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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus
 

Blackhawk remains committed to providing a safe space for all students, faculty and staff. Our current policies on COVID-19 reflect the latest guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control and local health officials.

Currently, our guidelines include:

  • Face coverings are optional, and we ask that you respect the decisions of others to wear a face covering or not.
  • Disposable masks and hand sanitizer are available throughout campus.
  • Do not come to campus if you’re experiencing any COVID symptoms – even if you’re vaccinated. Please stay home, notify your supervisor or instructor(s), and get tested.
    • If you test positive:
      • The current isolation period is at least five days. (The date of symptom onset or test collection is considered day 0.) After 5 days, if you are asymptomatic or your symptoms are resolving (greatly improved and without fever for 24 hours), you may return to campus, after notifying Campus Safety. You should wear a mask around others until 10 days have passed since your symptom onset or the date your positive test was collected. You are responsible for informing your close contacts. The CDC defines close contact as "someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period." 
    • If you were exposed to a COVID-19 positive person:
      • You do not need to quarantine but should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and wear a mask around others for 10 days. (The date of your last close contact is considered day 0.)
      • Get tested on day 6, or if you develop symptoms.
        • If you test negative, continue monitoring and wearing a mask around others through day 10.
        • If you test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms at any point, isolate, refer to the test positive protocol above, and notify Campus Safety.
      • If you are unable to test, you can end your quarantine 5 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19, if you have been without COVID-19 symptoms throughout the 5-day period.  You should wear a mask around others until 10 days have passed since your exposure. 
    • If you have COVID-19 symptoms:
      • If you are sick, do not come to Campus.
      • Isolate and seek a test.
        • If you test negative, you can end your isolation.
        • If you test positive at any point, isolate, refer to the positive test protocol above, and notify Campus Safety.

Please note:

  • Eating and drinking are no longer restricted to designated areas.
  • We are not limiting the number of students in a classroom.
  • Please be mindful of others’ personal space and preferences.

If you have any questions related to COVID, please contact Blackhawk’s Safety & Security Team, which also has COVID test kits available should you need one, at campussafety@blackhawk.edu or (608) 757-7617.

Frequently Asked Questions

View additional details about our response:

The Rock County Coronavirus Response Hub provides information, maps and resources about the coronavirus response in Rock County. For more information, please visit www.co.rock.wi.us/departments/public-health/communicable-disease/covid-19/covid-19-data

Here are some things that everyone can do to slow the spread of germs and viruses:
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home and isolate if you are feeling sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If a cough or sneeze sneaks up on you and no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

According to the CDC, a primary series of the vaccine is considered fully vaccinated. For children ages 5-17, a primary series consists of 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. For persons 18 and older, a primary series consists of: 

•    A 2-dose series of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna)
•    A single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson)

Blackhawk strongly encourages all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated against COIVD-19. However, the College does not require it. Some clinical and intern sites may have placement requirements depending on the nature of the work done at those sites. 

Vaccination options and locations may be found on the Rock County website.

The College does not require students or employees to be vaccinated. However, some clinical and intern sites may have placement requirements depending on the nature of the work done at those sites.

BTC Campus Safety and Security Office has a limited number of take-home test kits available for students and employees.

Employees and students can order test kits online for free at www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/collection.htm

In addition, testing locations are available throughout the community. Visit the Rock County Public Health Department website for more information at www.co.rock.wi.us/departments/public-health.

If you are vaccinated, have received a booster and are exposed to someone with COVID, you do not need to quarantine but need to continuing masking in all indoor spaces. 

If you are not vaccinated or are more than six months out from your second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and not yet boosted, you should isolate for 5 days and return to campus only if you are asymptomatic. 

If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or are sick, please notify your immediate supervisor or instructor and stay home. You should monitor your symptoms and notify your health care provider for guidance.

If you test positive for COVID-19, the College is following the latest CDC-recommended isolation and quarantine protocols. Please isolate for 5 days. After 5 days, if you are asymptomatic or your symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), you may return to campus. Once you are back on campus, please follow the protocol of wearing a mask in all indoor spaces as identified above. 

Please alert BTC’s Campus Safety if you test positive at campussafety@blackhawk.edu or (608) 757-7617. This allows the College to gauge the severity of the spread and potentially adjust safety protocols.

You are responsible for telling your close contacts your COVID status. The CDC defines close contact as “someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.” 

If you are exposed to someone with COVID and have received your booster shot, you do not need to quarantine following exposure. But please continue to mask.

If you are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from your second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and not yet boosted, you should isolate for 5 days and show a negative COVID test before returning to campus.

Blackhawk is continuing to monitor what is happening around our nation and region regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). All updates will be sent via email to Blackhawk students and employees. In addition, updates will be shared on our website (www.blackhawk.edu) and made available on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) web page (www.blackhawk.edu/coronavirus). Students and employees are also encouraged to sign-up for SAFE Alerts

Face coverings are optional, and we ask that you respect the decisions of others to wear a face covering or not.

If you are traveling out-of-state as part of a College-sanctioned function or event, you must be vaccinated. If an overnight stay is required, regardless of location, individuals must be vaccinated, and each individual should have their own room. Additional expenses related to single room occupancy will be eligible for reimbursement. All College-related travel is subject to cancelation by the College. Please make sure room reservations and related expenses can be canceled or reimbursed.
Eating and drinking is not restricted on Blackhawk campus.

Individuals should continue to practice physical distancing.

Revised classroom capacities (including the instructor) are posted on each classroom door. Classroom capacities are based on the ability to social distance and must be observed regardless of  the furniture capacity. 

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Resources for Students

College buildings are open for in-person and online classes. We remain committed to our mission: flexible education in a supportive environment, and understand that some students still have additional support needs during the ongoing public health crisis.

View information about available student resources:

Hundreds of laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots are ready to be deployed to Blackhawk Technical College students thanks to a cooperative effort between the College’s Library and Information Technology Services teams. The equipment loan program will allow students to borrow laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots at no additional charge to the student.

Got questions? We are here to help.

Learn more about the Laptop Loan Program here.

Blackhawk offers drive-up Wi-Fi options at the Central and Monroe campuses.
  • Central Campus: park in Parking Lot K as well as the lot directly north of the Administration Building.
  • Monroe Campus: park in the lot outside door MO-3.
  • Hedberg Public Library: use password "community" and park in the covered parking lot for the strong connection. Learn more at www.hedbergpubliclibrary.org/covid19.html
The College has hotspots available to check out through the Library in the Student Success Center on Central Campus. There are several ways to reserve a hotspot:

Any Blackhawk student in need can email btcstudentcupboard@blackhawk.edu to request a prepacked bag of food. The Student Cupboard team will follow up to arrange a time for you to pick up your food. You do not need to be a current confirmed user of the Student Cupboard to receive a bag. The Student Cupboard is currently offering curbside pick-up on Central Campus.

Did you know we provide free, online tutoring services? It’s true – Tutoring Services are available remotely via Brainfuse. If you have any questions about Brainfuse, or any other tutoring needs, please contact testingcenter@blackhawk.edu.

To access Brainfuse:
  1. Login into MyBTC
  2. Select Blackboard Courses (under Quick Links)
  3. Click on the tools menu within your course
  4. Click on "24_7 Online Tutoring" from the left
  5. Follow the Brainfuse prompts to upload your papers for review or receive tutoring help for specified listed courses

While the College is open for students, we understand that COVID-19 remains a threat in our community. Therefore, in addition to in-person services, our Student Services team continues to offer their services virtually.

  • Academic Advising: Advisors and others are still available by email, phone, and Zoom. You can easily schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor through Starfish (available through your MyBTC login). Once you are on Starfish, you can set up or update appointments with your advisor, connect to your advisor via email, and locate your advisor’s phone number. Your advisor should appear as one of your “Connections” in the “My Success Network” tab.
  • Counseling Services: We're here to help you manage stress and anxiety, get linked to community resources, and apply for emergency funding. Counseling services are free and available for all current students. For more information, please contact Laura Becker, School Counselor and Case Manager, at (608) 757-7642 or counseling@blackhawk.edu.
  • Technology Resources: Our Information Technology Team has you covered. There are training videos and resources available in the Student Technology Services Yuja Library (available through MyBTC). The trainings are designed to help you set-up and access Zoom meetings with your instructors and other college staff, including your advisor. You can even use Zoom to collaborate with other students and conduct meetings and study groups.

By now, we all know our situations are changing daily. Here are some additional resources that may be able to help during the pandemic:
  • 211 Wisconsin: When you need help and don't know where to turn, 211 is your one-stop connection to the local services you need, like utility assistance, housing, food, elder care, crisis intervention, alcohol and other drug recovery and much more. To learn more, visit 211wisconsin.communityos.org/.
  • FindHelp.org: Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic. To get started, visit www.findhelp.org
 

About HEERF Funding

BTC has received HEERF grants from the US Department of Education through the CARES, CRRSAA, and ARP Acts. The grant funding provides direct relief to help students address expenses and hardships they incurred during the coronavirus national emergency. Read the College's HEERF Reports here.
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