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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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The safety and well-being of students and employees are always a top priority at Blackhawk.

The College is currently open for in-person, online, and hybrid courses. Anyone who comes to any Blackhawk location must wear a facemask and follow physical distancing guidelines. 

BTC has received funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. Read the CARES Act Report for BTC here.

Blackhawk is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and is actively planning for reopening of the college. The college has announced a staged plan to reopen. The detailed 7-Stage plan can be found here. See below for the latest updates and Frequently Asked Questions.

BTC employees in facemasks stand socially distanced outside Central Campus

Return to Campus Guidebook

The health and safety of our students and employees are our number one priority. The College has created a Return to Campus Guidebook, a resource that represents our current practices regarding operations during this time of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

Blackhawk’s Return to Campus Guidebook was developed to centralize all procedures in regard to the college’s response to COVID-19. The Guidebook is subject to change over time based on recommendations of the CDC as well as local, state, and federal regulations. 

 Return to Campus Guidebook

Latest Updates

Aug. 3, 2020 - BTC Launches Technology Loan Program to Support Students

Hundreds of laptops and hotspots are ready to be deployed to Blackhawk Technical College students this fall thanks to a cooperative effort between the College’s Library and Information Technology Services teams. The equipment loan program will allow students to check out laptops and hotspots at no additional charge to the student. Read more about the loan program here.

July 31, 2020 - BTC Continues to Prepare for Fall Semester

On July 30, Governor Evers announced a new emergency order mandating facemasks to be worn indoors. This mandate changes little at BTC since we continue to operate in Stage 5 of our reopening plan that requires everyone to be masked.  Since facemasks are required at all Blackhawk locations, the only change will be for employees in open workspaces or cubicles. If not alone in such an area, employees will be required to wear a mask at all times. The only exceptions to the mask order are for those alone in their office or a non-shared workspace or when eating in the Commons. If individuals do not have a mask, they are available at campus entrances. In addition to facemasks, we continue to require physical distancing and have placed many reminders throughout our campuses. Read the full message from Dr. Pierner here.

July 8, 2020 – BTC to Remain in Stage 5 Until Jan. 2021

After careful consideration, the College will continue operations in Stage 5 (see below) until January 2021. COVID-19 remains a threat to our community. Therefore, we will continue to monitor local, state, federal, and CDC guidelines and will be ready to move to earlier stages, if necessary. We must make all necessary modifications to the teaching and learning environment to ensure we comply with Stage 5 requirements. Read more about BTC's preparation for Fall semester here.

June 17, 2020 – Blackhawk Set to Reopen for Students

Blackhawk Technical College announced today that it is moving to Stage 5 of its 7-stage reopening plan. Effective Monday, June 22 Blackhawk will be reopening its campuses to students and employees. Facemasks will continue to be required inside all college buildings; including in all classrooms and labs. Entrance to college buildings will no longer require health screenings. Read more about the June 22 reopening here.

May 28, 2020 – Blackhawk Announces 7-Stage Reopening Plan

Blackhawk Technical College has announced a multi-stage plan to fully reopen college operations. The college closed to the public on March 18 and all instruction moved online (Stage 1). The college has a Crisis Incident Command Team and an Emergency Preparedness Committee who have managed the college’s response to the pandemic. They closely monitor recommendations by local, state, and federal and make policy and operational recommendations to the college leadership team. Read more about the seven stages here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 is the disease caused by a virus strain that began spreading in people in December 2019. The virus is contagious and potentially fatal. It is suspected that it is transmitted through coughing and sneezing of infected individuals. At the present time, there is no vaccine, cure, or specific treatment. Learn more about the coronavirus at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Learn more at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html.
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.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • 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 like the flu.

If you are sick with influenza symptoms, it is recommended you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. You must take the time to recover and not spread illnesses to others. In the event of absences, please work directly with your instructor or supervisor. 

Social distancing means minimizing any congregating of large groups, canceling non-essential meetings or events, and maintaining a distance of six feet from others. View the Social Distancing Guidelines at Work from the Society for Human Resource Management for more information.

If there is a confirmed case of coronavirus involving a Blackhawk student, faculty, or staff member, the College does not intend to close campus locations. The College will follow the guidance of county and state public health officials. The College will continue to follow strict safety and cleaning protocols to keep the Blackhawk community safe.

For more information about outbreaks in the State of Wisconsin, please visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm.

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

If the College closes, Blackhawk will:
  • Issue a SAFE Alert message (emergency notification system for BTC students, faculty, and staff)
  • Post information on our website (www.blackhawk.edu)
  • Post information on Facebook (www.facebook.com/blackhawktech)
  • Send notifications to the local media, but cannot guarantee coverage or listing. Please note: BTC is listed as Blackhawk Technical College, not Blackhawk Schools or Black Hawk Schools.

The Rock County Coronavirus Response Hub provides information, maps, and resources about the coronavirus response in Rock County. For more information, please visit https://coronavirus-response-rockcountylio.hub.arcgis.com/

Facemasks are currently required inside all Blackhawk Technical College locations. Research has shown that facemasks slwo the spread of the virus. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you. If you are unable to wear a mask due to medical reasons, arrangements can be made for accommodations by visiting Campus Safety on Central Campus. Email CampusSafety@blackhawk.edu for more information.

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.

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

Blackhawk students can place a hold on a laptop or hotspot now for use during the Fall semester.  There are several ways to reserve a laptop or hotspot:

Learn more about the Laptop Loan Program here.

We have heard that some students are impacted by no internet or low internet signal. It’s a little unusual, but we now have drive-up Wi-Fi options at 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 https://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.

What community resources are available to help students?

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

To access NetTutor:
  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 NetTutor 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.

As the situation has evolved and continues to change, we have compiled a listing of frequently asked questions regarding student financial aid. Here are some of the top questions being asked by students:
  1. How will COVID-19 impact my financial aid?
  2. I need to withdraw from my spring semester classes due to COVID-19. How will this impact my financial aid?
  3. I previously declined my loan, but now I need those funds. How do I change this?
  4. Can my financial aid be reviewed or adjusted based on changes to my circumstances due to COVID-19? 
  5. How do I turn in my financial aid forms if the office is closed?
  6. Are there scholarships available to help offset the cost of tuition & fees?
  7. If the college is closed, how can I get help from financial aid staff?
  8. I need short-term, emergency assistance. Does Blackhawk have any emergency grants for students?
  9. I am going to take classes in the summer. How do I get financial aid?
  10. When should I apply for financial aid for the 2020-2021 academic year?

Read the "Ten Frequently Asked Questions about Financial Aid during a Pandemic" to get the answers to these questions. 

Blackhawk is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and is actively planning for the reopening of the college. The college has announced a staged plan to reopen. The detailed 7-Stage plan can be found here.

Effective Monday, June 22, Blackhawk will enter Stage 5 – reopening its campuses to students and employees. Facemasks will continue to be required inside all college buildings; including in all classrooms and labs. Entrance to college buildings will no longer require health screenings. College services will continue to be provided online and limited services will be open on-campus. Student Support Services and IT Help Desk (Central Campus) will be available in-person with social distancing protocols.

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 https://211wisconsin.communityos.org/.
  • Aunt Bertha: Search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more. To get started, visit https://www.auntbertha.com/.
 

Attention Students

Students should regularly check their college email and Blackboard for class-specific updates. Please use your Blackhawk email for all virtual student support services.

The College is currently open for College business and classes. Student support areas are now available in-person as well as by email, phone, and videoconferencing. We remain committed to the safety and success of our students

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