As Itasca Community College continues to receive updated information from the Minnesota State system office and other government and healthcare partners, we will continue to provide updates here. If you have questions about COVID-19 that are not addressed here, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be routed to the appropriate contact. Please be sure to refer to this site and other forms of official communication from Itasca Community College and/or Minnesota State, www.minnstate.edu/coronavirus, to ensure information is accurate, verified and current.
Latest Updates as of June 1, 2021
- Itasca Community College is open and safely serving students, with instruction and services delivered both in person as well as online.
- Mask-wearing is strongly encouraged, but not required for unvaccinated people. Vaccinated individuals are welcome, but not expected, to continue wearing masks.
- Fall semester classes will return to a primarily in-person format and fall athletics are being planned for as normal (details below).
- The Minnesota State system office issued updated guidance that affects campus policies, procedures and operations on May 21, 2021 - see below.
Updated Guidance from the Minnesota State system
Governor Walz’s Executive Order 21-23 states that all people who have not been vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in accordance with MDH and CDC recommendations until they are fully vaccinated. Note the shift from “Must Wear” to “Are Encouraged to Wear.” This shift in guidance means that campuses cannot require, but can encourage, such measures as getting vaccinated and continuing to practice good public health behaviors. Individuals are welcome to continue wearing masks.
Minnesota State is following the guidance from the State of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Health on vaccinations of our students and employees. Currently the State of Minnesota is not requiring vaccinations. We are, however, strongly encouraging our employees and students to get vaccinated.
Health Screening Tool
Effective May 23, 2021, the Minnesota State Health Screening Tool will no longer be required to enter colleges, universities, or the system office, and will no longer be available for campus use.
We will continue to require weekly reporting into the summer. This important information is submitted to MMB and used in monitoring our communities during the peacetime emergency. However, beginning with the reports due the week of May 31, we will no longer require the submission of On-campus Dedicated Isolation and Quarantine Capacity and Utilization. At that time, the Health Screening Tool data will be removed from the online systemwide dashboard. Throughout the summer we will evaluate the need for weekly reporting and decide in late summer about Fall semester 2021 reporting requirements.
Domestic Out-of-State Travel
Effective June 1, 2021, approval of college/university sponsored domestic travel requests by students, faculty, or staff will revert to the campus president or their designee. All travel will continue to be subject to adherence to guidance and local advisories. Because we know that travel guidance can and will change over the months ahead, the Out-of-State Travel Request Form has been updated to note that approval to travel is applicable at the time of actual travel.
Guidance suspending international travel has not changed from the last communication (February 23, 2021). We will continue to monitor changes to travel restrictions and provide updates, if and when the systemwide international travel ban is modified or rescinded.
Additional Information & Resources
2021-2022 Academic Year
Fall Semester Courses & Programming
Itasca Community College is open and staffed, health and safety precautions are in place, and we are ready to welcome students to campus when fall semester begins on August 23.
Courses will be primarily in-person (on campus), supplemented by a limited number of distance (Zoom), asynchronous online, and hybrid formats. The format for each course will be communicated through your schedule in e-services and the D2L Brightspace page for each course. The format for each course is being selected with your instructors to create a quality experiential learning environment, while maintaining proper social distancing for activities that require in-person learning.
This plan will be reviewed throughout the summer and is subject to changes as directed by the Governor's Office, the Office of Higher Education, and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.
Campus Visits & Athletic Recruiting
The college has resumed offering campus visits, including athletic recruiting visits, following state guidelines to protect the health of employees and prospective students. In addition to in-person visits, Zoom visits are also available.
College Operations Updates
Athletics: All Fall 2021 sports are being planned for as normal. The college is following the directions of the NJCAA, MCAC, and the Minnesota State College and University System.
Campus Buildings: The ICC campus is open for scheduled college activities during regular hours Monday-Friday.
Class Registration: Registration for Fall Semester 2021 is currently underway. New and returning students can schedule in-person or Zoom appointments online.
Housing: On-campus housing is currently in operation following the Back-to-Campus Preparedness Plan. Housing applications are currently being accepted for the 2021-2022 academic year. In addition, the surrounding community offers a variety of off-campus options. A limited number of these options can be found on our Off Campus Housing page.
Minnesota State-Related TravelEffective June 1, 2021, approval of college/university sponsored domestic travel requests by students, faculty, or staff will revert to the campus president or their designee. All travel will continue to be subject to adherence to guidance and local advisories. Because we know that travel guidance can and will change over the months ahead, the Out-of-State Travel Request Form has been updated to note that approval to travel is applicable at the time of actual travel.
All international travel is still suspended. We will continue to monitor changes to travel restrictions and provide updates, if and when the systemwide international travel ban is modified or rescinded.
The cleanliness of our campuses is a key element in keeping our faculty, staff, and students healthy. The facilities and maintenance teams at all the campuses are adhering to updated guidance from MDH and CDC to ensure comfortable and safe campuses within which to learn.
Minnesota Department of Health
Should a case of COVID-19 occur on a campus, the Minnesota Department of Health will confirm the case and lead efforts to identify all those who were in contact with the ill person and give further instructions. If you are concerned that you have been exposed, please self-quarantine and contact your doctor, your campus’s student services to alert them, as well as your faculty to ensure you are able to keep up with class assignments.
The diversity of our student body and employees is one of our greatest strengths. As such, we are committed to ensuring welcoming and supportive campus environments for all of our students, faculty, and staff. It is vitally important we work together, follow the practices recommended by public health officials, and proceed with preparedness, calm, and understanding.
Back to Campus Preparedness Plan
Itasca Community College is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty, staff, and members of our campus community. To ensure that, we have developed this Back-to-Campus Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, utilizing guidance offered in Emergency Executive Order 20-40, Allowing Workers in Certain Non-Critical Sectors to Return to Safe Workplaces.
Technology Help for Students
Text and video guides for D2L Brightspace, Zoom, Kaltura MediaSpace, and Office 365 are available at the Minnesota State Student Technology Help Site.
One Phone Number = Many People Ready to Help:
Students can call 1-844-456-3876 for direct support. Students will receive immediate assistance or be guided through the process to submit a ticket for more complex issues. Information about areas of assistance and extended hours can be found at the Minnesota State Student Technology Help Site and noted below.
Areas of Assistance
StarID, D2L Brightspace, Kaltura MediaSpace, Zoom, Office 365 (Teams, Skype, Stream, Email)
COVID-19 Prevention & Safety Information
Due to the fast development of the COVID-19 all
of us need to take all necessary precautions regardless of confirmed cases in
any particular area.
As you know, we can protect ourselves and others by:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water; covering your cough and sneeze; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Practicing self-care by eating a healthy diet and taking time to rest
- Frequently cleaning all commonly touched surfaces
- Avoiding large gatherings
- Staying home if you are sick
If you feel ill, please contact your healthcare provider or local medical services before visiting in person or going to the hospital emergency room. In addition, the Minnesota Department of Health recommends:
- Patient should
stay at home until after:
- 3 days (72 hours) from when fever has subsided without the use of fever reducing-medication and an improvement in symptoms like cough or shortness of breath, AND
- 7 days have passed from onset of symptoms
- Use the CDC website on How to Care For Yourself at Home with COVID-19.
- No need to
quarantine household or college contacts.
- However, monitor health and limit interactions with the public as much as possible for 14 days and adhere to social distancing.
- Use the CDC website for How to Minimize Spread.
CARES Act Emergency Grant Information
The US Department of Education recognizes the disruptions and hardships that have been created due to the changes made in education to protect students against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. In response they created a CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grant fund. These funds were given to colleges to disburse to current students to be used for costs related to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. Later, in further response to the continuing 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the U.S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA Act), which was enacted on December 27, 2020. This federal stimulus funding is the second act of federal relief in response to COVID-19, and was signed into law on March 27, 2020.
See Itasca's CARES Act Information & Reports Page for full details and updated information.
Minnesota State has developed a dashboard for reporting the COVID-19 case data that is impacting the colleges, universities, and the system office.
The dashboard is updated weekly and serves as a tool to inform campus communities about changes in COVID-19 cases and community spread and aid campus leadership decision making. View the MinnesotaState COVID-19 Dashboard here.
For questions or concerns, contact:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Campus Contact
- Richard Kangas, Dean of Student & Administrative Services