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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. See below for the latest updates and Frequently Asked Questions.

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.

The College is coordinating with the Wisconsin National Guard, Rock County Public Health Department, and Rock County Emergency Management to offer free COVID-19 testing on campus. Testing is offered in the parking lot on BTC’s Central Campus in JanesvilleTesting occurs on Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon – 5 p.m. (testing times are subject to change). 

 Community Testing Information

DHS Community Vaccine Clinic Information

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AMI Expeditionary Health operates the DHS Community-Based Vaccination Clinic at Rock County (located on BTC's Central Campus) in cooperation with DHS and Rock County Public Health Department. The clinic is now accepting walk-ins; appointments are still accepted online at https://vaccinate.wi.gov/.

Clinic hours are Tuesdays - Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Effective May, 13, AMI will be offering the Pfizer vaccine to people ages 12 and up. Persons between the ages of 12 and 17 must have a parent/guardian present. No pre-signed consent forms will be accepted.

Please note, while the clinic is located on BTC's Central Campus, it is independently operated by AMI and DHS. College personnel do not have information regarding appointments, eligibility, vaccinations, or clinic operations.

For help with registering for the vaccine or other vaccine registry assistance, please call (844) 684-1064.

Latest Updates

Mar. 26, 2021 - Rock County Public Health Department Announces Changes to the COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Process

Rock County Public Health Department announces that they will be removing the vaccine registration forms from their website effective today. After a review of the new vaccine registration systems that are now in place, it has been determined that these forms may delay the vaccination process. Anyone who has already signed up with the Rock County Public Health Department, but has not been contacted, will still be matched with a provider and contacted when appointments are available. The Rock County Vaccine hotline will still be available at (608) 352-6727 for anyone who has questions about how to connect with a local vaccine provider. Read the full release here.

Feb. 22, 2021 - College Update from Dr. Pierner

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. Read the full update here.

Feb. 1, 2021 - Changes to the COVID-19 Testing Site at BTC

Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 3, the community-wide testing site at BTC will transition from a drive-thru process to an indoor walk-in site. Testing will occur in Lot H (adjacent to the tented area) to ensure that testing can continue regardless of inclement weather.Read the full story here.

Jan. 7, 2021 - CARES - Higher Ed Grant Report

The quarterly expenditure report is now available. Read more about the CARES Grant at BTC and the report here.

Oct. 19, 2020 - BTC Launches Additional COVID-19 Precautions

COVID-19 rates continue to rise in Wisconsin, and closer to home, infection rates continue to increase in Rock County. Blackhawk Technical College started planning for the pandemic in late-February and was quick to implement additional safety protocols. The College has been diligent in its efforts to keep its students and employees safe. Those efforts will be increased in the days ahead to include offering flu shot clinics for students and employees, steps to enhance safety at all locations, and implementing testing options at its Central Campus in Janesville. Read the full story 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. 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.

BTC has seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 related investigations and is actively taking steps to increase testing. For its students and employees, the College has acquired and will provide the option of at-home test kits through the investigative process. Individuals will complete a lower nasal swab and mail in the specimen via a postage-paid UPS label. The results will be private and confidential.

In addition, the College is coordinating with the Wisconsin National Guard to offer free COVID-19 testing on campus. Testing will be offered on BTC’s Central Campus in Janesville beginning on Oct. 21 and will continue through Dec. 10. Testing will occur on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Drive-thru testing will be open to the community. No appointment is necessary, though pre-registration is recommended. Please pre-register at register.covidconnect.wi.gov. Due to limited testing supplies, up to 300 tests will be administered per testing day. There will be signs directing the community who will enter the testing site from Sunny Lane off County Road G. Please contact Rock County Emergency Management at (608) 758-8440 with questions about the community testing.

Testing is a cooperative effort between Blackhawk Technical College, Rock County Public Health Department, Rock County Emergency Management, and the Wisconsin National Guard. As a note, although we are confirming the dates above, it is important to recognize that these are subject to change based on needs identified by the COVID-19 Response Team as this response continues to evolve.  In addition, we may be able to scale up additional support as we move forward if the need is evident.

 Community Testing 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 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.

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.

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, March 1, 2021, Blackhawk will enter Stage 6 of our 7-Stage Reopening Plan. Facemasks will continue to be required inside all college buildings; including in all classrooms and labs. The College is open to the public, students, and employees. Stage 6 is similiar to Stage 5 with the exception of increased in-person gatherings. Events/activities with up to 50 can meet in-person in a space that allows for physical distancing is approved by Campus Safety.

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/.
  • 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 https://www.findhelp.org/
 

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. 

 View the Guidebook

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