Coronavirus (COVID-19)

UPDATE - Face Coverings Expected On Campus

Until further notice and per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Ravalli County Public Health recommendations, all employees, students, and members of the public are expected to wear a face covering when on the Bitterroot College campus.

For information on how to wear a face covering and how to make your own face covering, visit the CDC webpage on Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19.

UPDATE - Campus Staffing Resumes

Beginning Monday, May 11, Bitterroot College resumes on-campus staffing. Access to campus remains limited; when you arrive on-campus, please follow instructions posted at main entrance for campus access and/or student services assistance.

Victoria Clark, Director, Bitterroot College UM

UPDATE - College-Credit Courses

All Bitterroot College UM college-credit courses move to remote delivery starting Monday, March 23.

College Students

  • Check your UM connect email account daily for updates from your professors, the College, and the UM.
  • All courses now have a Moodle presence; please log-in to Moodle for course content delivery, assignment information and submission, testing, and grading.
  • All tutoring is now available online. Visit our remote tutoring webpage for more information.
  • All college services have moved to remote delivery. Call 406.375-0100 during regular business hours for assistance with any college-related service. College staff can also be reached via email:

Concerns about home access to technology? Please call us at 406.375-0100.

UPDATE - Workforce Programs

All Bitterroot College Workforce Programs move to remote delivery starting Monday, March 16.

Workforce Program Students

  • Please check your personal email account (the email address you provided on your Workforce Program application) for specifics regarding the transition of your program to remote delivery.

Questions? Please call us at 406.375-0100 or email Student Services Manager Meri Telin at meri.telin@mso.umt.edu.

UPDATE - Continuing Education Classes

All Bitterroot College Continuing Education classes are cancelled through the remainder of the spring 2020 semester as of Friday, March 13.

We are taking this action in order to slow the transmission of COVID-19.  Please know there are no exceptions to this action regardless of the status of any individual class.  We are responding to a public health emergency and are acting accordingly.

Continuing Education Students - Refunds

  • For classes which have not yet begun, students will be issued a refund in full. For classes which are currently underway, pro-rated refunds will be issued.
  • If you paid for your class by credit/debit card, your refund will be issued to your card automatically within 10 business days of March 16.
  • If you paid for your class by cash or check, your Social Security number is required for us to issue you a refund check. Please download and submit (by mail or in-person) the UM's Request for Taxpayer Identification Number form (forms are also available for pick-up at the College). Once we have received your form, allow four to six weeks for receipt of your refund check.
    • Mail completed Request for Taxpayer Identification Number form to:
           Continuing Education, Bitterroot College 
           103 South 9th Street
           Hamilton, MT 59840

Questions? Please call us at 406.375-0100 or email Continuing Education Director Lea Guthrie at lea.guthrie@mso.umt.edu.

Information

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapidly evolving situation. For the most up-to-date information nationally and at the state level, visit:

For international updates, visit:

Prevention

Message from the Montana University System (MUS)

You have the power to stop coronavirus

The power to protect our campus community from coronavirus and flu lies with each and every one of us. Please practice the following hand-washing and respiratory hygiene habits to protect yourself and those around you:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean your hands by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.

IMPORTANT: If you are experiencing a fever, do not return to school/work until 24 hours after the fever is gone (non-treated).

Message from the University of Montana (UM)

The University of Montana is encouraging students to follow these precautions for coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

IMPORTANT: If you are experiencing a fever, do not return to school/work until 24 hours after the fever is gone (non-treated).

  • 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.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

If You are Presenting Flu-Like Symptons

Your health is the top priority. Seek the care you need.

If you develop fever; cough and/or difficulty breathing; and in the past 14 days have returned from a country or area with a COVID-19 outbreak OR have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19, call your health care provider immediately to discuss your illness and plan for how you will be seen.