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COVID-19 Update - March 13, 2020 (Afternoon)

Published Mar 13, 2020

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Dear College of Lake County Community,

I am sharing with you the College’s plan in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While we have no confirmed cases of CLC employees or students, and only one confirmed case in Lake County, prevention of widespread transmission in our college community is our primary concern. Please review this information carefully.

Addressing this rapidly evolving matter has been the highest priority of the College. The College leadership team, under the guidance of the Board of Trustees and in coordination with faculty and staff, has been diligently working to establish a plan of action. The goals at this time are to uphold CLC’s part in the public health responsibility of containing and slowing the spread of the virus, maintain the health and well-being of our students, employees and community, as well as ensure business continuity and high quality learning, including access to necessary resources for students. Decisions and actions represented in this plan have been made based on information gathered from the Center for Disease Center (CDC) and the Lake County Health Department. The College team has also worked in partnership and coordination with many agencies around Lake County.

At this time, the College of Lake County is taking the following proactive measures to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for our students, employees, and the community:

  • Effective March 16, 2020, the College will implement an alternative delivery model from March 16 – April 12.
  • Definition: The alternative delivery model is intended to limit on-campus activities to essential functions and shift the majority of learning to flexible learning formats, including multiple modalities such as videoconference, online, and alternative assignments.
  • All online courses regardless of the start date will proceed as scheduled with no interruptions in learning.
  • For employees, all college campus operations will maintain a regular work schedule unless notified otherwise.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Limited Events and Facilities Usage Guidelines: There will be changes to the access of spaces during this time to limit exposure. The gym and exercise facilities will only be open to athletes. College events exceeding 250 participants will be cancelled during this period. Other events under 250 participants may also be impacted dependent on the potential vulnerability of expected attendees. Future events will continue to be evaluated based on emerging information.
  • The previous suspension of college-sponsored international and domestic travel will continue during this period for students and employees. Limited exceptions may be made and require the approval of a Vice President.
  • Updated information will be posted to the main website page at https://www.clcillinois.edu/coronavirus.

Details of the alternative delivery model schedule are described below.

March 16-20 Transition Week

  • For students, this is primarily a learn-from-home week and you will receive communications from faculty regarding your learning assignments and the method of delivery.
  • Faculty will modify their courses to minimize the risk of exposure to the virus by shifting to flexible modalities instead of in-person delivery.
  • During this time, there will be limited in-person experiences for hands-on labs considered essential to learning outcomes that can’t otherwise be delayed or transitioned to alternative options. Faculty will communicate schedules to students.
  • Clinical site assignments will continue for health students throughout this plan unless the clinical site indicates students should not attend. Students should contact their faculty for direction.
  • Support services such as tutoring, advising, and counseling will be available virtually. Students are also directed to complete business service functions through virtual or call-in options where available to minimize the number of people on campus.
  • The campuses are open for students who need to access computers and the internet.
  • The College will implement social distancing practices in labs and computer spaces, as well as deep cleaning measures.
  • No Student Club activities will be held during this time.
  • New Student Orientation will be online.

March 23-27 Spring Break

  • Spring break will run as scheduled.

March 30 – April 12 Alternative Delivery Model

  • The College will continue to deliver the majority of learning through flexible off-site means with limited in-person labs as required for essential competency development that can’t otherwise be delayed or transitioned to alternative options. Faculty will communicate schedules to students.
  • Support services such as tutoring, advising, and counseling will be available virtually. Students are also directed to complete business service functions through virtual or call-in options where available to minimize the number of people on campus.
  • The campuses are open for students who need to access computers and the internet.
  • The College will implement social distancing practices in labs and computer spaces, as well as deep cleaning measures. 
  • Student Club activities will not be held during this time.
  • New Student Orientation will be online.

This is an ever-evolving issue, and I want to assure you that our emergency operations team will continue to monitor updates from the CDC and Lake County Health Department, as well as information from the State of Illinois and make ongoing decisions under the guidance of subject matter experts and our Board of Trustees.

The efforts in this plan represent the College’s response to minimize exposure. However, this can only be achieved through everyone’s commitment to uphold the intended actions. We ask everyone to access campus for only essential needs, uphold social distancing, limit non-essential personal travel during spring break, and use the everyday preventive actions recommended by the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are not feeling well
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

If you have concerns about your health, or if you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider or contact the CLC Health Center at 847-543-2064. I encourage everyone to take good care of your physical and mental health during this time. Maintain a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, take breaks from technology, and monitor your anxiety level, ensuring that you refresh your mindset by doing things you enjoy, such as getting fresh air, reading a book, or exercising.

Thank you for your assistance as we navigate this unprecedented circumstance. I encourage everyone to be flexible as we make these transitions in support of students and our faculty. I am confident we can navigate emerging issues together in ways that can achieve the best outcomes for learning. While the planned learning experience will be modified, I believe it is possible to provide a high-quality supportive environment that will help every student to succeed in the Spring 2020 semester.

If you have questions, about your class, please contact your faculty directly. If you have general questions about college operations, please use the coronavirus inquiry form.

Thank you,
Lori

Dr. Lori Suddick, President
College of Lake County