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COVID-19 Update 7/18/22

Hello Students!

Can you believe the fall semester starts a month from this week? As we return to an academic year with a balance of in-person and online classes, we will do so with a change related to COVID-19 procedures.

The most significant update, effective immediately, is that Cougars are no longer required to provide proof of vaccination or test weekly. The testing center on campus has closed.

Students enrolled in HCC Nursing and Allied Health Programs should request further instructions from Nursing Dean Dr. Stephanie Eymann, as their requirements may be different.

The state mandate to vaccinate or test was lifted by the governor last week for students and employees at colleges across Illinois. We strongly encourage you to stay up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccine and boosters, and you’re still welcome to submit those records to Highland.

Our focus at HCC remains on the health and safety of all students, instructors and staff. To that end, always plan to stay home and test for COVID-19 if you are experiencing any symptoms. Positive test results must still be reported to Student Services Vice President Liz Gerber if you attend classes or activities on campus.

Masks and social distancing are also no longer required this summer or moving forward into fall. Disposable face coverings and hand sanitizer will continue to be available to you across campus.

Our website offers a list of local resources, including vaccination and testing locations, as well as a dashboard of current cases. Please keep checking your email for important updates, too.

I want to thank you for putting the well-being of our Highland community first. Our care for one another has made all the difference these past two years, and it will be a joy to see more Cougar faces this fall!

Christina Kuberski
Highland Community College