KC COVID-19 Information and Updates


New Quarantine Guidelines Per CDC and IDPH

On Thursday, January 6, 2022, the CDC clarified isolation/quarantine guidelines for schools. The Kaskaskia College team has worked quickly to adjust to these changes which are effective immediately.

Due to a recent surge in cases, the KC COVID-19 Taskforce is experiencing delays in call-back times. We ask that you please be patient when waiting for a return phone call or after submitting a red screener. If you were previously put on a 10-day isolation/quarantine period, you may adjust to the new guidelines below accordingly without follow-up from the COVID Response Team.

The new guidelines for those who have tested POSITIVE for COVID-19 are stated below:

  • Staff or students who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should isolate for 5 days after onset of symptoms, or 5 days from specimen collection date if no symptoms are present.
  • Staff or students who test positive for COVID-19 and have no symptoms or their symptoms are resolving can be released from isolation after 5 days. To calculate the 5-day isolation period, day 0 is the first day of symptoms or specimen collection date if asymptomatic. If they continue to have a fever or other symptoms that have not improved after 5 days of isolation, they should wait to end isolation until they are fever-free for 24 hours and their other symptoms have improved.
  • Schools should ensure that staff or students who test positive for COVID-19 also do the following:
    • Continue to wear a well-fitted mask around others (including at home) for 5 additional days after release from isolation. If unable to wear a mask when around others, the case should continue to isolate for a total of 10 days.
    • Avoid being around students or staff who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease.
    • If masks need to be removed (e.g., for lunch), ensure 6 feet of physical distancing until 10 days after symptom onset or positive test.

The new guidelines for those quarantining after a close contact are as follows:

IF YOU ARE:

  • Ages 18 or older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people.
  • Ages 5-17 years and completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test).

THEN YOU SHOULD:

  • Quarantine is not required.
  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
  • If a person develops symptoms, they should immediately isolate until a negative test confirms symptoms are not caused by COVID-19.

IF YOU ARE: 

  • Ages 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccine, but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible.
  • Received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot.
  • Unvaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.

THEN YOU SHOULD:

  • Stay home and mask around others for 5 days. After that, continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
  • If a person develops symptoms, they should immediately isolate until a negative test confirms symptoms are not caused by COVID-19.

**At this time these guidelines do not apply to the Children’s Learning Center until we receive further guidance.

 

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Kaskaskia College COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Illinois Executive Order Regarding Vaccination Status

Governor Pritzker announced on 8/26/21 an Executive Order for K-12 schools and colleges in response to the ongoing COVID-19 surge in Illinois. The Governor’s EO includes a COVID-19 vaccination mandate. Our students and staff have two options: (1) to be vaccinated or (2) to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. We understand that choosing whether you will receive a vaccination or participate in weekly testing may be difficult. Please know that we respect your decision and choice.

All Illinois colleges and universities must follow this mandate. Doing so strengthens our chances of remaining face-to-face for classes and other essential college functions. We enjoy having you here on campus, knowing that many of you prefer learning in a face-to-face environment, and we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that continues.  -President George Evans

COVID-19 Information

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COVID-19 Campus Form

Access the daily screener and upload vaccination and testing status.

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COVID-19 Testing Sites

Find out what days main campus testing is available or learn more about other testing site providers in your area.

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Vaccination Clinics

Need to get vaccinated? Learn about the upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Kaskaskia College's main campus.

Contact Us

Covid-19 Task Force

Phone  |  618-545-3408

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