Illinois moves to Phase 5; campus COVID-19 guidelines change
June 11, 2021
Illinois. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has confirmed the move to a full reopening, also known as Phase 5, the final phase of the Restore Illinois plan.
The state’s guidance allows those who are vaccinated to wear their masks less, and it allows the college to take a significant step closer to a "new normal."
Starting June 11, and as a temporary measure through June and July (or a shorter period if circumstances call for tightening of mitigation efforts), Augustana College maintains these expectations:
For all community members
• You may remove your masks outdoors while on campus, but please continue physical distancing.
• Anyone planning to continue wearing a mask is welcome to do so.
• Meetings may be held in person, and that practice is encouraged. Be mindful of space and reasonable capacities in rooms. Those attending meetings are welcome to request that everyone in the meeting wear a mask, and supervisors/meeting facilitators should provide opportunities for that request to be made and honored by all in attendance. Employees are not required to share their vaccination status in meetings.
• Continue carrying a face covering at all times and be prepared to wear it as necessary or requested.
• Immediate family members of employees are welcome to resume activities at the PepsiCo Recreation Center and to visit campus.
• All visitors should adhere to the same guidance and recommendations of internal community members such as Restore Illinois Phase 5 guidance.
For fully vaccinated community members
• You may remove your masks indoors and outdoors while on campus.
• You may go without a mask inside campus buildings.
• While public health guidance is not requiring physical distancing between vaccinated individuals, Augustana College is encouraging minimal contact and physical distancing for all community members.
• There is no requirement to continue using temperature check stations or the Campus Clear app.
For community members who are not fully vaccinated
• You should remain masked in all public areas inside buildings on campus.
• You should remain masked both inside and outside when engaged with others such as in meetings or as you walk with a colleague across campus.
• You should continue physical distancing of at least 6 feet.
• You should continue to use temperature checks stations or the Campus Clear app.
Vaccination status is being managed on the honor system at this time. If infection rates increase considerably, spread occurs on campus, or other unforeseen circumstances occur, vaccination status may need to be verified later.
Even those who are vaccinated should ask colleagues if they’d be more comfortable remaining masked. They may have children or vulnerable family members in their households who remain at risk for infection.
College officials have made no decision about possible vaccination requirements. A final decision will be announced no later than July 9.
Students, faculty and staff have been asked to fill out a voluntary vaccination survey to assist in planning COVID-19 guidelines.
Reminders from the Augustana Strong Task Force:
→ Keep your friend group small. While group gatherings can be no larger than 10 people, if you are socializing with many different small groups, you can have contact with more than 10 people.
→ Use the CampusClear health screening app. All students, faculty and staff are required to use health screening daily.
→ In addition to seeking medical advice, if you have COVID symptoms, or test positive for COVID-19, or learn that you have been exposed to someone who tested positive, contact Augustana Public Safety immediately. Call 309-794-7711.
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The college is operating under the COVID-19 mitigation plans of the Augustana Strong Task Force.
The college will operate under one of four alert levels:
Level 1 Low Alert/New Normal
Level 2 Moderate Alert
Level 3 High Alert
Level 4 Very High Alert
Movement between these alert levels will be guided by the a number of factors, including the positivity rate on campus and in Rock Island County. Currently, the college is operating at Level 2. (See Augustana College COVID Alert Levels)
Augustana's COVID-19 Testing Dashboard will be updated every week when classes are in session.
The COVID Ready Response Handbook and Informational Guide contains detailed information about living on campus, COVID testing, student activities, and more.
Make a virtual appointment
Virtual appointments now are available at many campus offices. When possible, students and families should use this service instead of going into offices in person.
The Celebration of Learning, Thursday, May 6, will be held as usual, and will be a virtual event this year. Regular classes will not be held on May 6.
Residential Life and Dining Services
Information for visitors
• Masks are required in all common areas of campus.
• All visitors and employees are required to participate in a daily screening. Visit the Office of Public Safety in Sorensen Hall for an in-person screening, unless otherwise directed.
• Outside visitors will not be allowed in residence halls.
The college will not automatically send a campus notice if a student or employee is diagnosed with COVID-19.
Augustana will provide information as required by legal and health authorities, and will work closely with the Rock Island County Health Department.