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Phase 4 Campus Safety Precautions

Phase 4 Campus Impact

Starting Monday, July 13

We are now in Phase 4 of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan. We have designed our plan to follow the recommendations from the Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the CDC, state, and federal guidelines. Our Phase 4 guidelines start on Monday, July 13, allowing you enough time to access campus or use remote services to prepare for the fall semester.

These Phase 4 guidelines include public access to campus while self-monitoring health, practicing social distancing, wearing a mask, and using good hand hygiene practices.

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We want to make sure your needs are met while preparing for the fall semester, so if you would like to attend campus for services such as the bookstore, financial aid, or advising you’re free to do so, but we recommend calling first. If you are more comfortable with virtual services, you can do that too. Meet with your advisor through Zoom™ or over the phone, schedule an appointment with the testing center or you can even order your books online and pick them up curbside. These are all options designed around your comfort level.

Phase 4 Highland Safety Precautions

Self-Monitoring

Before entering campus, you are expected to practice self-monitoring. These guidelines follow the IDPH and CDC recommendations. Please ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you have a fever of 100.4 or higher in the last 24 hours?
  • Do you have any of the following symptoms that cannot be explained by another illness or condition?
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fever or chills
    • Diarrhea
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle pain or body aches
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Headache
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
  • Have you come in close contact with someone who has a lab-confirmed COVID-19?

If you answered yes to these questions, do not come to campus. It is recommended that you contact your instructor(s) as detailed in the syllabus that you will miss class. Please remember, Highland does not have a health clinic on campus. If you have further questions, contact your healthcare provider or call the FHN COVID-19 hotline at 815-599-6412 or speak virtually to Monroe Clinic telehealth.

If you are having difficulties with alternative learning or having trouble with your classes due to illness, please contact Barb Statdfield in disability services at 815-599-3605.

Masks

While on campus, you are required to wear a mask or cloth face covering at all times in areas including, but not limited to, hallways, classrooms, restrooms, buildings, elevators, and stairways. Your mask usage must align with CDC and IDPH guidance.

Daily Cleaning

All common area touch surfaces are disinfected throughout the day and multiple times when feasible by custodial maintenance. Wipes are available throughout campus. Our classrooms are now designed to allow for the second classroom of students to sit on a separate desk than the previous class. This allows for easier cleaning of classroom spaces.

Washing Hands

According to the CDC, gloves are not necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Instead, please follow frequent handwashing guidelines, including washing your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and water in a nearby restroom, when available. Hand sanitizer and wipes are also available in all campus buildings.

Social Distancing

While on campus, you must keep a safe distance of 6 feet from others. Gatherings are limited to no more than 50 people, including in the classroom and outside. Common areas or social gathering areas have limited seating to allow for social distancing. Classroom seating has been adjusted to allow for social distancing.

Restrooms

Please practice social distancing in the restrooms. All restrooms are open with toilet paper, paper towels, and hand soap. We have moved trash receptacles near the door for easy disposal of your paper towel after opening the door.

Drinking Fountains

Drinking fountains that do not have touchless bottle refill stations are unavailable for use. If you need water throughout your visit, please bring a reusable bottle (already filled) from home. Buildings F, H, M, N, and S have touchless bottle refill stations available.

Vending Machines

Our vendor emptied campus vending machines in April, so they are not currently available. You may bring a snack from home if needed. The bookstore also has food. The cafeteria remains closed for the summer.

College Services

In-person and online Student Services are available around your comfort level. The campus is available with access to the bookstore, financial aid or advising while following the Phase 4 guidelines. Advisors remain available through Zoom™ or by phone. You can also schedule an appointment with the testing center or you can even order your books online and pick them up curb side. Students should email their instructor for virtual office hours.

Unavailable campus services:

  • Cafeteria
  • Fine Arts Theatre
  • Sports Complex

Library

In-person and virtual Library services are available. You can request materials through PrairieCat and pick them up in person from the circulation desk. A limited number of seats in the computer lab are available for use by appointment. Please contact the library at 815-599-3539 or library@highland.edu.

Computer Lab

The computer lab T139 in Building T is available for student use. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-noon and 2-5 p.m.

Summer Session

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Athletics & Clubs

Athletes should contact their coach or athletic director regarding athletic workouts. If a club would like to meet, the officer should contact the club advisor.

YMCA

Call 815-235-9622, follow on Facebook or visit freeportymca.org for their current status.

Campus Tours

Prospective students may schedule individual tours through admissions or athletics. These tours will need to practice the Phase 4 campus safety precautions.

Highland Campus

2998 W. Pearl City Rd. Freeport, IL 61032

815.235.6121

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