SKC COVID-19 Status & Updates

This page will be continually updated as SKC responds to the progress of COVID-19.

You can email questions and concerns about SKC's response to the COVID-19 virus to ASKSKC@skc.edu

This page was last updated March 18, 2020

SKC Campus Update

The first priority of SKC is the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and families. In response to the Coronavirus pandemic and guidance from public health and governmental entities, SKC will begin spring quarter classes and services in an online environment. The campus is closed during spring break, students will continue to have access to their dorms and family housing. SKC is still providing critical student services on-line such as financial aid, registrar, admissions, housing, business office, health services, and counseling services.

Students, please plan to attend your spring courses on-line. Although the campus will be closed to begin the quarter, we recommend that you return to the area as if you were going to attend courses in person, this allows SKC to provide you the support and services needed for your academic success. Course delivery will evolve as the situation with coronavirus changes, SKC may transition from on-line only delivery to limited face-to-face instruction. As we are transitioning to on-line delivery it is important to plan how you will access those classes. If you have technology limitations, please notify your advisor as soon as possible.

Watch your email and frequently check this web page for up-to-date information. We know that this is a difficult time for everyone. Please ensure that you take care of yourself and your families. The college has emotional support services available with the Center for Prevention and Wellness, additionally, you may seek assistance with Tribal health and/or your primary care provider.

This section last updated March 16, 2020

Questions about SKC and Coronavirus.

For Faculty & Staff

There are options to continue our students education during any potential campus closures. Please visit the COVID-19 Emergency Remote Teaching Page to review the resources, strategies, and tools that are available.

COVID-19 Operational FAQs

For Students

Whether the campus is open or closed or you are unable to attend due to illness or potential exposure to infection your education still continues. It is your responsibility to contact your instructors to work out the best way for this to happen. For more resources that are available to you please visit the COVID-19 Information for Students Page.

SKC Response Team

Emergency Operations Team
Sandra Boham
Audrey Plouffe
Dan Durglo
Greg Gould
Al Anderson

Essential Functions Team
Cleo Kenmille | Registrars Office
Dawn Benson | Bookstore
Fred Noel | Library
Jackie Swain | Financial Aid
Jason Nentwig | Plant Maintenance
Juan Perez | Admissions
Karen Delaney | SKC Foundation
Kellie Caldbeck | Center for Prevention and Wellness
Laura Larson | Security
Michael Bigcrane | Maintenance
Rick Everett | Faculty Representative
Stacey Sherwin | Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Tawnee Boham | Housing
Tommie Linsebigler | Human Resources
Tyler McGee-Morigeau | Food Services

Prevention and Treatment

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. There are some general precautions you should always take to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including proper handwashing and hygiene. If you suspect you are sick with COVID-19, call your health care provider before visiting in person.

COVID-19 Facts

How COVID-19 Spreads

CDC Guide to Prevention

What to do if You Are Sick

SKC Student Health Center  406-675-2700 ext. 1628

What can you do to help?

RESPIRATORY ETIQUETTE: Cover your mouth when coughing, ideally into your elbow and not into your hands.

HAND HYGIENE: Wash 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.

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ACTION: Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects. Wipe down computer keyboards, mice, desks, tables, countertops, chair arms, doorknobs, and other surfaces frequently touched by others. COVID-19 can be active on surfaces from 2 hours to 9 days.

VOLUNTARY HOME ISOLATION: Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to the COVID-19-related virus.

COMMUNITY MEASURES: If COVID-19 disease is occurring in your community, state and local public health authorities may decide to implement:

  • Temporary closures or dismissals of childcare facilities and schools
  • Other social distancing measures that increase the physical space between people, including:
  • Workplace social distancing measures, such as replacing in-person meetings with teleworking
  • Modifying, postponing, or canceling mass gatherings.

COMMUNITY FOOD, SNACKS, AND BEVERAGE STATIONS: Temporary measures to be implemented to reduce the potential spread of viruses on campus also include removing candy dishes, donuts, coffee stations, snacks and other places where people may touch items that can be touched and consumed by others.

Routine use of these measures by individuals and their families will increase community resilience and readiness for responding to an outbreak.

IMPORTANT: If you develop fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing or have been in close contact with someone who has had a positive test for COVID-19, call SKC's Student Health Center 406-675-2700 ext.1628 to discuss your illness and plan for how and where you can be seen.