COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Last Updated June 19, 2020

Back to Campus Preparedness Plan

The colleges of the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED)—Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Vermilion Community College, and Rainy River Community College—are 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.

Back-to-Campus Preparedness Plan

Summer & Fall Class Format

Summer Courses & Programming

The majority of summer courses are being offered in an online/distance format. See D2L/Brightspace and/or E-Services for specific course information.

In accordance with Executive Order 20-56, the June and August Nursing Assistant courses are being offered on-ground.

All non-academic summer activities and programming have been cancelled or moved online.

Fall Courses

Classes will be held in a mix of in-person (on campus), 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, on a limited basis following state guidelines to protect the health of employees and prospective students.

Additional Information

Athletics: At this time, all aspects of fall sports are being planned for normal operation, though athletic facilities are currently closed. The college is following the directions of the NJCAA, MCAC, and the Minnesota State College and University System.

Campus Buildings: At this time, the ICC campus is open by appointment only during regular hours Monday-Friday.

Class Registration: ICC counselors and advisors have been in contact with students to make arrangements for Fall 2020 class registration. Call Student Services at 218-322-2320 to make a phone/online appointment with your advisor.

Housing: On-campus housing contracts are still available through e-services for Fall Semester 2020, though occupancy limits will be set based on state guidelines to ensure appropriate social distancing. The college is exploring alternatives for students who do not get a spot in the residence halls.

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 Travel

Minnesota State has continued to suspend all out-of-state and international business-related travel for students, faculty and staff. Any needed exemptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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. Event hosts and coordinators should also be engaged in this assessment. If you choose to travel, ensure you have essential items you might need if you are not able to return immediately, such as medications, laptops, or other items needed to continue your studies.

Campus Cleanliness

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.

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 have 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.

The Northeast Higher Education District (NHED) Colleges, which consist of Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Rainy River Community College, and Vermilion Community College, signed and submitted the Certificate of Agreements with the US Department of Education on 04/20/2020 for a total allocation of $2,698,390 received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students of which a minimum of 50% of those funds are committed to students .

Who is eligible for the CARES funding? Based on criteria set forth by the U.S. Department of Education and Minnesota State, students that were enrolled in at least one ground-based course as of the Friday prior to spring break (March 6, 2020) are eligible. In addition, eligible students must have filed a FAFSA, or be eligible to file a FAFSA.

Who is ineligible for the CARES funding? Using the U.S. Department of Education and Minnesota State guidelines, students excluded from receiving CARES funding are the following:

  • student whose classes were completely on-line as of March 6, 2020,
  • students who withdrew and not enrolled as of March 6, 2020,
  • PSEO and concurrent enrollment students,
  • students paying the Senior Citizen rate,
  • international students, or
  • employees whose tuition is covered by tuition waiver.

How much will eligible students receive? All qualifying students will receive a $300 CARES Base award, and all qualifying Pell eligible students will receive an additional $600 CARES Supplemental Award. The funds were initially disbursed on 05-05-2020 to students as either a mailed paper check or through direct deposit depending on the student’s preference in their eServices account.

Additional funds have been set aside to award to qualifying students on a case by case basis. Students that have experience extenuating circumstances due the disruption of school due to Covid-19 should contact an advisor/counselor or the financial aid office to request an application for these additional funds. Applications will be reviewed by a committee and students will be notified of the outcome in a timely manner.

Within the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED), which is made up of 5 colleges, an estimated 2114 students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 during the Spring 2020 semester and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

As of May 5, 2020 the following funds have been disbursed by NHED to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

May 5, 2020: 2114 students have received a total of $1,284,000

Instructions, directions, or guidance have been provided by the institutions to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants on the Colleges Official web site under Coronavirus (COVID-19) and via e-mail to the student’s preferred e-mail address. A copy of the email sent to students can be viewed here.

Technology Help During COVID-19
Direct Support & Resources

Technology Help for Students

Student Guides

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)

Refund Policies & Procedures

All refunds related to spring semester have been communicated directly to students.

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COVID-19 Emergency Notification
From Minnesota State - March 20, 2020

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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:

  1. Patient should stay at home until after:
    1. 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
    2. 7 days have passed from onset of symptoms
  2. Use the CDC website on How to Care For Yourself at Home with COVID-19.
  3. No need to quarantine household or college contacts.
    1. However, monitor health and limit interactions with the public as much as possible for 14 days and adhere to social distancing.
    2. Use the CDC website for How to Minimize Spread.

For questions or concerns, contact:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Campus Contact

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