Safety protocols ensure the health and safety of our campus.
Mask requirements were updated on March 28
Last updated: 5/13/2022
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we cautiously move toward a post-COVID-19 environment on our campus.
After reviewing all current COVID-19 safety protocols and updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Kane County Health Department; the Illinois Department of Public Health, and feedback from our unions, employees, students, and community members, the following mitigation efforts became in effect beginning Monday, March 28, 2022.
Masks will only be required in the following circumstances and locations:
- Some Instructional Spaces: Certain arts and health professions classes. Masks may also be required in the classrooms, labs, faculty offices, and workrooms for immunocompromised faculty.
- Workspaces: Students and employees are expected to wear masks as requested when meeting in an individual’s personal work or office space.
- Building K: Masks are required at the Vitality testing site in Building K.
However, masks will be strongly recommended in all other settings on campus. Anyone who prefers to wear a face-covering is welcome and encouraged to do so. As masking is now a personal choice, we must respect everyone’s decision, whether they choose to mask or not. For continued safety, Elgin Community College will make KN95 and/or N95 masks available for those who want to wear them.
Important Safety Reminders
- The State of Illinois still requires proof of vaccination or weekly testing for employees and students. Per Aug. 26, 2021, Executive Order 2021-20 (COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 87), Elgin Community College is actively working to put procedures in place for students and employees to provide proof of vaccination, on-site testing on campus to accommodate the governor’s weekly requirement, on-campus and community vaccination clinics, and other compliance-related protocols.
- COVID-19 testing for employees and students remains available in Building K through Vitality. Testing hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- ECC’s COVID-19 reporting protocols are still in effect.
- Continue to practice social distancing.
- Mask dispensing stations are located throughout campus and will continue to be available.
- Stay home if feeling ill.
COVID-19 Vaccinations are required for all higher education employees and students. The mandate requires ECC employees and students enrolled in on-campus classes (credit or non-credit), or those participating in on-campus events or activities, to be vaccinated against COVID-19 OR provide a negative COVID-19 test at least once a week. Students enrolled in all fully online classes are not required to comply with this mandate unless they are engaged in other activities that regularly bring them to campus (i.e., student-athletes, student workers, classroom observation hours, etc.)
Illinois Testing Mandate
Per Aug. 26, 2021, Executive Order 2021-20 (COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 87), Elgin Community College is actively working to put procedures in place for students and employees to provide proof of vaccination, on-site testing on campus to accommodate the governor’s weekly requirement, on-campus and community vaccination clinics, and other compliance-related protocols.
- We follow current CDC guidelines for cleaning and sanitation throughout campus.
- We provide hand sanitizer stations throughout campus.
- If needed, mask dispensers and self-check stations are located at the Buildings A, H, O, M, and K entrances.
ECC will provide updates periodically on this dashboard via email and the employee newsletter (Spartan Review). Students will receive updates from the Dean of Students via email.
Help for students during the pandemic
Elgin Community College has received additional funding to help students reach their educational goals during the pandemic. All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to help us determine your eligibility for the upcoming school year. The Alternative Application for state aid is available for qualifying undocumented and transgender students. For assistance, call 847-214-7360. Resources are also available to students who need them through our Student Success Fund from the ECC Foundation.
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|Cumulative cases since Monday, August 10, 2020. View cumulative case data|
Table data updated at 9:22 AM on Friday, May 13, 2022.
What are we counting?
- Individuals who have been on campus.
- We define a COVID-19 case on campus as an individual who has tested positive using a molecular or viral test and has physically been to campus 48 hours before or anytime after symptoms started or the test was administered.
Data provided for confirmed COVID-19 cases are captured in consultation with the local health department(s) and/or self-disclosure via established college protocol.
Archived COVID-19 Statements
ECC is moving forward with our plan to gradually reopen the Spartan Drive campus to select employees and students taking lab courses beginning Monday, June 1, 2020. Please be aware that each of ECC’s phases will coincide with guidance outlined in Gov. J.B Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan and is contingent on a number of factors, all of which are subject to change.
As a result of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s recent announcement to extend the state’s current “stay-at-home” order through the end of May, Elgin Community College will reopen its campus, to specific employees, utilizing a phased approach, beginning Monday, June, 1.
Elgin Community College (ECC) remains committed to the success of our students. With less than a month remaining to complete the spring 2020 semester for students in remote learning, we encourage students to complete the semester by utilizing all of the strategies, resources and support provided to you by the college. A list is available at elgin.edu/remotehub. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, ECC has established policies specific to the spring 2020 term, not only to promote successful com
A trio of Elgin Community College faculty, staff, and alums are doing their part to support essential workers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
As a result of Governor Pritzker’s recent announcement to extend the state’s current “stay-at-home” order through Thursday, April 30, Elgin Community College will remain closed to the public until Monday, May 04. Consequently, the college will continue to provide academic, financial, and student support services remotely. Please see the attached updated Support Services Resource Guide. Most services will utilize phone, email, and/or Google Hangouts* as modes of communication.
Employees with essential responsibilities, as notified by their supervisors, will work remotely until we return to campus on Monday, May 04. All class instruction will continue to be delivered through alternative delivery formats for the remainder of the spring semester. Students taking lab and specialized courses will be contacted by their instructors on when their classes will resume.
Although Governor Pritzker’s Stay-at-Home order is currently in effect through Tuesday, April 7, please remember instruction resumes on March 30, 2020, in alternative learning formats (remotely) for most courses, with the exception of some lab courses and other specialized courses. No on-campus classes will be in session the week of March 30.
Thank you all for your commitment and dedication to our students during these unprecedented times. It is during times of hardship and uncertainty that our Shared Values come alive, guiding our decision-making and solidifying our mission. I am grateful for how our entire ECC family – faculty, staff, administrators, and community - has rallied around our students.
The Elgin Community College Foundation has established the ECC Foundation Emergency Student Relief Fund to help students most impacted by this crisis. The ECC Foundation Emergency Student Relief Fund has already been seeded with a generous donation of $10,000. We are seeking community support to ensure every impacted student can continue their education in these uncertain economic times.
Even as we write this email, we realize changes could occur that will affect campus operations, teaching, and instruction for the next few months. We also know in these uncertain times that it is important to have information that helps you make important decisions and plan ahead. At the time of this communication, there have been no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 on any of the ECC locations.
Elgin Community College is aware that information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rapidly evolve. In fact, this worldwide pandemic has undoubtedly led to anxiety and uncertainty while impacting lives and daily business operations in every industry.
We are all concerned about the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Elgin Community College. Working together as a team, the college continues to diligently monitor the situation. We have put several precautionary measures into place to limit potential exposure while assessing our policies and procedures.
Upon careful review of the latest travel advisories issued to Italy by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Warning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel and the U.S. Department of State Level 3: Reconsider Travel and a Level 4 - Do Not Travel to certain regions, the College has decided to postpone the Language and Culture 2020 study abroad program to Urbania, Italy until summer 2021.
Elgin Community College continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation in Italy. Upon careful review of the latest travel advisories issued to Italy by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Warning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel and the U.S. Department of State Level 3: Reconsider Travel and a Level 4 - Do Not Travel to certain regions, the College has decided to postpone the Culinary Arts and Hospitality study abroad program to Urbania, Italy until May 2021.
The Elgin Community College Emergency Management Department works closely with the Kane County Health Department (KCHD) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to monitor and address health concerns that could impact our campus community. Most recently, the College has been closely tracking the COVID-19 virus (previously named Coronavirus).
Recent news stories relating to a new strain of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, may be causing you concern. At this time, the Kane County Health Department (KCDH) is reporting no confirmed or suspected cases of the coronavirus in Kane County.
A positive COVID-19 or an active coronavirus infection of an individual associated with Elgin Community College does not indicate transmission or exposure occurred on campus.
Elgin Community College is committed to transparency. We will update this site each Friday by 12 p.m. All data is voluntarily reported in accordance with the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) protocols. Please refer to the COVID-19 notifications for updates.