Welcome Back to Campus

COVID-19 Weekly Testing Required for Unvaccinated Students and Employees 

per Governor’s Executive Order on August 26, 2021

Learn about MCC's CLEARED4 Campus Access

Learn about the COVID-19 Testing Process

Important Reminders for Fall 2021

The health and safety of our MCC community remain our top priority. We continue to make adjustments to our on-campus operations schedule that align with federal, state, and local guidelines, and we prioritize our concern for the health and safety of our college community. See below for the latest information to help you navigate classes and student resources.

Masks/Face Coverings

Currently, all MCC employees, students, and visitors – whether vaccinated or not – are required to wear a mask/face covering on campus when indoors. This update is based on McHenry County’s current COVID-19 transmission levels. We hope that this is only temporary. Check back for any updates to this requirement. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our campus safe.  

What's Open on Campus

All offices are open on campus to provide support to our students. Current students who have specific questions may contact Student Affairs at mccstudentaffairs@mchenry.edu or (815) 479-7700.
All MCC services are now available to students, including MCC Café; MCC Store; Fitness Center; and the Children’s Learning Center.

Official MCC Entrances

All MCC entrances on campus are open during normal operating hours.

To help maintain the health and safety of our on-campus community, prior to entering the building, please make sure you:

  • Do not have signs/symptoms of a fever in the past 24 hours (including a temperature of 100.4F or higher)
  • Do not have a sore throat, coughing, and/or shortness of breath/difficulty breathing that could be related to COVID-19
  • Have not cared for or had close contact with someone over the last 14 calendar days who is:
    • in quarantine
    • is presumed positive for COVID-19
    • has been diagnosed with COVID-19
    • has symptoms compatible with COVID-19

If you are experiencing any of the above health concerns, please reach out to Student Health (students) or HR (employees) before entry. Note: Exceptions may apply if you are in the healthcare profession.

If you are a current student and have been exposed to COVID-19, are awaiting COVID-19 test results, and/or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, report this information immediately to MCC at https://tinyurl.com/StudentCOVIDReport

On-Campus Health and Safety Protocol

The health and safety of our MCC community remain our top priority, which is why we have extensive cleaning and sanitization efforts in place. Please follow these safety protocols when on campus:

  • Don’t come to campus if you are not feeling well
  • Wear a face covering over nose and mouth at all times while on campus - even if fully vaccinated
  • Maintain appropriate physical distancing
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth

MCC will continue to keep updating you as we receive new information that may require further adjustments.

  • Daily Protocol

    The following protocol will be used for every individual entering MCC's facilities including employees, students, and guests:

    • Wear a face covering over nose and mouth at all times while on campus – even if fully vaccinated.
    • Conduct a self-screening prior to entering the building, making sure you:
      • Do not have signs/symptoms of a fever in the past 24 hours (including a temperature of 100.4F or higher)
      • Do not have a sore throat, coughing, and/or shortness of breath/difficulty breathing that could be related to COVID-19
      • Have not cared for or had close contact with someone over the last 14 calendar days who is:
        • in quarantine
        • is presumed positive for COVID-19
        • has been diagnosed with COVID-19
        • has symptoms compatible with COVID-19
    • Use hand sanitizer upon entrance to the building and proceed to your office, classroom, or other desired location.
    • Students, notify your instructor immediately if you start to feel sick at any point during the day.

    Throughout the Day

    • All employees, students, and visitors over the age of two (even if fully vaccinated) must wear a face covering over nose and mouth at all times in public spaces, including hallways, classrooms, general office spaces, meeting rooms, and restrooms.
    • Students, notify your instructor immediately if you start to feel sick at any point during the day.
  • Shah Center

    The Shah Center in McHenry is open to support program delivery. For additional information about operations, call (815) 455-8593.

  • Enhanced Campus Cleaning and Sanitation

    We've increased our regular cleaning and sanitation protocols to help create a safe and healthy physical working environment:

    Daytime Cleaning

    • High-touch surfaces such as tables and chairs in common areas, door handles, and bottle-filling stations will be disinfected throughout the day. All drinking fountains have been turned off and only contact-free bottle filler stations are currently operational.
    • Restrooms will be cleaned every two hours. Blowers have been deactivated.
    • Individual offices that meet with the public should sanitize workstations after each meeting. High-traffic areas such as Registration, Admissions, and Advising should wipe down counters and work areas after each meeting. Cleaning supplies will be provided for this activity.

    Nighttime Cleaning

    • All offices, classrooms, and common areas will be disinfected via ionization every night. Ionization is both a faster and superior cleaning option than wiping surfaces.
    • Floor, kitchen, and restroom cleaning will continue as normal.

    Supplies

    • We have a full stock of cleaning supplies available, including a continuous flow of restock.
    • New fine-mist disinfectant cleaners have been purchased to allow for quicker disinfecting of offices and classrooms when no one is present.
    • Plexiglas guards have been installed where heavy person-to-person interaction occurs or between workspaces where physical distancing cannot be accomplished.
    • Each office is provided with cleaning supplies for individual use.
  • Keeping Yourself Safe and Healthy

    Proper Handwashing

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, making sure to get the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
    • Use a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available. Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

    Mask/Face Covering – Wear on Campus

    • Ensure your mask/face covering is covering your mouth and nose. Secure it under your chin and try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.
    • Don’t touch the face covering, and, if you do, wash or sanitize your hands.
    • Continue to keep appropriate distancing between yourself and others.
    • Cloth masks should be washed after each use.

    Avoid Close Contact

    • Practice appropriate distancing efforts. Remember, some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.

    Clean and Disinfect

    • Use provided cleaning supplies in each office to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, printers, phones, and keyboards.
    • Keep your desk space as clean and clutter-free as possible to allow for easy nightly deep cleaning. Reduce paper usage when possible to eliminate unnecessary touch points.
    • Dispose of any used tissues immediately in the lined trash receptacle at your desk.

    Cover Coughs and Sneezes

    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash, then wash your hands.
    • If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow—not your hands.

     

  • Hand Sanitizer Stations on Campus
    • Regular hand washing and hand sanitation can help to slow the spread of COVID-19.
    • For your convenience, 80 new hand sanitation stations are placed outside heavy traffic areas as well as inside many offices for staff use.
    • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the building and at regular intervals throughout the day.
  • Dining on Campus
    • The MCC Café is currently open for online/contactless ordering.
    • To order from the Café, visit the online ordering site or place your order at the kiosk located outside the Café gates. See details about dining on campus
    • Vending machines are available as normal and are disinfected regularly.
    • Water bottle filling stations across campus are available.
  • Monitor Your Health
    • Continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19, including:
      • Fever
      • Chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath
      • Muscle pain
      • Headache
      • Sore throat
      • Loss of smell or taste
      • Fatigue
      • New gastrointestinal symptoms
      • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
    • Take your temperature if symptoms develop
    • Seek medical attention if necessary
  • Report COVID-19 Exposure

    MCC Students and Employees: If you have been exposed to COVID-19, are awaiting COVID-19 test results, and/or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please report this information immediately to MCC for formal notification.

    MCC Students: Complete the student COVID reporting form at https://tinyurl.com/StudentCOVIDReport

    MCC Employees: Email HRHealth@mchenry.edu and be prepared to share the following information:

    • If you have been in close contact with a COVID-19 case.
    • Relationship with that individual.
    • If you have been tested (date), date of results, and result.
    • If you have symptoms, when symptoms began, and last date on campus.
    • Close contact names (students, employees, vendors, visitors within close contact (15 minutes or more within 6' of distance)).
  • How to Read Your Schedule/Modes of Instruction

    Always keep an eye out for emails and announcements in Canvas from your instructors if they need to share any class updates.

    For tips and tricks to help manage your schedule watch this quick video tutorial on our modes of instruction or view this helpful guide.

  • Textbooks and Course Materials

    Need to purchase books or supplies for the semester? Want a cool MCC tee/sweatshirt to wear? The MCC Store is open on campus (Building B near MCC Café) —and also available online 24/7!

    Visit the MCC Store to order online now.

    MCC Store Hours

    Monday–Thursday 8 a.m..–4:30 p.m.
    Friday 8 a.m. –Noon

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