COVID-19: Coronavirus Updates & Information
LAST UPDATE: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 @ 5:20 PM CT
Latest Message to Blackburn Community
COMMUNITY UPDATE (3/20/2020)
To contain the spread of COVID-19 and in compliance with the governor’s “shelter in place” order, Blackburn College is operating virtually. After extending spring break, courses will be offered online and in other alternative formats when classes resume March 30. Campus facilities are closed, but Blackburn academic and administrative offices are available by email and phone. Read the messages from Interim President John McClusky.
If you would like to help students during these challenging times, please consider
|Spring Semester 2020|
|Spring Break Extended||Classes Resume||Deadline to Drop Class||Graduation|
|3/29/2020||3/30/2020*||4/03/2020||To Be Determined|
* Classes will resume online or in alternative instruction environment.
Will students return to campus from spring break?
When Blackburn’s extended spring break is over, classes will resume on Monday, March 30 in a “Distance Learning” environment with face-to-face classes suspended for the remainder of the spring semester.
In compliance with the governor’s “shelter in place” order for the state of Illinois, campus residence halls will be closed for the remainder of the spring semester. Students who have yet to pick up their belongings but need books or other essential items from their rooms should contact Interim Dean of Students Heidi Heinz (email@example.com or 217-854-5586) or Interim Associate Dean of Students Jarrod Gray (firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-854-5582) to discuss a means to access those essential items. The bus bringing Chicago students down to campus on Monday to pick up belongings has been canceled until further notice.
What is “Distance Learning”?
Blackburn defines “Distance Learning” as offering classes online or other alternative digital formats. Professors and instructors have been and will be in contact with you (and expect your response) to provide further details about how classes will proceed for the Spring 2020 semester.
What if I don’t have access to technology (laptop, internet, etc) needed for classes?
Your professors have been and will be in contact with you about the technology necessary for your specific courses. If you are concerned about your access to the necessary technology, please contact the Director of the Student Success Center Rachel Stull (email@example.com or 217-854-5623) or your class instructor to discuss what your issues will be.
What about spring sports?
At this time, all athletic activities and events are suspended until further notice.
Will the dining hall be open to the public?
The Demuzio Campus Center and Dining Hall will be closed to community members until further notice.
What about previously scheduled on-campus events?
Blackburn-Sponsored Events: All events have been suspended until further notice.
Community Events: If you have a regular or special event already scheduled, please direct all questions with your primary point of contact.
Coronavirus Information & Resources
Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, please practice good habits to keep this virus from spreading:
- Wash your hands—thoroughly with soap and water while you sing happy birthday to yourself twice (approximately for 20 seconds). Do it often — but especially after you’ve touched any publicly touched surfaces—think door handles, faucets, chairs, tables, stair rails, etc.
- Practice social distancing—give people space (approximately 6 feet)
- If you don’t feel well—stay home/in your room
- Because there will be people that won’t stay home if they don’t feel well (shame on them!)—avoid large public gatherings
If you need medical assistance, please contact your primary care physician or local health department.
If you have questions or concerns about not returning to campus, please contact Heidi Heinz (firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-854-5586) or 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.
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