COVID-19 information

Kilgore College officials are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and remaining up-to-date with guidance and information from the Center for Diease Control, Office of the Texas Governor, Northeast Texas Public Health District and other agencies.


IF YOU FEEL SICK AND/OR EXPERIENCING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS, OR HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS COVID-19:

  • FOR KC STUDENTS: For students who test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive must call (903) 983-8219 for return-to-campus/class protocols.
  • FOR KC EMPLOYEES: For employees who test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive must contact Human Resources for return-to-work protocols at (903) 983-8102.

Illness and Symptom Monitoring:

  • Please monitor yourself daily for potential symptoms.
  • Find out more at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
  • If you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-related symptoms, please stay home.

Recommendations to keep yourself and others safe:

  • Vaccinations are highly recommended and are free. (Clinics held at KC and most CVS, Walgreens and Walmart pharmacies provide the vaccinations at no cost)
  • Whether you are vaccinated or not, wear a face covering.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer.
When to Quarantine:
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19
  • If you have COVID related symptoms, which may or may not include fever
  • If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
When and How to Quarantine:
  • If you have symptoms, or have tested positive for COVID-19, remain isolated from others for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms/test date. Do not end the quarantine unless:
i. A minimum of 10 days have passed
ii. 24 hours fever-free without the use of medications
iii. All other symptoms have improved
 
If you are not vaccinated and have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should quarantine for 10 days.

Class Formats:

  • Kilgore College offers regular in person, hybrid and online courses.
  • Please check the course schedule in AccessKC or visit with your advisor about which format is right for you.

Vaccinations:

  • Kilgore College does not require students or employees to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
  • If you decide to get vaccinated, vaccinations are available locally at various pharmacies and urgent care clinics.
  • KC is also hosting vaccination clinics in the Parks Fitness Center.

Housing:

  • Kilgore College will have on-campus housing available for the 2021-22 academic year.
  • For information on COVID-19 protocols for housing, click on the “View FAQs for returning to campus” link on this webpage.

Limitations on Campus Visitors:

  • At this time, there are no limitations on visitors to campus or any KC instructional site, but face coverings are highly recommended for all visitors to our campuses.

Additional Info:

  • The college will continue to evaluate this situation and adjust accordingly if the number of cases resurges.


Questions or concerns?  Let us know!

  • KC has established the email address covid-19@kilgore.edu to answer questions from the KC community.
  • A hotline (903-988-3747) is available Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

COVID-19 Additional Resources and Info

FAQ - Coronavirus Information

General:

What is the best source for COVID-19 updates?  For the most up-to-date Kilgore College specific information please see this link www.kilgore.edu/COVID-19.  We recommend you seek additional guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).


Accessing Student Services by phone or online:

Are student services available if I choose not to come to campus?  Yes, services are still available to students by phone and web request.

Scheduling fall classes:  Call (903) 983-8206 to schedule an in-person, video conference or telephone appointment.

Tutoring (The Zone in Kilgore):

  1. Email a question to a tutor at TheZone@kilgore.edu and receive a response within 24 hours between Monday and Friday.
  2. Call (903) 988-7491 to speak directly with a tutor or leave a message, and a tutor will return your call within 24 hours between Monday and Friday.

Tutoring (The KC-Longview North Zone):

Request an appointment via remind app by enrolling in KC-Longview North Zone Tutor Lab.

Email lnzonetutors@kilgore.edu.


Disability accommodations:

Call Disability Services at (903) 983-8682.


Mental health counseling:

Call (903) 983-8206 to schedule an in-person, video conference or telephone appointment.


International Student Services:

Call KC Office of Admissions and Registrar and ask for an available SEVIS Designated School Official at (903) 983-8606.


Transcript Requests:

Find out how to request a Kilgore College transcript by clicking here.


New Students:

I plan to start to KC this  fall.  Can I apply online?  Yes, the admissions and financial aid processes can be accomplished online.

                Start the admission process:  https://www.kilgore.edu/future-students/new-students-start-here

                Start the financial aid process:  https://www.kilgore.edu/future-students/student-services/financial-aid

Can I check my admissions status online?  Yes, once the admissions application has been received and processed by KC Admissions, applicants can follow their status online at this link: https://accesskc.kilgore.edu/ICS   Be sure to check the email account you used on your admissions application for additional information. 

Can I monitor my financial aid status online?  Yes, once results from the FAFSA have been received and processed by the Office of Financial Aid, students can track their financial aid status online, https://accesskcaid.kilgore.edu/student/Logon.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fstudent%2fPghome.aspx  Be sure to check the email address you used on your FAFSA for additional instruction.


Financial Aid:

If I make an adjustment to my courses schedule, will this affect my financial aid already awarded for this semester?    It might.  Students making any adjustments to their course schedules at this time, should contact Financial Aid before making any student initiated changes at (903) 983-8211.

Kilgore College made changes to my existing course schedule, will this change effect my bill?  College mandated changes to student schedules will be made in the students’ best interest as possible and will not result in an additional charge or penalty to the student.


Students:

How do I access my classes online?  Kilgore College utilizes the Blackboard Learning Management System for all courses.  Please see this link for additional information: https://www.kilgore.edu/academics/online-classes-elearning

How will KC continue to accommodate students with disabilities?  Accommodations will continue to be administered and Disability Services will continue operations to assist students learning remotely. If you need additional support or information, please call (903) 983-8682 or click here.


Housing:

For housing information, click here.


International Students:  

Kilgore College changed my class schedule to all online courses, will this cause me to lose my current SEVIS status?  Kilgore College is working with the Department of Homeland Security’s Student Exchange Visitor’s Program (SEVP) to help our students maintain good standing.  

My Optional Practical Training (OPT) plans have changed due to COVID-19, what do I do?  Make immediate contact with the Office of Admissions and Registrar to speak with the International Specialist at 903-983-8209.

Other international questions – Please contact the Office of Admissions and Registrar to speak with the International Specialist at 903-983-8209.

Coronavirus Prevention Information & Resources

Prevention for coronavirus is similar to preventive action for diseases like the flu, the common cold or other communicable diseases. Recommendations from the CDC include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • There is a correct way to wash your hands.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.


Resources:

For the latest information about coronavirus, visit the dedicated CDC webpage.

Download CDC one-page informational flier:

Download NET HEALTH one-page informational flier:

Download NET HEALTH handwashing poster:

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.

Blackboard Collaborate Help and Resources

Instructional Videos:


Is there a Blackboard app?

Yes. The Blackboard app is designed especially for students to view content and participate in courses.


Recommended internet browsers:

  • Browsers recommended for PC users: Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Microsoft Edge
  • Browsers recommended for mobile users: Chrome, Safari and Microsoft Edge

Still having issues or need technical support?

Call the Help Desk at (903) 988-7522 or email them.

Mental health resources during the COVID-19 pandemic:

The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. This is normal! Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. 

If you or someone you know needs to talk with someone, here are some helpful resources:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741
  • Crisis Text Line - Special keyword for students of color - Text STEVE to 741741
  • COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line:  833-251-7544  **(If you are experiencing stress/anxiety related to current stateof emergency)
  • National Parent Helpline at: 1-855-427-2736

Below is a list of articles and websites with helpful information on how to navigate these unprecedented and stressful times: