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.

COVID-19 Important Information
Please note Black Hawk College is no longer conducting Contact Tracing.

Click here for guidance when you have symptoms of COVID or if you have tested positive. Note this is a honor system, employees and students are required to make the decision whether or not they should report to campus.

Masks: Masks will no longer be required, although they are encouraged, on BHC campus locations and facilities. 

We understand members of our campus community may have different comfort levels and make different choices regarding wearing masks. We respect the rights of individual who choose to continue to wear a face mask while in any indoor space. Likewise, we ask that everyone respect the request of students, faculty and staff if they ask you to wear a face mask while meeting in an office, classroom or conference room. 

Screening – Employees and students will be required to self-screen, monitor and report any symptoms or risk factors each time campus access is sought. 

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. 

Additional Information for Employees 

Black Hawk College employees have returned to work on campus.  There are some departments that are operating under a hybrid work arrangement, however, most departments are present on campus.  Decisions regarding employee work arrangements are made on a case by case basis depending on the needs of the department and upon approval of the supervisor. 

Employees will be expected to follow COVID-19 procedures for returning to work on campus.