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, keep at least three 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.
As of this summer, masks are no longer required in classrooms or other shared spaces. However, you are welcome to wear one. Face coverings and hand sanitizer are available to you throughout campus.
Learn more about student resources.
Testing Site Hours
Tuesday: 7 – 10 a.m. and 3 – 5:30 p.m.
South lobby of the Community Services Center (Building R)
Vaccinate or Weekly Screening Test
The State of Illinois requires all faculty, staff, and students in higher education to either be vaccinated or complete a weekly COVID-19 screening test. Please do not test on campus or visit Highland if you are ill or have symptoms.
SHIELD Illinois provides free screening tests on campus. These tests are saliva-based and take just a few minutes to complete. Results are usually provided by the next day, and you can attend classes and be on-campus while you await weekly screening results.
Proof of Vaccination (Student)
Highland accepts proof of COVID-19 vaccinations once you have completed both doses or a booster.
Online: Take a photo or scan your vaccination card any time from your phone or computer. Click here to get started.
In-person: Bring your card to an enrollment staff member on the first or second floor of the Student/Conference Center (Building H) during regular business hours.
Consent Form for Weekly Testing (Student)
If you plan to complete the weekly screening test at Highland, you must complete a consent form, which gives the authorization to share COVID-19 information. The consent form allows SHIELD Illinois to inform the Illinois Department of Public Health and Highland Community College of your screening test result. Your records are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and remain confidential.
Consent Form for Weekly Testing (Employee)
If you plan to complete the weekly screening test at Highland, you must complete a consent form, which gives the authorization to share COVID-19 information. The consent form allows SHIELD Illinois to inform the Illinois Department of Public Health and Highland Community College of your screening test result. Your records are protected by federal law and remain confidential.
Vaccinate or Test FAQs
Starting summer 2022, masks are no longer required on Highland’s campus, although you are welcome to wear one. Face coverings are available to you throughout campus.
Before entering campus, you are expected to practice self-monitoring. These guidelines follow the IDPH and CDC recommendations. Please ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you have a fever of 100.4 or higher in the last 24 hours?
- Do you have any of the following symptoms that cannot be explained by another illness or condition?
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
- Fever or chills.
- Muscle pain or body aches.
- Sore throat.
- New loss of taste or smell.
- Congestion or runny nose.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Have you come in close contact with someone who has a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19?
If you answered yes to these questions, do not come to campus. It is recommended that you contact your instructor(s) as detailed in the syllabus that you will miss class. Please remember, Highland does not have a health clinic on campus. If you have further questions, contact your health care provider.
Waiting for COVID-19 Test Results
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. If you are a student, contact your instructor(s) regarding your situation. Employees should contact their supervisors.
Reporting Positive Test Results
Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 should not come to campus for in-person classes. Please communicate with your instructor(s) on alternative delivery options. You also need to contact Student Development and Support Services Vice President Liz Gerber at 815-599-3531. Employees who have a positive test result must inform their supervisor and not come to campus. The supervisor will contact Human Resources. All reports remain confidential.
Starting summer 2022, you must keep a distance of three feet in classrooms and labs. Social distancing is not required in other areas of the College. Classroom seating is adjusted to allow for social distancing, and students who prefer to have six feet of space may request accommodation from their instructor(s).
Wipes are available throughout campus. Our classrooms are designed to allow students to sit at a separate desk from the previous class, which allows for easier cleaning while still maintaining social distancing.
According to the CDC, gloves are not necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Instead, please follow frequent handwashing guidelines. Hand sanitizer and wipes are also available in all campus buildings.
In-person and virtual library services are available. A limited number of seats in the computer lab are available for use on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit the Clarence Mitchell Library web page.
Cafeteria & Vending Machines
The Café is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting Monday, June 13. For more information and to view the menu, head to the Cafeteria webpage. Vending machines are also stocked and located in all buildings.
Drinking fountains that do not have touchless bottle refill stations are unavailable for use. If you need water throughout your visit, please bring a reusable bottle (already filled) from home. Buildings F, H, M, N, and S have touchless bottle refill stations available.
HCC Covid-19 Dashboard
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
Athletics & Clubs
Athletes should contact their coach or athletic director with questions. If a club would like to meet, the officer should contact the club advisor.
Fine Arts & Theatre Performances
Summerset 47 is set to take the stage with, “Working: A Musical,” at 7:30 p.m. on August 11, 12, and 13 and at 3 p.m. on August 14. To find the latest update on performance information, go to the Box Office web page.
HCC COVID-19 Campus Operations Metrics
Under the Stephenson County Health Department’s guidance, the Highland Community College Emergency Management team has outlined metrics related to decisions about campus-wide operations. Please remember that these metrics will need to stay fluid to change as the Governor’s Office and the Illinois Department of Public Health update our state orders around the pandemic. Read the metrics.
CRRSA Act and ARP Student Funds
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) act and the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Highland Community College has received funds to provide emergency financial grants to students. The use of CRRSA act and ARP funds is intended to assist students with expenses for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.
Highland Community College signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and provides assurance that the College has and/or will use the funds designated under the CRRSA act and ARP to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.
For more information, please visit the CRRSA Act and ARP Student Funds page.
CARES Student Funds
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.