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Highland Community College is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) illness in our district and state. The Highland emergency management team has established a COVID-19 Task Force... continue reading

HCC Advisory

COVID-19 Campus Readiness

Highland Community College is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) illness in our district and state. The Highland emergency management team has established a COVID-19 Task Force team that meets to discuss, monitor and plan for necessary responses or changes to our learning environment. Please refer to this page for updates on the college’s preparedness and response measures.

While on campus, you must self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, wear a face covering, keep at least 6 feet from others, and practice good hand hygiene. If you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, due to symptoms or potential exposure, please do not come to the Highland Community College campus.

HCC Covid-19 Dashboard

In September, the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) requested that all state community colleges post on their website current and cumulative COVID-19  cases. This information is updated weekly or as needed with a positive case. Read the dashboard

Phase 4 Campus Safety Precautions

August 10, 2020

The Phase 4 guidelines start on July 13 and include public access to campus while self-monitoring health, practicing social distancing, wearing a mask, and using good hand hygiene practices. Phase 4 guidelines

Campus Safety Guidelines

CARES Student Funds

September 30, 2020

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Highland Community College has received funds to provide emergency financial grants to students. The use of CARES Act funds is for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

For more information please visit the CARES Act page.

Phase 3 Campus Safety Precautions

June 8, 2020

Our Phase 3 guidelines start on Monday, June 8.

While many of our courses remain alternative learning, some of you may be attending campus during the summer for labs or to speak to an advisor. We’ve outlined details for Phase 3 like wearing a mask, not gathering in groups more than 10, and practicing social distancing by staying at least six feet away from others.

These Phase 3 guidelines include limited access to campus for both employees and students. If you are not registered for a summer session course, you will need to make an appointment first since our buildings remain locked, and much of our faculty and staff remain working remotely.

Phase 3 guidelines

HCC Continues Campus Restricted to Public Access

April 24, 2020

In response to Governor Pritzker’s “Stay at Home” Order extension, the Highland campus remains restricted to public access through May 30. We continue to require social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from others) with any access to our campus including walkers, bikers, and runners.

Wifi is available for students from parking lot D. There are 15 designated parking spots. Students must observe the 2-hour time limit during regular campus hours (M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).

April 6, 2020

In response to Governor Pritzker’s “Stay at Home” Order, the Highland campus remains restricted to public access. We continue to require social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from others) with any access to our campus including walkers, bikers, and runners.

Wifi is available for students from parking lot D. There are 15 designated parking spots. Students must observe the 2-hour time limit during regular campus hours (M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).

March 20, 2020

In response to Governor Pritzker’s “Stay at Home” Order the Highland campus remains restricted to public access.

As announced on Thursday, while our regular business hours remain available, much of our staff is working remotely. A very limited number of employees remain on campus for essential work purposes only. However, staff and faculty remain available through their Highland phone and email.

Other updates:

  • The Library and computer labs are closed.
  • The March Board of Trustees meeting is canceled.
  • Current online classes resume March 23.
  • The spring semester resumes on March 30 with alternative delivery, no face-to-face courses.

Some students have reached out asking about the May 16 Commencement ceremony. No determination has been made at this time.

As always, your safety is our top priority. Students should continue to check their Highland email and this page for updates and resources.

About COVID-19

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and cause respiratory illness. This new strain of coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first detected in Wuhan, China, and is thought to be spreading from ill people to others. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

The CDC recommends to prevent illness practices these actions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw it into the trash.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

To learn more about the coronavirus visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov

If you have questions about the coronavirus, contact the Illinois Department of Public Health hotline at 800-899-3931 or email at dph.sick@illinois.gov

Archived Updates

May 16, 2020

Commencement Announcement Coming June 1

We are in the midst of planning an August 15, 2020 ceremony. On June 1, we will announce what the ceremony will look like. Please watch your mailbox, highland.edu, and social media for the announcement.

April 14, 2020

May Commencement Ceremony Postponed

Dear Students:

It is with sadness that I share with you that we have decided to postpone the 2020 commencement ceremony planned for May 16, 2020. This decision does not come easy, as we know you and your loved ones are looking forward to celebrating your accomplishments at HIghland. The uncertainties of the pandemic require that we prioritize health and safety to keep you safe during these uncertain times.

We would like to find an alternative way to celebrate your success since we will not be able to gather in May. This week we will survey those students who registered to participate in the 2020 commencement ceremony. Please let us know if you are interested in a virtual commencement, an alternative 2020 commencement date, and/or participation in the spring 2021 commencement. After the survey closes, we will communicate with you as soon as possible about the alternative celebration. Your opinion matters, so please participate in this text survey.

There are also related celebrations happening in nursing and student organizations. We encourage those organizers to find the best creative way to ensure celebrations continue while carefully considering social distancing measures and related campus restrictions at that time. These events could also be postponed or held at another time, determined by each respective group.

While we will not host the commencement in May as we usually do, your status is not altered. If you successfully complete the degree or certificate requirements, you will graduate and receive the appropriate credential in May. Your standard graduation fee, which you already paid, covers the cost of processing these materials. No matter what is decided for our alternative celebration, we will make sure you receive your diploma. Your transcript will reflect the completion, and you will join the thousands of HCC Alumni!

I want to close with words that always bring me great joy–it will be my honor to announce the graduating class of 2020! Your accomplishment does not go without notice, and should be a silver lining during these uncharted times. Be proud, as we are, of what you have accomplished. I congratulate you on your accomplishments.

Sincerely,

Tim Hood, President

May 1, 2020

Pre-Summer Session Cancelations

Due to the extension of the Governor Pritzker’s Stay-at-Home order, Highland Community College has adjusted course offerings for the pre-summer session. Each course was individually reviewed with the instructor’s preference. Most of the three-week pre-summer courses needed to canceled, whereas some are going hybrid. Hybrid courses will start online and finish in-person while abiding by social distancing guidelines.

Pre-Summer (May 18-June 4) Canceled Courses

  • British Literature, ENGL 227
  • Introduction to Music, MUS 267
  • Introduction to Phlebotomy, NURS 107
  • First Aid, PHYD 212

The summer session courses starting June 8 are moving online. Those with lab components and special circumstances are under review on an individual basis determined by the division dean and instructor. Highland hopes to announce more information about these courses within the weeks ahead. Students can contact their advisor or instructor with questions.

Summerset 2020 Canceled

Summerset is a Highland Community College tradition dating back 47 years. As stewards of Summerset, we understand the importance of this annual production in our community. However, our number one concern is always the health and safety of our actors, musicians, crew, support staff, and our audience. In response to COVID-19, we are sad to announce that this year’s Summerset Production of Meredith Wilson’s Music Man will be canceled.

We know there was a lot of excitement about this year’s production, and we are aware there were a lot of people looking forward to participating and watching the production. It is our promise that Summerset will return. It means as much to all of us as it does to all of you. In the meantime, we will explore a potential summer virtual opportunity to replace this year’s Summerset production.

Especially during times like this, we are keenly aware of the important role the arts play in our community. This is why we look forward to welcoming you back to the Ferguson Fine Arts Building in the Fall for our theatre productions, art gallery openings, and vocal and instrumental concerts.

Thank you for your continued support of Summerset and the Fine Arts at Highland Community College. The show must go on!

March 19, 2020

Spring Semester Alternative Delivery: March 30-May 13
Restricted Public Access to Campus

Although there is no known case at Highland, the Emergency Management team has decided that Highland Community College faculty will deliver all spring courses using alternate delivery through the end of the semester, May 13. Spring break will remain extended through March 27. Alternate delivery of classes will begin on March 30. No face-to-face instruction will take place on campus during the remaining weeks of the spring semester.

Possible exceptions for internships, clinicals, and laboratory programs have yet to be determined. At this time, all Highland courses will be taught using alternative assignments and online learning tools that instructors are already working to implement.

Alternate delivery of classes adheres to social distancing guidelines and helps to ensure the well-being of our students and community. Social distancing measures enable our campus to take proactive steps to fight against the spread of illness in areas where large groups congregate such as classrooms, cafeteria, and events.

Highland Community College is restricting public access to campus until May 10. This decision allows our institution to reduce the number of individuals on our campus in order to protect vulnerable populations and follow the CDC mass gathering recommendation.

All public and private campus tours of Highland, as well as college or community-sponsored events, remain discontinued until at least May 10.

While our regular business hours remain available, much of our staff is working remotely. A very limited number of employees remain on campus for essential work purposes only. However, staff and faculty remain available through their Highland phone and email.

Students should continue to check their Highland email and this page for updates and resources.

March 13, 2020 

Spring Break Extended One Week

The NJCAA is suspending all competition beginning March 14 through April 3. All Highland Cougar Athletics is on pause until April 3.

There remain no known cases of Highland students, faculty or staff. The safety of our community is our primary concern in this rapidly evolving situation. At this time, the campus will remain open with some restrictions to services. Highland is now taking the following proactive measures to minimize your risk of exposure:

  • Spring Break is now two weeks starting March 16 and ending March 27.
  • Starting March 30-April 12, we will begin an alternative learning period.
  • At this time, staff members will maintain their regular work schedule unless they are ill.
  • No clinical experiences during the extended Spring Break, March 16-27.
  • Lifelong Learning from March 16-April 12 is canceled or rescheduled.
  • All campus events March 16-April 12 are canceled or postponed.
  • Travel suspension through March 30.
  • Athletic events are paused until April 3. {Updated}

Alternative Learning

Beginning March 30, Students will be completing independent homework, readings, and projects from home provided by their faculty.  During the extended spring break, the faculty and staff will be working to move additional courses and services online to the extent possible. Students may call the 815-599-3411 for online assistance.

For students currently enrolled in online courses, including 16-week and 8-week online courses that start in the second half of the semester, we are asking our faculty and instructors to communicate to their students about what is expected in terms of student participation and coursework for the week of March 23-27.

Nursing clinicals are currently suspended. We will reevaluate the safety and availability of clinical sites with our health care partners on a weekly basis.

Please bear in mind our goal of this alternative learning period is to minimize the risk of exposure to the virus while striving for successful, on-time course completion.

March 17, 2020

Update

Highland continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide updated decisions and announcements accordingly. At this time there are no known cases among students, faculty, and staff. The campus is open.

The latest updates include:

  • Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is suspended starting March 17.
  • Salon Services are closed through April 13.
  • The YMCA of Northwest Illinois is closed from March 17-29. In an effort to help parents find alternative care, the Child Care Center and No School Care will be available March 17; however, service will be suspended starting March 18 with the intention to re-open on March 30. Please follow them on Facebook for any updates or changes.

March 16, 2020

Update

Highland continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide updated decisions and announcements accordingly. At this time there are no known cases among students, faculty, and staff.

The latest updates include:

  • Adult Education program is closed from March 17-30.
  • NJCAA has canceled the spring sports season. Highland Athletics including softball, baseball and golf are now done for the season.
  • The U of I Extension staff is working from home starting March 17 until further notice.
  • The Library’s delivery network, PrairieCat, has suspended delivery until March 31. All local prints, online e-books and article collections remain available.

Please continue to visit this page and check your Highland email for updates.

March 16, 2020

Update

Highland continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide updated decisions and announcements accordingly. Although there are no known cases among students, faculty, and staff, Highland is incorporating the following measures to limit the amount of on-campus activity during the extended spring break:

  • Practice social distancing: avoid mass gatherings and maintain a distance of 6 feet from others when possible.
  • The Library and Computer Labs are open to students, faculty, and staff only.
  • The Library, Computer Lab T-138, and Computer Lab T-139 are available for students without a computer or wifi access from home. These computers are for educational purposes only. All users will be required to practice social distancing.
  • Advising is available for students by phone, email, or video conference. Call at 815-599-3573 to schedule.
  • Cafeteria remains closed from March 16-30.
  • Adult Education is closed from March 17-30.
  • Go to freeportymca.org to see changes and updates to the YMCAs precautionary measures.
  • For an update on Columbia College of Missouri – Freeport follow them on Facebook or go to connected.ccis.edu

Please continue to check this page and your Highland email for updates and changes.

March 13, 2020

Campus is open

The Highland campus will remain open. At this time, many services will remain available and online services such as ROAR will continue as usual. Please check ahead with the YMCA, their hours may vary. From March 16-April 12 the cafeteria is closed.

Campus events: March 16-April 12

All on-campus events are postponed or canceled. Athletic events are paused until March 30.

Travel: Now-March 30

Student, faculty, and staff college-related travel is suspended through March 30. Athletic events are paused until March 30. This applies to both out-of-state, domestic and international travel. Please use your judgment when choosing to attend in-state events or explore attending virtually.

Our Campus Operations Emergency Planning (CEOP) task force continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic within our district and state. Please check your Highland email for any updates or changes to this current plan. We will also post updates to the Highland Community College main Facebook @highlandcommunitycollege, the @HighlandCollege Twitter feed and to this page.

March 12, 2020

Update

Highland Community College remains open. HCC’s COVID-19 Task Force continues to monitor the pandemic. There are no known illnesses at Highland. Please refer to this page for all updates.

March 10, 2020

Update

Highland Community College is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) illness in our district and state. Please refer to this page for updates on the college’s preparedness and response measures.

There are no known illnesses of any Highland students, faculty or staff. All college-sponsored classes, events, and activities are continued as scheduled.

The Highland emergency management team has established a COVID-19 Task Force with representatives from all areas of the college. The team will continue to meet once a week to discuss, monitor and plan for necessary responses or changes to our learning environment.

Cleaning

Disinfectant cleaning products are available on campus in common areas and computer labs.

Travel

Travel is being monitored based on CDC guidance and U.S. Department of State travel advisories. The college is not aware of college-sponsored international travel occurring during the spring semester. Athletic and extracurricular team trips are continued as scheduled at this time (March 10, 2020). Coaches/staff/faculty may cancel college-related travel without concern for non-refundable costs.

Please consider reading CDC guidance before and after travel cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers

Missing Class

If you do find yourself ill, please contact your health care provider. If you are absent, contact your instructor(s). If you are going to miss class for an extended period of time, email barb.statdfield@highland.edu, so she can assist with learning accommodations.

Missing Work

If you are feeling ill, contact your health care provider. If you are not coming to work because of an illness, email your supervisor/dean and HR@highland.edu.

Highland Campus

2998 W. Pearl City Rd. Freeport, IL 61032

815.235.6121

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