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Quick Things to Know

  • All students and employees will be tested upon arrival to campus, when they experience any potential COVID symptoms, and when they may have had direct exposure to a COVID-positive individual. Testing is free for students and employees.
  • All members of our campus community, including visitors, must wear masks at all times except: (1) in their individual residence hall rooms, (2) in their private offices, or (3) when out of doors and able to maintain at least six feet of physical distancing.
  • Before the fall term begins, all students and employees will be required to sign a Knox Together Pledge to affirm that they understand our shared responsibility for keeping our community as safe as possible.
  • Students on campus who require quarantine or isolation will do so in campus facilities reserved for this purpose only. They will have dedicated staff monitoring them and bringing them meals. They will be able to continue their classes online. Employees requiring quarantine or isolation will do so in their homes.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation practices are in place and will continue as long as necessary. Classrooms will be scheduled to allow for minimal interaction between groups of students and, weather permitting, class and activity spaces will be available outside.

COVID-19 Testing

All students will undergo a series of two tests for COVID-19 upon their initial arrival to campus. Employees will also be tested prior to the beginning of the term. Testing will continue throughout the term as symptoms and contact tracing require. These are PCR molecular tests that will be conducted by trained clinical personnel and processed at specialized laboratories at no cost to students or employees. 

Wearing of Masks

All members of our campus community, including visitors, must wear masks at all times except: (1) in their individual residence hall rooms, (2) in their private offices, or (3) when out of doors and able to maintain at least six feet of physical distancing.

Knox Together Pledge

We have an obligation to protect one another to the very best of our ability, and we must take it seriously. To that end, the College has formed a task force of students, faculty and staff to translate public health guidance on matters like physical distancing and mask wearing into a pledge. All students and employees will sign the pledge to affirm that they understand our shared responsibility for keeping our community as safe as possible. Violations of this pledge will be addressed through existing campus disciplinary procedures. 

Quarantine, Isolation, & Contact Tracing

Even with the best public health practices, we know we cannot completely stop the spread of COVID-19, so we have planned for the eventuality that the virus will appear on campus. In the event that a member of the campus community tests positive for COVID-19, Knox Health Services staff are certified to carry out tracing for close contacts both on and off campus.

Affected students will follow quarantine and isolation protocols within campus residences reserved for this purpose. Students in quarantine or isolation will have a designated staff member to support them, will receive meals in their residence, take their classes online, and have their health and wellbeing actively monitored by a member of our professional Health Services staff.

Affected faculty and staff will follow quarantine and isolation protocols at home.

Cleaning & Sanitation

Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing practices are already in place at Knox and will be expanded as students, faculty, and staff return to campus. Common spaces in academic, administrative, and residential buildings will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by trained employees at least once per day. Campus offices and residence halls will be stocked with proper supplies and instruction on how to keep shared office spaces clean and disinfected. Bon Appetit, the dining provider, has enhanced sanitation measures developed by their corporate Coronavirus Response Team.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Masks

  • Yes. All members of our campus community, including visitors, must wear masks at all times except: (1) in their individual residence hall rooms, (2) in their private offices, or (3) when out of doors and able to maintain at least six feet of physical distancing. 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.

  • Yes. All students and employees will be provided with two cloth face masks, a face shield, and a small refillable bottle of hand sanitizer. Stations to refill hand sanitizer will be placed across the campus.

  • Disposable masks are available around campus at locations including dining areas, the mailroom, Administrative Services, and the welcome desk at Alumni Hall.

Knox Together Pledge

  • We have an obligation to protect one another to the very best of our ability, and we must take it seriously. To that end, the College has formed a task force of students, faculty and staff to translate public health guidance on matters like physical distancing and mask wearing into a pledge. All students and employees will sign the pledge to affirm their understanding of our shared responsibility for keeping our community as safe as possible. Violations of this pledge will be addressed through existing campus disciplinary procedures.

  • No. Students and employees will, however, be asked to acknowledge that they have read the Knox Together Pledge and understand that it is everyone's responsibility to follow all public health measures.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Yes. All students will undergo a series of two tests for COVID-19 upon their initial return to campus. Employees will also be tested prior to the beginning of the term. Testing will continue throughout the term as symptoms and contact tracing require. This will be conducted at no cost to students or employees.

  • Yes. Even though off-campus students attending classes on campus are not “moving in,” they will still be assigned a testing time 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 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.

  • 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 residence 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 you are an employee, contact Human Resources at (309) 341-7200.

  • Students taking on-campus classes are limited to travel within Knox County. All other travel must be planned in consultation with Health Services. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 remains our priority.

Cleaning & Sanitation

  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing practices are already in place at Knox and will be expanded as students, faculty, and staff return to our campus community. Common spaces in academic, administrative and residential buildings will continue to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected at least once per day. Additionally, classroom use will be scheduled in such a way that will minimize overlapping students being in the same proximity, and outdoor or other alternative learning spaces will be used where possible. Campus offices will be stocked with proper supplies and instruction on how to keep shared office spaces clean and disinfected. Dining Services has developed a comprehensive cleaning and sanitation process.

Quarantine & Isolation

  • Isolation is the process of separating people who are sick with COVID-19 from people who are not sick so that they can get better without infecting anyone else.

    Quarantine is the process of separating and restricting the movement of people who were exposed to COVID-19 during the incubation period when they may become sick with the virus and infect others.

  • We’re prepared for this. If a member of our campus community tests positive for COVID-19, we have arranged for Knox Health Services staff to be certified to carry out tracing for close contacts both on and off campus. Affected students will follow quarantine and isolation protocols within campus residences that have been reserved for this purpose. Students in quarantine or isolation will have a designated staff member to support them. They will receive meals in their residence, take their classes online, and have their health and wellbeing actively monitored by a member of our professional Health Services staff. Affected faculty and staff will follow quarantine and isolation protocols at home.

  • Per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, any individual who is traveling to the U.S. from an international destination should quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, monitor their health, and practice social distancing. This guidance should be followed by students planning to live in either on-campus housing or private housing located off-campus. International student arrival dates (August 25 for new international students and August 29 for returning international students) have been planned to allow for quarantine prior to the beginning of new student orientation and classes.

  • This will depend on CDC and state/local guidance that is in effect at the time. This will not change your scheduled arrival date. If students from particular areas are required to quarantine, they will be able to begin classes remotely from their residence halls.

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Printed on Tuesday, August 11, 2020