Lake Land College will soon be announcing its testing procedures for unvaccinated individuals in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order. We encourage you to become vaccinated to protect yourself and our College community.
Once the College’s SHIELD Illinois testing protocols are in place, all Lake Land College students who participate in in-person classes or activities and employees will either have to:
Full vaccination is the only option to avoid weekly testing. Those who do not comply with vaccination or testing will not be allowed to enter any building on campus or any other instructional site.
All eligible staff and students who submit their vaccination record through October 15, 2021 will receive an incentive through the Lakers Flock Together Vaccination Incentive program. Please see information on this page for details.
To visit campus the week of September 20, 2021:
As we work to implement a plan to fully comply with the Governor’s Executive Order, we will provide you a weekly update.
For the week of September 13, 2021:
The College is working diligently to implement protocol to support students in continuing their enrollment while meeting the Governor’s vaccine or weekly testing mandate. We want our students to have a successful semester! We also understand there may be students who do not wish to continue their enrollment in College this semester because they will soon be required to be vaccinated or tested weekly.
Although Friday, September 3, was the published deadline to drop full semester classes and not incur a bill, the College is extending the opportunity for students to request approval to drop classes and not incur a bill as follows:
As we work to implement a plan to fully comply with the Governor’s Executive Order, we will provide you a weekly update.
For the week of September 7, 2021:
The Lakers Flock Together Vaccine Incentive Program encourages vaccination for staff and students. Vaccination is free and is the single most important step that can be taken to protect the Laker community. Staff and students are encouraged to visit the CDC website to learn the science behind the safe, effective and free vaccines. Visit this website to find a COVID-19 vaccine site. Thank you for doing your part to keep all Lakers safe!
Vaccine Incentive Program for Students
Students who are fully vaccinated and share their vaccination records by October 15, 2021 with Health Services will receive a $50 gift card to either the Laker Nest Bookstore or Subway and will be entered into a weekly drawing for $500. Bookstore gift cards cannot be used at the Pepsi Micromart.
How to Submit a Vaccine Record:
All information provided by students will be kept in the strictest confidence. Students need a user ID and password to log in to the Laker Hub and the information submitted will only be visible to the College Nurses, who are licensed medical professionals.
Vaccination status will NOT be shared with any other college personnel or faculty members.
A student who has a medical condition that prohibits vaccination can contact Health Services regarding participation in the incentive program.
Gift Cards and Weekly Drawing
For more information on the vaccine, visit the CDC website to learn the science behind the safe, effective and free vaccines. Visit this website to find a COVID-19 vaccine site near you.
Vaccine Incentive Program for Eligible Staff
Eligible staff who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and share their vaccination records with Human Resources by October 15, 2021 will receive a $400 Lakers Flock Together Vaccine Incentive. The incentive is considered non-pensionable earnings by SURS.
How to Submit a Vaccine Record to Human Resources:
Vaccination records will be kept in the strictest confidence, with only Human Resources viewing and maintaining the records and payroll processing the incentive payment.
A staff member who has a medical condition that prohibits vaccination may contact Human Resources regarding options for participating in the Vaccine Incentive Plan.
Eligible staff are defined as actively paid employees (this excludes dual credit, temporary employees, students, and unpaid volunteers). Employees at an IDOC or DJJ will not be eligible for this incentive at this time, with the exception of faculty who work at the Vandalia Corrections site. Questions about eligibility can be directed to Human Resources.
Thank you for doing your part to keep all Lakers safe!
Summary of the September 1, 2021 Bullock Broadcast video
We know there are many questions about recent updates regarding the ongoing pandemic and how this will impact Lake Land College. This information provides an update on the College’s response.
Why is the Governor taking action right now?
COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly across the state. As a result, Governor Pritzker has issued an Executive Order mandating that all higher education employees and students be vaccinated, or test weekly.
What will Lake Land College do?
As an Illinois, public higher education institution Lake Land College intends to fully comply with the Executive Order. Adapting to an Executive Order of this magnitude will require careful and detailed planning to ensure appropriate collection of vaccination status information and development of protocols for onsite testing.
When will this be implemented?
Lake Land College will not have procedures finalized, nor testing protocols established by September 5, 2021. The Administration is working closely with ICCB to communicate Lake Land’s progress and meet the spirit of the Executive Order as quickly as possible.
When will more information be available?
President Bullock asks everyone to be patient as the Emergency Operations Center Team works to finalize and implement Lake Land’s operational plan to comply with the Executive Order. Additional information on Lake Land’s plan will be shared as quickly as is possible.
Vaccine Incentive Program
As the College works to address the Executive Order, President Bullock will soon share information about a new Lakers Flock Together Vaccine Incentive Program to immediately encourage vaccination for staff and students. Vaccination is free and is the single most important step that can be taken to protect the Laker community. Staff and students are encouraged to visit the CDC website to learn the science behind the safe, effective and free vaccines. Visit this website to find a COVID-19 vaccine site.
What is Lake Land College’s Goal?
It continues to be Lake Land College’s top priority to create a safe environment for students and staff so that campus can remain open, and students and staff have ongoing opportunities to engage and learn together in person.
Visit the College’s Pandemic Response Safety Guidelines Web Page
As always, the College will continue to monitor the ongoing pandemic, along with changes to guidance provided by IDPH, ICCB and the CDC. The College’s Pandemic Response Safety Guidelines web page is the best resource for the most up-to-date information.
Call to Grace
Dr. Bullock asks everyone to provide ongoing support and grace to one another as the College adapts to this rapidly changing situation. He thanks everyone once again for their perseverance and resiliency through these challenging times.
COVID EXPOSURE GUIDANCE
In alignment with guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), students and staff who are identified by a Health Department as someone who has had close contact for COVID-19 exposure and/or tested positive for COVID, should follow guidance issued by the county Health Department.
Any individual who receives a positive test result for COVID-19 should report the case to Health Services. The individual will provide Health Services with documentation from the local health department or health care provider that he or she is cleared before returning to campus.
Staff who are placed on a quarantine order from a county Health Department will need to contact Human Resources (HR) and follow the guidance from the respective county Health Department regarding quarantine/isolation.
Students who are placed on a quarantine order from a county Health Department will need to contact their instructors and follow the guidance from the respective county Health Department regarding quarantine/isolation.
COVID-19 Testing Community Resources
Schedule an appointment near you online:
Call ahead to register and schedule an appointment:
Carle Mattoon200 South Lerna RoadMattoon217-258-3693
Sarah Bush Lincoln Mattoon Walk-In Clinic200 Dettro Drive, Mattoon217-258-7490
To locate other testing sites near you, visit COVID-19 Testing Sites in Illinois (IDPH)
Masks can be removed while eating in socially distanced locations in the following areas:
August 3, 2021
In accordance with new guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Lake Land College’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Team will be implementing new pandemic response safety protocols to protect the college community.
“Since announcing our return to a more traditional campus environment and in-person class offerings for the fall, the college has been closely monitoring the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant and guidelines issued by the CDC and IDPH. Knowing that a majority of the counties in our college district are at CDC’s “Substantial” or “High” risk levels for community transmission, we are taking these measures to ensure a safe and effective learning environment,” Lake Land College President Josh Bullock said.
Effective August 4, masks covering the nose and mouth will be required for all individuals at all times while inside campus buildings, regardless of vaccination status. Masks can be removed when alone in an enclosed room with the door shut or in a designated eating area on campus.
All plans for in-person services, classes, events and meetings will continue as planned, maintaining social distancing whenever feasible while indoors. For the fall semester, students can select from in-person, virtual and online courses to build a schedule that best suits their needs.
Employees, students and visitors coming to a college facility are encouraged to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to visiting campus and to refrain from visiting if feeling ill.
Pandemic safety protocols are subject to change with direction provided by the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and the Governor’s Office. Lake Land College will provide updates as relevant information becomes available.
June 9, 2021
Lake Land College announced Wednesday that it will be following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines regarding mask requirements effective June 11 in accordance with the Governor’s plan to reopen the state under Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan.
“During the past 15 months, the Lake Land College community has been diligent in following the guidelines set forth in the Return to Campus Plan, creating a safe learning and working environment. With the state reopening this Friday, the College will be suspending the Return to Campus Plan mitigations and begin restoring campus to a pre-pandemic state,” Lake Land College President Josh Bullock said.
“It has been wonderful to see students back on campus for summer classes this past week, as well as many who are here for advising appointments and campus tours. We are looking forward to returning to a traditional environment this fall with in-person classes and student activities,” Bullock added.
In accordance with guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control, effective June 11, those who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per CDC guidelines will not be required to wear a mask indoors or outdoors while on the Lake Land campus or in college buildings.
For individuals who are unvaccinated, masks will be required at all times while indoors on campus or college grounds, except while alone in a room with the door closed. Masks will be required outdoors for unvaccinated individuals when social distancing cannot be maintained, and social distancing while indoors will be encouraged.
Vaccination is encouraged but not required by Lake Land College. With the updated guidelines, staff, students and guests who are not wearing a mask should be prepared to provide proof of vaccination when requested by a Health Services or Human Resources staff member.
Individuals coming to a college facility are encouraged to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to visiting campus and to refrain from visiting if feeling ill.
This summer, faculty and staff are assisting students in preparing for the Fall 2021 semester, which begins August 23. A majority of courses will be offered in person, with options for virtual and online courses to allow students to build a schedule that best fits their schedule and personal preference.
“We are excited to support our students’ learning with options based on traditional, in-person classes as well as formats that worked well in the virtual environment,” Bullock said. “Our students, faculty and staff have been incredibly resilient throughout this time, and we are grateful for their commitment to the values of the Lake Land College community.”
Class schedules are available on the college website at lakelandcollege.edu. Current and prospective students can connect with campus offices or faculty and staff in person or via phone and email.
Lake Land College’s plans are fluid and guidelines are subject to change with direction provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Governor’s Office. The college will provide updates should additional relevant information become available.
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