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COVID update: Campus quiet period extended through Sunday, January 30.

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

We write to announce two important adjustments in the College’s plans to protect health and safety on our campus during the ongoing pandemic:

  1. There will be a one-week extension of the College’s current quiet period. The last day of the quiet period will be Sunday, January 30, and all previously announced campus guidelines and rules for the quiet period will remain in effect through that date.
  2. Consistent with CDC guidance, isolation and quarantine time periods will be reduced for those who test positive, and the definition of “fully vaccinated” has changed, as detailed below.

Classes temporarily being taught remotely should move to in-person instruction on Monday, January 31. Faculty currently teaching remotely may move to in-person sooner, simply by informing students. Campus meetings and events can likewise move to in-person formats on or after January 31, as long as they comply with the College’s Spring 2022 Plan.

Faculty should contact their department chair and the Dean of Faculty to request ​approval to continue remote teaching ​on or after January 31 due to either Covid-related issues specific to personal circumstances ​or a substantial number of student absences suggesting the benefit of a temporary remote shift. Staff members should contact their supervisor and/or Director of Human Resources Agnes Stepek to request ​approval to continue working remotely ​on or after January 31 due to Covid-related issues specific to personal circumstances. For concerns regarding documented medical issues, please contact Agnes Stepek.

We believe it is prudent to extend the quiet period for one additional week while large numbers of Covid cases are still reported in our region. Because positive cases are now declining day by day in Lake and Cook Counties, however, ​we do not believe a longer extension is warranted. As WGN-TV ​has reported and Illinois Department of Public Health ​data confirm, “Illinois’ Covid case count and hospitalizations appear to have crested and are now declining… The average number of people testing positive for Covid-19 each day has dropped 14% in the past week and the number of people hospitalized with the virus is down 7% from one week ago.” Furthermore, yesterday’s New York Times reports that “Omicron is in retreat” and that “the U.S. may be only a few weeks away from the most encouraging Covid situation since early last summer.”

The College successfully completed an in-person fall semester, thanks to everyone’s cooperation and safe practices. By January 31, we should be able to pivot to accomplish the same this spring. The benefit will be great for students who deeply need in-person instruction, campus activities, and safe social gatherings.

Isolation and quarantine time periods can be reduced to 5 days, effective January 31, per the following guidelines. Importantly, the definition of “fully vaccinated” has changed to reflect that those who are not yet boosted (but are eligible) are not considered “up to date.” Please review the following details:

  • Just as before, Day 0 is either the date symptoms are first experienced or, if asymptomatic, the positive test date.
  • On Day 5 of isolation (or the next business day after Day 5), a nurse from Health & Wellness (or, in the case of employees, a representative from Human Resources) will contact individuals in isolation to determine if they meet criteria to be released from isolation early, or whether they will remain in isolation until Day 11. If asymptomatic or if symptoms are resolving, and they have no fever, they will be directed to take a Covid test at Health & Wellness or an official off-campus testing center. If the test is negative, they can leave isolation on Day 6 but must wear a KN95 mask through Day 10 at all times around others, except when sleeping. Students can move about campus, receive to-go meals (which they must eat solo), attend class, and exercise while masked. If the test is positive, they must remain in isolation until being released on Day 11.
  • Quarantines will be required for close contacts who are unvaccinated, and for individuals eligible to get a booster who have not yet received one.
  • Quarantines will not be required for close contacts who are up to date on vaccines. “Up to date” means either boosted, or recently vaccinated and not yet eligible for a booster. Additionally, quarantines will not be required for individuals who had Covid within 90 days of their most recent exposure.
  • On Day 5, individuals in quarantine will be directed to take a Covid test. If negative, they can leave quarantine on Day 6. If positive, they must move into isolation.
  • As before, “up to date” close contacts will also be asked to take a precautionary test 3-5 days after exposure.

It’s critical that students, faculty, and staff get their booster as soon as they can. We are trying but have not yet secured an area pharmacy to provide an on-campus booster clinic. Appointments are readily available at individual pharmacies (CVS, Walgreens, Jewel/Osco, Walmart, Target) including those in walking distance from campus.

Other ACM colleges and Chicago universities also ​have resumed or plan to begin in-person instruction over the next week or two, and to reduce isolation and quarantine periods consistent with CDC guidance. Like Lake Forest, they have seen little or no evidence of transmission in classrooms or dining halls.

Our weekly surveillance testing of at least 25% of our campus population has begun, and our campus coronavirus dashboard will continue to be updated every Tuesday and Friday.

As always, if there is any change in circumstances that requires a change in the College’s plans, students, faculty and staff will be promptly informed.

Stephen D. Schutt, President
Ravi Agarwal, Chief Information Officer
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
Shawn Vogen, Vice President for Advancement; Secretary

Posted 1/20/22.

Health and Wellness shares updates regarding services during campus quiet period through January 30.

Dear Students, 

Welcome back to the Spring 2022 semester! As everyone settles in for the new semester, Health and Wellness wanted to share updates regarding services during the campus quiet period, January 10–30.  

Counseling Services will be providing telehealth services during the quiet period, January 10-30. If you need to schedule a first appointment with a therapist, please schedule through https://lakeforest.studenthealthportal.com. If you are in need of a same-day virtual crisis appointment, please email  healthandwellness@mx.lakeforest.edu or log on directly to our crisis hour Monday-Friday between 2:00-3:00 p.m. to our Zoom Room (https://lakeforest.zoom.us/my/foresterhealthandwellness).

We will also provide Let's Talk hours (Mondays at 11:00 a.m., Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.) through the same Zoom room (https://lakeforest.zoom.us/my/foresterhealthandwellness).  

If you are need of mental health crisis support at any time of day or night, please contact our Wellness Whenever 24/7 Mental Health Support Line at 847-735-5300. 

Happy New Year!
Health and Wellness Center Staff

Posted 1/11/22; updated 1/20/22.

Library update: Mask wearing will be strictly enforced. Regular hours resume. Frequently asked questions answered.

Welcome back!

The College is implementing additional safety precautions through Sunday, January 30 to mitigate the spread of COVID. Mask wearing will be strictly enforced in the Library. If you do not wear your mask, covering both your nose and mouth, you will be asked to leave the building. Additionally, there will be a maximum of two people allowed per large table and one person per smaller table.  

Q & A:

May I eat in the library? 

You may only eat in the designated eating area near the Cyber Café. Signs will be posted on tables where this is permissible. Please limit your time at these tables to 20 minutes and mask as soon as you are done eating. Food is not permitted in other areas of the building. 

May I drink in the library?  

For drinks outside of the designated eating area, you may adjust your mask for a brief sip. Your mask must be immediately replaced between sips. You may not leisurely drink your beverage without replacing your mask. 

May I remove my mask if I’m alone in a study room?  

No. Even when you are alone in a study room, you must wear a mask. Study rooms are public spaces and are often booked back-to-back.  For the safety of all the people who will use the study room, masks must be worn.   

I have a Zoom job interview and would prefer not to wear a mask. Can you make an exception? 

If there is a special event and you need to be unmasked, please email library@lakeforest.edu at least 24 hours in advance and request a private space. If we have a room that will not be used by anyone else later in the day, we will consider making a special arrangement. This is possible only during weekdays, not weekends. 

Regular Library hours have resumed: 

Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–11 p.m. 

Friday: 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 

Saturday: CLOSED 

Sunday: 2 p.m.–11 p.m. 

Lake Forest College students, faculty, and staff also have 24/7 access to the first-floor computer lab as well as the Oppenheimer Center study area.  Please use your College ID to gain entrance to the building after hours.   

For more information about library services, please check our website. 

Thank you for helping us reduce the spread of COVID in our community.  

Kim Hazlett Interim Director of the LibraryLake Forest College | Donnelley and Lee Library 555 N. Sheridan Road | Lake Forest, IL 60045847-735-5063 hazlett@lakeforest.edu

Posteed 1/10/22; updated 1/20/22.

Masks are required at all Athletics events and in the Sports and Recreation Center. Unmasked individuals will not be admitted.

Happy 2022 Forester Faculty, Staff, and Students,  

As follow-up to Dean Connor’s email message last week, I wanted to provide a quick update on modifications planned for Athletics and Sports and Recreation Center operations from now through Sunday, January 30.  These plans—as with all Covid-19 adjustments—are subject to change so please pay careful attention to your email for related updates.  

First and foremost, masking (ideally K95 masks) will be strictly enforced and there will no longer be a verbal warning system in place.  Unmasked individuals will be directed to immediately exit the building.  

Varsity indoor athletic contests and practices for in season teams will continue as planned in full compliance with NCAA and MWC Covid-19 safety precautions and testing protocols.  There is also a modified spectator plan in place that allows only four guests per participating student-athlete and coach.  This means NO general admission to varsity contests during the College’s quiet period through January 30.   Additionally, men’s hockey and men’s and women’s basketball alumni day games and events, originally scheduled for January 15 have been postponed and rescheduled.  Men’s hockey alumni day is now scheduled for Saturday, February 12 and men’s and women’s basketball Saturday, February 5. 

Club sports and Intramural programming are paused through January 30, and no new Sports and Recreation Center space reservations will be accepted other than existing contracted rental agreements.

Individual workouts in the cardio suite and weight room will be allowed on a first come-first serve basis up to current, reduced capacity limits, but there will be NO GROUP recreational activities (pick-up basketball, soccer, lacrosse etc.) permitted on the courts or turf areas.  A group will be defined as greater than three per basket or goal. 

Finally, there have been slight adjustments made to the building hours—see below for detail.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Jackie Slaats

 

  • Sports & Recreation Center Plan for Spring 2022  – January 3–30
  • Entrance requirements
    • Presentation of Lake Forest College ID or community membership program ID (picture of ID on phone is not valid)
    • Mask covering nose and mouth required (ideally K95 masks)
      • violators subject to immediate removal; staff will no longer be providing a verbal warning
    • NO guests permitted 
    • Hours of Operation  (Jan. 10–30)
      • Building & Weight Room
        • M–F 6 a.m.–9 p.m.
        • Sat.–Sun. 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
      • Pool
        • M-F 7:30-9 a.m. & 12:30-2 p.m.
        • Sat.–Sun. Noon–4 p.m.
        • NO evening open swim
    • Facility Usage
      • All equipment is on a first-come first-served basis
      • Locker rooms are open as normal
      • Social distancing will be expected
    • Group Activity Modifications
      • Varsity contests – limited spectator policy in effect through Jan. 30
      • Club and IM Sports– paused through Jan. 30
      • Pick-up games – paused – no recreational groups larger than 3
      • New space reservations – none accepted prior to Jan. 30

     Jackie Slaats Vice President for Career Advancement and Athletics 847-735-5290 slaats@lakeforest.edu

    Posted 1/3/22; updated 1/20/22.

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