FSCC Update

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Date: March 27, 2020

Time: 12:00 P.M.

RE: FSCC novel coronavirus, COVID-19 update


Bourbon County Health Department issued an emergency stay-at-home order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 until April 26, 2020. Due to the order, campus access will change from the last update on March 19. Community Colleges are considered an essential service by the state of Kansas and we will begin with all courses online March 30th as planned.


The stay-at-home order requires essential services to comply with social distancing requirements which includes maintaining at least six-feet social distancing for both employees and members of the public at all times. FSCC faculty/staff are encouraged to work remotely if possible. Some employees will be asked to work an altered schedule to minimize contact. Please use email as your primary source of communication. All department emails can be found on our directory at fortscott.edu/directory.


All Courses Online


ALL FSCC courses will be online for the remainder of the semester. This includes all technical courses/programs taught at CTEC, Construction Trades at La Harpe, Fort Scott John Deere/Welding, Harley-Davidson in Frontenac, Allied Health/Nursing at Burke Street, and Welding, Construction Trades, Criminal Justice, and Allied Health/Nursing in Miami County. All courses (including general education) will resume in the online format beginning March 30th.





For students without readily available internet access, please contact your local area internet service and cellular service providers. Many companies are working with students during this time to ensure access to internet services. If this is unsuccessful, please contact Janet Fancher (janetf@fortscott.edu) or Adam Borth (adamb@fortscott.edu).



Updated Closures


The Bookstore, Library, Computer Labs, and Student Success Center will be closed until at least April 26, 2020 when the stay-at-home order is lifted.


Advising and Enrollment:


Fall enrollment will open March 30, and advising will be assisting students via phone appointments and email. To schedule an appointment please contact via email:


·         Russ Souza (russellso@fortscott.edu)

·         Ashley Keylon (ashleyk@fortscott.edu)

·         Quentin Choice (quentinc@fortscott.edu)


You may call 620.223.2700, ext. 3630 and leave a detailed message, including name, student ID (if applicable), and contact information.



The situation is still evolving and may change at any time. We want to make sure that everyone stays safe and will continue to comply with local and state guidelines and orders. We will keep the students, faculty/staff, and community updated on any changes for work requirements, campus access, etc.; as needed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19



Stay safe!


Alysia Johnston, FSCC President


March 19th Update

March 17th Update

March 15th Update (pdf)

COVID-19 Emergency Action Plan

Walgreens: Offering In-Store Products Through the Pharmacy Drive-Through

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Obituary of Lofton Carpenter Younge

Lofton Carpenter Younge, age 52, a resident of Arcadia, Kansas passed away Saturday March 21, 2020, in Arcaida, Kansas.

He was born July 20, 1967, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the son of Llewellyn Younge and Lillie Leora Zimmerman Younge. Lofton was a member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and went by the name Winds Along the Creek.

Survivors include his mother, Leora Younge; two daughters, Moria Turner and Lilly Steichen and grandson, Tommy. as well as his former wife, Rhonda Steichen. Also surviving are brothers and sisters, Llewellyn Christopher Younge, Laura Charis Younge, Loren Cary Younge, Luana Carole Younge, Lowell Christopher Younge, Laurel Carmel Younge, Lynetta Cathleen Younge, Landon Cory Younge and Lauren Cooper Younge and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Lynden Younge.

Private burial took place Friday at the Hiattville Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com

Death Notice of Lanita Tucker

Lanita Rochelle Tucker, age 65, resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Thursday, March 26, 2020, at the Select Specialty Hospital, Kansas City, KS.

Private burial will take place in Evergreen Cemetery.

The family will announce a public memorial service at a future date including a full obituary. Services are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Info For Small Businesses Online

Kansas officials to provide information to small businesses via First Friday online session April 3

Heads of agencies will take part in K-State monthly program in light of COVID-19

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Officials of two lead Kansas agencies responding to the COVID-19 outbreak will provide information for small businesses online Friday, April 3 at 9:30 am, as part of K-State Research and Extension’s First Friday monthly webinar series. The call will be recorded and archived.

The session, to be conducted via Zoom, is free and open to anyone interested in resources available to the public, particularly small businesses and employees in Kansas affected by the global pandemic.

Speakers include:

  • David Toland, Kansas Secretary of Commerce
  • Delia Garcia, Kansas Secretary of Labor
  • Laurel Klein Searles, Kansas Director of Unemployment Services

“Kansas has responded quickly to the concerns of small businesses and employees who have lost their livelihoods because of COVID-19,” said Nancy Knopp Daniels, community vitality specialist with K-State Research and Extension. “This call occurs every month in support of small business, but this month we have a special edition to highlight these response programs.”

She noted that a record 3.3 million Americans filed unemployment claims in the past week, which eclipsed the old record of 695,000 new claims in 1982.

To participate, go to https://ksu.zoom.us/j/2636377104; or One-Tap Mobile, + 13462487799,,2636377104#.


More information about First Friday e-Calls is available online or by contacting Daniels at 785-410-6352 or nkdaniels@ksu.edu.


March 27, 2020 Public Update COVID-19

For more information: www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Kansas Test Results
Updated 3/27/20 at 8 a.m.

Total Positive Cases
Private Labs
Kansas Health and Environmental Lab (KHEL)
Deaths (included in above numbers)

Out-of-State Resident Positive Cases*
(not counted in Kansas numbers)

Total Negative Cases for Kansans

Positive Case Information
County Number

*Ford and Miami Counties reported positive cases in out-of-state residents.
**1 case in Douglas and 2 cases in Crawford are presumptive positive at a reference lab, but were not confirmed through the KDHE lab, so are included in the county numbers, but not in the overall state total or demographics at this time.



Age Range
Age range on patients is 7 to 90 years of age, with a median age of 53.
27 hospitalizations to date reported*
* this is a cumulative number, based on 135 cases where information is available.

Ronda Bailey Retires From FSCC

Ronda Bailey, submitted photo.

This is part of a series highlighting educators who will retire this school year.

In spite of the world crisis, life goes on, and FortScott.Biz will continue to  feature stories of local interest.


Ronda Bailey, 63, has been an educator at Fort Scott Community College for 36 years, teaching English, music and education.

She is retiring this year.

The best part of teaching for Bailey has been being with the students, she said. ” I love the classroom. I love seeing them succeed when they never thought they would; or sharpen their skills. Also, I enjoy watching them discover who they are and what they want to do with their lives.”

” I am heartbroken that I will not get to have the remainder of this year with the students who were in my classes, but I also know that some of them will be in my life after this is over. Many of my former students stay in touch, and I love it.  I am excited for the all-school reunion at Uniontown later this year.”


How did you become an educator?

“I remember sitting in my seventh-grade music class in Bronaugh listening to my band teacher Betty Jo Laflen. As I sat there, I realized I wanted to do what she did.  I am excited that this fall, I will be substituting for Bronaugh’s current band director while she is on maternity leave. It is exciting for me to go back to the room where my career started.”


Did someone inspire you to teach?

“There were many, but four come to mind. The first was my Aunt, Florence Mason. She taught in many of the one-room schools in Bourbon County.  She took me with her to school one day. I believe that was the day I thought teaching could be fun. I already mentioned Betty Jo Laflen. I told her that I wanted to do what she did.  She then mentored me.  She encouraged me by having me take solos to contest,  perform in ensembles at Bronaugh and PSU, and take voice, piano, and clarinet lessons. She continued in that mentor role throughout my career. Sharon Pruitt was the band director at Bronaugh after Mrs. Laflen resigned. Sharon has been a mentor too, and she was piano teacher my senior year. She prepared me for college. All of these women were positive role models that I was fortunate to have in my life. The last person taught me community college teaching, band directing, and recruiting was Robert Estes. He would explain the how and why he directed a composition a certain way, how to organize a music festival and much more.  My Aunt Florence died several years ago, but the other three are still very much in my life.  I am blessed.”


What have been the greatest challenges?

“Leaving Uniontown School District and leaving Fort Scott Community College.

The Uniontown school district, parents, and children accepted me with open arms. It was a time of great music there. We all worked toward a common goal, and we were successful marching, competing in contest competitions, and learning to love music. It was a wonderful time in my life, and it was so hard to leave..

” Leaving FSCC is a challenge too.  FSCC has been in my life for nearly 40 years. I walked on that campus a scared girl from Bronaugh who did not think she could achieve her dream of teaching, but FSCC was the perfect fit. I was in every music ensemble, second runner-up homecoming queen representing Christians on Campus, and student government. I was the Greyhound Express editor, and Bernita Hill, the sponsor, taught me so much about journalism and English. I have taught, in some capacity, at FSCC thirty-six years.  Walking out that door for the last time is hard.”


Thoughts on retiring?

“As I said previously, I am going to be a substitute at Bronaugh, Mo. I am excited to have my first summer without teaching summer classes for the first time in fifteen years. I want to read some of the good books that I have not had a chance to read for a while and sew some.

“Hopefully, this pandemic will pass soon and my husband and I will be able to travel some. Until then we will work on our cattle ranch.”



Bailey received an AA from FSCC in 1976,   a BSED K-12 instrumental and choral music education from Missouri Southern State University,  a master’s in music and also an English certification for 7-12 and Advanced Studies English from Pittsburg State University, in addition, she attended Baker University for Advanced Studies English.



Bailey’s hometown is Bronaugh, Mo. She is married to  Roger and they have a daughter, Taylor.



Bailey has been involved in the community in the following ways: Bourbon County Arts Council Member, Bourbon County Fair Fashion Revue Superintendent, Bourbon County Fair Extension Unit Sewing Judge, Progressive Mother’s Club Member, and past president and vice president, Gordon Parks Center Board, member of Community Christian Church and worship accompanist.





FSCC Nursing Program donates medical supplies

Fort Scott Community College (FSCC) Department of Nursing has been fortunate enough to be able to give back to people of Fort Scott and the surrounding communities during this time of uncertainty. The FSCC Department of Nursing was able to donate the following to Ascension Via Christi in Fort Scott:

  • 20,000 gloves of various sizes
  • 1,100 ear-loop masks
  • 250 pairs of shoe covers
  • 100+ N95 masks
  • 100+ isolation gowns
  • 7 face shields
  • 12 disposable stethoscopes.

It is a true honor to be in the position that we are able to donate these supplies to those healthcare superheroes so they are adequately able to care for our community,” says Jordan Howard, Director of FSCC.

All of FSCC’s classes have recently moved to an online base learning including the Nursing Program for the remainder of the semester. The technical/hands-on classes such as FSCC Nursing, John Deere, Welding, etc. do have the ability to do simulations online that mimic real-life scenarios. Because of that, the FSCC Nursing Department wanted to put their unused medical supplies to good use.

We definitely want to help keep our frontline ER personnel safe and are more than happy to support our local healthcare needs with the supplies,” says Alysia Johnston, FSCC President.

To view FSCC’s COVID-19 EAP and any other updates, please visit fortscott.edu.


Medical Workers Urge The Public To Stay Home

Open letter to the American public: Physicians, nurses and our entire medical community are urging all people to stay at home.

We are honored to serve and put our lives on the front line to protect and save as many lives as possible. But we need your help.

Physical distancing and staying at home are the key to slowing the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to give physicians, nurses and everyone on the front lines a fighting chance at having the equipment, time and resources necessary to take on this immense challenge.

Those contracting COVID-19 are your family, friends, and loved ones.

That’s why we’re urging the public to #StayHome as we reach the critical stages of our national response to COVID-19.

Of course, those with urgent medical needs, including pregnant women, should seek care as needed.

Everyone else should #StayHome. Millions of you are already leading this effort – and we thank you. You’re still connecting with friends and loved ones through video chats, social media or just over the telephone – proving that meaningful social connections can happen at a safe distance.

Millions more must join this effort, which is why we’re calling for all-hands-on-deck to confront this public health battle against COVID-19.

Staying at home in this urgent moment is our best defense to turn the tide against COVID-19. Physicians, nurses and health care workers are at work for you, please stay home for us.

Your partners in health, American Hospital Association American Medical Association American Nurses Association.

Submitted by Nancy Van Patten

American Legion Update

Saturday’s Motorcycle Basic Skills Class has been postponed.
Boys State, Cadet Law and the American Legion College have all been cancelled for this year.
Our Post 25 general membership meeting for Monday, April 6 is cancelled.
The American Legion is pushing “Buddy Check” during this Corona Virus outbreak. Several Post Officers are reaching out to our members who do not use email and are checking on them.
If you are aware of a neighbor in need, let me know. I’ll see how the Fort Scott American Legion can assist them.
Two Positive Notes:
Post 25 welcomes Richard Marshall, WW2 Veteran, as new Post 25 member. With Legionnaire Marshall joining our Post, Post 25 now has 100 members. A milestone by any standard.
Legionnaires and Riders Chapter 25 members Darrell Spencer, Jake Campbell, Myra Jowers and Carl Jowers participated today in an American Legion Riders escort for a deceased Veteran from Mound City to Bronson. Paola American Legion Riders Chapter 153 was the host Riders Chapter for the escort.
Stay safe.
Carl Jowers. Post 25 Commander
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