COVID-19: For information about the COVID-19 global outbreak and for Helena College updates, please visit the following pages: the CDC, Helena College Health Advisories and Helena College Returns 2020-2021.

Helena College Returns

Helena College 2020-2021

Since Spring 2020, Helena College faculty, administrators, and staff have been focused working on plans for our 2020-2021Academic Year. We have developed new safety and health protocols, aligned courses and classes with health guidelines, upgrading technology, and more to prepare for our campus community’s return. Details on our campus plan can be found here.

Helena College is committed to quality education and the academic progress of our students. We will continue to be flexible and adaptable to the challenges that arise under the COVID-19 pandemic. Decisions surrounding any changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with be guided by our top priority: the health and safety of our entire campus community. Details on COVID-19 and updates from the Montana University System can be found here.

Please use this page as your go to resource for the most up-to-date information on our campus as it relates to the COVID-1 pandemic. We will continue to update this page with important new information, further details, and campus communications as developments in our planning, directives, and the course of the COVID-19 pandemic occur.

Quick Campus Status:

Updated: 8/25/20

  • All members of the Helena College Community should know the symptoms of COVID-19 and do a self-check prior to coming to one of our campuses. The CDC has a tool for self-checks that is available to the public.
  • All Events must follow the guidelines in our Campus Plan and require an event approval form.
  • Helena College will be back on both campuses for the Fall 2020 Semester.
  • Fall courses will begin on August 17. Classes will be in one of three modes: in-person, blended, and remote.
  • Wearing a face covering is required on both campuses for anyone over the age of five.
  • Please respect physical distancing on campus, at all times possible.

Resources:

FAQs:

COVID-19

Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms. Please check the CDC’s Symptoms of Coronavirus page for the most up-to-date information.
 
Q: Where can I get tested for COVID-19 in Helena?
Please visit the Lewis & Clark County Public Health website for the latest recommendations on who should be tested for COVID-19 and information on where to find a testing center in Helena.
 
Q: What community resources are available to me during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Helena College also has a Wellness Counselor available for students. To schedule an appointment, please call 406-447-6962 or email Debbie.micu@helenacollege.edu or Google Voice at 406-662-1949.

General

Q: Is campus closed?

Both of Helena College’s campuses are open to faculty, staff, students, prospective students, and the community. Please note, some offices have adjusted schedules and service hours. To ensure you are able to meet with the person you need to, please email or call them in advance to schedule an appointment.

Q: What is Helena College’s guidance on face coverings?

Face coverings are required for all students, employees, and visitors over the age of five on Helena College’s campuses.

Q: Is Helena College giving tours to prospective students?

Yes, Helena College is hosting individual in-person visits to campus to minimize the risk of COVID-19 virus transmission. Please email admissions@helenacollege.edu or call 406-447-6900 to schedule an appointment to visit our campuses.

Academics

Q: What are Helena College’s plans for the Fall 2020 Semester?

Helena College will begin its Fall Semester one week early, starting classes on Monday, Aug. 17. Classes will end on Wednesday, Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving. This change will help reduce the risks associated with COVID-19 and allow us to continue to provide quality education to our students, all while keeping the health and safety of our entire campus community our top priority.

Q: What will classes be like this fall?

Helena College courses for the Fall 2020 Semester will be delivered both in-person and online, as well as a hybrid of in-person instruction with online components. This approach will give your instructors flexibility in delivery while making the best use of your time on campus.

Bookstore

Q: Where can I purchase books for my courses?

Helena College will not be carrying all of the required textbooks for classes in our Bookstore. To make sure you all have time to purchase your books, we have put together a list of the required textbooks for classes with links of where you will be able to purchase them.

Technology

Q: I don’t have access, or reliable access, to the internet. What resources are available to me?
Both of Helena College’s campuses have WiFi that is accessible to all students. Also, jetpack hotspots are available for two-week checkout in the Library Learning Hub. These will work everywhere you have cell phone coverage.
 
You might be eligible for COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funds to help pay for internet access. To learn more and find out if you are eligible, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 406-447-6916 or financialaid@helenacollege.edu.
 
Q: I don’t have a computer, or I have limited access to a computer. What resources are available to me?

There are computers available on both Helena College Campuses for student use. Laptops and iPads are available for two-week checkout in the Library Learning Hub. 

You might be eligible for COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funds to help pay for a computer. Also, Financial Aid dollars can also be used to purchase a computer. To learn more and find out if you are eligible, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 406-447-6916 or financialaid@helenacollege.edu.

 
Q: Where on campus are computers available?
There is an open computer lab on the Donaldson Campus, in DON 118, that is open and available to students for use Monday-Friday from 7am-6pm. On the Donaldson Campus, six computers are available for student use in the Library Learning Hub, three in DON139, and three in DON140; two are equipped with webcams. On the Airport Campus, there are two computers are available for student use in the Airport Campus Library.
 
Q: I left my charger(s) at home. Where can I charge my laptop, iPad, or cellphone?
Chargers for a variety of devices are available for use in the Library Learning Hub and are also available for two-hour checkout.
 
Q: I need to scan and save my assignments and/or work. Are there scanners available on campus?
A scanner, printer, copier is available in the Library Learning Hub, as well as a highspeed book scanner.
 
Q: Is there other technology/equipment available to help me with my coursework?

Headsets and/or headphones are available for checkout from the Library Learning Hub reference desk in DON140. A coil binder and laminator are also available for you to use in the Library Learning Hub.   

 
Q: I not sure how to navigate in Moodle or join a Microsoft TEAMS meeting, who can help me?
Our eLearning Office is here to help you! Please email eLearning@helenacollege.edu or call 406-447-6364.

Archived FAQs from the Spring 2020 Semester can be found here.

Messages and Updates to Campus:

Campus Update | MUS Guidelines Announcement | June 1, 2020

Campus Update | Fall Semester Calendar | May 22, 2020

Campus Update | CARES Act Dollars Available | May 1, 2020

Campus Update | Fall 2020 Update | May 1, 2020

Campus Update | Pass/Fail Option | April 7, 2020

Campus Update | Commencement 2020 | April 4, 2020

Campus Update | Campus Closures | March 27, 2020

Campus Update | Novel Coronavirus | March 12, 2020

Campus Update | Spring Break Travel | March 5, 2020

Campus Update | Novel Coronavirus | January 31, 2020

Campus Update | Novel Coronavirus | January 30, 2020

Campus Update |Commissioner Christian Update | March 12, 2020

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