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May 5, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

I know that the past two months have been filled with more uncertainty than you ever expected. 

With the many health and safety unknowns due to COVID-19, the “Real World” has changed. I wanted you to know and be assured that your college has changed, too, to better meet your needs.

We have been and continue to develop flexible learning options to ensure that you meet your education goals during this time. Our college teams also are developing plans to meet social distancing and health requirements for you in class when it is safe to return to the college’s campuses.  We are strengthening virtual student support for those online and remote classes as well.

Just as a reminder, summer college classes are available in an online-only format at Gateway. A few hands-on classes are tentatively scheduled for July based on Governor Beshear’s timelines for facility use. If you have not done so, now is a good time to reach out to your advisor to enroll or email GW-advising@kctcs.edu for assistance.

Beginning August 17, fall term classes will be offered in a variety of formats. There will be fully online classes as well as face-to-face classes and some options that are a mixture of both (barring any disruption from pandemic response). Face-to-face classes will have a strong online or remote instruction part, so if in-person classes must move online for a while you will be ready. And, there are a variety of scheduling options, including 16-week, 12-week, and 8-week sessions so you can take classes when it fits your schedule.

If you have any questions or want to know more, please go to gateway.kctcs.edu, for more information.

We are all facing a challenging new Real World. You are not alone. Gateway is offering flexible options to face it with you. 

May 1, 2020, 11 a.m.

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April 24, 2020, 11 a.m.

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April 24, 2020, 9 a.m.

Dear Faculty and Staff,

It is our duty to continue to keep our students, faculty, staff and community safe, so with that in mind Gateway employees will continue to work remotely through May 18.  

I’d like to highlight a communication from our Provost, Dr. Teri VonHandorf, from earlier this week.

"Due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 situation, the decision has been made to move in-person enrollment to online for Summer 2020. Currently, for technical courses with labs, lectures will be taught online in June with labs running in July. This may be adjusted once the return- to- campus date is known.  All labs will be conducted in accordance with the latest CDC guidelines. Additionally, the summer start date will move from May 18 to June 1, which is the eight-week session."

I again want to express my gratitude for your continued commitment to our students and their success. It continues to amaze me.

Please take the time to read all the information being shared in email, on the brew, through the scoop etc. We are sharing a variety of resources on how to continue to be successful both technologically and emotionally with remote work. 

We are developing a plan for your gradual return to campus, which will be done in phases. When those plans are ready, they will be shared with you.

I thank you for your understanding during this time. As I stated in my previous updates, we will continue to work with the Governor, the Council on Postsecondary Education and KCTCS to make decisions about the remainder of the semester and beyond.

April 22, 2020, 8:30 a.m.

Due to COVID-19 recommendations, Gateway has decided that all instruction for the summer semester will be online. This summer may be the perfect time to get caught up or to get ahead on earning your credential. You can find a listing of our summer offerings here.   

The first summer session starts June 1 so it’s not too late to sign up for classes this summer.  To register for summer course(s), contact your advisor or email GW-AdvisingCenter@kctcs.edu.

We know this semester has been challenging, but the faculty and staff at Gateway applaud your efforts to continue to move forward. Know that we are here to support you and that your success and well-being are our top priorities.

April 17, 2020, 11 a.m. - Fridays with Dr. F

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April 10, 2020, 11 a.m. - Fridays with Dr. F

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April 6, 2020, 9 a.m.

A message from Gateway’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore: 

The health and well-being of our customers and employees are incredibly important to us.  It is with careful consideration that we have made the difficulty decision to temporarily close our campus store until further notice.  Our store reopen date will be based on national, state, and local guidelines. 

We will continue to accept orders online for delivery at https://kctcs.bncollege.com/ and we are ready to serve you by providing free shipping on all orders.

We are accepting rental check-ins via mail; you can print a return label at: https://kctcs-vli.bncollege.com/shop/gctc-boone/page/rental-book-return

Gateway faculty, please continue to submit Summer and Fall textbook adoptions at: https://www.facultyenlight.com/?storeNbr=531

VitalSource Helps is providing free access to ebooks:

To get started, students should visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com. Before students can begin searching for and reading ebooks, they will need to log-in or create a Bookshelf account with their institution-provided email address. 

For students accessing Bookshelf for the first time: 

Here are instructions on creating a Bookshelf account that you can share with students and instructors. Once students create an account with an institution-provided email address, they should login and click on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner of the screen to search by ISBN, Title or Author to find their free ebooks. 

For students with existing Bookshelf accounts linked to their institution-provided email address: 

Students with existing Bookshelf accounts linked to their institution-provided email address will see a new tab called “Explore” when they login in the upper left corner of the screen to search by ISBN, Title or Author to find their free ebooks. 

If students need additional assistance gaining access to the site or have questions, please visit https://support.vitalsource.com/hc/en-us/articles/360044467674-Student-and-Instructor-Frequently-Asked-Questions 

April 3, 2020, 11 a.m. - Fridays with Dr. F

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April 1, 2020, 12 p.m.

Dear Faculty and Staff,

President Trump is asking us to continue our social distancing through April 30 to help stop the spread of COVID-19. It is our duty to continue to keep our students, faculty, staff and community safe, so Gateway employees will continue to work from home through April 30.   

As a reminder about instruction, the majority of our courses were able to transition to remote learning, but there are some technical courses with lab/clinicals that will need to be completed when we return to campus. Once our return to campus date has been set, instructors of those courses will communicate the plans for completion to their students.  

I want to express my gratitude for your continued commitment to our students and their success. It continues to amaze me. 

I thank you for your understanding during this time. As I stated in my last update, we will continue to work with the Governor, the Council on Postsecondary Education and KCTCS to make decisions about the remainder of the semester and beyond.

March 27, 2020, 11 a.m. - Fridays with Dr. F

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March 25, 2020, 5 p.m.

With guidance from the Governor, the Council on Postsecondary Education and KCTCS, we have made the following decisions about the remainder of the semester at Gateway.

  • All classes at Gateway will continue to be offered online through the last day of instruction as noted on the Gateway academic calendar.
  • We will provide lab/technical/clinical instruction as soon as the Governor, CPE, and KCTCS authorize a return to a face-to-face learning environment. Our faculty is working on plans to deliver lab and technical content but please note these plans cannot be finalized until we know our return to campus date. Please continue to look for emails from your instructors about your specific classes for updates.
  • Gateway’s Spring Commencement ceremony originally scheduled for May 14 has been rescheduled. More information about Commencement will be sent out when dates have been finalized.
  • We will continue to provide student support services virtually until the college reopens on a regular schedule. A list of all contact information can be found here. 

I want to again thank you for your understanding during this time. These were not easy decisions to make. We feel that it is Gateway’s duty to do our part to continue to keep our students, faculty, staff and community safe.

I also thank you for continuing to do your part to keep all of us safe, including social distancing. These are necessary things for each one of us to do.

March 20, 2020, 3 p.m.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

I want to applaud you all on the smooth transition to online classes. I know it was no small feat for everyone involved. If you are in a technical program with lab hours, please know your instructors are working on plans and will communicate as soon as those are finalized.  As you know, this situation is rapidly changing so we appreciate your patience. 

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to practice social distancing, beginning Monday, March 23, Gateway will be operating exclusively online. All of our services will still be available either by phone or virtually. Below you will find a quick reference to some of our student services. 

Students who do not have access to a computer or the internet at their permanent homes may request assistance from Gateway IT Support at 859-442-4100 or by email at gw-ithelpdesk@kctcs.edu

Quick Reference Numbers
Academic Advising Center - (859) 442-1630
Admissions - (859) 442-1134, gw-admissions@kctcs.edu
Testing Center - (859) 442-1159
Bookstore - (859) 815-7630
Business Office - (859) 442-4174
Counseling Department - (859) 815-7683
Financial Aid - 1-855-346-4282
Food Pantry - (859) 442-1639
Human Resources - (859) 442-1701
Information Commons - (859) 441-4500, Option 0
IT Help Desk - (859) 442-4100
Registrar's Office - (859) 442-1136, gw-studentrecords@kctcs.edu

As previously communicated, we plan to make a decision regarding the remainder of the semester by April 2 and will be in contact then.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe and healthy,

March 16, 2020, 3 p.m.

SSC Building

  • E101
  • E208
  • E209 Computer Lab
  • E210
  • E215H

TO FACULTY & STAFF

Gateway’s leadership is asking that all employees who have the ability to work from home please begin working from home with approval starting Tuesday, March 17. 

To allow faculty and staff to gather any items needed, campuses will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 17.

Beginning March 18 all campuses except for Edgewood will be closed. The hours of the Edgewood Campus will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. All classrooms and computer labs will be open at Edgewood so that all employees and students who need access to computers, internet, or our support services will still be able to do so. The leadership team is working with essential departments, separately, to ensure appropriate staffing of service hours at Edgewood. 

All changes are currently through April 6. A message will be sent by April 2 about any extensions of these changes.

Gateway, in guidance from the CDC, is continuing to minimize all gatherings of 10 or more people. Please reschedule all meeting or move them to Skype, so that we can adhere to these guidelines.

TO STUDENTS

Reminder about classes:

  • All online classes (including March 16 start) will continue as scheduled.
  • All face to face and hybrid classes (including March 16 start) are cancelled Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.  Classes will be moved online by Wednesday, March 18 (Check your email and Blackboard for information about labs/clinicals). Your instructor will be in communication with you about class details on or before March 18. 
  • At this time, face to face and hybrid classes will resume in-person on Monday, April 6.
     

Campus Updates

  • Tomorrow Tuesday, March 17 All campuses will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Starting Wednesday, March 18 only the Edgewood Campus will be open. Hours of Operation will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday.  
  • Edgewood computer labs will be open
     

Resources

Assistance with getting started with Online Learning

March 15, 2020, 4 p.m.

Federal Work-Study (FWS) and Ready-to-Work (RTW) students - In order to comply with social distancing guidelines, adjustments have been made to work-study programs. During this time period, you will not be required to report to your job site or work from home. All students will continue to be paid based on your normal, approved work schedule. ** Ready-to-Work students, your work schedule may need to be adjusted to meet particular requirements. A RTW Coordinator will contact you individually should adjustments need to occur**.

Please do not worry about submitting timesheets during this time. The Financial aid office or RTW office will take care of that for you. You also do not need to worry about contacting your supervisor as this information has been shared with them.

All work-study processes will return to normal on April 6th at the conclusion of the online instruction period. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Linda Wright, Federal Work-Study Coordinator at Linda.wright@kctcs.edu or Denise Critchelow, RTW Director at Denise.Critchelow@kctcs.edu.

March 12, 2020, 1:15 p.m.

Gateway will be taking the following approach to delivering instruction:

  • Online classes currently in progress will continue as usual.
  • Second 8-week online classes will start on Monday, March 16 as planned.
  • All face-to-face and hybrid courses delivered on campus will be cancelled March 16 and 17 and will be transitioning to online delivery. Converted face-to-face and hybrid courses will start on March 18. 

All Gateway 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 including access to on-campus computer labs.

All non-essential college sponsored events will be canceled through April 6. We will monitor the situation to determine if this should be extended. Other events will be reviewed on an individual basis.

At this time, we are planning to resume face-to-face and hybrid classes on Monday, April 6. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will make a determination about the rest of the semester by April 2.

RESOURCES

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).

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.