College Update from Dr. Pierner
February 22, 2021
With temperatures rising and Spring right around the corner, there are a few changes in store for BTC. Our community has continued to see a decrease in COVID-19 infections, and at this time, we have not experienced any community spread on campus. Since the beginning of the pandemic, our continued safety and continuity of operations are due to everyone’s ability and willingness to adhere to BTC’s safety protocols.
Today, I have a few updates for all of you regarding the College’s response to COVID-19.
- Effective March 1, the College will move to Stage 6 of our 7-Stage Reopening Plan. The main change with the move to Stage 6 is that events/activities on campus will increase from 25 to 50. Safety plans for large gatherings will still need to be submitted to Campus Safety. Events must be held in areas that allow us to continue following our safety protocols regarding facemasks and social distancing.
- The College has partnered with the Department of Health Services and the Rock County Health Department to become the first community vaccination site in Wisconsin. The clinic had a soft opening on February 16 and vaccinated approximately 1000 eligible individuals in its first week. We continue to work with our partners to vaccinate employees and students as soon as they are eligible per DHS guidelines. It has been and will continue to be a priority for BTC to provide the vaccine to all employees and students who want it as they become eligible.
- The BTC Graduation Committee has been working to create an in-person ceremony option for our 2021 Commencement. A survey went out recently to students that presented several options. Once that survey information comes back, we plan to announce how we will proceed with this year’s Commencement. It is our sincere hope to provide a safe option to celebrate our graduates in person. Stay tuned for more information on Commencement.
Your safety has been a top priority during this pandemic, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to you. We continue to closely monitor the pandemic in cooperation with local, state, federal, and CDC guidelines and will keep you informed of any changes to our pandemic response.