Masks and Campus Safety

Updated March 1, 2022.

Take a self-assessment every day before coming on to campus

All members of the Parkland College community are asked to complete a self-assessment prior to each visit to campus. If you answer yes to any of the questions, then you should consider staying home. If you stay home, then you will need to follow your normal notification procedures for classroom absence. If the expected absence is more than one day, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at or 217/353-2048, or contact your instructors directly using your syllabus contact information.


  1. Have you felt feverish?
  2. Do you have a cough?
  3. Do you have a sore throat?
  4. Have you been experiencing difficulty breathing or a shortness of breath?
  5. Do you have head or muscle aches?
  6. Have you noticed a new loss of taste or loss of smell?
  7. Have you been experiencing chills?
  8. Have you been experiencing any other symptoms (runny nose, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain)?
  9. For reported headaches, consider if the headache is: new or unusual onset; not related to caffeine or dietary reasons, such as hunger; if you have a history of migraines, cluster, or tension headaches (if headaches are typical for you).Is anyone in your household displaying any symptoms of COVID-19?
  10. To the best of your knowledge, have you come into close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (close contact includes household contacts, intimate contacts, or contacts within six feet) for 15 minutes or longer?

Face Masks

As of February 28, the statewide mask mandate has been lifted and Parkland College employees and students are no longer required to wear face masks on campus. 

Parkland employees and students are required to follow the same safety measures in any college-owned or operated facility that they are following on-campus, regardless of proximity to campus. Students are expected to follow any facility rules when attending off-campus clinicals, internships, or other educational-affiliated component.

Advantages of wearing face coverings

While not required, wearing a face covering offers protection for you and those with whom you interact. Research has shown that wearing a face covering can reduce the spread of respiratory droplets that may contain the virus, which is especially important as those with COVID-19 can be asymptomatic and still infect others. Face coverings for yourself can help protect essential workers who may be in situations where they encounter many people throughout the day and have a much higher risk of getting exposed and spreading the virus.

Safety practices to reduce the transmission of COVID-19

Whether or not they choose to wear a mask, students and employees should:

  • Practice frequent hand washing or hand sanitizing (though washing is preferred, and sanitizer must be at least 60% ethanol).
  • Practice self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms daily, especially of temperature, cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.
  • Monitor the health of individuals in their household.

Extra hand-sanitizing stations on campus

Parkland will try to provide hand-sanitizing stations at many of the campus entrances while supplies last.