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Coronavirus Information

Correspondence

Campus Message at the End of Week Two

4/3/2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

We have now completed two weeks in our new way of life and changed mode of instruction at the College.  I greatly appreciate the way everyone is handling the new demands thrust upon you.  My hopes and best wishes for good health and safety go to all members of our College community.

The coronavirus continues to wreak havoc around the world as the number of confirmed cases rises every day.  Despite that undeniable fact, I am encouraged by positive developments that also occur every day.  More than 200,000 people have now recovered from the virus, as news media reported yesterday.  Nearby Abbott Labs has produced a diagnostic test that may be able to identify the COVID-19 virus in only five minutes. And scientists around the world have joined together in remarkable research collaborations to develop effective vaccines.

The Illinois stay-at-home order — like orders in most other states — is now in effect through April 30, and may be extended even longer.  As we all continue to adjust to our constrained circumstances, I want to highlight several examples of the helpful actions and important work that so many of you are providing.

This week faculty voted to make all courses default to pass-fail this semester, in recognition of the unfamiliar pressures on students negotiating online courses for the first time.  Students will be able to convert a course pass to a letter grade if they choose.

The Gates Center and other campus offices have collaborated to launch a terrific new Virtual Engagement webpage to help students stay connected to each other and the College.  Students can use links on the page to connect with each other and find sources of virtual entertainment.  New links can and will be added to the page:  please make suggestions.

The ITS help desk has recently fielded more than 700 requests, tirelessly helping students and faculty utilize Zoom and the other technologies these days require.

Relay for Life will take place this year as a virtual event.  Kudos to the student leaders of this event — one of the College’s most inspiring traditions — for making it go forward.

Faculty are developing great new ways to address the changed world we now inhabit.  An intriguing example announced yesterday is ES 382: The Political Ecology of Infectious Diseases, to be taught next fall by Professor Glenn Adelson.

Our Admissions Office hosted 42 students on virtual campus visits this week, as the Office continued its hard, effective work to recruit the graduating Class of 2024.

The Transition Support Team published yesterday a new advising manual — Advising During COVID-19 — that will give faculty timely help in advising students through these unprecedented days.

Although internships and job searches look a lot different this spring, Career Advancement Center (CAC) staff are hard at work guiding students through virtual meetings and online career planning and preparation. With CAC’s help, students can pursue available internships, implement job searches, and submit graduate school applications.  Career-A-Palooza, the large CAC spring program, is now set to go forward in a new virtual format.  CAC also continues to connect students with the broad network of Forester alumni and employers, and is launching the Foresters CAREer Initiative that will exclusively connect current seniors to influential alumni and College trustees for personal support and guidance. 

Our College community is also reaching out to help others beyond campus in numerous ways.  As one illustration, Lillard Science Center faculty recently donated their supply of masks, gloves, and disposable gowns to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.

Thanks once more to everyone for your good will, dedication, and support for each other in this very trying time.  I look forward to seeing you soon (most likely through Zoom!).

Stephen D. Schutt
President
Lake Forest College

Campus Update
3/30/2020

Students, staff, and faculty,

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Lake Forest vicinity continues to grow, and we anticipated that one or more members of our campus community might also test positive. Over the weekend, a Lake Forest College employee has now been confirmed to have the virus, which is the first confirmed case at the College.  Following guidance from the Lake County Public Health Department and the CDC, the employee is self-isolating at home. I’m sure you join me in wishing them a speedy recovery to good health.

The Lake County Health Department, in coordination with the College, has conducted a risk assessment and determined that no staff, faculty, or student had close contact with the employee (officially defined as being within 6 feet for 10 minutes or longer).  As a result, all are considered to be at low risk and therefore not recommended to self-quarantine.  In the last 14 days, the employee was only on campus for one day, and maintained physical distancing.  The already-established careful cleaning protocols in the affected areas have been deliberately increased to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. We urge and expect all of you – whether on campus or not – to continue to be diligent in your hand washing and physical distancing practices.

Following privacy guidelines, the College does not intend to identify the affected employee, their department, and the building(s) they have been in.  We anticipate that this will not be the only case of COVID-19 within our community, and we will not send general notifications of newly identified cases on campus if/as they arise.  In any and all cases, we will work with the Lake County Health Department to identify and inform those members of our community who are recommended to self-quarantine. For today, we want to inform you of this first confirmed case in our campus community, and encourage everyone to keep the employee and family in our thoughts.

For employees: If you or someone in your household is ill or being tested for COVID-19, please refer to the Human Resources FAQ. This document reminds you that, in such event, you should notify your department leader or manager, and HR Director Agnes Stepek. They will put you in contact with Kathy Salinger, our Nurse Practitioner at Health & Wellness, for continued consultation. If you are in self-quarantine, please log it on this confidential form.

For students:  If you are ill or being tested for COVID-19, please email Kathy Salinger at salinger@lakeforest.edu. For more general inquiries, call Health & Wellness at 847.735.5240 and leave a message for a return call.

We continue to update www.lakeforest.edu/coronavirus with these campus messages and other resources, and any questions can be directed to coronavirus@lakeforest.edu.

Thinking of you,

Andrea

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Andrea B. Conner

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Lake Forest College

Campus Message at the End of Week One
3/27/2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

At the end of our first week in this new chapter of College life, I want to thank everyone for your continued resilience in the face of adversity.  The coronavirus has changed all of our plans for the semester and has dramatically altered our lives.  Given the extent of our changed circumstances, in fact, I think this week has gone very well, and I applaud your dedication, hard work, and courage.

The sudden shift of courses from on-campus to online instruction has been challenging for all students and faculty. We are required to teach and learn in new and unfamiliar ways, from new locations, and that’s not easy for anyone.  I am heartened, all the same, by numerous reports of productive, imaginative classes held this week.  And I’ve been delighted to hear from students – who may be thousands of miles apart – about their pleasure in seeing each other on-screen in Zoom sessions.

For the small group of students who remain at the College, “campus life” is now an oxymoron.  Buildings are closed, events have been canceled, and gatherings are prohibited under the Governor’s shelter-in-place order.  I know it is especially difficult to stay away from each other in an anxious time when we most want the support that friendships and close contact can provide.  For now, though, we all have no choice.  There is a rising number of COVID-19 cases in the local community, and we all must maintain the social distance that is essential to help slow the spread of the virus.  Until restrictions can be eased, I urge you individually – not in groups – to step outside, breathe fresh air, and raise your spirits.  If you walk or jog on campus, you will likely see my two dogs walking me!

I want to warmly commend the staff from Public Safety, Residence Life, Facilities Management, Aramark and Parkhurst who continue to work on campus.  We are all in your debt.  As long as we are in this crisis, I know you will diligently support, protect, maintain, and clean our campus, and prepare daily meals for the students still here. 

For members of the Class of 2020 and your families, I am deeply sorry that we have had to postpone Commencement.  I assure you that the College will hold a future graduation ceremony, as Dean Conner confirmed in her message this week.  The course of COVID-19 is still too unpredictable for us to say when, where or how that ceremony will take place, but I promise that it will happen.  As soon as possible, given the course of events, we will provide more details.

I encourage everyone to realize that despite the current upheaval, vital College work is moving forward.  By way of illustration, our Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is actively recruiting a strong entering class for next fall. With great support from faculty, coaches, and staff from other offices, admissions staff are communicating with prospective students every day and offering them a Virtual Visit Experience that provides the same options and interactions they would receive in an actual campus visit.  Despite challenges that lie ahead, we now have more new student commitments to join us next fall than we did on this date last year.  For current students, in addition, our Career Advancement Center has facilitated the transition of 100 academic internships to remote learning, and is actively helping students – especially seniors – in virtual career preparation and planning. 

As a final word, I recognize that the coronavirus is a unique source of anxiety for everyone.  We do not know when, where, or whom it will strike, how long it will last, or how damaging its effects will be.  We cannot control those things, and that’s unnerving.

We can take comfort, though, if we follow the steps that public health officials advise:  washing hands, maintaining social distance, staying home.  These actions can make a big difference:  they can help obstruct the path of the virus, and they are well within our control.

I wish everyone good health and – to the maximum extent possible in this difficult time – freedom from worry.  Perhaps you can find solace, as I have, in this line from the poet Claudia Rankine:  “A father tells his son the thing he regrets most about his life is the amount of time he has spent worrying about it.”

Do your best not to worry.  Stay active, stay in virtual contact with each other, and keep your spirits up.  We will all get through this.

Stephen D. Schutt
President
Lake Forest College

Campus Update
3/25/2020

Students, staff, and faculty,

Today’s campus update is brief, but please take note of these three important items:

UPDATE: Reduction of Room and Board Charges

The Business Office will apply reductions and credits to individual student accounts BY FRIDAY.  These changes will be for room and board and vehicle registration fees.  Please see more details and FAQs under Resources for Students on the coronavirus webpage.  Students will receive an email from studentaccounts@lakeforest.edu when the adjustments are made.

Reminder about Library Services

The library will scan course reserve material and items from our general book collection. To submit a scanning request, fill out this form.  For help from a librarian about research, email a librarian. Students may also schedule appointments with librarians on Zoom or on the phone. For updates, check out Library Services during COVID-19. Library material will not be considered overdue and fines will not be collected.

New Mental Health Support Option

As our community adapts in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, it is normal to feel stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed. As part of our commitment to our students’ whole health, we are working with SilverCloud, a clinically proven online mental health platform, to offer programs that build resilience, help you manage anxiety or depression, and help you develop skills to manage stress and sleep issues. Based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness and positive psychology, these action-oriented programs build self-awareness and self-management skills for your emotional health.  To sign-up, please visit the [gsh.silvercloudhealth.com/signup/]SilverCloud webpage and choose Lake Forest College from the dropdown list to get started. Please note, to confirm your eligibility, you will need to use your school-issued mx.lakeforest.edu email address. This service is confidential and  your e-mail address will not be used outside of the SilverCloud platform.  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Mary Grigar at mgrigar@lakeforest.edu.

Thank you, and take care of yourselves,

Andrea

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Andrea B. Conner

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Lake Forest College

Campus Update - Future Communications and Commencement
3/24/2020

Students, faculty, and staff,

Communication

Today marks our second day of classes in our new remote learning environment, and the first day that the residence halls are closed (except to those with ​special exceptions to stay). It seems fitting, then, that we mark this day as a chance to shift our communication back toward our more typical formats.  For example:

  • This is the last time that we will accompany ​these daily campus emails with a Rave alert via text message, barring any new developments​ that require text alerts. Campus updates that relate to COVID-19 will continue to be posted on www.lakeforest.edu/coronavirus, and – when appropriate – the Parent & Family Facebook page, but we will save ​the Rave texting system for true emergencies from here on out.
  • There will continue to be occasions for me, Dean Schneiderman, or President Schutt to address the campus on ​campus-wide ​matters. But, you’ll start to see departments communicating with students, faculty, and staff, via email as they typically would.  Additionally, The Weekly News will start up again next week, and we encourage all community members to read this thoroughly as their primary source of news. Faculty and staff can email items for the Weekly News to the Office of Communications and Marketing at news@lakeforest.edu or files/photos can be shared on OneDrive to news@lakeforest.edu.
Commencement

Finally, we want to address the multitude of questions we have received regarding Commencement and other senior events. In times of change and grief, it’s normal to look to these traditions as opportunities to come together and reunite our community.  In his March 16 email, President Schutt said:

It is especially painful for me to announce, in this regard, that Ravinia Festival Park has had to cancel all events until June, including the College’s May 9 Commencement.  I cannot yet say where or when it will happen, but the College is committed to holding a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020.  At the earliest opportunity, after COVID-19 concerns have dissipated, the College will provide details about that ceremony.

It is still too early to predict how this national and global public health crisis will unfold ​and finally end. and therefore we are ​not yet able to specify a date or format for a rescheduled Commencement, Senior Honors Convocation, or Leadership Awards Ceremony. However, we have advised faculty and staff in relevant roles to continue to a) select a senior class speaker, b) review and select leadership awards, and c) identify seniors for special departmental honors.  ​As soon as it is possible, we will make sure to honor these students, alongside our graduating seniors, with a truly celebratory spirit.  ​Please trust in the College’s commitment to these important traditions that are fundamental to the Lake Forest College experience.

Best wishes,

Andrea

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Andrea B. Conner

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Lake Forest College

Campus Update - Food Service Practices
3/23/2020

Students, faculty, and staff,

Most of you are reading this email from other cities, states, or even countries now that we have moved to online learning. Now that the Governor’s stay-at-home order has gone into effect here in Illinois, we’ve seen a decrease in traffic around campus and in the city of Lake Forest as people work together to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The state expects the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois to increase now that testing has become more available. All students, faculty, and staff – and especially students who live on campus – should pay close attention to any symptoms they are experiencing. If you would like to discuss your symptoms, please call your primary health care provider. Students can also call 847.735.5240 to leave a message for the Health & Wellness staff, who are working remotely.

Questions have arisen about health practices at Boomers/The Market as we continue to serve food for students who are approved to stay on campus.  Parkhurst Dining cares about your wellness, and Parkhurst staff are in consultation with industry leaders and health professionals about our food preparation standards.  Here are the answers to a couple of commonly asked questions:

  1. Why DON’T we wear masks?

a. First of all, masks are in desperately low supply nationally, and must be preserved for first responders and health professionals. Also, surgical masks lose protective value quickly, within 15 to 30 minutes of wear, and are not designed, in any case, to keep small airborne viral particles out.  Finally, if any Parkhurst staff are sick, they are staying home and are not serving students.

2. Why DO we wear gloves at Boomers but NOT at the Market?

a. It’s standard food preparation practice to wear gloves, and thus the staff in Boomers are wearing gloves, which they frequently replace during a shift.  The staff at the Market are not wearing gloves because they are not engaged in food preparation.  Given the nature of their work, it is preferable for them to regularly sanitize their hands, which they do.  For staff in the Market – as for the rest of us — wearing gloves is no more helpful than exposing your bare skin. Germs that land on your skin can land on gloves, and if you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, the virus could be transmitted from either your skin or your glove.  Therefore, our focus is on washing hands and using hand sanitizer – even on top of gloves.

Thanks for reading. Barring any other important new developments, tomorrow’s campus update will focus on Commencement, Senior Honors Convocation, Leadership Awards, and the like. Thank you!

Andrea

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Andrea B. Conner

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Lake Forest College

Illinois Shelter in Place Order
3/20/2020

To the Lake Forest College Community,

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced this afternoon a statewide “shelter-in-place” order directing all state residents to stay home, in order to increase “social distancing” and slow the spread of COVID-19.  The order, which takes effect at 5 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, March 21, and runs through April 7, only allows residents to leave home for essential purposes such as buying groceries, filling pharmacy prescriptions, fueling up their cars, and the like.  In addition, the order only permits essential employees to be present at their employment sites.

Essential Employees

For Lake Forest College, in the context of the shelter-in-place order, essential employees are only those whose roles affect security, safety, or the College’s physical operations.  All essential employees, defined in this way, will be directly notified by their supervisors of their responsibility to come to campus.  If any essential employee is experiencing health symptoms that could be related to COVID-19, please notify your supervisor and Director of Human Resources Agnes Stepek, and do not come to campus. The College is committed to the safety and well-being of all employees.

Working at Home

All faculty and staff who are not deemed essential, as defined above, must perform their work remotely from their homes.  To facilitate working at home, please take with you – either today or tomorrow before 5 p.m. – the work materials you will need.  If you lack a home computer to do your work, please arrange with your supervisor to take home a College-owned desktop computer and other necessary equipment.  Similarly, if you lack internet access at home, please notify your supervisor and the ITS help desk so that an appropriate arrangement can be made.  Here is a link regarding off-campus access to the campus network:  https://www.lakeforest.edu/offices/it/faculty-and-staff-network-storage/.  In addition, here is a link to the ITS help desk:  ithelp@mx.lakeforest.edu

Supervisors should work proactively with all employees to form solid plans for their work at home.  Supervisors are encouraged to consider special assignments, projects, job-related reading, and training that employees can undertake at home.

The College intends to continue paying faculty and staff on their regular pay schedules, regardless of whether they are working on campus or at home.  We recognize that the sudden, significant operational changes now underway will be unsettling for College employees, and I thank everyone in advance for your cooperation.  Please contact Agnes Stepek if you need help in dealing with any employment-related issue.

Students Removing Belongings and Exiting Campus

Consistent with the shelter-in-place order, the College is preparing to close campus buildings, including residence halls.  The College urges students and parents to retrieve belongings from residence hall rooms before tomorrow at 5 p.m., if at all possible, and certainly no later than this coming Monday, March 23, at 5 p.m.  Thereafter, students will be given a subsequent opportunity to retrieve belongings after the shelter-in-place order is lifted.  Any student in this situation must contact reslife@lakeforest.edu to alert us that you will be temporarily leaving your belongings in your room.  There will be no penalty for this.

For students retrieving belongings over the weekend, please remember to formally check out by returning your key to Rosemary House between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or to Public Safety after hours. Should you name a proxy to remove your belongings, please ask the proxy to mail your room key in a padded envelope, along with your name, to Lake Forest College, Attn: Residence Life, 555 N. Sheridan Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045.

As COVID-19 realities continue to change day by day, the College will make every effort to keep you informed.  Thanks to everyone for your understanding, cooperation, and good will.

Stephen D. Schutt
President
Lake Forest College

Campus Update - Room and Board Charges
3/19/2020

Students, faculty, and staff,

As the spread of COVID-19 continues to disrupt our daily life, there are now approximately 300 confirmed cases in Illinois, including cases in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and at colleges and universities in Chicago.  All of us in our campus community – students, parents, faculty, staff, and families – must accept and shoulder new burdens and disruptions in order to keep our community safe. I have seen many moving examples of Foresters helping each other in recent days, and I am confident that we’ll get through this. Thanks for reading today’s update in its entirety.

Reduction of Room and Board Charges

For all students who received room and board charges for this semester and who are now required to leave campus, the College will reduce those charges.  The reduction will be customized for each resident student based on the specific room type and meal plan selected this semester.  Unused meal plan Boomer Bucks will be rolled over to the fall semester, and seniors with unused Boomer Bucks will receive a credit on their student account. Students who receive approved exceptions to continue residing on campus this semester will not be reimbursed for room and board, and will continue to have access to their existing meal plan. 

The Business Office will begin applying reductions and credits to individual student accounts next week.  Please see more details and FAQs under Resources for Students on the coronavirus webpage.

Please remember that all Business Office functions will be remote effective Monday, March 23 at 5:00 p.m. You can contact the Business Office employees by phone or email. Contact information can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/offices/business/

Questions about student accounts can be made through email to StudentAccounts@lakeforest.edu.

Self-Quarantine Requirement

Following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC), travelers to the U.S. who are returning or coming for the first time from any country under a CDC Warning Level 3 (Avoid Nonessential Travel) are expected to self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of whether that direction is specifically given to them at the U.S. point of entry. Lake Forest College expects that all employees returning to the College or coming for the first time who meet this criteria – or, who have been exposed to the Coronavirus – will self-quarantine for 14 days prior to coming to the campus. The HR FAQ includes additional details regarding self-quarantine. All other contracted workers who work on campus (Aramark, Parkhurst, etc.) who meet the CDC criteria are expected to follow the same 14-day self-quarantine requirement.

In the early stages of this pandemic, we must do our best to track who from our community is self-isolating due to a concern about exposure. Please log your decision to self-quarantine through a confidential form here as it will help us protect the health of all of our community members.

Student Exceptions to Campus Departure Requirements

Those students who have requested an exception to either a) delay picking up their belongings or b) remain in campus housing after next Monday, March 23 have received their notice from the staff in Student Affairs. If this applies to you, please see your email for more information.

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We encourage you to continue visiting www.lakeforest.edu/coronavirus for a record of previous correspondence, updated hotel/moving/shipping information, facility hours, and other valuable resources.  Questions can be directed to coronavirus@lakeforest.edu; we have a team responding to those emails as quickly as is possible.

Thank you,

Andrea

__________________________________________

Andrea B. Conner

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Lake Forest College

Campus Update - Building Access and Hours
3/18/2020

Students, faculty, and staff,

Today’s campus update relates to building access and departmental hours. The changes in facility hours announced here will contribute to the nation’s efforts to reduce contact, increase social distancing, and reduce the transmission of COVID-19.  As you will read, some immediate changes will take place this week, and more dramatic changes will take effect once the residence halls close next Monday, March 23 at 5:00 p.m.

Meanwhile, please continue to keep close watch on your email for a campus update each afternoon.

Updates to Current Campus Building Access Through Next Monday, March 23:
  • Public Safety is open 24/7 every day.  Call 847.735.5555 or visit the center on South campus.
  • Rosemary House is open 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every day (including Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22) to help with move-outs.
  • The Mohr Student Center is open 24/7 every day. The Market is open from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily. Boomers is also open from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily according to the following schedule:  breakfast 8:00 – 10:30 a.m., lunch/deli 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; dinner/deli 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • The Sports and Recreation Center is closed for workout purposes, effective immediately.  The facility will remain open through to permit retrieval of belongings from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, through Monday, March 23, but all workout areas are now closed.
  • Donnelly & Lee Library, including the Circulation Desk, is currently open via keycard access 8:30am - 4:30pm, and the 24 hour area remains open via keycard access as normal. Students will not receive overdue notices, fines, or bills from the library or I-Share. For updates about I-Share borrowing, course reserves, research help, and hours check out Library Services During Covid-19.  This page will be updated regularly.
  • The Health and Wellness center is open from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, but can no longer accept in-person appointments. Same-day consultations will occur by phone; please call 847.735.5240 or email healthandwellness@lakeforest.edu. The staff are exploring options to be able to offer some remote phone- or video-based services that are aligned with the regulations pertaining to clinical practice in the State of Illinois as well as professional ethical guidelines. More information will be forthcoming.
  • The Business Office is closing its cashier services. All reimbursement requests of all amounts can be submitted to Accounts Payable via email to AccountsPayable@lakeforest.edu. Be sure receipts, account numbers and approval are included in any attachment or email message. Obtaining approval via email is acceptable. In order to make payment, you can do so electronically by making a one-time payment at https://lakeforest.afford.com/.  Please email studentaccounts@lakeforest.edu for questions about payment options.
  • Mail Services is extending their hours this week to 10:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m. in order to assist with shipping.  Many of you have questions about forwarding mail or packages that have recently arrived at Mail Services; students who are still moving out should go to Mail Services to grab their mail.  The staff there are working on a plan to address mail forwarding next week once they can turn their attention away from shipping student belongings.  Faculty and staff should be advised that Mail Services is suspending delivery to campus offices, and faculty/staff who need mail forwarded should contact stanley@mx.lakeforest.edu.
  • Unless otherwise specified, above, campus buildings are operating under their typical academic year hours and access.
Campus Building Access Beginning Monday, March 23 at 5:00 p.m.:

Be advised that effective Monday, March 23 at 5:00 p.m., building access will change dramatically until further notice. The exterior entrance doors to every academic, administrative, and residential building on campus will be locked 24/7 until further notice except for the Public Safety Center, which will remain open and staffed around the clock. 

  • Faculty and staff that have keys to their offices and building will be able to move freely in and out of their offices as needed.  Any previous access that students were granted in these areas will be terminated, however, and faculty and staff should attempt to retrieve any keys that were given to these students.
  • Faculty and staff will need to use their college ID card to gain access to the Donnelly and Lee Library and the Mohr Student Center/Commons.  Anyone whose ID card fails to work will have to contact the Public Safety Center at 847-735-5555 for assistance.
  • All student college ID card “swipe” access will be turned off until further notice and reset to allow only those students who have been granted permission to remain on campus the ability to access their residence hall, the Donnelly and Lee Library, and the Mohr Student Center/Commons.  Anyone whose ID card fails to work will have to contact the Public Safety Center at 847-735-5555 for assistance.
  • Commuting and local students will not have access to any campus buildings and cannot visit campus until further notice.

Once again, these regrettable changes are required to help reduce contact, increase social distancing, and reduce the transmission of COVID-19. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we take these steps to support the health and safety of everyone in our community.

Andrea

__________________________________________

Andrea B. Conner

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Lake Forest College

COVID-19 Update
3/17/2020

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

Several updates have become necessary since yesterday’s email to campus.  We encourage you to re-read yesterday’s message for clarity, but here are some additional notes:

Communication

For at least the next week, we will be sending daily campus updates via email and the website www.lakeforest.edu/coronavirus

Leaving Campus

As announced yesterday, students are required to vacate campus no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23.  If a student cannot return to campus to pack and remove their belongings, there are options listed in yesterday’s email along with an opportunity to request an exception.

Any room key that must be returned by mail should be sent in a padded envelope, along with student name, residence hall, and room number, to Lake Forest College, Attn: Residence Life, 555 N. Sheridan Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045

Mail Services is extending their hours this week to 10:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m. daily, through Monday, March 23 in order to assist with shipping.  Many of you have questions about forwarding mail or packages that have recently arrived at Mail Services; the staff there are working on a plan to address those matters next week once they can turn their attention away from shipping student belongings. 

Rented microfridges and bed lofts may be left in rooms.  Lofts should be disassembled and microfridges should be cleaned, defrosted, unplugged, and doors should be left open.  Additional questions should be directed to Bedloft Customer Service.

Students may maintain rented textbooks. Follett Bookstore will make arrangements for their return by mail. Questions can be directed to 0148mgr@follett.com.

The Gates Center will be coordinating free, limited shuttle service to O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week at 9am, Noon, and 3pm.  Capacity will be reduced in order to observe proper social distancing.  If you are interested in this service, please email gatescenter@lakeforest.edu ASAP with your flight information and a representative will respond to you individually.

A modest meal plan will be provided by Parkhurst Dining for the limited number of students who are approved to remain on campus.

Over the course of this week, students are highly encouraged to observe social distancing and gathering in groups of fewer than 10 people.

Academic Calendar Update

Student Symposium on April 7 has been cancelled, and will now be used as an instructional day.  The first Reading Day, April 29, will also be used as an instructional day.

The deadline for adjusting courses to Pass/Fail has been moved to the last day of classes, April 29.

Campus Facilities and Offices

Beginning today, the College will begin to lock campus buildings to prevent community access.  More information regarding specific building hours will be shared tomorrow, but in the meantime students should be sure to carry their ID card to swipe into relevant buildings.

Tomorrow’s update will include a comprehensive list of facility hours and departmental closures.

Commencement

Since the federal government has advised against gatherings of 10 or more people indefinitely, the College is not yet in a position to reschedule Commencement. We understand the deep importance of celebrating the graduation and accomplishments of the Class of 2020 in a meaningful way, and the College looks forward to sharing plans for that as soon as appropriate.

Refunds

A memo from the Business Office regarding partial refunds for room, board, fees, and parking permits will be forthcoming later this week.  Boomer Bucks, flex dollars and commuter plans will all roll forward to fall semester.  Seniors will be refunded their unused Boomer Bucks via a credit on their student account.

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Finally, we realize the added anxiety recent decisions have placed on members of our campus community.  We are committed to do all that we can to communicate with you in a clear and consistent manner as one way to help ease your concerns.  Best wishes to all of you for your health and safety.  Thank you for your patience during this difficult period.

Andrea

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Andrea B. Conner

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Lake Forest College

COVID-19 Update: Courses Taught Remotely and Students Leaving Campus
3/16/2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

These are very challenging times as COVID-19 sweeps across the nation, causing widespread anxiety and upending all of our plans.  We must react to the demands of the virus as quickly and effectively as possible, and I am proud of the many ways that all of you are doing so.  The College will continue to keep you informed through our website, www.lakeforest.edu/coronavirus, and I encourage you to email any specific questions about this message today to coronavirus@lakeforest.edu.  We will make every effort to respond within 24 hours.  Thanks once more for the concern you are showing for each other, and for the mutual support you are providing.

Remote Course Delivery

After several days of effort and planning by the College’s Crisis Team, and with vital work underway by College faculty, I write now to announce that all course instruction will take place remotely for the rest of this semester once classes resume next Monday, March 23.  No courses will be taught on campus; all will be taught through online or distance-learning means.  Students will receive further instructions from faculty about specific courses in the days ahead, and ITS assembled a webpage to help students make the transition to remote learning at this link here.

Moodle will be the primary method most faculty will use to share course materials with students and manage assignments and exams. Any supplemental resources will be shared with students by professors as needed.  Any student concerns regarding reliable home access to a computer and the Internet to complete coursework should be sent to the Help Desk so ITS can assess how to help.

Internships

Student internships will also be completed online or remotely.  The Career Advancement Center is working directly with students and employers to make specific arrangements for all current internships.  Any exception to this online internship rule must be approved by CAC.  Please know that CAC is committed to provide ongoing career counseling and support to all students, especially current seniors.  CAC will soon send several important messages about career planning and preparation: students should be sure to read them when they arrive.

Requirement for Students to Leave Campus

Given the decision to switch to online/remote courses for the rest of this semester, the College must close residence halls and students must leave campus and our Chicago Loop facility as quickly as possible.  We realize how disruptive this departure will be, but it is necessary to reduce the risk of community transmission of COVID-19.  Public health officials are very clear that “social distancing” between people must be maximized, and colleges across Illinois and the nation are sending students home.

Students must retrieve belongings from their residence hall rooms within the next seven days (including Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22).  The final deadline for retrieving possessions will be next Monday, March 23, at 5:00 p.m.  Students who come to campus should retrieve belongings in no more than 8 hours.  Students should not plan to stay overnight, should visit as few campus offices as possible, and should handle any campus business by phone or email.  For students who live nearby and have extra storage space at home, please consider offering that space to a friend who may need it.

If a student cannot return to campus to pack and remove belongings, there are two options:

  • First, you can send a proxy (family member or friend) to gather your things for transport, storage, or shipping. Simply write ResLife@lakeforest.edu to confirm this.  If arriving between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., your proxy should call Residence Life at 847-735-6232.  If arriving between 5:00 p.m. and 8:30 a.m., your proxy should call Public Safety at 847-735-5555.
  • Second, you can arrange for your items to be managed by an outside company that can pack and either store or ship your belongings. A list of company options can be viewed here.

Once your room is empty, you must formally check out by turning in your key at Rosemary House between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on any of the next seven days, or at Public Safety after hours. 

Requests for Exceptions to the Requirement to Leave Campus 

Any student who seeks an exception to the requirement to vacate campus – or to the March 23 deadline to remove personal possessions – must complete and submit this linked form by 5:00 p.m. this coming Wednesday, March 18:  https://www.lakeforest.edu/live/forms/316.  The only exceptions that can be granted must be based on extraordinary hardships, e.g., F1 international or ISEP students who cannot fly to their home countries due to travel restrictions or clear and present dangers, or students who lack any access to a safe home or friend’s family in the United States.  If any student in the Loop seeks and is granted an exception, they will be required to move to the Lake Forest campus within 24 hours.

Student Accounts and Student Employment

The College is working on policies regarding adjustments to room, board and other fees previously paid this semester. Support and guidance are also being developed for students who rely on work-study funds. Policies will be announced this week, and the Business Office will email details to students and parents. 

Access to Campus Facilities

General access by the public to campus facilities will be prohibited effective next Monday, March 23.  Student, faculty and staff access to facilities will also be limited, and building-specific information will be publicized by the end of this week.

Health and Counseling

Students should note there will be no walk-in hours for Health and Counseling, effective immediately.  All visits for both Health and Counseling – including same-day crisis visits for Counseling Services – must be scheduled.  To schedule appointments call (847) 735-5240 or email healthandwellness@lakeforest.edu

Administrative Staff at Work

As announced last week, administrative staff should plan to work this week on campus or at home if approved by supervisors.  Requests for parental/medical leave should be submitted to HR Director Agnes Stepek.  As soon as there is clarity about pending federal legislation on extended sick and family leaves, in addition, Agnes will email relevant details to faculty and staff.

Beyond communicating with supervisors, any staff or faculty member who has either personal or family health concerns related to COVID-19 should communicate directly and immediately with Agnes Stepek.  All institutional travel by faculty and staff has been cancelled except for specific trips approved by Dean Schneiderman or Vice President Lori Sundberg.  Faculty and staff should also minimize personal travel to the maximum extent possible.

Cancellation of Campus Events

All campus events must be cancelled for the rest of the spring semester, including all athletic practices and competitions, theater and music productions, all-campus parties and other student events.  I sincerely regret this because I know that students – especially our seniors – were looking forward to numerous events this spring with great anticipation.  Unfortunately, the College has no choice at this time.  Any questions about particular event cancellations should be directed to Dean Schneiderman, Dean Conner, or Vice President Slaats.

Commencement Postponement

It is especially painful for me to announce, in this regard, that Ravinia Festival Park has had to cancel all events until June, including the College’s May 9 Commencement.  I cannot yet say where or when it will happen, but the College is committed to holding a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020.  At the earliest opportunity, after COVID-19 concerns have dissipated, the College will provide details about that ceremony.

I thank everyone, once more, for your commitment, cooperation, and resilience in this very difficult time.  We are all dealing with a list of setbacks and disappointments that grows longer by the hour, due to COVID-19.  I have great faith in our strong College community, however, and I am confident that these challenging days will pass away like others before them.

Best wishes to all of you for your continuing health and safety.

Stephen D. Schutt
President
Lake Forest College

COVID-19 Campus Update - Residence Life and Meals
3/13/2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I want to thank everyone, once again, for your continuing efforts to deal with the challenges and complications caused by COVID-19.  The College Crisis Team met this morning and will continue to meet daily, and I am grateful for the expertise the team is bringing to this unprecedented situation.  Based on this morning’s meeting, I am writing now to provide the specific information below, which may help your individual planning for the weekend and days that follow.

College administrative staff should prepare to work next week on campus or remotely, if approved by their supervisors.  Please see the March 11, 2020 email from HR Director Agnes Stepek for relevant details.

For students on campus:

  • Please complete immediately, if you have not already done so, the brief ResLife survey that you can access at this link:  https://www.lakeforest.edu/live/forms/314.
  • Parkhurst will provide daily meals at Boomers for students still on campus next week.  Menus will be posted later today on the Food U app and at http://www.lakeforestcatering.catertrax.com/ .  In addition, the Market on the lower level of Mohr Student Center has been freshly restocked with a variety of “grab and go” food items and other supplies.
  • The Health and Wellness Center has prepared helpful instructions for utilizing its services, which were emailed today to all students.

The Career Advancement Center is in direct contact with students engaged in internships this spring, and is working to make appropriate arrangements for all internships by next week.

Campus events, including rehearsals, remain cancelled indefinitely, and any exceptions must be approved by Dean Schneiderman or Dean Conner.

As previously communicated, the website www.lakeforest.edu/coronavirus will continue to be your best source of current relevant information.  If you have specific questions or concerns that are not addressed on the website, please send them to coronavirus@lakeforest.edu and we will make every effort to respond within 24 hours.

Thanks to everyone for your continuing understanding and cooperation.

Stephen D. Schutt
President
Lake Forest College

COVID-19 Campus Update - Further Spring Break Extension
3/12/2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

We are all in a very challenging time, and COVID-19 realities are rapidly evolving.  The College and our community have been through challenging times before, however, and I have no doubt that we will successfully navigate this one.  Thanks for the cooperative spirit that all of you have shown thus far, and thanks for your continuing efforts to take good care of each other.

The COVID-19 situation, nationally and regionally, is already different today than yesterday, so please pay careful attention to this important update.  In yesterday’s campus message, I informed you that spring break would be extended through next Tuesday, March 17.  I now need to tell you that:

  • The College has decided to extend the spring break through all of next week, inclusive of Friday, March 20;
  • We expect classes will resume on Monday, March 23, and we will inform you at the latest by next Wednesday, March 18, if all classes will move entirely to online formats for the rest of the semester;
  • We will also inform you at the latest by next Wednesday, March 18, if the College will be able to maintain a residential program for the rest of this semester.

This update is influenced by the World Health Organization’s declaration yesterday that COVID-19 is a pandemic, by President Trump’s address last night, by the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois, and by other fast-moving developments.  COVID-19 is compelling colleges across our region to make large, serious academic and programmatic decisions very quickly.  I hope the clarity in this message – that spring break is extended through next week, and that the College will make a final decision about the remainder of this semester by next Wednesday, March 18 – will help you make your individual plans. The Dean of the Faculty, Office of Faculty Development, and Information Technology Services will follow-up with further guidance and support for faculty.

In addition, effective next week, all group events on campus are cancelled until further notice.  This decision is based on the advice of public health officials, and is designed to prevent or slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  If you wish to apply for an exception regarding a specific campus event, please contact either Dean Schneiderman or Dean Conner, but know that we intend to grant few exceptions.

 Also effective immediately, all nonessential institutional travel by students, faculty or staff must be cancelled or postponed.

For students who will continue to reside on campus during the extended spring break, the cafeteria will remain closed next week.  Parkhurst will serve meals from Boomers, including deli and vegetarian options, beginning Sunday evening.  These can be debited from students’ meal plans.  The Market will also be open and available for individual purchases on the lower level of the Mohr Student Center.

Thanks once more to everyone for everything you’re doing to help our community weather this new storm.  I am grateful to all of you.

Stephen D. Schutt
President
Lake Forest College

COVID-19 Campus Update - Spring Break Extension
3/11/2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

The coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States and around the globe. There are no known cases on the Lake Forest College campus. Because the number of cases continues to rise across the country, however, the College must move forward with plans to prevent or slow the transmission of the virus as best we can, to protect the health and safety of our campus community.  With this in mind, our campus crisis team is in regular contact with local and state public health officials, and we are following all available guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.

As a first step, the College is extending the current Spring Break through Tuesday, March 17.  If events require that this extension go further, you will be notified immediately.

We know this extension will be disruptive, but it will provide necessary time for faculty to adapt current courses, in whole or part, to incorporate distance learning modalities.  When classes resume, the College will adopt a course-specific Flexible Attendance policy for faculty and students. This policy will allow individuals to make attendance decisions based upon their personal situations, including students or faculty who may need to make a choice for a sustained absence from campus. Faculty who are absent should deliver course content using Moodle and other online tools, and students should be permitted to make up missed work or have course content delivered remotely, without penalty for attendance-based grades. Further, faculty should prepare for the possibility of a future emergency suspension of classes, and the Dean of the Faculty will provide more information on that topic very soon. As a final point, students should regularly check email for course-related updates from their professors or the Office of the Dean of Faculty.

Administrative staff members will also be authorized to make individual decisions about being present on campus, if necessary to protect their health and safety. HR Director Agnes Stepek will provide more information promptly, and staff members should contact their direct supervisors as needed.

For the majority of students who are away from campus this week, we encourage you to delay your return until next Tuesday, March 17.  We realize some residential students may have no option to stay away from campus until then, and ResLife is making provisions for students already here or those who must return over the next several days.  If you are such a student, please contact reslife@lakeforest.edu immediately so that the College can maintain an accurate list of students on campus.  In addition, all residential students will shortly receive – and must complete – a vital survey about spring break-related travel and other important information. 

I want to assure everyone on campus, as Dean Conner previously communicated, that custodial and other staff are following CDC and other professional guidance about wiping down computer labs, tables and other public surfaces.  In addition, the College is supplying hand sanitizers and approved cleaning wipes – subject to availability – in locations across campus.  As of now, the cafeteria is scheduled to be open on Monday, March 16, with a reduced number of stations so that Parkhurst staff can serve diners at all of them.  The elimination of self-serve stations, except for the salad bar, will reduce the possibilities of contamination that can occur through self-service.

I also urge everyone to continue practicing the following health-protective measures:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Cover a cough with your arm, elbow or shoulder.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick, and try to stay three to six feet apart from someone who is sneezing or coughing.
  • Stay home if you have a fever or are otherwise sick.  Staff will receive this week new guidance about this from HR Director Agnes Stepek.

The College will provide frequent updates to this message, starting tomorrow, including information about campus events that may be cancelled in days and weeks ahead.  Now and in the future, the website www.lakeforest.edu/coronavirus will be your best source of current, relevant information.  If you have specific questions or concerns that are not addressed on the website, please send them to coronavirus@lakeforest.edu and we will make every effort to respond within 24 hours.

Thanks to everyone for your cooperation and the support you can give each other in this unprecedented time and situation.

Stephen D. Schutt
President
Lake Forest College

Coronavirus Update - Action Needed
3/4/2020

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

​The College’s Crisis Management Team ​met again this morning to review and ​refresh our existing pandemic plans ​in case a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak ​should occur in the weeks and months ahead.

If you have not already done so, please submit your spring travel plans through an online form (click here).  We are pleased that more than 500 submissions have been received since Tuesday, but we want to have the most complete view of imminent travel away from campus in order to inform our future safety plans.

Should you or someone in your care present symptoms consistent with coronavirus, please know that medical professionals are advising the patient to NOT travel to an emergency department or urgent care facility. Rather the patient and/or caretaker should first contact a primary care provider by telephone to review symptoms and be triaged accordingly. For students without a primary care provider, they may contact the College’s Health and Wellness Center at (847) 735-5240 (Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm over Spring Break). Following this procedure will help contain any pandemic outbreak, including the need to potentially quarantine important emergency care workers. 

The Crisis Management Team will continue to meet over the Spring Break period and will communicate to the campus community, as needed. 

Please know that this message, along with other coronavirus-related information can be referenced at any time by going to www.lakeforest.edu/coronavirus. We continue to welcome students to share that webpage with your families.

Wishing you a safe Spring Break. 

Andrea

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Andrea B. Conner

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Lake Forest College

Coronavirus Update - Travel Plans and More
3/2/2020

Students, faculty, and staff,

​The College’s Crisis Management Team ​met last Friday, February 28, to review and ​refresh our existing pandemic plans ​in case a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak ​should occur in weeks and months ahead. The team identified and initiated the following strategies:

  1. For the next 10 weeks, all students, faculty, and staff will be asked to submit any out-of-state business or personal travel plans through a confidential web form that will only be reviewed by a member of the Crisis Management Team.  This strategy will help us offer you support if a location you recently visited becomes compromised and quarantine is necessary. Please watch for that link via email tomorrow, under the subject line: ACTION NEEDED: SUBMIT TRAVEL PLANS.  We also urge anyone who plans to travel to check the CDC’s website for the most up to date travel guidance.
  2. The College will ​increase the supply of hand sanitizers and bleach wipes in public areas, and College employees will ​increase efforts to wipe down computer labs, library spaces, athletic facilities, and the like. Parkhurst employees will ​frequently change serving utensils in the dining hall and, whenever possible, will ​lower the sneeze guards to reduce “self-service” options in favor of being served by staff.  This change ​is designed to reduce the increased possibility of contamination that can more easily occur ​through self-service.
  3. Informational posters will be displayed around campus to remind everyone that covering your cough and washing your hands frequently prevents the spread of germs, viruses, and influenza.  We remind you that it is equally important to keep your distance from those who are sick, ​and you should not share drinking cups or bottles ​with anyone else.  Those who are immunosuppressed should continue to stay abreast of the news and stay in touch with their health care providers, especially if regional occurrences of the virus begin to rise. 
  4. We will ​enhance our communication outreach through a webpage dedicated to providing information and resource links. This new webpage is www.lakeforest.edu/coronavirus and we encourage students to share it with interested family members.    
  5. Finally, we recommend that faculty and staff start to consider what they might need in terms of technology and resources in the unlikely event that working from home becomes necessary.  If that were to happen, more information from Human Resources will be distributed, with reminders about our telework, sick day, and Family Medical Leave policies. 

Thank you for your continued attention to these matters!

Andrea

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Andrea B. Conner

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Lake Forest College

Coronavirus Update
2/26/2020

Students, faculty, and staff,

Many of you have become aware that yesterday the CDC recently increased the level of concern about the likelihood of coronavirus (COVID-19) appearing in the United States in greater numbers.  Experts’ best advice for preventing the spread of this virus – as well as influenza – includes washing your hands, covering your cough, staying home/in your room if you are sick, keeping workspaces clean, keeping your distance from people who are sick, and getting your flu shot.  It’s also important to stay calm and continue to be kind and supportive to members of our campus community. Too many campuses are reporting anti-Asian sentiment, and such microaggressions are clearly unacceptable in our community.

We’d like to take this opportunity to reassure you of a number of things:

  • Throughout this semester, Kathy Salinger (Nurse Practitioner in Health & Wellness) has been in regular contact with the Illinois Department of Public Health and has been monitoring the Centers for Disease Control in order to respond and provide guidance to other administrators as needed. 
  • Student Affairs has been in contact with a few students directly affected by the coronavirus, including students currently outside the United States who have had interruptions to their study abroad plans, as well as those with impacted family members outside of the United States. 
  • Relevant staffers on the College’s Safety Committee recently discussed general preparedness for coronavirus and considered the challenges we’ll need to consider in the event that isolation and/or quarantine instructions are given by local, state, or federal authorities.
  • The Crisis Management Team will meet this week to review the College’s Emergency Operations Plan and our existing pandemic plans, to better prepare for a coronavirus outbreak, if one were to occur in weeks ahead.  We will be guided by recommendations from the American College Health Association, Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization.
  • Rick Cohen (Director of Public Safety) is a member of the Emergency Management Coordinating Council of Lake County. He will be meeting with that organization next week and will provide guidance developed from that discussion.
  • If you are interested in learning more, here are two recent articles and the CDC website:

We will keep the campus updated of any significant changes, and will send another update next week before Spring Break travels begin. 

Thank you,

Andrea Conner, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Rick Cohen, Director of Public Safety
Mary Grigar, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Health & Wellness
Kathy Salinger, Nurse Practitioner

Coronavirus and Influenza Update
2/18/2020

Don’t let the flu sneak up on you!

Did you know that it is not too late to get your annual flu shot, which is one of the best ways to decrease your likelihood of getting the flu? Illinois still has a high volume of flu activity, which has increased over the last three weeks. We have flu here on campus as well. So, we all need to stay vigilant in order to reduce the chance of getting this nasty virus!

Limit your risk:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds – about the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday!
  • If you don’t have access to a sink, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Try not to touch your nose, mouth, or eyes without first washing your hands – viral germs can live on surfaces for extended periods of time.
  • Use wipes such as Clorox to clean frequently touched surfaces like door handles, keyboards, remote controllers.

I am sick – now what?

  • Flu symptoms include; fever, cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue, and occasionally vomiting and diarrhea.
  • It’s hard to tell flu from other respiratory viruses. Flu tends to start suddenly, while other viruses gradually worsen.
  • Rest and stay hydrated.
  • Isolate yourself as much as possible.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or with your arm/sleeve, and then wash your hands.
  • Over the counter medications (like ibuprofen or Dayquil) can help you feel better but don’t kill the flu virus.
  • If you have shortness of breath, rapid breathing, wheezing, chest pain, severe vomiting or other concerning symptoms, call or visit the Health & Wellness Center. Call Public Safety during hours when the Center is closed.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – I’ve been hearing about it, should I be worried?

  • The current outbreak of this new strain of virus was first identified in China, but has now spread internationally.
  • Currently in the United States the health risk to the general public remains low both in the U.S. and in Illinois.
  • The Center for Disease Control and The Illinois Department of Public Health are closely monitoring the situation and are responding and providing guidance as needed.
  • Lake Forest College administrators, in collaboration with the Health & Wellness Center and The NorthShore University Health System, are staying informed of the latest developments and recommendations to keep our community safe.
  • Because of the extent of virus in China, travel restrictions have been enacted:
    • The Center for Disease Control has recommended that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China.
    • Effective February 2, 2020, the U.S. government suspended entry of foreign nationals who have been in China within the past 14 days.
    • U.S. citizens, residents and their immediate family members who have been in mainland China are allowed to enter the U.S. but are subject to health monitoring and possible quarantine for up to 14 days.
  • Lake Forest College is strongly discouraging travel to China over spring break.
  • If you have concerns or would like individualized information about this novel (new) Coronavirus, please call the Health & Wellness Center or make an appointment online.
  • We will keep students informed of significant changes as needed.
  • Here is a link to the CDC website for updates as they are published: 
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html