Campus Reopening Updates - Black Hawk College

Campus Reopening Updates

Moving Forward

Following the safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Restore Illinois Plan, Black Hawk College continues to be committed to providing students with the best possible learning experience under the circumstances. We believe the steps we are taking will provide the structure necessary for students to achieve their academic goals and the flexibility needed to adapt as circumstances change.


New information coming about Summer 2021 and Fall 2021, stay tuned for the updates!


  • The Spring 2021 semester begins Tuesday, Jan. 19. All classes will be online only for the first week, through Friday, Jan. 22. The two weeks following spring break will also be virtual.
  • Courses will be online except for those that require face-to-face instruction. These classes will be blended, with online lectures and face-to-face labs.


Access to campus buildings and student services is available, following guidelines. All visitors to campus, including employees and students, must complete a daily screening with temperature check, wear a mask while in any of the college facilities, and meet the requirements in the COVID-19 Screening Notice (PDF). This notice is also posted at building entrances and is subject to change. Students and employees have additional requirements. Please see FAQs.

Daily COVID-19 Screening Tool: Students and employees may utilize this optional online tool on myBlackHawk before arriving at campus for quicker access.

Screening Entrances and Hours

Where are the screening entrances?
Jan. 20, 2021

Quad-Cities Campus:

  • Entry to Building 1, 2, and STB is the northeast entrance of Building 1.
  • Entry to Building 3, 4, and HSC is the west entrance of Building 3, Police Department entrance.
  • Access on business days while all classes are remote - through Jan. 22, 2021
    • Building 1  – 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
    • Building 3 – 24/7 access
  • Access on business days starting Jan. 25, 2021
    • Building 1 – Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Building 3 – 24/7 access

East Campus:

  • Entry to Building A, B, C, and VSC is the main entrance of Building A.
  • Entry to Building 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7 is Building 1, Police Department entrance.
  • Access on business days
    • Building A – 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Building 1 – 24/7 access

Outreach Center:

  • Enter at main entrance and then follow directional signage.
  • Access on business days
    • Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Adult Learning Center:

  • Enter at main entrance and then follow directional signage.
  • Access on business days
    • Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Friday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Moline Weld Lab:

  • Open during scheduled class times.
  • Class registrations available at the Business Training Center, Building 1, Quad-Cities Campus.

Community Education Center and Welding Skilled Training Center:

  • Entry is the main entrance of the Community Education Center and then follow directional signage.
  • Access on business days
    • Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    • Friday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
COVID-19 Tests Available for Students and Employees

Free SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 PCR Tests available on campus

Black Hawk College is pleased to announce on-site COVID-19 PCR testing through a partnership with the University of Illinois SHIELD Illinois program. Any employee or student can obtain a free COVID-19 PCR saliva test through Monday, May 24, 2021, at:

Quad-Cities Campus
Building 3, Room 311
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
9-11 a.m.

East Campus
Building A, library
8-9:15 a.m.

**SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 PCR Test**

The SHIELD Illinois PCR test is designed to detect the virus that causes COVID-19 in saliva. The advantages to this PCR test are: the saliva-based test is non-invasive; saliva is more predictive of symptom development than nasal; saliva tests have been shown to detect the virus sooner than nasal swab tests; saliva test does not register virus fragments like nasal swabs do; saliva test has a sensitivity of 97% and a specificity of 99%, with very low false positive rates; the saliva test identifies virus mutations and variants; notification time is stated as 24-48 hours (currently, we have been seeing faster notification times).

**Create a MySHIELD Account Prior to Testing**

In order to be tested, individuals need to create an account on the MySHIELD portal. Follow the link to the Patient portal website then click “Sign up for an Account.” Enter the Agency Code and follow the prompts to set up your account. Do not delete this email until you have set up your account.

Go to the MySHIELD website.

Click on “Sign up for an Account” (underneath the password box)
Agency Code: uqg8w3m5

**Consent Form**

SHIELD Illinois Test Consent Form

This form must be filled out completely and signed before the test will be administered. By signing this form, you are providing consent to share test results with the college and the Illinois Department of Public Health. You may bring the completed form with you or forms will be available at check-in and may be completed on site.

**Testing Instructions**

On the day of the test, please bring a photo ID and come properly prepared to provide a sample.

**Individuals must not eat, drink (including water), chew gum, smoke, use tobacco products, or brush teeth within 60 minutes of providing a saliva sample.**

Doing any of these things within 60 minutes of providing a sample could produce an inconclusive result and require the individual to re-test. Inconclusive results will be treated as "not a negative" result and you will be provided additional information from the BHC contact tracer.

Although you must not eat or drink prior 60 minutes prior to the test, hydration the night before is very helpful in assisting with saliva generation. Just be sure you stop hydrating 60 minutes prior to the test.

**Test Result Notification and Next Steps**

You and the college will receive the test result notification. For "positive," "inconclusive" or "rejected" test result notifications, you are to remain off campus until further notice from a BHC contact tracer. For "positive" result, you will also be contacted by an Illinois Department of Public Health contact tracer.

**Information for Day of Test **

  • You must be able to pass the screening questions in order to take the test in QC Building 3, Room 311 or in the East Campus Library.
  • If you are unable to pass the screening questions to obtain a test, contact (students) or (employees) to schedule an appointment.
  • Face mask covering both nose and mouth is required.
  • Must show a photo ID.
  • Sign and return a Consent Form.

Contact if you have any questions or concerns about the registration or the SHIELD Illinois PCR test.


MORE information and FAQs:


Information regarding the coronavirus, tips for good health and other warnings may be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health website or the Centers for Disease Control website. The CDC has published an informational document covering Facts about COVID-19 vaccines.

A list of local health, housing, food, clothing and other resources is available in the BHC Community Resources Guide.

Be proactive during this time and stay informed. The coronavirus situation is ever evolving and your best defense is to practice good health habits. We also encourage our college community to be supportive and speak out against negative and stigmatizing behavior.


Current week April 12-18 Cumulative Since August 10, 2020
Students 1 86
Employees 1 31
Total 2 117
Table updated on April 19.

Confirmed case count only reflects those who have been on campus. Enrolled students studying fully online and have not visited campus will not be counted in this table.


Employees with questions should contact:
Stacey Cary
Director of Human Resources

Students with questions should contact:
Dr. Amy Maxeiner
Vice President for Instruction