Welcome Back to Campus

Important Reminders for the Spring 2021 Semester

The health and safety of our MCC community remain our top priority. We continue to make adjustments to our operations schedule that align with state and county guidelines and prioritize our concern for the health and safety of our college community. That is why MCC continues to offer five unique learning options for our students this semester – whether someone needs to learn safely in-person, or wishes to learn fully remote.

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.

As we welcome some students back to campus this spring, here are important reminders:

Official MCC Entrances

Please use the Building A (Atrium), Building B (Commons), or Building F Liebman Science Center entrances when arriving. Health screening upon entrance is still required. Open times for each entrance are below.

Building A - Atrium

Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Building B - Commons

Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-Close
Saturday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Building F Liebman Science Center

Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

MCC will continue to keep updating you as we receive new information that may require further adjustments. We look forward to a healthy, safe, and successful spring semester. 

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, please 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 remains our top priority, and we continue to invest time and energy into enhanced cleaning and sanitization activities. The combined challenges of COVID-19 and flu season make it even more important than ever to follow these safety protocols when on campus:

  • Wear a face covering over nose and mouth at all times while on campus
  • Maintain physical distancing of six feet or more
  • 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
  • Most importantly, don’t come to campus if you are not feeling well

MCC will continue to keep updating you as we receive new information that may require further adjustments. We look forward to a healthy, safe, and successful spring semester. 

  • Daily Protocol

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

    • Please use official entrances. On the Crystal Lake main campus, these are located at the Building A-Atrium, Building B-Commons, and Building F-Main Entrance.
    • You must wear a face covering as you approach and enter the building.
    • Please use the designated entrance screening queues.
    • Answer a few screening questions, either in person or through a health screening mobile, which will be available soon. If you answer “yes” to any of the screening questions and have been experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, you will be politely asked to go home.
    • Get your temperature checked via a thermal scanner. If your temperature is over 100.4 degrees, you will be asked to go home.
    • 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.

    In order to manage volume/traffic flow, we encourage all individuals to exit from any doors on the main campus that are not used as entrances.

    Throughout the Day

    • All employees, students, and visitors over the age of two 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.
    • Keep your face coverings on when visiting office spaces and attending class.
    • 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 on an as-needed basis 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.


    • 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.

    Face Covering

    • Ensure your mask 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 six feet between yourself and others.
    • Cloth masks should be washed after each use.

    Avoid Close Contact

    • Stay at least six feet from others. Remember, some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
    • If you enter someone else’s office or meeting with another, make sure you are wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distance.

    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 will be open for pickup orders only, and with limited menu options. 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.
    • All normal drinking fountains have been turned off out of precaution, but bottle filling stations across campus are currently operational.
  • 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

    Keep an eye out for emails and announcements in Canvas from your instructors about how each class will meet next week.

    For more 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

    Still need to purchase books or supplies for the semester? Want a cool MCC tee/sweatshirt to wear next week? Our online store is available 24/7! Visit the MCC Store to order online now.

    The most convenient way to place an order is online, but we're open for purchases at our pickup window as well.

    MCC Store Extended Window Hours (January 19-29, 2021)

    Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
    Friday 8 a.m –4:30 p.m.

    Regular MCC Store Hours

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

For information on how MCC responded to COVID-19, see the coronavirus page.