Updated August 6, 2021.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or 217/353-2048, or contact your instructors
directly using your syllabus contact information.
- Have you felt feverish?
- Do you have a cough?
- Do you have a sore throat?
- Have you been experiencing difficulty breathing or a shortness of
- Do you have head or muscle aches?
- Have you noticed a new loss of taste or loss of smell?
- Have you been experiencing chills?
- Have you been experiencing any other symptoms (runny nose, diarrhea,
nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain)?
- 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?
- 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?
Use face masks indoors/outdoors
In light of CDC and IDPH guidance dated August 4, 2021, all Parkland College
students, employees, and visitors are required to wear a face covering in any
college building, facility, and classroom. The only exception would be
an employee alone in their private office space.
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.
Medical condition or disability that prevents cloth face coverings
To begin the accommodation process BEFORE coming onto campus:
Accepted face coverings
An appropriate cloth or disposable face covering that covers both the
mouth and nose completely meets the requirement. Face shields are NOT
acceptable face coverings. If you have any questions about acceptable
face coverings, please send your questions to
Advantages of wearing face coverings
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
Besides wearing masks on campus, 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.