeks.
    
In response to COVID-19, KCC Facilities staff is spending extra time cleaning campus buildings, making high traffic areas and common touchpoints a high priority. Additional supplies for sanitizing buildings are being used for the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
    
As of March 12, one case of presumptive COVID-19 has been confirmed in Klamath County. The case is not related to the KCC campus. The College is currently monitoring news coverage and recommendations at the state and local level.
    
“We will work to continually communicate our response plan to all faculty, staff, and students to ensure information is accurate and up-to-date,” Gutierrez said.
    
KCC embraces technology and should the need arise, the College will utilize technology to ensure continuance of College courses and operations. KCC is currently working to improve students’ online access to resources in Student Services and academics, and will immediately communicate any changes in campus accessibility or course delivery.
    
Please visit www.klamathcc.edu/en-US/About/News-and-Events/COVID-19 for information about KCC’s response to COVID-19 and resources for preventing spread of the virus.

Klamath Community College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Veteran/ADA institution embracing diversity. We encourage and welcome women, minority, veteran, and disabled candidates.
 
 

Effective March 10, 2020


Klamath Community College is actively engaged in monitoring the coronavirus COVID-19 situation and is collaborating closely with local and state public health experts to provide prevention, response, travel information and resources to the KCC community. Coronavirus resources and information on this website will be updated regularly.

The College will work to continually communicate our response plan to all faculty, staff and students to ensure information is accurate and up to date. At this time, health officials are stating that people without symptoms need not see a care provider or be tested. Those who become ill should call their physicians to determine whether they need to be seen. Physicians, in consultation with public health officials, will determine appropriate care and whether testing is needed. 

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
 
  • Stay home when you are sick or are/have experienced a fever of 100.4 Farenheight or higher.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website
Currently at KCC, our custodial staff is spending extra time cleaning campus buildings, making high traffic areas and common touchpoints a high priority. Additional supplies for sanitizing buildings are being used for the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.