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BCC announces plan for summer classes

Summer Sessions starting June 1 at Barton Community College will follow Kansas Governor Laura Kelly’s official plan for the state in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the timeline and accompanying safety guidelines.

College officials said multiple formats of course delivery will begin with this coming summer session including:

• Fuzion Classes – synchronous course with scheduled meeting time; students meeting both in-person and via Zoom

• LiveOnline – synchronous course with scheduled meeting time; all students participating via Zoom

• In-Person – students meeting within the same physical space

• Online – fully asynchronous class

There will be limited availability of residence hall space this summer. Dining services will be available.

Face-to-face support services will remain in place on a limited basis and will follow safety precautions including social distancing and sanitation.

Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman said the college continues to monitor the pandemic and adjust its operations as the situation evolves. The college plans to reopen the Barton County campus in a deliberate format of phased-in delivery, which is subject to change, depending on the status of the pandemic. 

A working group headed by the vice presidents of Instruction, Student Service, and Administration will be actively addressing the many considerations deserving of attention. This includes staffing schedules, which will soon be amended for locations now operating under minimal staff guidelines.

Administrators at the Ft. Riley and Ft. Leavenworth campuses have also identified their expectations for the delivery of learning services. 

“The COVID-19 situation requires thoughtful consideration on many levels that influence our delivery of learning approaches and student support services,” Heilman said. “Key factors that must remain in place include student learning, access, responsiveness, flexibility and affordability. These have and will be the cornerstones that have made Barton the quality institution that we present.” 

Heilman also said concern for the safety, security and well-being of students, employees, and communities has always been at the heart of what is done at Barton, and its focus in these areas will be heightened as the college adapts its plans for future programming.”

For online updates on Barton’s operations during the pandemic, visit