COVID-19 precautions and policies are in place to ensure the health and safety of our campus community. Information can be found on our main COVID-19 page

COVID-19 Information

Student Vaccine Policy

All students (residential and commuter) are required to get a COVID-19 vaccine in order to participate in the 2021-2022 academic year. This step is necessary to protect the health and safety of our community, and will allow us to relax some of the precautions that constrained our experience this spring. The full announcement and exemption policy are available here.

Face Mask Guidelines
  • Outdoors, masks are optional for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
  • Indoors, masks are optional for vaccinated individuals.
  • Indoors, masks must be worn by unvaccinated individuals to protect their safety and the safety of others.

The full announcement is available here

Welcome back! 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to pose challenges to Lake Forest College, the nation, and the world, and the College continues to carefully monitor conditions in and beyond our region. The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff will always be the College’s greatest responsibility. In recent weeks and months, College staff and faculty prepared careful plans to welcome a portion of our students and employees back to campus for the Spring 2021 semester. A little over half of the ordinary residential student population have chosen to live on campus in the spring. Other students will learn remotely or will commute from home or off-campus rental units. Additionally, a number of faculty will continue to teach remotely, and many staff will be working from home.

We have enacted numerous public health precautions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. The College has gained ample access to COVID-19 tests, reserved 71 residential beds for potential quarantine and isolation, enhanced building ventilation, and learned valuable lessons from the scientific community. Furthermore, the Forester Commitment spells out the duties of care we owe to each other and to the campus community during this pandemic. For the College to successfully hold an on-campus spring semester, these duties are essential, and they require our firm commitment.

We value transparency and are firmly committed to keeping lines of communication open. We have published a dashboard that will summarize the results of our COVID-19 testing, isolation, and quarantine. It will be updated weekly, on Wednesdays, with the previous week’s data. You can find the link to the dashboard below, along with an archive of our correspondence and a link to the Health & Wellness web page.

The College is grateful to members of the Crisis Management Team, Transition Support Team, COVID-19 Academic Task Force, Campus Spaces Team, and Campus Community Team, and the various campus departments and faculty that are adjusting to a new normal. As always, our work relies on guidance from the State of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Board of Higher Education, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Latest Correspondence

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Face mask policies changing July 6

7/1/21

Faculty, staff, and summer students,

Effective Tuesday, July 6, the College will follow CDC guidance regarding masking/facial coverings. As you have likely experienced in your own communities, this guidance has already been adopted by Lake County and most local businesses.  More specifically:

  • Outdoors, masks are optional for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
  • Indoors, masks are optional for vaccinated individuals.
  • Indoors, masks must be worn by unvaccinated individuals to protect their safety and the safety of others.

We are aware that the World Health Organization recommends the continual use of masks, even for the vaccinated. If the CDC changes its mask guidance, then we would plan to change ours in compliance with the CDC.  In any case, we encourage all of you who are vaccinated to continue wearing a mask if it makes you more comfortable! Moreover, everyone should routinely carry a mask with you as a courtesy in case someone asks you to put one on, or you encounter a circumstance where you’d feel more comfortable wearing one.

If the current spread of the delta variant or any other pandemic development requires a change in our policy or practice, we will inform you promptly.

For more information, see here and here.

Andrea

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Andrea B. Conner

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

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