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FACE COVERINGS/COVID-19 PANDEMIC
[Garden City, KS] October 18, 2022 -- The top priority of Garden City Community College is the safety and health of students, staff, and the community. GCCC asks that you continue to be vigilant and help decrease the spread of COVID-19 by washing hands, social distancing, wearing a face mask in public places, getting vaccinated, and staying home if you are not feeling well. The College will continue to monitor the COVID situation on our campus and in our community and will be prepared to implement a mask mandate if the situation warrants. A multi-phased Healthy and Safe Campus Plan has been developed through extensive discussion between the GCCC COVID Committee and the Finney County Health Department (FCHD), with considerations given to rapidly evolving medical guidance, increasing community positivity rate, and the goal of slowing the spread to protect the campus and community.
- Phase 1 policy is "Masks Appreciated"
- Phase 2 policy is "Masks Required for All in Classrooms and Learning Environments and Student Life Programming Events Held Indoors. Masks Appreciated Elsewhere Indoors"
- Phase 3 policy is "Masks Required for All on Campus when Indoors".
GCCC HEALTHY AND SAFE CAMPUS PLAN DEVELOPED
[Garden City, KS] August 4, 2021 -- A multi-phased Healthy and Safe Campus Plan has been developed through extensive discussion between the GCCC COVID Committee and the Finney County Health Department (FCHD), with considerations given to rapidly evolving medical guidance, increasing community positivity rate, and the goal of slowing the spread to protect the campus and community. The operation phase level will be assessed weekly on Mondays.
Phase 1 policy is "Masks Appreciated", Phase 2 policy is "Masks Required for All in Classrooms and Learning Environments and Student Life Programming Events Held Indoors. Masks Appreciated Elsewhere Indoors", and Phase 3 policy is "Masks Required for All on Campus when Indoors".
GCCC encourages all employees and students to get vaccinated and will provide a $500 financial incentive for students, faculty, and staff who submit a verified immunization card showing their fully vaccinated status. More information will be forthcoming to students and employees on this incentive.
In coordination with the FCHD, GCCC will host vaccination clinics on campus as well
as provide informational sessions about the vaccine to educate and encourage students
and employees to get vaccinated.
Students and employees will continue to complete daily health screenings through the GCCC Mobile App. The GCCC Mobile App will assign color-coded Health Passes which communicate a person's current status. Students will be asked to show their Health Pass in each classroom before entering.
The top priority of Garden City Community Colleges is the safety and health of students, staff, and the community. GCCC asks that you continue to be vigilant and help decrease the spread of COVID-19 by washing hands, social distancing, wearing a face mask in public places, and staying home if you are not feeling well.
I'm a student who needs accommodations to support my learning. Who should I contact?
The best way to contact our Accommodations Coordinator is to email your question or concern to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I still order merchandise from the bookstore?
Shop online! Visit http://bookstore.gcccks.edu/Home.
How do I contact the Financial Aid Office when I am not physically on campus?
Please know WE ARE HERE to process financial aid and answer any financial aid related questions you might
All of our services and processes are continuing as normal, via phone, email and other methods. Contact us today: email@example.com 620-276-9519.
If my school moves classes online, am I going to get less financial aid?
What if I decide to drop my classes?
Students dropping classes and/or completely withdrawing from their entire course schedule may have their financial aid negatively impacted.
What if I need to change my schedule?
Is it too late to apply for grants and/or student or parent loans?
No, you still have time. Apply at www.studentaid.gov using the 2022-2023 FAFSA.
Make sure all final official high school and college transcripts have been received by GCCC, and then contact our office about your eligibility.
How do I know if I still have an outstanding balance at GCCC?
What if I'm unsure of my federal financial aid awards/disbursements (grants and/or
What if I need funds for unexpected educational expenses? (e.g., tuition, fees, room,
meals, travel, laptop, etc.)
You may already be eligible for grants and/or loans to help pay for your educational costs. Contact us directly to discuss.
I can't pay my bill, and/or I have new, unexpected educational expenses. How do I
borrow a student or parent loan?
How long does it take to receive a student or parent loan?
If you and/or a parent are no longer employed or if your family's current income is
less than it was in 2020 tax year a FAFSA adjustment may be possible.
Talk to us directly. We have flexibility to work with students like you to ensure you're able to stay in school.
Someone in my family has coronavirus, so our whole family has self-quarantined, and
I can't attend classes. How can I keep up in school, so I don't fail my classes or
lose my financial aid?
Who do I contact if I have a question about an academic, athletic or activity scholarship?
I'm a current student. How do I enroll in classes?
Enrollment is currently open for summer and fall classes. Please contact your advisor directly to enroll or request a Zoom meeting.
What is the tuition and fees refund policy?
I'm not allowed to return to the dorms. Am I going to get a refund?
Pro-rated semester rates for students who have officially checked out of the dorms are currently being processed. Check your Bustermail next week for a message regarding your adjustment from Residential Life.
What is the process for getting my personal possessions out of my room?
Currently, the dorms are closed, and students are not allowed into the rooms to retrieve their items. In the rare case of a health or medical emergency, students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about move-out from Residence Life is forthcoming. We thank you for your patience.
How are my belonging inside my room being secured?
Residential Life staff continue to do daily checks of all areas. This includes window and door checks. GCCC Campus Police will also continue to do routine checks on campus.
What about my mail? And packages someone sends to me at my Residence Life address?
How do I collect these if I'm no longer living on campus?
If I'm unable to leave the residence halls (due to travel restrictions, etc.) how
will my daily needs be met?
I'm currently living in the residence halls. What do I do if I become sick?
- In case of emergency or extreme distress, call 911.
- Contact Finney County Health Department at 620-272-3600. Avoid exposing public waiting areas by calling ahead to get instructions.
- Contact GCCC College Health at 620-276-9601.
- Stay in your residential area, self-isolate in your room until the illness can be determined or until you receive further instructions.
- Contact Residential Life (620-276-9516 or 620-805-4999) and/or the GCCC Nurse at 620-276-9601 to receive information regarding housing and health instructions.
- If a confirmed or suspected case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been determined, the Residential Life staff will follow quarantine/isolation guidelines.
- Contact your parent, guardian or emergency contact.
I'm still living on campus. What are the Residential Life policies during this time?
What about the 2020 Census? How am I going to be counted if I used to live on campus?
This has been a financially stressful time for me. Are there campus resources I can
turn to for food security or other needs?
The Campus Closet is still available to students in Garden City and the surrounding communities.
On Mondays from 10 AM to noon GCCC students can pick up non-perishable food items and hygiene products outside the southwest door of the Academic Building. This is a self-serve station.
Students can also request items and alternative pick up day and times, within reason (all pick-ups will be at the southwest door of the Academic Building) by via email (email@example.com) or the Remind App info: text "@gc3closet" to 81010 to join.
Items available include: non-perishable food items, hygiene products (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, laundry detergent, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.), bed sheets, blankets & pillows.
What other local resources are available if I need outside/additional support?
The Finney County United Way is working with local government and non-profit agencies to make sure a variety of resources are available to meet as many needs as possible. If you have a need for non-perishable foods, paper goods, diapers, books, etc., please contact them at 620-275-1425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas can also help with multiple concerns, including tracking down IRS Economic Impact Payments, counseling, homelessness, non-food pantry supplies, and other basic living needs. Contact them today at 620-272-0010 or email@example.com.