JCCC asks faculty to prepare to deliver instruction online in event of campus closure due to pandemic

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As the largest four-year universities in the region take steps to cancel classes in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Johnson County Community College is asking faculty to prepare to deliver instruction online in the event that the administration determines it must close campus in response to the pandemic.

JCCC Vice President of Academic Affairs Mickey McCloud sent a message to faculty Wednesday morning urging them to make certain that students could submit assignments via the school’s online tools and to familiarize themselves with the college’s digital classroom communication platform.

“Should we need to swiftly move to close the campus we need to provide a continuity of our coursework during a quarantine period so as to ensure that students have the opportunity to continue their progress,” McCloud wrote.

The college also noted that testing for COVID-19 infection is now fully covered under the insurance plan offered to JCCC employees.

The University of Kansas announced Wednesday that it was effectively extending spring break by a week, and that when classes resume March 23, they will be delivered online. Similarly, the University of Missouri announced it will cancel class through Sunday, and then resume instruction online next week. In-person classes are tentatively set to resume March 30.

Rep. Davids voices support for measures to address impact of coronavirus spread, response

Rep. Sharice Davids is pushing for paid sick leave and small business tax credits as part of efforts to address the spread of the coronavirus and its impact on the economy.

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids on Wednesday afternoon voiced support for four measures to support the nation’s workers and economy as coronavirus spreads. Davids said in the press release that Congress can take many legislative actions “to mitigate the effects of coronavirus on our families and economy.” Specifically, she endorsed:

  • Medicaid expansion: Davids said in the release that the Kansas legislature should continue the momentum “and act quickly to pass a Medicaid expansion bill” — which Congress should support, she said.

  • Paid sick leave/Small business tax credits: Davids said workers shouldn’t have to choose between health and a paycheck, and Congress should support paid sick leave and a tax credit for businesses with less than 50 employees.

  • Tax relief: Vulnerable populations should be provided with tax relief during times of “economic uncertainty,” Davids said in the release.

  • Food security: Davids said Congress “should expand SNAP, WIC, school lunch and other initiatives” in order to ensure families and public school students who depend on free or reduced lunches have access to food if schools shut down across the country.

“As policy makers, we have a responsibility to not only address the impact the virus has on public health and safety, but also the impact it has on the financial security of families, workers and businesses across the country,” Davids said in the release.

Juliana Garcia contributed to this report.