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Vaccinations

Vaccinations, including boosters, continue to be required for students, faculty, and staff, as recommended by the CDC. New first-year and transfer students must be fully vaccinated, except for those with approved medical or religious exemptions.

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

Masks

Masks will be optional; we will not require individuals to wear masks indoors, except for in these settings:

  • Instructors may require masks in indoor classrooms, labs, and studios. 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 the COVID testing site.
  • Masks may be required by the organizers of large meetings and events with 25 attendees or more.

Any individual may require masks in their personal offices and living spaces as they deem necessary, and anyone who is not yet fully vaccinated (including receiving boosters), who is at elevated risk, or who has family members at risk are strongly encouraged to wear masks indoors. Everyone on campus should keep a mask with them for times when extra protection is needed, or if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms. 

We ask every member of our campus community to support and offer respect for those who choose to wear masks.

Arrival Testing

HOURS & LOCATION:

8/29/22 - 9/2/22: Fieldhouse (9:00am-12:00pm)

9/5/22: Closed for Labor Day Holiday

9/6/22 - 9/9/22: Fieldhouse (9:00am-12:00pm)

9/11/22: Fieldhouse (8:30am-4:30pm)

9/12/22: Fieldhouse (9:00am-12:00pm)

Ongoing Testing

We will conduct symptomatic and close contact testing at Health Services 175 West Knox Street (Furrow Hall) beginning Wednesday September 14, 2022. Testing will be available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Sanitation

Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing practices are in place at Knox. Campus offices and residence halls will be stocked with proper supplies stations to refill hand sanitizer will be placed across the campus.

Visitor and Guest Policy

Current Campus Visitor Policy

Frequently Asked Questions

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

  • Getting the COVID-19 vaccine protects you by reducing risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

    Getting vaccinated also protects people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

  • Scientists have identified COVID-19 vaccinations as the key factor in reducing COVID-19 infections and allowing us all to return to a less restricted, more normal way of life. Not only do these vaccines reduce risk of serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19, they also limit the spread of the virus within communities. FAScom, Staff Council, and the Board of Trustees were consulted and supported this carefully considered decision.

  • You should get a COVID test when symptomatic. We are conducting symptomatic testing out of Health Services, 175 West Knox Street (Furrow Hall). Testing will be available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9:00 a.m. to noon. 

    Prior to arriving for your test, you should avoid drinks, food, smoking, nasal sprays, teeth cleaning, and chewing gum for at least 60 minutes before sample collection. Test results should come to you by email in 1-2 days.

  • We  will conduct symptomatic testing out of Health Services, 175 West Knox Street (Furrow Hall). Testing will be available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9:00 a.m. to noon.

  • 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. Isolations will last:

    Positive with symptoms:

    • Five days after symptoms first appeared (symptom onset is considered day zero; day 6 is when you can return to work); and at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication; and symptoms have improved.

    Positive without symptoms:

    • Five days after the date of the positive test (the test date is considered day zero; day 6 is when you can return to work)
  • If you are a close contact, you are advised to test four to five days after your last contact or sooner if you develop symptoms. You are also advised to wear a mask for 10 days. As long as have no symptoms, students may attend classes and in person activities while masked, and employees can attend work.

  • Only if symptomatic. We are conducting symptomatic testing out of Health Services, 175 West Knox Street (Furrow Hall). Testing will be available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9:00 a.m. to noon. 

    Prior to arriving for your test, you should avoid drinks, food, smoking, nasal sprays, teeth cleaning, and chewing gum for at least 60 minutes before sample collection. Test results should come to you by email in 1-2 days.

  • Yes, you are still required to be vaccinated even if you were previously infected with COVID-19. Consult with your physician on the type and timing of your vaccine.

  • Yes, every employee is allotted two hours of release time to receive each dose of the vaccination. If an employee experiences side effects from the vaccine that prohibits them from coming to work, they may use their accrued sick leave to cover their absence.

  • The CDC has provided information on contraindications related to COVID-19 vaccines. Your personal health care provider should help determine whether you have a health condition preventing you from getting vaccinated.

  • Current guidance does not recommend regular testing of fully vaccinated individuals, except in special circumstances. Fully vaccinated vaccinated individuals should be tested if they are symptomatic or may have been exposed to an infected individual.

  • No, however, you may elect to share your vaccine status if you feel comfortable doing so. Please note that some people prefer not to disclose that information.

  • Any COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use by the FDA or by the World Health Organization ( read an up-to-date list) will be accepted.

  • Employees are entitled to protections against discrimination based upon age, disability and a number of other protected categories. Such conduct could implicate the college’s Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action policy. Others should not presume to determine if someone is at increased risk. 

    Employees should assess their own health with their health care provider to determine if they believe it is safe to come to work. Employees who learn of an increased risk factor for a coworker should maintain confidentiality about that information, only reporting it to the Office of Human Resources.

  • Employees who have depleted their sick leave balances should contact Human Resources to determine if they would be eligible to use any other type of leave. For other health-related absences, employees should follow regular procedures for using their sick time and requesting a leave of absence.

  • No. You cannot return to work unless you have a negative COVID test and are fever free for a minimum of 24 hours.

    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. Isolations will last:

    Positive with symptoms:

    • Five days after symptoms first appeared (symptom onset is considered day zero; day 6 is when you can return to work); and at least 48 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication; and symptoms have improved.

    Positive without symptoms:

    • Five days after the date of the positive test (the test date is considered day zero; day 6 is when you can return to work)
  • Yes. Knox College provides benefit-eligible employees an Employee Assistance Program through Precedence Inc. that allows for up to five free mental health counseling visits each calendar year. Please contact Human Resources for additional information.

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Printed on Tuesday, December 6, 2022