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Kishwaukee College re-opens Aug. 3, classes start Aug. 17. Here's how it will work.

MALTA – Kishwaukee College will be re-opening on Aug. 3 with reduced in-person and on-campus services available. The fall semester will begin Aug. 17.

To help protect all members of the College’s community, everyone must perform a daily self-screening prior to coming to campus. Self-screening questions ask about cough, fever, chills, headache, difficulty breaking, respiratory problems and lost sense of taste or smell.

If students, employees or visitors, answer yes to any of the health questions, they should not come to campus and should notify their healthcare provider. They should not return to campus until at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and they have no fever for at least 72 hours.

Students, faculty and staff must also file a report if they were diagnosed with COVID-19 or had potential exposure to someone with COVID-19.

Everyone must wear a face covering while inside buildings. Anyone not complying will be asked to leave campus.

According to the Return to Campus Guide for Employees, Kishwaukee College is taking steps to ensure campus health and safety, including additional cleaning, sanitization and social distancing rules.

Common areas and frequently-touched surfaces will be cleaned daily. Cleaning supplies will be available and employees are encouraged to clean and disinfect shared areas such as breakrooms and copy machines throughout the workday.

Classrooms will be cleaned throughout the day after each use. Each classroom will be provided a kit which includes cloth and disposable face coverings, sanitizer and wipes to be used as needed. Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout buildings.

Work days have been modified to reduce the number of people in a building at one time, communal areas have reduced seating and capacity limits and Plexiglass has been installed in high traffic areas.

Kishwaukee College created a video to answer questions regarding fall courses that was released Wednesday.

“Due to continued public health concerns, the college will be offering as many courses online as possible for the protection and convenience of students, faculty and staff,” the video states. “Remember, your safety is our priority, and so are your educational goals.”

There will be three options for courses during the fall semester: asynchronous, or online anytime, synchronous, or online at a scheduled time and date, and a hybrid of online lectures and campus meetings. For many lab-based studio art and career tech courses, face-to-face and hands-on components are required.

Student support, such as tutoring, academic advising, career and employment services, counseling services and supplemental instruction will continued to be offered.

During the fall semester, 28% of classes will have a face-to-face component and 72% will be fully online.

“Providing a quality, affordable education, is the mission of the college and in doing so, ensuring a safe environment is of the utmost importance,” said Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College. “When planning for the fall semester, the safety of our students, faculty and staff was our top priority. We are doing everything we can do to ensure a positive learning experience for all our students.”

For more information about Kishwaukee College and the upcoming fall semester, visit www.kish.edu.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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