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BSC COVID Updates & Information

While we are excited to be bringing back the full college experience for Bismarck State College students, the safety of our campus community will always be top of mind.

BSC understands the diversity of the state of North Dakota and realizes that each community is unto itself a reflection of the unique needs, community impact and economic conditions of our area. BSC is so closely connected to our community and BSC needs to be engaged and aligned with the efforts and decision makers of the communities we represent.  
 
Our communities are made up of state, county and local health, and public safety leaders and agencies; healthcare providers and systems; appointed and elected government/political leaders; K-12 school boards and district leaders; civic leaders, parents and residents; business and public sector stakeholders; and taxpayers. North Dakota community thought leaders and experienced stakeholders understand the special needs of their community and are prepared to address the specific needs and actions for the area served. In the broad community response to any healthcare question, it is vitally important that higher education institutions be aligned with the overall community response. BSC is well-positioned to be part of the community discussion and we will fully support the actions and decisions that our communities make. We stand ready and are prepared to support those community decisions.

Masks Welcomed / Not Mandated
BSC will welcome face masks this fall for those who choose to wear them, but usage is not mandated on campus. Everyone’s individual decisions will be respected.

BSC will continue to make masks, hand sanitizer and temperature screeners available to students, employees and guests.
Close Contact/Positive Protocol
If you have been identified by the ND Department of Health as a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please follow the protocol given to you when you are notified.

If you have been identified by the ND Department of Health as having tested positive for COVID-19, please follow the protocol given to you when you are notified.

BSC students should report their close contact or positive test status here.
BSC employees should report their close contact or positive test status here.

If you live on campus and need meal pick-up or delivery services, you can schedule those arrangements at bismarckstate.edu/mealdelivery

Review the BSC Close Contact/Positive Protocol FAQ here.

 
Testing
BSC holds a free COVID-19 Rapid Testing event every Thursday in the BSC Student Union Alumni Room from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This testing event is for BSC students and employees only and results will be received within 15 minutes of testing. Those wishing to be tested should SIGN UP for a time slot and pre-register with the ND Department of Health to expedite the process on testing day. If you have previously been tested for COVID-19, you do not need to pre-register at testreg.nd.gov. A statewide schedule of free testing event dates, times and locations can be found at ndus.edu/gettested.
On-Campus Vaccination Events

Drive-up FLU & COVID Vaccination Events

WED  |  NOV. 3     BSC Robert A. Kuntz Physical Plant, 1613 Edwards Ave.  |  12 – 6 PM

*Walk-ins welcome. Face masks required.
Vaccination Information

Is vaccination required at BSC?

BSC is not requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty, staff or students.

Though BSC does not require vaccination, some academic program affiliates (clinical sites, lab sites, etc.) may require vaccination. BSC may facilitate the collection of proof of vaccination for those affiliates. 
 

Why should college students get vaccinated?

The North Dakota University System has provided vaccination information specific to college students. 
 

Can I get vaccinated on campus?

BSC will hold a free, on-campus vaccination clinic on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union Alumni Room. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available for first and second doses. Students and employees can sign up here.

A second-dose, on-campus vaccination clinic will be held on Monday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. First vaccine doses can be received at this event, but if the first dose is obtained at this on-campus vaccination clinic, the second dosage will need to be obtained at another vaccination location. Vaccination sites are listed on the ND Department of Health website.

There is NO COST for the COVID-19 vaccine and insurance is NOT billed. 
 

Where do I sign up to get vaccinated in the community?

To sign up for a Bismarck-Burleigh Public Heath (BBPH) vaccine clinic you must visit www.ndvax.org to sign up for your appointment time. If you are unable to complete the online form, please contact BBPH for assistance at 701-355-1540. 

Additional vaccination sites are listed on the ND Department of Health website.

There is NO COST for the COVID-19 vaccine and insurance is NOT billed.

REMINDER: If receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you will need to receive a second round of vaccination. Pfizer vaccine recipients will receive their second round of vaccination 21 days following the first shot. Moderna vaccine recipients will receive their second round of vaccination 28 days following the first shot. If the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is utilized, this vaccination requires only one dose.
 

Employee time off for COVID-19 vaccinations

BSC will be flexible in helping employees use breaks, lunch hours and flexible scheduling to support staff and faculty in getting vaccinated should they choose to do so. In the event you need to take additional time away from work, please contact your immediate supervisor or BSC Human Resources. 
 

I am fully vaccinated. What does this mean for me?

BSC follows guidance from the CDC regarding fully vaccinated individuals.
 

Where can I find answers to questions not answered above?

The North Dakota Department of Health has many resources for the public, including several frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. The Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health website also provides local vaccination information.
 

Additional Resources:

Student Experience

While we are excited to be bringing back the full college experience for BSC students, the safety of our campus community will always be top of mind.

Face-to-face learning and teaching have resumed normal operations. Mystic athletics, student performances and student life activities are also planning a return to normal operations for Fall 2021. Contingency plans are being finalized to respond to changes in community conditions.

BSC will welcome face masks this fall for those who choose to wear them, but usage is not mandated on campus. Everyone’s individual decisions will be respected.

BSC will continue to make masks, hand sanitizer and temperature screeners available to students, employees and guests. HVAC system upgrades in campus buildings will also provide an extra layer of COVID mitigation. Everyone is encouraged to monitor their own health and if feeling ill, you are encouraged to stay home until feeling well again.

Please be respectful of each other’s personal health-related decisions. As always, should there be a major change in the COVID case counts and conditions, BSC will certainly revisit these guidelines and revise as necessary.

Housing/Campus Living

BSC Residence Halls offer double rooms and suites depending on the hall. Students who have concerns with living on campus are asked to discuss options with Student & Residence Life.

If you live on campus and need meal pick-up or delivery services, you can schedule those arrangements at bismarckstate.edu/mealdelivery
 

Student Emergency Grant

The Student Emergency Grant Application is currently closed. Students will be notified when the application is reopened.

If you have any questions about the emergency grant funding or the application process, please contact the BSC Foundation Office at 701-224-5700, or bsc.foundation@bismarckstate.edu.

Facility Rental

Bismarck State College is following the guidance from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention, the ND Department of Health and the ND Governor’s Office regarding COVID-19. Events at BSC will be hosted with caution and event organizers and guests will be expected to follow all safety protocols outlined in the North Dakota Smart Restart Guidelines for Large Gatherings. For more information or to inquire about facility rental availability visit bismarckstate.edu/rent.

BSC COVID-19 Dashboard

Updated 10/21/2021

 
 

ACTIVE
CASES

MONITORING
CASES

PENDING
CASES

RECOVERED
CASES

 BSC On-Campus
 Residents

2

2

0

11

 BSC Off-Campus
 Students

2

1

0

47

 BSC Employees

3

2

0

19


Active Cases = Individuals who have tested positive (PCR or Binax testing)
Monitoring Cases = Individuals who have been identified as a close contact by NDDoH or who have self-imposed quarantine/isolation as they believe to be a close contact
Pending Cases = Individuals who have self-imposed quarantine/isolation pending test results
Recovered Cases = Individuals who have recovered
BSC On-Campus Residents = Students living on campus at the time of diagnosis
BSC Off-Campus Students = Students not living on campus at the time of diagnosis
 

This dashboard reports the current BSC COVID case status. The data is self-reported by BSC students and employees and updated daily to reflect numbers from the previous day. Data from the weekend is included with Monday’s numbers. Cases have been tracked with this dashboard since August 23, 2021.

For information regarding COVID-19 in Burleigh/Morton County and the state of North Dakota, visit ND Department of Health

Questions? Contact:
BSC VP of Student Affairs Kaylyn Bondy
kaylyn.bondy@bismarckstate.edu