COVID-19 Updates

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.

Vaccination card submission form

Updated Sept. 3, 2021

Students and employees can submit their vaccination cards using the form in myBlackHawk.


Updated October 21, 2021

Classrooms (during instruction) – Social distance of three (3) feet may be utilized in classroom settings to increase in-person instruction and masks are required (for all faculty and students) while in the classrooms for instruction (this applies to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals)

Masks – Vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals will be required to wear masks indoors unless alone in an office, room or workspace. The College will revisit when conditions and guidance changes. Reasonable accommodations will be provided consistent with and pursuant to applicable law.

Screening – Employees and students will be required to self-screen, monitor and report any symptoms or risk factors each time campus access is sought. Employees and students will be required to read the current COVID-19 Response Administrative Guideline and sign off on the COVID-19 Certification at the start of each semester or school term, which confirms the individual agrees to report symptoms, positive tests or other risk factors.

COVID-19 Testing (SHIELD Illinois Testing)

  • Routine testing will be utilized to target higher risk activities or groups on campus. The College may modify the use of testing at any time as it continues to monitor local conditions, transmission rates and College circumstances.
  • SHIELD Illinois testing will be offered two (2) times per week at the East Campus and three (3) times per week at the Quad-Cities Campus.
    • East Campus testing: Mondays and Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Building 4, Room 107.
    • Quad-Cities Campus testing: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 a.m.  to 3 p.m. in Building 3, Room 309.
  • An employee or student may be required to submit to testing in order to access campus as directed by the College.

Risk Factor Reporting and Contact Tracing

  • Employees, students and visitors are required to report any and all risk factors regardless of vaccination status.
  • Risk factors include:
    • Positive COVID test result (or awaiting a test result);
    • Experiencing symptoms of COVID;
    • Has been directed to quarantine or isolate by a health official;
    • Known exposure to COVID or a symptomatic individual;
    • Travel internationally (via any mode of transportation) or travel domestically by plane, train, interstate bus, or cruise ship;
    • Any other reason one may believe they have been infected with COVID-19.
  • Known risk factors can be reported to the Contact Tracer:

Lounge and Study Areas Throughout the College

  • The College will modify furniture and markings to provide a more open, accessible campus while continuing to require masking and social distancing consistent with state and federal guidelines.
  • The College will continue to use signage to remind those on campus of masking and social distancing requirements indoors and in these areas.

MORE information:


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 (PDF).

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.


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

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