COVID-19 FAQ for Students and Families - Southwestern Illinois College


    What If I Have Symptoms, Have Tested Positive
    or Have Been Exposed to COVID-19?

    STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF PLEASE LOGIN INTO eSTORM AND THEN CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW TO VIEW AND EDIT FORM. PLEASE CLICK THE HELP BUTTON FOR STEP BY STEP HOW TO.

    We strongly encourage you to continue to self-monitor and be diligent in practicing the proper COVID-19 safety precautions (i.e. social distancing, face covering, washing/sanitizing regularly…).  If you are experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms, we ask you to not come on campus until COVID-19 can be ruled out by a COVID-19 test.  Continue to report positive COVID-19 tests and exposures to the SWIC COVID-19 Response Team for guidance. 

    Please remain conscientious and respectful of those around you, especially while in close quarters.  If you or someone close to you is immunocompromised, your best course of action is to wear a mask to protect yourself and maintain social distance.

    Notification

    Beginning January 18, 2022, to remain compliant with Governor Pritzker’s COVID mandate and to gain access to SWIC’s campuses for Spring 2022 classes, you must have an approved vaccination card uploaded in eSTORM or completed weekly testing AND sign your consent waiver.  For instructions on how to upload proof of vaccination or weekly test results please visit:

    https://www.swic.edu/knowledgebase/covid-19-document-upload/

    Students can receive a fast pass to allow quicker and easier access at designated checkpoints across SWIC campuses during the Spring 2022 Semester.  To obtain your Fast Pass, students MUST have an approved vaccination card uploaded to InfoShare. SWIC IDs MUST be present to obtain a Fast Pass. Fast Pass stickers are completely optional.

    Fast passes are available in the Enrollment Services (BCIS 1115), the Disability and Access Center (BCIS 1145), and Financial Aid (BCIS 1065) from 9am until 4pm at all campuses every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday for the month of January beginning Tuesday January 11, 2022.

    In addition, our Student Services offices on our Belleville and Sam Wolf Campus will be open on Saturday January 15, 2021 from 9a.m. – 4p.m. 

    For questions or concerns please email studenthealth@swic.edu

    A Triage center will be located at the Schmidt Art Center on the Belleville campus and its purpose is to assist students in troubleshooting their compliance status.  Please use your SWIC email when registering for SHIELD testing.

    What are fast passes and what do they accomplish? 

    Your fast pass sticker will act as a visual identifier of compliance. This will allow employees and students to quickly bypass designated check points around SWIC campuses. 

    Are some campus entrances going to be closed?

    Although previously communicated that only certain entrances will be open, it has since been determined that all entrances that are normally open will remain so and designated check points will be set up across campus instead.

    Do I need to always have my badge on me?

    Yes. The barcode on your badge allows us to quickly link your student ID number with your compliance status.  To obtain a fast pass, you will need to get a SWIC Student ID first.

    Will there be more fast pass dates for students? 

    Moving forward, students should obtain fast passes from Enrollment Services (BCIS 1115), Disability & Access Center (BCIS 1145), and Financial Aid (BCIS 1065) offices Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-4pm at all campus locations for the month of January beginning Tuesday, January 11th, 2022.  In addition, our Student Services offices on our Belleville and Sam Wolf Campus will be open on Saturday January 15th, 2022 from 9 am – 4pm.  For questions or concerns please email studenthealth@swic.edu.

    Do I have to upload my booster info too?

    Proof of a booster shot is not part of Governor Pritzker’s current mandate, but we are encouraging employees and students to upload their booster in anticipation that it will become mandated.

    Has there been past information sent to students on how to become compliant?

    Students were initially notified of compliance directives in August 2021 and were also emailed compliance communication regarding Spring 2022 campus access (Shield testing, fast passes, etc.) on December 15, 2021 to their SWIC email addresses.  If you are an incoming student please expect more information sent to your SWIC student email.

    What happens if my instructor says I have a red status?

    An email will be sent from your instructor to those students who have a red status prior to the start of class with this message:

    “Based on the student compliance report, it appears your status is red indicating that you are currently considered non-compliant with no record of an uploaded vaccine card, weekly test results, or consent waiver on file.  Non-compliant individuals should visit a triage center immediately to resolve this issue.  There, you will have the opportunity to take the appropriate action to become compliant with Governor Pritzker’s COVID mandate.”

    If you have a red status and do not read your email prior to attending class, your instructor will hand you a compliance post card indicating that your status is red and immediately direct you to a triage center.  More often than not, your instructors have minimal time before and after class so please be diligent about checking your email prior to class. This is an institutional effort requiring teamwork in meeting state and federal mandates and your assistance is appreciated.

    I am choosing not to be vaccinated and do not want to abide by weekly testing.  What are my options?

    If students are not vaccinated and do not abide by weekly testing, online courses are available.  Attendance for in-person enrollment requires being compliant with either proof of vaccination or proof of weekly testing.  Failure to provide proof of either option will result in an unexcused absence.  If absent because of contracting COVID, the student will inform the instructor (like any illness), and the instructor will consider an excused absence.

    What happens if instructors contracts COVID?

    If an instructor contracts COVID and is quarantined, students will be notified by the faculty their substitute plans and/or remote plans, if able.  Students, like faculty, should be ready to be flexible at any given time – similar to last school year.

    If an instructor contracts COVID and is quarantined, students will be notified by the faculty their substitute plans and/or remote plans, if able.  Students, like faculty, should be ready to be flexible at any given time – similar to last school year.

    Where can I find more information on SWIC’s response to COVID-19?

    Please visit the COVID Resource Page on swic.edu for further details and updates: https://www.swic.edu/students/public-safety/notifications/coronavirus-information/

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