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Vaccinations

All students, faculty, and staff eligible for a booster, according to CDC guidelines, are required to get and report a booster as soon as possible but no later than Friday, January 21, 2022 or within five days of becoming eligible (five days after the final dose of the initial vaccine).

Students requesting an exemption should reach out to Health Services; faculty and staff requesting an exemption should reach out to Human Resources.

COVID-19 Testing

All students will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival; those who are unvaccinated and those who have approved medical and religious exemptions will be tested twice weekly on an ongoing basis.  New and returning students will be tested upon arrival, and those students and faculty and staff who have approved medical and religious exemptions will be tested twice weekly. We will share details of the testing process soon.

In addition, a small number of new and returning international students are unable to complete the full vaccination process prior to arrival due to the limited availability of the vaccine in their area. If you are an international student and do not have access to a vaccine in your home country, please contact Health Services immediately to make arrangements to be vaccinated upon arrival if you have not done so already. Testing for those who arrive without being fully vaccinated will be twice weekly until they are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 Testing Dashboard

Our COVID-19 Testing Dashboard shares current testing results of Knox College students and employees. Please note the following: This dashboard data reports the aggregate results of on-campus testing for students, faculty and staff conducted, which includes testing new student arrivals, those with medical/religious exemptions, and symptomatic individuals.

Contact Tracing

In the event that a Knox student tests positive for COVID-19, Knox Health Services staff are certified to carry out contact tracing within the Knox community.

Masks

Masks are required indoors, regardless of vaccination status. This includes all Knox College buildings and spaces. There are several instances where it is not required or practical to remain masked at all times including:

  • When students are in their private residential suite bedrooms;
  • When faculty and staff are in their own offices; and
  • When actively eating or drinking in the dining facilities

The NCAA and Midwest Conference have protocols in place to allow athletic competition. Knox athletic teams and visiting teams are subject to those protocols. In some cases, student-athletes and/or coaches may not be masked during particular practice and competition activities.

Masks are recommended outdoors in crowded settings, and when interacting with campus visitors.

Hand Hygiene & Respiratory Etiquette

All members of our campus community must practice proper hand washing and respiratory etiquette by covering mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, using tissues and throwing them away, and washing hands or using hand sanitizer after touching noses or mouths.

Visitor and Guest Policy

With the exception of delivery and maintenance personnel, no campus visitors are currently permitted on campus through January 31.

This temporarily supersedes all other visitor policies below.

The information below spells out health and wellness measures we are taking to help protect our visitors and the campus community. These protocols may be updated as health guidance evolves.

Residential hall/other living spaces visitors: Visitors and guests (anyone other than a Knox student, faculty, or staff member) are NOT allowed in residential halls, theme houses, fraternity/sorority houses or any other on-campus living space.  A one-time exception is being made for families on move-in day. Family members assisting with move-in must wear masks at all times, limit the time inside the residential hall, and limit the number of family members in the residential hall to only those essential for move-in.

The policy regarding residential hall visitors will be revisited near the end of September.

Day visitors to non-residential buildings: Speakers, performers, and alumni visitors fall into this category. These visitors are subject to the indoor mask policy. Prior to entering a non-residential campus building, visitors for the day must check in with campus safety and complete a form providing vaccination status. If a visitor is vaccinated, or unvaccinated and provides proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of arrival on campus, they will receive a Knox wristband, and will be able to enter non-residential campus buildings.

Prospective students and their families: Prospective students and their families are required to wear masks indoors and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. They will be required to check in with admission. They are also encouraged to limit the number of family members who join them for their visit. Prospective students and their families will not visit residential halls, observe classes, or participate in overnight visits.

Repeat visitors to non-residential buildings: These visitors include ensemble members, community groups that regularly use our indoor facilities, or other members of the community who do ongoing research in our library. Members of this visitor category are subject to the indoor mask policy, and must be vaccinated. They will be required to check in with campus safety, complete a form and provide proof of vaccination and will be issued a lanyard and visitor pass which will include their name and date approved.

15 minutes or under visitors to non-residential buildings: These visitors include those delivering supplies, mail, or other items to campus. These visitors are subject to the indoor mask policy and must limit their time indoors to 15 minutes or under. Any time over 15 minutes will require following the day visitor policy.

Athletics spectator policies (with guidance from the NCAA and Midwest Conference) have been developed and are available on the Prairie Fire website. Please check the policies frequently as they are subject to change.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you need more information on a topic or have questions that are not included below, email together@knox.edu.

Your Top COVID-19 Questions Answered

Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions we have received recently; if you have additional questions, please email health@knox.edu or together@knox.edu.

  • Students:

    If a student tests positive, they will isolate themselves in their room until they receive a call from Health Services,  typically between 9:00 a.m. and noon on the day that they received their result. If they have a roommate, they can begin packing some belongings in anticipation of moving to a designated isolation room.

    The college has set aside isolation rooms for those who test positive. Students who do not have a roommate are allowed to stay in their private room. Students who have a roommate are relocated to a specific isolation room. 

    Students leave their isolation room daily to pick up their meals at a designated location, and are encouraged to go outside at other times during the day for fresh air, and to go for walks or exercise.

    Faculty and Staff:

    If a faculty or staff member tests positive, they must notify Human Resources ( hr@knox.edu or 309-341-7137) and self-isolate at home. 

  • Positive with symptoms:

    • At least seven days after symptoms first appeared (symptom onset is considered day zero; day 8 is when you can return); and
    • at least 48 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication; and 
    • symptoms have improved.

    Positive without symptoms:

    • Seven days after the date of the positive test (the test date is considered day zero; day 8 is when you can return)

    Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must quarantine for 7 days.

  • If a student tests positive, they will typically receive this call between 9:00 a.m. and noon on the day that they received their result, or if the result is received in the evening or overnight, contact will be made the following day.

    Please keep in mind that on any given day, Health Services may be reaching out to anywhere from three to 30 people, and each call requires a conversation to make the appropriate isolation arrangements. Health Services will also prioritize notifications by reaching out to those who live on campus with one or more roommates first.

    Employees will not receive a call from Health Services; employees must notify HR of a positive test.

  • If your roommate tests positive, you are considered a close contact, and will test three  days after your last contact or sooner if you develop symptoms. You may test more than once if you would like. As long as you are vaccinated and have no symptoms, you may attend classes and in-person activities while masked.

  • Any one who was less than six feet away from an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. This could mean a full 15 minutes or more, or three individual five-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.

  • If you are a close contact, you are advised to test three days after your last contact or sooner if you develop symptoms. As long as you are vaccinated and have no symptoms, students may attend classes and in person activities while masked, and employees can attend work while following our existing mask policies.

  • Booster vaccines remain available in Galesburg through multiple Walgreens and Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations, as well as CVS, Walmart, and the Knox County Health Department.

  • Students can upload their vaccine record here. Faculty and staff can upload their record here.

Vaccinations

  • All students, faculty, and staff eligible for a booster, according to CDC guidelines, are required to get and report a booster as soon as possible but no later than Friday, January 21, 2022 or within five days of becoming eligible (five days after the final dose of the initial vaccine).

    Students requesting an exemption should reach out to Health Services; faculty and staff requesting an exemption should reach out to Human Resources.

Masks

  • Masks are required  indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

    This includes all Knox College buildings and spaces. There are several instances where it is not required or practical to remain masked at all times including:

    • When students are in their private residential suite bedrooms;
    • When faculty and staff are in their own offices; and
    • When actively eating or drinking in the dining facilities.

    Students who are unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a documented health issue should contact Disability Support Services for guidance. Employees who are unable to wear a mask due to a documented health issue should contact Human Resources.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Yes, all students will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival; those  who are unvaccinated and those who have approved medical and religious exemptions will be tested twice weekly on an ongoing basis. New and returning students will be tested upon arrival, and those students and faculty and staff who have approved medical and religious exemptions will be tested twice weekly. We will share details of the testing process soon.

    In addition, a small number of new and returning international students are unable to complete the full vaccination process prior to arrival due to the limited availability of the vaccine in their area. If you are an international student and do not have access to a vaccine in your home country, please contact Health Services immediately to make arrangements to be vaccinated upon arrival if you have not done so already. Testing for those who arrive without being fully vaccinated will be twice weekly until they are fully vaccinated.

  • No. However, all students will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival; those who are unvaccinated and those who have approved medical and religious exemptions will be tested twice weekly on an ongoing basis.  We will share details of the testing process soon.

  • Yes. Even though off-campus students attending classes on campus are not “moving in,” they will be tested before engaging in any on-campus activities including the start of class  and follow the same testing protocol as residential students.

  • We will use the CDC’s definition of a close contact, which is any individual who has spent a total of 15 minutes or more within six feet of the infected person. All close contacts of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be contacted and evaluated by a trained professional to determine appropriate next steps. Close contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID will not have to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated.

  • Check out the most common symptoms of COVID-19 according to the Center for Disease Control. If you have one or more of these symptoms, the first thing to do is to stay in your residential hall room or stay home so you don’t spread it to others. If you are a student, contact Health Services at (309) 341-7559. If employees feel ill, they need to stay home from work, and if you are an employee who may have symptoms of COVID-19, please get a COVID test. Should an employee fall ill during any shift, accrued sick time can be used.

Facilities

  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing practices are in place at Knox to ensure the health and safety of our community.

  • Most common areas have disinfecting wipes that are replenished by the custodial staff. These materials are for personal disinfection of shared spaces, such as meeting tables or classroom desks outside of the standard schedule. If you would like supplies or hand sanitizer in an additional space, please submit a work order.

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Printed on Saturday, January 22, 2022