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FALL 2020 Reopening Information (July 27, 2020)

With the August 15 start date for the fall term nearing, students will receive weekly communication to provide up to date information regarding the Fall 2020 Semester.

Restore Illinois Plan –  Phase 3 Preparedness.  

Students should be prepared to adjust instructional delivery modes in the event the Governor’s office requires schools to revert to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Phase 3 would require online/remote learning. At this time (July 27), schools are in Phase 4 which allows controlled face-to-face instruction.


Online and/or remote delivery will require students to have access to a reliable internet connection. Students will find most success if utilizing a computer, laptop, or IPAD that has camera and microphone access.   

COVID-19 Precautions and Student Expectations

The success for on campus instruction will depend on everyone displaying personal responsibility adhering to social distancing, wearing a mask/face covering on campus, hand washing, and following the symptom-free guidelines that are required to be on campus.

Masks/Face Coverings. All faculty, staff, and students who are on campus must wear a mask/face covering at all times while on campus.  Masks/face coverings will be required in the classroom.  It is expected that all students will cooperate with this requirement.  For students not wishing to wear a mask or face covering, please consider fully online options.

Student Attestation Screener. Prior to coming on campus each day, all students must certify having no COVID related symptoms and exposure. In the near future, a Student Attestation Screener can be accessed on e-STORM. A complete form must be completed prior to entering the building as well as summary attestation the beginning each class attended on campus.

Minimizing Time On Campus. Reducing time on campus will minimize the spread of the virus. Students should avoid loitering or large gatherings on campus.  All student services will be open to provide support to students.  However, social distancing guidelines and a controlled access environment will be followed. 

HyFlex – Face to Face Classes. In order to adhere to the six-feet social distancing guideline, courses that have higher enrollment will follow a “HyFlex” mode of instruction. Instructors will assign students on campus class attendance on alternating class sessions while those at home can watch synchronously or asynchronously (at a later time). Recordings will be available for three days before being removed. Instructors will be informing students via Blackboard if the HyFlex model will be needed for a course and if so, will assign students a specific start date. If you are not notified by your instructor, you should assume to attend the first day of your scheduled class.


On site enrollment and course registration are underway with Academic Advising, Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, and Student Accounts providing services to students in the gymnasium at the Belleville Campus and at Sam Wolf Granite City Campus. Staff members are ready to serve all students Monday through Thursday with extended hours and days of operation beginning August 3. Students can also register on line through estorm.swic.edu.      

Psychiatric Services of Southern Illinois

(618) 236-6501

2900 Frank Scott Pkwy W. 990, Belleville

Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, closed

This psychiatric hospital in St. Clair County is currently holding appointments via telemedicine until further notice.

For more information call or visit the website.

Chestnut Health Systems

(618) 397-0900

12 N. 64th St., Belleville

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Wednesday; closed Saturday and Sunday

The addiction and psychiatric crisis treatment center provides 24-hour short-term supervised care for persons 18 years of age and older experiencing an acute psychiatric crisis that do not require hospitalization.

For more information, visit the website.

West Belleville Health Center

(618) 398-9850

7210 W. Main St., suite 204

The team of health care professionals specializes in adult and family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, behavioral health and dental care services.

Visit the website to find a provider near you.

Missouri History Museum Open

5700 Lindell Boulevard, Forest Park, St. Louis

(314) 746-4599

10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday

You must reserve free, timed-entry tickets in advance to visit.

The Missouri History Museum Shop will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Café St. Louis will reopen July 22. The History Clubhouse will remain closed until further notice.

For tickets, visit the museum ticket website.

For additional information that can help you prepare for your visit, go to mohistory.org/museum-visits.

Juneteenth: Message from the President

Juneteenth: a time for reflection and recommitment on the Black Life and the Fight against Racism

As an institution of higher education, we at Southwestern Illinois College are committed to valuing human life,with respect, fairness, equality, and dignity. I am appalled at the recent events across our country, the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and innumerable others. The reality is: we as individuals have a responsibility to build relationships valuing each other with respect, to learn and to understand diverse cultures and views, and to appreciate each other’s unique backgrounds, societal inequities, and abilities.

In our continued commitment toward respecting differences, and in light of the national conversation regarding racism and injustices, Southwestern Illinois College empathizes with the historically unique Texas celebration of Juneteenth, the emancipation of the last Confederate slaves on June 19, 1865. Two months after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, five months after passage of the 13th Amendment and more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slavery in Texas had yet to be abolished. On June 19, as a Confederate insurgency continued, Union Major General Gordon Granger, in command of 1,800 Union soldiers, proclaimed that “all slaves are free” in the state and that there would be “absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves.” (Rita Reynolds, Associate Professor and Chair of Wagner College History Department)

Lizz Schumer, a staff writer for Hearst Magazines, on June 4, 2020 posted a Twitter comment from Makayla Butler on the Good Housekeeping website.

Juneteenth twitter image

Let’s respect, support, and extend understanding to one another as human beings because it makes us stronger and we are able to achieve greater success together.

Respectfully yours,

Nick Mance

St. Louis Aquarium is open

(314) 923-3900

Union Station, 201 S. 18th St., St. Louis

All aquarium guests will be required to reserve timed tickets in advance, including annual pass holders. Guests over the age of 9 must wear masks.  At the Ropes Course and Mirror Maze, guests will be offered gloves.  

For more information, visit the Aquarium website.

The St. Louis Wheel is open

(314) 923-3900

Union Station, 201 S. 18th St., St. Louis

The St. Louis Wheel is now open and accepting reservations for guests.

To purchase tickets and learn more about safety protocol, visit the website.

St. Louis Zoo reopens

(314) 781-0900

1 Government Drive, St. Louis

Reservations will be required. Visitors are limit to one-third capacity of normal attendance. Masks will be required for guests who are older than 9 and who are medically able to wear them. Three attractions at the Zoo will remain closed: Penguin and Puffin Coast, Insectarium and the 4D Theater.

Visit the St. Louis Zoo website for more information.

Cutter’s Bar & Grill is open

(618) 235-7642

239 Carlyle Ave., Belleville 

Patio Seating and carryout orders available.  

Until further notice Patio hours will be 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., daily. Call to place your carryout order.