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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

We will continue to monitor and report case counts on campus, and will conduct weekly random surveillance testing with all campus community members. If you receive an email requiring you to test, please schedule an appointment on your ShieldIL app. Weekly surveillance testing is mandatory. 

Testing will also remain available at the T. Fleming Fieldhouse Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. for anyone who is symptomatic, anyone who has been exposed, and those with exemptions. Should we see significant changes in case counts, or in federal, state, and local data in our monitoring efforts, we remain ready to pivot, as we always have, to ensure the health and safety of our campus community.

COVID-19 Testing Dashboard

Our COVID-19 Testing Dashboard shares current testing results of Knox College students and employees.

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

As a result of the low incidence of COVID-19 in our testing, the low incidence in the weeks leading up to spring break, and the high rates of booster vaccinations on our campus, we are adopting a mask optional policy effective Saturday, April 16. Those who are not yet fully vaccinated (this includes receiving the booster), who are at elevated risk, or who have family members at risk are strongly encouraged to continue the use of masks indoors. 

Beginning Saturday, April 16, we will no longer require individuals to wear masks indoors, except for the settings outlined below:

  • Instructors may require masks of everyone in indoor classrooms, labs, and studios. Instructors will inform their classes of their mask policy before the start of classes the week of April 18. Failure to comply with a classroom mask requirement may result in a violation of our student conduct policy. 
  • Inside the Student Health Services building, and at the T. Fleming Fieldhouse COVID testing site.
  • Masks may be required by the organizers of large meetings and events with 25 attendees or more. Some examples include performances in the Ford Center for Fine Arts or indoor spectator or other guest events in the T. Fleming Fieldhouse or Memorial Gym. 

Any individual can continue to require masks in their personal offices and living spaces as they deem necessary.

Everyone on campus should keep a mask with them for situations where extra protection is needed or if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms. Everyone should support and offer respect for those who choose to wear masks.

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

Current Campus Vistor Policy

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Isolation

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

Masks

  • We are adopting a mask optional policy effective Saturday, April 16. Those who are not yet fully vaccinated (this includes receiving the booster), who are at elevated risk, or who have family members at risk are strongly encouraged to continue the use of masks indoors. We will no longer require individuals to wear masks indoors, except for the settings outlined below:

    -Instructors may require masks of everyone in indoor classrooms, labs, and studios. Instructors will inform their classes of their mask policy before the start of classes the week of April 18. Failure to comply with a classroom mask requirement may result in a violation of our student conduct policy. 

    -Inside the Student Health Services building, and at the T. Fleming Fieldhouse COVID testing site.

    -Masks may be required by the organizers of large meetings and events with 25 attendees or more. Some examples include performances in the Ford Center for Fine Arts or indoor spectator or other guest events in the T. Fleming Fieldhouse or Memorial Gym. 

    Any individual can continue to require masks in their personal offices and living spaces as they deem necessary.

    Everyone on campus should keep a mask with them for situations where extra protection is needed or if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms. Everyone should support and offer respect for those who choose to wear masks.

Testing and Symptoms

  • We will continue to monitor and report case counts on campus, and will conduct weekly random surveillance testing with all campus community members. If you receive an email requiring you to test, please schedule an appointment on your ShieldIL app. Weekly surveillance testing is mandatory. 

    Testing will also remain available at the T. Fleming Fieldhouse Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. for anyone who is symptomatic, anyone who has been exposed, and those with exemptions. Should we see significant changes in case counts, or in federal, state, and local data in our monitoring efforts, we remain ready to pivot, as we always have, to ensure the health and safety of our campus community.

  • 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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