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COVID-19
UPDATED October 6, 2021

VaxTrak is now available for all Hennepin Technical College (HTC) faculty and staff to submit their Attestation Form regarding COVID-19 vaccination status. 

All employees who are assigned to work on campus must submit their information using the VaxTrak technology tool as soon as possible and no later than 4:30 pm on Thursday, September 16, 2021, attesting that you are fully vaccinated or indicating in the tool that you are not. This first step is required for everyone whether you are vaccinated or not.

  • If you are vaccinated, you will need to upload a PDF of your vaccination card or a picture if using a mobile device. A step-by-step guide can be found here. 
  • If you need technical support while using this tool (file upload assistance, browser/device support, et.), please contact the Hennepin Technical College IT Service Desk at  952-995-1411 or service.desk@hennepintech.edu.
  • If you have other questions regarding this policy, please contact human resources at human.resources@hennepintech.edu.
  • If you work at another college or university in addition to HTC, you need to complete the Attestation Form for each college or university.
  • If you assisted with VaxTrak, you will still need to complete the Attestation Form at this time as all testing information was deleted.
The link for Hennepin technical College employees: Hennepin Technical College VaxTrak
State Employee Vaccination and Testing Policy FAQ


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

As we have from the beginning of the pandemic, the Hennepin Technical College (HTC) COVID Response team has aligned campus requirements with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Minnesota Governor's Executive Orders, Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) and the Minnesota State system office. We will continue to use guidelines from these entities as we manage our response to COVID-19.

Questions and comments can be emailed to communications@hennepintech.edu. A member of the HTC COVID Response Team will respond to your inquiry.

 

Face Coverings/Masks (updated September 1, 2021)

HR/LR Policy #1442: Face Coverings Policy for Agency Staff

Vaccinations and Masks FAQ

In accordance with protocols established by Chancellor Devinder Malhotra and Minnesota State (system office), Hennepin Technical College will begin requiring all faculty, staff, students and visitors to wear a face covering. Minnesota State has established the following protocols:

• If a campus is located in a county that is categorized as substantial or high transmission by the CDC, face coverings are required for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
• If a campus is located in a county that is categorized as low or moderate transmission by the CDC, face coverings may be required for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

Minnesota State has developed a dashboard for reporting the COVID-19 case data that is impacting the colleges, universities, and system office. The dashboard is updated weekly and serves as a tool to inform campus communities about changes in COVID-19 cases and community spread and aid campus leadership in decision making. View the Minnesota State COVID-19 Dashboard here

Both Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie campuses are located in Hennepin County, which is currently listed as “high.”  County updates can be found on the CDC site.

 

Vaccination Information

Vaccine Policy FAQs (as of August 24, 2021)

We strongly encourage all students and employees to get vaccinated. Vaccine appointments are available at VaccineConnector.mn.gov.

We encourage you to protect yourself and others by staying home if you are sick, washing your hands, and reviewing other prevention strategies as recommended by MDH.

View State of Minnesota COVID-19 Response Vaccine Summary Data.

 

Proof of Vaccination for Students (added October 6, 2021)

HTC does not have any extracurricular activities requiring proof of vaccination or testing. Students may be required to provide proof of vaccination or testing to internship, career experience, and clinical sites based on the hosting organization's policy.

 

Getting Tested for COVID-19

Learn if you should get tested, what option works best for you, and find a testing location near you at https://mn.gov/covid19/get-tested/.

 *Guidance is currently being developed for employee testing procedures and will be added to this site as soon as it is available* 

 

Student COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Guidelines and FAQ

Student Proof of Vaccination and Testing Guidelines

Student Proof of Vaccination and Testing FAQs

 

Close Contacts and Tracing

In general, a close contact means being less than 6 feet from someone for 15 minutes or more throughout a 24-hour period. However, even shorter periods of time or longer distances can result in spread of the virus. The longer someone is close to the person who has COVID-19, and the closer they are, the greater the chance the virus can spread. If you have close contact with someone who may have COVID-19, follow the Minnesota Department of Health website for guidelines about close contacts and tracing.

 

Return to Campus Plans

Employees should consult with their supervisor on their department/division return to campus plans.

 

COVID Website

This webpage will remain active as the COVID case situation could change rapidly given unknown COVID variants and vaccine efficacy.


This page is intended to provide information about COVID-19, precautions that are being taken and prevention measures you can take. It is not all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. Please consult with a relevant expert for more thorough answers to specific concerns or questions.

Mental Health, Stress and Anxiety:  If students, faculty and staff are experiencing stress and anxiety, the following support services are available:
CDC - Managing Stress and Anxiety Resources
Employee Assistance Program
Community Resources

 

COVID-19 NOTICE
Hennepin Technical College (HTC) holds as paramount the health, safety, and welfare of every member of its community. HTC, however, cannot guarantee a COVID-19-free environment. Unfortunately, the risk of COVID-19 exposure exists in all public places where people are present. HTC is taking all recommended steps to mitigate this risk, but we cannot categorically guarantee you will not get sick. Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) at HTC is a shared responsibility. Every member of our community – including you – must do their part. Understand that if you return to the physical campus of HTC, there is a risk you may contract COVID-19 and that illness, injury, or death is a possible result.

Flow Chart: COVID-19 Procedure

Flow Chart: What To Do If a Student Becomes Sick or Reports a New COVID Diagnosis at School

Flow Chart: COVID-19 Information for Faculty

Flow Chart: COVID-19 Information for Staff