COVID-19

IMPORTANT INFORMATION 
 As of March 19, 2020

Hennepin Technical College (HTC), in coordination with Minnesota State and local health departments, continues to monitor the spread of Covid19 and is taking all necessary actions to protect the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students.


HTC is on spring break March 16 – 27.  The college has suspended classes for two weeks after spring break, March 23 - April 3. 
During these two weeks, there are no HTC classes (face-to-face or online). The campus will remain open, and service to students will remain available during this time. Employees are expected to report to work as normal. Classes will resume on April 6, using an alternative mode of delivery through the remainder of the semester.


For more information, please view Chancellor Devinder Malhotra's message to the students at the Minnesota State System's 37 colleges and universities.

 A video message from Chancellor Malhotra


 


This is a rapidly evolving situation; the most up-to-date information can be found through the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This page is intended to provide information about COVID-19, precautions that are being taken and prevention measures you can take. It is not all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. Please consult with a relevant expert for more thorough answers to specific concerns or questions.

Mental Health, Stress and Anxiety:  If students, faculty and staff are experiencing stress and anxiety, the following support services are available:

Helpful Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Minnesota Department of Health
State Department Travel Information
Fast Facts about COVID-19
Minnesota State System COVID-19 Information
COVID-19 student resources webpage
Contact Information
For questions about symptoms, treatment, or risk of COVID-19 - Call the Minnesota Department of Health hotline at (651) 201-3920.

For student-related concerns –
Jessica Lauritsen, Vice President of Student Affairs, 763-488-2605

For employee-related concerns –
Marybeth Christensen-Jones, Vice President of Human Resources, 763-488-2525

For campus safety and security concerns –
Randy Roehrick, Director of Public Safety, 952-995-1525

Preventative and Precautionary Measures

Most people who contract COVID-19 will feel like they have a really bad cold and be able to fully recover at home; however, the virus can be dangerous for people in certain risk categories, including people who are older or who have high blood pressure, heart conditions or diabetes. About 20% of people infected may get very sick and require hospitalization. This is a new virus, and we are learning more every day from researchers and scientists.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. However, the CDC recommends that everyone take everyday preventative actions such as:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

 

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

 

  • Practice social distancing. Social distancing means staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.

 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

 

  • Stay home when you are sick.

 

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

 

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

FAQ

Q:  What are the Minnesota State travel restrictions?

A:  Minnesota State system suspended all international travel effective on February 28, 2020.  In addition, all out-of-state business travel for students, faculty, and staff has been suspended, effective March 16.  For in-state travel or other events, please carefully assess, along with supervisors, the conditions of destination communities to carefully consider the potential risks to yourself, participants, fellow students, families, and friends.

Q: What are Minnesota State guideline for traveling to level 3 Counties including China, South Korea, Iran and most of Europe?

A: All students, faculty and staff who have travelled to Level 3 destinations during the past 14 days should:

  • Self-report your recent travel to a supervisor for employees and a student services representative for students.

 

  • Stay home for 14 days from the time you return from travel, monitor your health and practice social distancing. Avoid contact with others.

 

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing. If you get sick with fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing, seek medical advice.

 

  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

 

  • Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.

 

  • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.

 

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

 

Q: What are Minnesota State guideline for traveling to level 2 Counties including the United States (domestic travel)?

A: All students, faculty and staff who have travelled to level 2 destinations or domestically in the U.S. during the past 14 days should:

  • State of Minnesota employees returning from domestic travel must self-quarantine for three days.

 

  • Monitor your health and practice social distancing. Social distancing means staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible. If you get sick with fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing, Seek medical advice.

 

  • Call ahead before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room.

 

  • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.

 

  • Avoid contact with others.

 

  • Do not travel while sick.

 

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

 

Q:  What are the Minnesota State restrictions related to on campus events and gatherings?

A:  All gatherings or events on our campus which have the potential of 50 attendees from now to May 1, 2020 must be canceled.

Q:  What impact does COVID-19 have on class schedules at HTC?

A:  Classes suspended for an additional week after spring break with classes resuming on April 6.

  • HTC is on spring break the week of March 16 – 21. There are no classes for students during spring break. During this week, the campus will remain open and services to students will remain available as scheduled.

 

  • HTC will suspend classes for the week of March 23 – April 3. During this week, there will be no classes (face to face or online). The campus will remain open and services to students will remain available.

 

  • Classes will resume on April 6 using an alternative mode of delivery through the remainder of the semester.


Q:
 Will there be direction from Minnesota State about how to communicate to the faculty about considering planning for alternative options in their classes/grading due to the Coronavirus?

A: Campuses should review and update their continuity of operation plans and pandemic plans, many of which were revised to respond to previous flu outbreaks. While there are no plans to suspend normal academic operations as a result of the coronavirus at this time, colleges and universities should begin reasonable preparations to ensure the continuity of academic operations if it becomes necessary to suspend operations prior to the completion of the spring semester. To that end, faculty should review the resources for both D2L Brightspace and Zoom provided by the Educational Innovations Team to support online and distance learning. Board policy 1A.10, Long-Term Emergency Management will guide any decisions about grading, classes, and credits if normal campus operations are suspended prior to the completion of the spring semester. 

Campuses should encourage their faculty to be flexible with students who are absent from class for an extended period due to illness, by providing online assignments, extending due dates, or adapting course assignments as appropriate to the course type and course material. Similarly, grading practices should be in alignment with local grading policies relative to incomplete work due to illness. 

General Workplace Questions

Q:  What can students, faculty and staff due to protect themselves and each other?

A:  We encourage students, faculty and staff to practice respiratory (coughing and sneezing) etiquette and hand hygiene.  Those who feel sick are recommended to stay home until they are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick. 

 

Q: Accommodations for sick family members?

A:  Campuses should continue to follow their normal policies and procedures for leave under the applicable collective bargaining agreements or plans.  Additionally, continue to follow normal policies and procedures for Family Medical Leave (FMLA) and other leave as appropriate. 

 

Q:  Low or no sick leave balance?

A:  Campuses should continue to follow their normal policies and procedures for leave under the applicable collective bargaining agreements or plans.  Additionally, continue to follow normal policies and procedures for Family Medical Leave (FMLA) and other leave as appropriate. 

 


Q:  Additional resources.

A: The State of Minnesota Employee Assistance Program (EAP) LifeMatters website or EAP LifeMatters consultants are available by phone at 651-259-3840 or 1-800-657-3719