COVID-19: Coronavirus Updates & Information
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 5:10 PM CT
Latest Message to Blackburn Community
BLACKBURN COLLEGE — COMMUNITY SAFETY STANDARDS (5/18/2020)
To protect our students, employees, and community, Blackburn College has implemented certain safety protocols to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus on our campus. In doing so, the College is guided by directives issued by state and local government officials and recommendations from the CDC and state and local health authorities. The College will regularly review and update its protocols based upon current requirements, recommendations and information.
All employees, students, and visitors to campus are required to comply with the protocols in effect while they are present on campus. Individuals who fail or refuse to do so may be directed to leave and may be barred from campus.
Safety standards may include, but are not limited to:
- Daily temperature checks at the start of shifts
- Protective equipment worn in all public spaces and during shifts; an approved personal facemask may be worn
- Social distancing standards of 6 feet of personal space will be adhered to
- Calling off of a shift if any illness is detected, operating cautiously
- If a student starts to feel ill during a shift, they will notify the supervisor immediately and remove themselves from the work space (clocking out and going home)
- Testing (As available and appropriate)
- Appropriate disposal procedures for protective materials (i.e. gloves, facemasks and disinfectant wipes)
- All work surfaces will be cleaned at the start and conclusion of each shift (i.e. clocking stations, door handles, desktops, keyboards, and any equipment used that day)
Safety standards can be changed as new information and data is available. The campus community will be informed of any changes as they happen, new institutional guidance will be issued with changes. The measures set forth are intended to protect all members of the Blackburn Community.
If you would like to help students during these challenging times, please consider
|Fall Semester 2020 (COMING SOON)|
|FA20 Early Registration||Withdraw Passing (WP)||Finals / DIPS||Virtual Commencement|
|April 7 – 17, 2020||Deadline: April 21, 2020||May 8 – 12, 2020||May 16, 2020|
* 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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