COVID-19: Coronavirus Updates & Information
LAST UPDATE: Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 10:00 AM CT
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COVID-19 Housing Proceedures – Winter Break Closing (11/13/2020)
COVID Safety Move-Out Information
Up to two check-out helpers may be with the student checking-out
Notify your RA at your check-out appointment that you will have check-out helpers–we will arrange a screening of them
The screening process will be at your residence hall and will include temperature taking
Everyone must follow our campus safety guidelines which include (1) stay home if anyone has a temperature, is sick or may have been exposed to someone that is sick, (2) wear a facemask at all times — while on campus and while inside the residence hallways, (3) and socially distance yourselves as much as possible
Extended Housing Needs
With our early closure, we understand that you may not be able to leave immediately. To help, we are offering “extended housing” that will run from this Sunday, Nov. 15 through our planned closure date of Tues. Nov. 24 at 9pm. If you are in need of housing after Nov. 24, you must complete our online Extended Housing form. Our office will be in touch with you after your submission.
Break housing is available during two different break housing sessions. Housing outside of these sessions is not available. If approved for housing, students will be charged $100 for each break housing session and stay in their current housing assignment. The $100 charge for each break housing session will be billed to your student account. Break housing includes one meal per day served in DING at lunch time.
Students may sign-up for break housing online at: https://forms.gle/
Break Housing Session 1
Sun. Nov. 29 (12noon) through Tues. Dec. 22 (8am)
Break Housing Session 2
Sun. Jan. 3 (12noon) through Sun. Jan 24
For more information please contact: Dan Sepion, Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Inclusive Housing, 217.854.5518
Blackburn Work Program Information (11/13/2020)
In response to the campus moving to remote learning for the remainder of the semester, the Work Program will be making adjustments to ensure everyone has the opportunity to meet their tuition hours. If you have gone remote and have hours still to work, you will be added to the Work Program modules. The modules are provided through Google Classroom, so be sure to check your email for the invitation.
The Work Office will be doing an audit of everyone’s time so we can help you determine how many modules you need to complete. Due to the disruption in the work schedule and semester, we will extend the due date for modules to be completed to Friday, December 4th at 5:00pm.
If you are able to complete your work virtually or in your current work position (some people are staying for break work purposes), you can complete your work in your department. I’ll be working with supervisors to figure out who will remain in their position to complete hours. Please know that anyone that remains on campus must follow all safety precautions and procedures already established.
Blackburn College will frequently update plans as the guidance surrounding COVID-19 virus evolves. Please check this page frequently for updated information.
If you need medical assistance, please contact your primary care physician or local health department.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Jarrod Gray (email@example.com or 217-854-5582) in Student Affairs. If you have Academic or technical questions, please contact Director of the Student Success Center Rachel Stull (firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-854-5623) or your professor/instructor directly.
If you’re feeling anxious and could use a confidential sounding board, virtual counseling is available to the campus by scheduling an appointment with Counseling Services at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Macoupin County & Illinois Resources
- Illinois Department of Health (IDOH)
- Macoupin County Department of Health Official Webiste & Facebook
National & Global Resources
Return to Campus Guidelines & Plans
In service to our Blackburn community and region, Blackburn calls upon students and faculty to adhere to these safe practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 across campus and our community. To remain in a face-to-face learning environment, we must remain healthy. Thus it is in everyone’s interest to follow Blackburn’s policies and to respectfully request others to also do so.
Return To Campus
- All students should be tested for COVID-19 within three days before arrival on campus. Public Health testing sites typically need 24 hour notice and will set an appointment date. Testing in Illinois is free through Public Health, and testing should be free and available in other states. Any student who is told that the testing is not free or available for them should contact Blackburn (see below).
- Students should have test results sent to Blackburn at email@example.com or faxed at 217-854-5700.
- Students should also bring paper or electronic confirmation if possible.
- Students with positive test results must remain at home, and should contact Jarrod Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for remote learning and to reschedule their arrival to campus.
- Students unable to be tested prior to arriving on campus should contact Jarrod Gray at email@example.com. We will work with these students to arrange testing here in Macoupin County and modify their arrival date if necessary.
- To ensure the safety of all, students who have not been tested, and students who were tested but do not yet have test results, will be placed in acclimation status and will have limited mobility on campus until their testing results are received.
- Students who test positive must be placed into isolation and return home if at all possible. Those who cannot return home will be placed in isolation on campus and will be unable to leave their room until released by Public Health.
- Students and anyone coming with them to assist with move-in will be required to go through a health screening process before keys will be given out. If anyone in the vehicle is experiencing symptoms, everyone in the student’s party will be sent home.
- If you, anyone in your household, or anyone with whom you will be travelling to campus are sick or experiencing symptoms, stay home and let us know. We will arrange an alternative time for you to move in later.
- Two visitors can help a student move into their room at one time. Visitors and students must follow our campus safety guidelines which includes (1) stay home if anyone has a temperature, is sick or may have been exposed to someone that is sick, (2) wear a facemask while on campus and while inside the residence hallways, (3) and socially distance yourselves as much as possible. Move-in Visitors need to leave campus after you are moved in and have completed any business at the college that day.
- Due to the nature of the pandemic, existing housing assignments may be changed as needed. If in the event we must close campus due to the pandemic, students should be prepared to move off campus with short notice. For this reason, please pack light and only bring the essentials you need to campus.
- Students must wear face coverings except when they are in their own dorm room and alone or with only their roommate, showering, or washing their face or teeth
- Students may not visit other students’ residence rooms for the first week of the semester
There will be a four-person limit in residence hall rooms after the first week (all must be wearing masks)
- No off-campus visitors are allowed into residence halls after move-in
- Housing is limited this year due to preparing spaces on campus for isolation and quarantine. Graham Hall will be reserved to serve this purpose. Residents from Graham are being reassigned to other buildings.
- Each room will have a bottle of sanitizer and paper towels
- Some bathroom sinks will be disabled to encourage social distancing
- Due to the nature of the pandemic, existing housing assignments may be changed as needed throughout the semester.
- Isolation rooms are for students that have tested positive for COVID19. Quarantine rooms are for students that have been exposed to someone that has tested positive but they themselves have not tested positive.
- Any student that requires quarantine or isolation will be sent home for 14 days. If you are not able to go home, you must stay in a designated quarantine room until released from Macoupin County Public Health (MCPHD). This means you can not leave your room, except to go to the bathroom, while you are in quarantine or isolation for 14 days. Meals will be brought to you. You will attend your classes remotely during this time.
Except as mentioned for move-in weekend, there will be no daytime or nighttime non-campus visitors allowed in the residence halls. Students may visit each other in their rooms after the first week, but no one is allowed in your room the first week except for you and your roommate.
ATHLETES – Please read the Athletics Plan for additional information.