SWIC Updates - Southwestern Illinois College

School and Campus Situational Awareness

SWIC Triage assisted students 2076 times since January 15th, 2022

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


Notifications – anchor


Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 9:00 a.m.

For the summer semester, masks are optional on Southwestern Illinois College campuses and facilities with the following exceptions:

  • Individual faculty may determine the use of masking in their classrooms for the summer semester and communicate to students accordingly.
  • The occupant of a private office retains the right to ask visitors to wear a mask upon entry.
  • Individuals may continue to wear masks in all campus venues if they choose to do so.
  • Masks are strongly recommended in confined spaces such as elevators.

At this time, Governor Pritzker has extended the testing mandate until June 30, 2022.  Therefore, unvaccinated faculty, staff, and students are required to continue weekly testing to determine eligibility to be on campus.   As a result, SHIELD testing on Southwestern Illinois College campuses will remain in effect until further notice.

Testing will take place on the Belleville Campus and on the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus from 8 -11:30 a.m. on the following days:

Tuesday – Belleville Campus

Wednesday – SWGCC

Thursday – Belleville Campus

This decision was made with CDC, state, and local guidelines. SWIC currently has a less than 1 percent positivity rate for all SWIC campuses indicating that the prevalence of cases is extremely low. Regardless of personal beliefs related to masks and the pandemic, it is essential that we exhibit respectful behavior towards each other regarding this changed guidance. Extra masks are available within the Human Resources department, Success Centers and Student Service areas.

Please remain conscientious and respectful of those around you, especially while in close quarters. Remember, according to our current state mandates, masks are optional, and SWIC retains no legal standing in disciplining those who choose not to wear a mask. 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. SWIC will continue to monitor the situation and adjust policies and procedures in accordance with mandates from the Governor and CDC.

Testing Information – anchor

Testing Information

Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 10:27 p.m.

Beginning Monday, May 16, Southwestern Illinois College will alter the SHIELD COVID-19 testing schedule due to the end of the Spring 2022 semester.  SHIELD testing will be conducted on:

Location Day Time
Belleville Campus / Schmidt Art Center Tuesday  8 – 11:30 a.m.
  Thursday 8 – 11:30 a.m.
Sam Wolf Granite City Campus / Room #530 Wednesday  8 – 11:30 a.m.             

Testing continues to be offered in response to the August 26, 2021, executive order from the governor of the State of Illinois requiring that all higher education students and personnel who are able be vaccinated against COVID-19 or participate in weekly testing.

SWIC COVID Response Team

Vaccines and Boosters – Anchor

Vaccines and Boosters

Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, 12:15 p.m.

SWIC is again partnering with the Illinois Department of Public Health to offer COVID vaccinations and boosters.

Wednesday, Feb 9, Belleville Campus, Varsity Gym, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb 9, Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, Wilmsmeyer Room, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Vaccinations will be limited to the first 100.  Additional information about the vaccination clinic and SWIC updates can be found at SWIC COVID-19 Updates.

The vaccination clinic is open to all students, faculty, and staff.  Family members and the public are also eligible.  The vaccines that are approved and authorized in the United States, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, will be available at all clinics.

The CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine.  The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is authorized and recommended for persons 5 years of age and older.  Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots will be available.  Additional information can be found at COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots.

Additional information about vaccines is available on the CDC website: Vaccines for COVID-19

Walk ins are welcome.  Registration and appointments are not required.

SWIC COVID-19 Response Team

Triage Center

Belleville Campus

The Triage Center will be open at the Schmidt Art Center on the Belleville Campus

Monday through Thursday until 5/19/22 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fridays until 5/19/2022 7:30 a.m. – noon

Sam Wolf Granite City Campus

Tuesday and Wednesday through 5/19/22 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Semester Guidelines – Anchor

Semester Guidelines

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, 12:10 p.m.

Attention SWIC Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Since August 26th 2021, Southwestern Illinois College has been continuously working to ensure compliance with Governor Pritzker’s COVID mandate to be vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID testing.

Beginning January 18th 2022, all employees and students will be directed to specific entrances on the Belleville, Sam Wolf Granite City, and Red Bud campuses.  A separate communication detailing entry locations will be sent prior to January 3rd.  Entry may be determined by scanning the barcode located on your employee ID card or student ID card by a COVID-19 compliance monitor. The scan results will read either red or green.

RED indicates:

That the individual is not in compliance with no record of an uploaded vaccine card or weekly test results with consent waiver on file.  Non-compliant individuals will be directed to the Schmidt Art Center on the Belleville campus, the History room at the Granite City campus, and the Student Services area at the Red Bud campus. There, you will have the opportunity to take the appropriate action to become compliant.

GREEN indicates:

That the individual is compliant with the Governor’s mandate and can gain entry.

For employees and students who are fully vaccinated and would like to gain quick entry, the college will be distributing “Fast Pass” stickers to be placed on the back of employee/student ID’s indicating compliance.  Fast Pass stickers are completely optional and will not be required. A separate email regarding the details of Fast Pass stickers and how to obtain one will be sent out prior to January 3rd

Employees who are not in compliance with the state mandate will not be allowed on campus and must use their leave time to cover time missed until they provide proof of compliance. Continued instances of non-compliance will lead to disciplinary action.

Students who are not in compliance are not to attend classes designated as in-person.  Instructors should consider students not in attendance due to non-compliance of the Governor’s Order an unexcused absence with attendance policy enforced. 

It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet Governor Pritzker’s COVID mandate and are doing your part in helping Southwestern Illinois College remain compliant with the Illinois COVID mandate.

Thank you for your cooperation and ensuring the safety of students and staff at Southwestern Illinois College.

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