COVID-19 Information

There are no positive cases of COVID-19 associated with Manhattan Area Technical College. The complied information is to protect the health and safety of everyone at Manhattan Area Technical College and our communities. Updated information will be provided as it becomes available.

Latest College Update:

The Riley County Health Department (RCHD) and Governor Laura Kelly issued Stay-At-Home Orders to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Effective at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, March 29, Manhattan Area Technical College will be adhering to the emergency guidelines in keeping with the issued orders:

  • The Campus is closed until further notice and instruction will be completed online beginning March 30 until further notice. Please watch your email for information from your instructors regarding delivery of your coursework.
  • Beginning March 30 college employees will work remotely. During the closure employees working remotely will have limited access to return calls. We encourage you to refer to our website for our online directory as email will be the best means of communication.  Essential staff will continue to report to campus as needed under the direction of their departments supervisor while adhering to the social distancing guidelines as provided by the CDC (6 ft). More details about working remotely will be provided by your department’s supervisor.
  • While the campuses are closed, we will still be working on continuing to provide student and community resources remotely (i.e. advising, admission appointments, financial aid, etc.). Updates will be provided.

We will continually monitor and assess the situation and provide updates as warranted. Please continue to regularly check your Manhattan Tech email, RAVE Alert, and the College’s website for the most up to date information and guidance. The health and safety of our students, employees, and community members continues to be, and will always be, our top priority.

Teaching and Learning Center Updates:

Students,

Now that we have begun online instruction and with the uncertainty of when we may be back on campus, the Teaching & Learning Center wants to remind all students that you still have access to many academic resources through our website.  These resources all accessed easily on our Database & Research page

On this page you will find access to our academic research databases.  If you need access to any of these databases that require a State of Kansas Library Ecard, please email TLC@manhattantech.edu, and we will get one issued to you. 

Remember that you have access to online tutoring with Brainfuse.  All of your Canvas courses have direct access to Brainfuse.  If you need assistance accessing Brainfuse, contact the TLC.  Additionally, for students in math and science courses, we are working with your instructors to set up Zoom meetings with our peer tutors in these areas.  Watch your email for the invitations. 

The Teaching & Learning Center is still here to assist you as much as we can.  We ask that you contact us with academic resource needs.  We are going to do everything possible to provide you with the resources you need to be successful.

Stay safe and healthy.

Darren S. Ortega - TLC Coordinator
Teaching & Learning Center
Manhattan Area Technical College

Summer Courses Update:

Students and Community Members:

After consultation with administrators and faculty leadership, the college has decided to convert all summer courses to an online format.

Unfortunately, we cannot predict the spread of COVID-19 in Kansas or nationwide. While we recognize that many of you long for a return to in-person classroom instruction, it is impossible to know how soon that might occur. Therefore, with summer registration open and students already enrolled/enrolling, it is imperative that we made this decision now in order to give individuals ample time to make decisions related to summer semester.

Given that summer travel plans may be adversely affected or canceled outright due to public health restrictions, continuing your studies with online summer semester offerings may be a great option, especially if social distancing restrictions remain in place for an extended period. Even if we receive word that we can return to in-person classroom instruction, we will continue with our planned online delivery method for the summer.

As always, MATC administration will continue to monitor the situation and will provide additional communication to students/community as decisions are made. We appreciate everyone’s support at this time of uncertainty and hope everyone stays safe and healthy! 

On-Campus and Spring Events Update:

Due to the ever-evolving challenge of the COVID-19 coronavirus and per CDC recommendations, Manhattan Tech is cancelling all large-scale events on campus for attendance greater than 50. Events that are smaller than 50 participants will be reviewed and may continue assuming that proper social distancing guidelines can be implemented. Refer below for the most recent cancellation/postponement event/activity list.

  • Manhattan Tech’s National Signing Day - Cancelled
  • Spring Open House – Cancelled
  • Spring Commencement – Event Cancelled at KSU Ballroom, The college is reviewing alternate methods to celebrate the academic achievements of our students and will release details later.
  • Campus Visits – Cancelled until March 30th
  • Group Visits – Cancelled for until June 1st

FFA Ag Mechanics and STEM Camp are under review by multiple entities and when a decision has been made an update will be provided. Events that are scheduled in the future will be reviewed in the coming weeks as we navigate this pandemic. If you have questions about it moving forward, please contact safety@manhattantech.edu.

More College Information Related to COVID-19

Previous College Updates:

The Riley County Health Department (RCHD) and Governor Laura Kelly issued Stay-At-Home Orders to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Effective at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, March 29, Manhattan Area Technical College will be adhering to the emergency guidelines in keeping with the issued orders:

  1. The Campus is closed until further notice and instruction will be completed online beginning March 30 until further notice. Please watch your email for information from your instructors regarding delivery of your coursework.
  2. Beginning March 30 college employees will work remotely. Essential staff will continue to report to campus as needed under the direction of their departments supervisor while adhering to the social distancing guidelines as provided by the CDC (6 ft). More details about working remotely will be provided by your department’s supervisor.
  3. While the campuses are closed, we will still be working on continuing to provide student and community resources remotely (i.e. advising, admission appointments, financial aid, etc.). Updates will be provided.

We will continually monitor and assess the situation and provide updates as warranted. Please continue to regularly check your Manhattan Tech email, RAVE Alert, and the College’s website for the most up to date information and guidance. The health and safety of our students, employees, and community members continues to be, and will always be, our top priority.

For questions or concerns direct your inquiries to safety@manhattantech.edu

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Attention MATC Students:

At Manhattan Tech the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority. Therefore, based upon federal, local, and state mandates we are announcing the following precautionary measures:

  1. Manhattan Tech will be closed to students, visitors and the public until April 6th.
  2. All courses will move to online instruction beginning March 30th (Refer to Continuation of Instruction section for more information).

Continuation of Instruction

  • General Education, Business Administration, and lecture/didactic components of technical courses will go to an online format beginning March 30th.
  • Beginning March 30th technical program instructors will deliver all classroom instruction online.
  • Hands-on technical competencies will be taught face-to-face beginning April 6th while practicing social distancing guidelines and adhering to Riley County Health Departments (RCHD) 10-person limitation on public gatherings. Therefore, on-campus instruction will be delivered to groups of no more than 9 students at a time.
  • As we move online, it is critical students log-in regularly to complete course work and submit assignments. We will continue to issue grades based on student assignments and homework. Maintaining good grades remains as important online as it did in face-to-face courses to earn credits and complete degrees.
  • Instructors will contact their students via Canvas/email to help them prepare for this transition.

Campus Safety

In adherence with federal, state, and local recommendations the College is performing the safety measures below:

  • Before students can enter any technical lab/clinical areas on April 6th, they will be asked to answer a set of screening protocol questions through CANVAS. Then each day after, programs will have a roster available where the student will initial verifying that their answers to the statements on the screening still apply.
  • Employees or students presenting symptoms (fever, cough, etc.) will not be allowed to participate in a face-to-face setting and are encouraged to self-quarantine as instructed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Students and employees will not be allowed to bring children on campus.
  • The Commons will be open with limited access to the vending machines, restrooms, etc. Tables and chairs will not be available to individuals to limit the number of people in the area.
  • Safe hygiene and social distancing will be taught and strictly practiced.

Campus Events/Travel/Visits

  • Group and individual campus visits will not be permitted during the spring 2020 semester.
  • All on-campus events have been cancelled for the next 8 weeks (refer to cancellation list on website). Alternatives to our traditional commencement ceremony are being considered.  More information will be provided later.
  • College-sponsored travel for employees should be avoided. Any exceptions will be at the discretion of the vice president/supervisor of the department.

High School Students

  • General education courses will go to an online format and begin March 30th.
  • Excel in CTE courses are still under determination. Once a decision has been made an update will be provided.

Campus Operations/Staffing

  • Manhattan Tech will be closed to students, visitors and the public until April 6th. After April 6th the College is asking the public and students to conduct as much business through email, online resources, and the telephone as possible to reduce the traffic at the college.
  • Essential employees will work remotely until April 6. After which the College will be working with staff on staggered schedules in order to adhere to the social distancing guidelines as provided by the CDC (6 ft).
  • Advising and enrollment for summer and fall courses will continue as scheduled.  It will be done remotely whenever possible.
  • All on campus testing will not take place until April 6th. If you have scheduled a test that falls prior to this date the respective testing center will reach out to you in order to assist you. Any future testing on campus will take place under adherence of the social distancing guidelines.

Manhattan Tech community please keep in mind that this is an unprecedented time and an extremely fluid situation that evolves daily if not hourly at the local, state and federal level. We will continue to monitor and adjust as necessary.  Any changes or updates for employees and/or students will be communicated via Rave alert, CANVAS, and their Manhattan Tech email account. We will notify the general public on our website and via our social media channels.

Attention MATC Students:

As the concerns around COVID-19 continue, MATC administration is being very diligent in communicating with Riley County Health Department and following directives and recommendations from governmental authorities. In doing so, MATC has made the determination to extend closure of the college through March 27th and resume limited number of operations on March 30th.  The most up-to-date information will continue to be communicated out on our website at manhattantech.edu and RAVE Alert.

In the coming week administration and faculty will be working together to come up with a plan for continuing instruction. It is imperative that students continue to check their manhattantech.edu email accounts and Canvas for additional information regarding the continuation of their courses that will resume March 30th.

For guidance on prevention of COVID-19 refer to this informational handout provided by the Riley County Health Department.

MATC administration will continue to monitor the situation and will provide additional communication to students as decisions are made. We appreciate everyone’s support at this time of uncertainty and hope everyone stays safe and healthy!

For questions or concerns direct your inquiries to safety@manhattantech.edu

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Attention Manhattan Tech Students/Community:

With the growing concerns nationwide surrounding the discussion of the coronavirus and how it’s affecting educational institutions, Manhattan Tech’s administration has developed a pandemic preparedness procedure. The plan developed follows recommendations and directives from governmental authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Kansas Department of Public Health (KDPH), and the Riley County Health Department (RCHD).

Due to the recent development of the virus in Kansas, Manhattan Tech has made the determination to extend Spring Break through March 20, 2020. The campus will be CLOSED and inaccessible to all students, faculty, staff, and community members. All classes and events are cancelled for the week. Additional information and updates will be available on the website, Canvas, Manhattan Tech Email, and communicated through all media avenues.

For guidance on prevention of COVID-19 refer to this informational handout provided by the Riley County Health Department.

Manhattan Tech administration will continue to monitor the situation and will provide additional communication to students as decisions are made. We appreciate everyone’s support at this time of uncertainty and hope everyone stays safe and healthy!

For questions or concerns direct your inquiries to safety@manhattantech.edu.  

Resources and Information about COVID-19

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid spreading the virus and to avoid being exposed to the virus. The virus is thought to spread between people who are within about 6 feet of each other for at least 10 minutes through droplets from coughing and sneezing.

To reduce risk, everyone should:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces daily.

For more information, please visit the KDHE website at www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus. KDHE has a phone bank that is staffed Monday –Friday, 8 a.m. –7 p.m. The phone number is 1-866-534-3463(1-866-KDHEINF). KDHE also has an email address for general inquiries, COVID-19@ks.gov. Please note these contacts are for general questions and cannot provide you with medical evaluations. If you are feeling ill, please stay home and call your healthcare provider.