The attached document outlines our plans for the Fall 2021 semester to mitigate the ongoing effects of COVID-19. There, you will find summaries of our new and continuing procedures and protocols that have been designed with the safety of our community as our top priority.
There is a significant possibility that certain details in the Plan will shift in coming days and weeks in response to rapidly changing circumstances, and your patience and understanding is appreciated.
All students (residential and commuter), staff, and faculty are required to get a COVID-19 vaccine. This is a necessary to protect the health and safety of our community. The full announcement and exemption policy are available here.
The rapid spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 now requires the College to adjust our plans and practices regarding masking.
Effective immediately, all students, faculty, staff, and visitors – regardless of vaccination status – are required to wear masks indoors on campus.
For more details and exceptions to this, read the full announcement.
Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,
Please see below for important updates regarding our COVID precautions this fall. As the Delta variant continues to surge, we are establishing additional safety precautions.
Vaccinations. Yesterday, Governor Pritzker imposed a vaccine requirement for all employees of educational institutions (Kindergarten through College). Lake Forest College will fully comply with this mandate and will require all remaining unvaccinated faculty and staff to complete their dose(s) of vaccination by Friday, October 15. Please submit proof of completed vaccination here by that deadline. Staff may get the vaccine during their regularly scheduled work hours contingent on supervisor approval. Employees who need to take time off for COVID-19 vaccinations will be paid for up to two hours for each appointment – up to four hours of total pay. Supervisors must approve the leave to take the vaccine during working hours to minimize business interruptions. Faculty or staff who plan to seek a medical or religious exemption must contact Agnes Stepek at email@example.com by September 15. Until such time as a faculty or staff member is fully vaccinated (14 days after their last dose), they will be expected to take a weekly COVID test on Wednesdays at Vail Commons in Buchanan Hall (a signup sheet has been sent to all affected individuals). Per NCAA guidelines, unvaccinated coaches in season will be expected to take three tests a week.
Masking. As you know, we recently established an indoor masking mandate for all community members, regardless of vaccination status. Yesterday morning, Governor Pritzker issued an indoor mask mandate for the State of Illinois. Please be sure you have invested in a proper supply of masks that cover your nose and mouth; more details about approved facial coverings can be found in the Fall Plan. Faculty and staff can serve as role models for students, and we all must wear masks covering our noses and mouths at all times indoors except in private offices or residence hall rooms with doors shut. Additionally, it is vital that we wear masks properly and call upon each other to do likewise. As a tip for engaging with someone who is not wearing a mask or not wearing it properly, remember the acronym A.I.R.:
- First, ASK. “Could you please pull your mask up?”
- Second, INFORM. “The College and the State require masks to be worn properly indoors, no matter whether you’re vaccinated.”
- Finally, REFER. “We’ve talked about this before. Please wear your mask properly or I will need to inform the Dean of Students, the Dean of Faculty, or the Director of Human Resources.”
Campus Communication. A single student who had not yet come to campus is in COVID-19 isolation at home; one other student is now in campus quarantine following appropriate contact tracing. Starting next Wednesday, September 1, our dashboard will be reestablished at www.lakeforest.edu/coronavirus. As the CDC advises, we will test (i) all unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff; (ii) any vaccinated student, faculty, or staff member who is symptomatic; and (iii) anyone found through contact tracing to have had close contact with a positive individual. The dashboard data on isolation and quarantines – if any – will come from the population just described. The new dashboard will be updated each Wednesday, and as was the case last spring, the Dean of Students’ office will send email notification to faculty and campus job supervisors when students enter isolation or quarantine.
Absences. For students who are isolated or quarantined (and thus unable to attend in-person courses), faculty may treat this like other illnesses. The Fall Plan instructs students in the following manner: “Students in isolation and quarantine should contact their faculty members to discuss how their work may be completed, but there will be no College-sponsored remote learning accommodation for in-person courses.” This means that faculty have the authority – as with attendance policies – to make individual arrangements. That can certainly include use of Zoom or other asynchronous learning, but it’s not a College mandate to handle the situation in any particular way. Faculty should certainly remain understanding and support the student as they strive to catch up.
Other Safety Precautions. As the Delta variant continues to surge, the College continues to support Zoom meetings in order to reduce campus density while also providing a robust, in-person learning/working/teaching environment. Community members may meet in-person, but only if all parties in a meeting wish to do so.
Thanks to everyone for your continued commitment to the safety of our community. We welcome your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our very best to respond quickly.
Stephen D. Schutt, President
Andrea Conner, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Chris Ellertson, Vice President for Enrollment
DeJuran Richardson, Volwiler Professor and Senior Advisor to the President
Davis Schneiderman, Krebs Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Jackie Slaats, Vice President for Career Advancement and Athletics
Lori Sundberg, Vice President for Finance and Planning; Treasurer
Q&A Sessions with College Leadership
- Watch the December 2 recording
- Watch the August 6 recording
- Answers to Questions from August 6 Town Meeting
- Watch the August 13 recording
- Answers to Questions from August 13 Town Meeting
- COVID Testing Clinic FAQ's
- BinaxNOW and NAVICA app FAQs
- FAQ's regarding the Fall Semester plan
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Resources for Students
- Forester Commitment for Students
- Learning Remotely at Lake Forest College
- Student Accounts COVID-19 Financial Update
- Student Account FAQs
- Student Payroll FAQs
- Title IX Office COVID-19 Support and Response
- Internship Update
- Athletics Update
- Library Updates
Resources for Faculty and Staff
- Forester Commitment for Faculty and Staff
- Lake Forest Health and Wellness
- Teaching Remotely at Lake Forest College
- Remote Teaching in Response to COVID-19
- Human Resources FAQ
- Guidelines for Employees Working on Campus
- Guidelines for Supervisors of Employees Working on Campus
- Self-Observation Questionnaire
- Expectation for Travel Policy
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting
- May 8, 2020 Report
- June 12, 2020 Report
- HEERF II Student Portion June 30, 2021
- HEERF III Student Portion June 30, 2021