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COVID-19 Information

Questions or concerns?

Have questions about coronavirus as it pertains to Sauk Valley Community College? Please submit your concern here.

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If you have questions regarding the coronavirus, please contact the Illinois Department of Public Health hotline at 800-889-3931.

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Tips for Online Learning - How to adjust your study habits for virtual classes.

Stop the Spread of Germs

You can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses with these actions. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. www.cdc.gov/COVID19

SVCC asks that all individuals do their part to help prevent the spread of germs. Please follow CDC guidelines for preventive health:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Practice social distancing techniques.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when you must go out in public.

If you are sick

Patients with COVID-19 have remportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may apear 2-14 days after exposure.  Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. www.cdc.gov/covid19-symptoms

If you experience any symptoms of coronavirus, seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel history and your symptoms. Please also notify Eric Epps at 815-835-6322.

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Face Covering Required
Maximum Capacity: 25
Room capacity is limited to the smaller of a maximum of 25 people or 50% of room capacity (assuming minimum 6 feet of distance).
Travel Restrictions in Effect
After returning from traveling (spending more than 15 minutes in an establishment) to one of the following states, staff and students must wait 14 days before returning to campus. Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin
Fitness Center Closed
SVCC Fall 2020 COVID-19 Plan
View the most recent version of SVCC's Fall 2020 plan for safely reopening in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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View SVCC's COVID-19 Data Dashboard

(all data from IL Dept. of Public Health)

Sauk Valley Community College continues to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and is addressing the pandemic in a coordinated campus-wide manner with local and state partners. We will keep our campus community informed as developments occur. It is the responsibility of each individual to be informed and remain vigilant of this public health situation.

Updates will be posted here at svcc.edu/covid19. Please check back for the most up-to-date information regarding SVCC’s handling of the coronavirus.

View Board Policy 422.01 - Health Examinations and Communicable Diseases.

Frequently Asked Questions

June 24 - Fall Semester +

SVCC Moves Forward with Fall Semester

Sauk Valley Community College will resume classes in various formats for the Fall 2020 semester. Classes will be offered in formats ranging from livestreaming instruction, online, and face to face. These formats were developed to ensure that all students feel comfortable and safe within their preferred learning environments. Additionally, tutoring, technical support, and student services will once again be available to all Skyhawks, free of charge. 

SVCC will be adding innovative livestreaming instruction, that will be held in a virtual classroom, where students can interact with their professors and classmates in real time. These interactive virtual lectures will take place during their normally scheduled time, but from the comfort of one’s home. 

Times are uncertain, but one thing remains the same - SVCC’s commitment to our students and community. Students are SVCC's main priority and have been for 55 years. SVCC will continue to look out for the wellbeing of our students and be the ‘safe’ choice this fall with the addition of live streaming instruction facilitated by nationally renowned faculty. 

“In light of COVID-19 and ensuring safety for all, Sauk has created several teaching and learning opportunities, as well as access to Student Services, to fit their preference,” said Dr. Jon Mandrell, Vice President of Academics and Student Service. “This will allow Sauk to fulfill its mission of being dedicated to lifelong learning, public service, and economic development.”

Explore an online course at svcc.edu/test-drive. Registration is now open, please visit svcc.edu/registration for more information. Additionally, inquire about new financial aid opportunities by calling 815-835-6339. Stay home, stay safe, stay Sauk.

SVCC to Host Virtual Commencement +

 

Sauk Valley Community College will host a virtual commencement with a live stream on the college’s social media channels on May 29 at 7:00 p.m. The ceremony will include messages from Dr. David Hellmich, college President, and Bob Thompson, Board of Trustee Chair. 

Due to the current stay-at-home order issued by Governor Pritzker, SVCC will not be able to hold a physical commencement on campus. We know this is the highlight of the college experience for students and their families. It is a celebration of our students’ accomplishments and a sense of pride for the college. But, we must be responsible in the face of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and take into consideration the health and well-being of our students and the Sauk community.

To allow for our students the opportunity to participate in this monumental step in their lives, the college has decided to host a virtual commencement in which students can celebrate their achievements from the safety of their homes. Students participating in 2020 Commencement will be invited to walk in the 2021 Commencement on campus. SVCC students should check their student email for more information to participate virtually.

The virtual commencement live stream can be found on the college’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

At this time, it is still undecided as to how and when the SVCC Health Professions Pinning Ceremony will take place. More details will be released as they become available.

For more information, please visit svcc.edu/commencement or contact EmmaLea Bittner, emmalea.m.bittner@svcc.edu.

March 26 - Commencement & Pinning Postponed +

SVCC Postpones May Commencement and Pinning Ceremony

Sauk Valley Community College has postponed Commencement and Pinning Ceremony, previously scheduled for May 15, 2020. The college is exploring options for holding commencement and health professions pinning ceremony at a later date, but no decision has been made. 

It is with great disappointment that SVCC announces the postponing of the May commencement and pinning ceremony. We know this is the highlight of the college experience for students and their families. It is a celebration of our students’ accomplishments and a sense of pride for the college. But, we must be responsible in the face of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and take into consideration the health and well-being of our students and the Sauk community.

Please visit svcc.edu/covid19 to stay up-to-date. For questions, please contact Pamela Medema at 815-835-6378 or admissionsvc@svcc.edu

March 20 - Shelter-in-Place Order +

SVCC Goes Cyber March 21 

Sauk Valley Community College courses and services have transitioned to 100% cyber which will enable SVCC to continue serving students and our community.

With the recent instructions from Governor Pritzker, SVCC has implemented the following steps to promote the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and community:

Cyber Sauk: 100% Cyber, 100% Serving You!

  • Classes will continue with flexible, online delivery
  • SVCC services (Academic Advising, Student Services, etc.) will be available online
  • SVCC’s campus will be closed to all visitors, students, and employees
  • With many classes going online, it is vital that students with questions contact their professors and frequently check their SVCC email. Labs and other career/tech programs that were previously scheduled on campus are being postponed.

SVCC still has not been notified of any positive cases of COVID-19 in relation to students, faculty, or staff on campus. We will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as they become available at svcc.edu/covid19.

For questions, please contact Eric Epps, 815-835-6322, eric.epps@svcc.edu.

 

March 19 - Classes & Services Will Resume March 23 +

Sauk Soars Safely - Services Resume March 23

Sauk Valley Community College will provide virtual classes and services effective Monday, March 23. Classes will resume in flexible, online formats.

These are the current steps SVCC is taking to promote the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and community:

  • All courses and services will resume with virtual delivery beginning March 23.
  • Only those few instructional labs for which virtual delivery is impossible or very limiting will be available on campus, by invitation only, with no more than five persons in one place and with social distancing and disinfecting protocols being used.
  • Students without access to virtual delivery of courses and services will be allowed to make appointments to use a computer lab (tables will be set up in the West Mall) with no more than four students and one proctor at a time and with social distancing and disinfecting protocols being used.
  • Sauk’s campus will have limited operations and can be accessed by faculty and staff only via the West Mall from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
  • Everyone coming on campus will have a health screen, which includes having one’s temperature taken. Persons with a fever or who answer “yes” to one or more of the following questions should not come on campus:
    1. Have you had contact with anyone that has been around a person diagnosed with Covid 19 in the last 14 days?
    2. Have you traveled in a geographic area of infection within the last 14 days?
    3. Have you had a cough, cold or fever in the last 14 days?
  • Persons granted access to campus will be advised of the social distancing and disinfecting protocols. SVCC facilities crew has begun a thorough cleaning of the campus and will continue to do so until further notice.
  • Many areas and restrooms will be closed to undergo comprehensive cleaning. Some locations will remain closed so custodial efforts can concentrate on areas being used.

With many classes switching formats, it is vital that students with questions contact their professors and frequently check their SVCC email.

SVCC still has not been notified of any positive cases of COVID-19 in relation to students, faculty, or staff on campus. We will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as they become available at svcc.edu/covid19.

For questions, please contact Eric Epps, 815-835-6322, eric.epps@svcc.edu

March 15 - Restricted Campus Access +

The College will restrict access to campus offices and services the week of Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20 and is implementing a telecommunication work schedule.  Please email or call offices and services through contact information on the SVCC website. If you must come on campus, access to the campus will be restricted to the West Mall entrance.

March 15 - Press Release +

Due to the rapid global spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our Sauk students, faculty, staff, and community, SVCC campus will transition to a telecommunication campus Monday March 16 – Friday March 20, 2020. Access to the campus will be restricted to the West Mall entrance.

To date, we have not identified any cases of infected Sauk Valley Community College students, faculty, or staff. However, it is the responsibility of college leadership to be take precautionary measures. SVCC continues to closely monitor the spread of coronavirus and is addressing the pandemic in a coordinated campus-wide manner with local and state partners. Keep up-to-date with SVCC’s handling of coronavirus by visiting svcc.edu/covid19

If you experience any symptoms of coronavirus, seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel history and your symptoms. For questions, please contact Eric Epps, eric.epps@svcc.edu, 815-835- 6322.

March 12 - Spring Break Extended +

SVCC Extends Spring Break through March 22.

Sauk Valley Community College will extend spring break through March 22. SVCC will migrate course materials online as much as possible during this time.

Due to the rapid global spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), spring break will be extended through March 22. To date, we have not identified any cases of infected Sauk Valley Community College students, faculty or staff. However, it is the responsibility of each individual to be informed and remain vigilant of this public health situation.

Out of an abundance of caution, SVCC is taking the following immediate actions:

  • SVCC will extend spring break through March 22. During this additional time, SVCC will migrate course materials online as much as possible. Campus leadership will strategize how to best continue courses on campus, while limiting person-to-person contact.
  • Students are expected to regularly check their SVCC email as more details may be released in the coming days. Please take this simple step to support our community at SVCC.
  • Campus will remain open for students, faculty, and staff who need to access to internet or student services. Providing continuity of services for our students, faculty, staff, and community is important to SVCC. Staff will continue their regular work schedules during the extended Spring Break period to accommodate students.

SVCC continues to closely monitor the spread of coronavirus, and is addressing the pandemic in a coordinated campus-wide manner with local and state partners. Keep up-to-date with SVCC’s handling of coronavirus by visiting svcc.edu/covid19

If you experience any symptoms of coronavirus, seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel history and your symptoms.

For questions, please contact Eric Epps, eric.epps@svcc.edu, 815-835-6322.

March 11 - Travel Restrictions +

Travel Restrictions

Out of district travel is restricted to mission-critical travel only and must be approved by your President's Cabinet member.

International

Following the guidance of the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, SVCC is suspending all college-sponsored international travel. Should international travel be necessary, individuals will be quarantined for two weeks following their arrival to the United States. We encourage anyone considering international travel to closely follow the latest travel advisories and alerts.

March 3 - Message from the President +

I want to encourage everyone to do her or his part in preventing the spread of germs on campus. 

While there is no indication of any COVID-19 cases in the Sauk Valley area, Sauk is actively monitoring the spread of the coronavirus and preparing for the possibility of an outbreak nearby. The Emergency Preparedness Committee began in December to improve our plans for dealing with infectious diseases. We are also working with the Lee County Health Department and other district health departments, and we are receiving regular updates from the Department of Homeland Security, Centers for Disease Control, and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Given the global concerns about coronavirus, I am sharing information the IDPH has published for colleges and universities throughout the state. The good news is that currently the health risk to the general public from coronavirus remains low, not just in Illinois but throughout the United States. 

The IDPH recommends colleges and universities hold classes and events as usual and follow their routine cleaning and disinfecting procedures; no special measures are necessary. It also says that the best way to protect against coronavirus is by taking the same everyday precautions against getting sick in general. These precautions include the following:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; 
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Staying home when you are sick;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash; and
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 The full list of IDPH recommendations can be found here. Please be accommodating with students who are out sick during this time.

Frequently Asked Questions

General

Will the campus be open in the fall semester? When do classes start?
The campus will be open on a limited basis with many services and courses being offered remotely. Courses such as Welding, Nursing, and Science labs will host classes on site. Lectures will be presented either online or live streaming as part of COVID-19 safety precautions. Services are available remotely, but with some available on site and by appointment. Classes begin on Monday, August 17th.
Do I have to wear a mask to come on campus?
All students, faculty and staff will be expected to wear a cloth face covering and practice social distancing while in common areas on campus in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes hallways, classrooms, laboratories, restrooms, stairways, and other shared spaces. Individuals with a diagnosed medical condition or disability may be provided accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you are a student with a disability and unable to wear a cloth face mask, please contact Disability Support Services at 815-835-6246 or www.svcc.edu/dss. If you are faculty or a staff member with a disability and unable to wear a cloth face mask, please contact Human Resources at 815-835-6291. Reasonable modifications will be considered with proper documentation.
How can I enter campus?
For those that may need to visit campus, please enter through the West Mall doors. Security will be screening individuals with questions and also taking temperatures. As mentioned above, masks will be required to make entry to campus.
How is the Small Business Development Center operating in these times?
We remain open, although working remotely and through virtual appointments. To make an appointment with a business specialist please go to https://www.sauksbdc.com/appointment.

Students

How are courses being offered in the fall?
Courses are being offered in various deliveries to ensure safety and comfort of our students. Several on-site courses have shifted to live streaming and meeting at their assigned days and times. Other courses have shifted to the traditional online format. Courses in Welding, Nursing, and some Science labs are being offered on site due to the inability to offer remotely. Please check your course schedules to determine how your courses may have shifted in delivery at svcc.edu/schedule. Courses on the schedule with code OL will be offered online. Those with an SY code will be live streaming and meeting at their regularly scheduled time, and any section with an alphabetic letter will be on campus. Courses with an HY code will have work completed independently online and then have required on-campus meeting times.
How can I register this fall?
Advisors and Admissions staff are available via telephone (in lieu of face to face) to assist students with fall planning and registration. Schedules are currently available for viewing at svcc.edu/schedule or registration.svcc.edu. Students can check their SVCC email or SOAR account for registration information and requirements. Current students: Contact your Academic Advisor for class planning and registration approval as needed/required. Telephone or video conferencing appointments can be scheduled at svcc.edu/appointment or call 815-835-6354 to speak with an Academic Advisor. Admissions & Records staff are available at 815-835-6273 to assist with registration questions. IF you are a TRIO or SHARP participant, contact 815-835-6268 (TRIO) or 815-835-6368 (SHARP) for registration assistance. New Students: Contact Admissions & Records at 815-835-6273 to begin the registration process. Refer to the New Student Registration Checklist for more information.
Is the Testing Center open?
The Testing Center will be open, but is being utilized for placement testing and professional credential testing. Exams and quizzes in courses have shifted online or in other deliverable formats.
Is the bookstore open?
Yes, the bookstore is open, but limiting the traffic of customers in the store at one time. Book orders can be ordered online, picked up at the store, or even picked up curbside. For additional information, the store can be reached at https://www.bkstr.com/saukvalleyccstore/home or at (815) 288-5511
How will faculty hold office hours this fall?
Faculty will hold 300 minutes per week in office time to assist our students. This time will primarily be held online, but some faculty will be communicating to classes when they are available on campus. Office hours will be available on a course syllabus or posted on our website at https://www.svcc.edu/employees/directory/alphabetical.html
Can I use the library on campus?
Yes, like the bookstore, the library will also be providing materials to students in the safest way possible to minimize contact. Books and materials will be available curbside, but also available inside for pickup in situations where this style of delivery is not possible. For more information or to inquire about materials please call (815) 835-6247 or email library@svcc.edu
Will tutoring be available?
Yes, we will continue to offer tutoring to our students, particularly remotely, which has been successful in these challenging times. The Learning Commons Tutoring staff will be offering tutoring services through Go Board and Google Meets sessions. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (815)835-6293 or email lac@svcc.edu
Is the Fitness Center open on campus? Will it be open this fall?
No, due to COVID-19 safety precautions, the SVCC Fitness Center will remain closed until further notice. PED classes, including the PED 150 -153 courses, will be offered remotely and using fitness technologies to log workouts. For more information, contact the PED instructor and Athletic Director, Mike Stevenson, at (815)825-6234 or at michael.p.stevenson@svcc.edu
Do I need access to a computer for class?
Yes, due to the course deliveries shifting, a computer will be needed in some capacity. Many courses are now live streaming or are offered in a traditional online format. Having access to a computer will be critical for you to participate in class and also communicating with the faculty. The computer will need a webcam and access to a reliable internet connection. We recommend that a back-up plan be considered in advance for interrupted service.

Faculty

Is the Testing Center open?
The Testing Center will be open, but is being utilized for placement testing and professional credential testing. Exams and quizzes in courses have shifted online or in other deliverable formats.