John A. Logan College to require COVID-19 vaccinations

CARTERVILLE, Ill. (KBSI) – John A. Logan College announced new campus procedures to comply with Governor J.B. Pritzker’s mandate requiring all people in higher education to be vaccinated or tested weekly. The mandate is scheduled to go into effect on September 20.

“Our staff has worked diligently to meet the requirement of the mandate,” said College President Dr. Kirk Overstreet in a post on the college’s website. “We have a plan in place to test those that are not vaccinated and to help those that are vaccinated to enter campus efficiently.”

Staff and students who have received the COVID vaccination will have a “Fast Pass” ID made. With this ID, individuals can enter campus at two locations, Greenbriar or Mary Logan Road. There will be a Fast Pass ID check-in station at both locations, and having the Fast Pass ID will give individuals quick access to campus.

For students and staff that are not COVID vaccinated, the College will have an outdoor COVID testing Center in Parking Lot A at the Greenbriar entrance beginning September 20, 2021, on Mondays and Tuesdays from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. After completing testing, individuals will be given a pass for the week. With the pass, individuals can use the Fast Pass entrances for the remainder of the week.

The College plans to provide SHIELD saliva testing. Those who test will be asked to sign a COVID Testing authorization form at the time of their first test. Failure to sign the authorization form will result in not being permitted to remain on campus.

Those attending Extension Centers in Du Quoin and West Frankfort will need to come to the main campus for a test or contact their local health department for testing. If you choose to utilize outside testing, you will need to show a negative test at the outdoor COVID Testing Center. Contact your local health department to obtain a list of testing locations.

“We appreciate everyone’s understanding and willingness to move the College forward,” said Overstreet. “This strengthens our chances of remaining face-to-face for classes and other essential College functions. We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that continues.”

Officials have announced an incentive program through the Higher Education Relief Fund to provide COVID-19 fully vaccinated students with $200. Students enrolled in at least three credit hours for the fall 2021 semester can provide proof of vaccination and obtain their Fast Pass ID in the Library on September 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. As well as September 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and September 16, from noon to 4:30 p.m. Funds can be applied to their JALC account, on a reloadable debit card, direct deposited to a checking or savings account, or check by mail. After September 15, students can provide information to the Human Resource Office C116.

September 13, 2021

Dear JALC:

On August 26, the Governor’s Office issued the first of two executive orders. Both contained a very detailed mandate for all Higher Education Institutions regarding vaccination requirements for staff and students. The first order was to go into effect on September 5. That order was changed, and on Friday, September 3, Governor Pritzker issued his second Executive Order (EO) number 2021-22. The Governor’s EO will now go into effect on September 19. Since issuing the order, a dedicated team of JALC administrators has worked to develop our plan for complying with the mandate. This is a State Mandate, and JALC will comply. We appreciate your understanding and willingness to move the College forward. Please note that all 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.

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. If you are not vaccinated, consider making plans to receive the first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccination series or a single-dose vaccination by September 19, 2021. Second doses of the vaccine must be received within 30 days after the first dose. We will require you to submit information to document that you are doing your part as a student in higher education.

Listed below is an approximate timeline for the College to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order.

September 14 – 17

Obtain your Fast Pass ID card, you must have a JALC issued Fast Pass ID to enter campus without testing:
Bring in proof of vaccination to the Library: A photo ID and Proof of vaccination are required to obtain your Fast Pass ID. Proof of vaccination includes any of the following: (1) vaccination record card or photograph of the card; (2) state immunization record; or (3) documentation of vaccination from a health care provider.
You will be issued a Fast Pass ID card to allow you to enter the JALC campus at either the main entrance from Greenbriar or Mary Logan Road. A drive-thru Fast PassID check-in station will be located at both locations, and having the Fast Pass ID will give you quick access to campus.
Please note that data collected when receiving the ID, including vaccination status, estimates the number of vaccinated students and staff. If requests for information are made from Illinois state agencies (ICCB or IDPH), no individual names will be shared, only percentages.
Get Vaccinated – if you are not vaccinated, consider making plans to receive the first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccination series or a single-dose vaccination by September 19, 2021. Second doses of the vaccine must be received within 30 days after the first dose.
Get Tested – The College is partnering with multiple agencies to conduct testing on the main campus starting September 20, we will be providing the SHIELD saliva testing https://www.d41.org/cms/lib/IL01904672/Centricity/Domain/1164/SHIELDFAQ.pdf you will be asked to sign a COVID Testing authorization form at your first test. Failure to sign the authorization form will result in not being permitted to remain on campus.
Those attending the centers will need to come to the main campus for a test or contact their local health department for testing. If you choose to utilize outside testing, you will need to show a negative test here on campus at the outdoor COVID Testing Center.
The on-campus testing schedule is Mondays and Tuesdays 6 AM to 6:30 PM. In addition, for your convenience, we have attached a list of local providers who provide COVID-19 testing to this email.
What you need to do September 14-17:
Obtain Fast Pass, hours are
Tuesday Sept 14, 10 AM to 2 PM and 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Wednesday Sept 15, 9 AM to 2 PM
Thursday, Sept 16, noon to 4:30 PM
If testing, fill out the COVID authorization form
OR – Get Vaccinated

September 20 – 24

Get Vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination:
Proof of vaccination includes any of the following: (1) vaccination record card or photograph of the card; (2) state immunization record; or (3) documentation of vaccination from a health care provider.
Fast Pass IDs will be available, times to be determined.
Get Tested or submit proof of testing – individuals will be tested or submit proof of testing with a negative result at the College COVID testing Center. Testing must occur every seven days. Continued COVID-19 testing will occur as long as required by the Governor’s executive order.
What you need to do starting September 27 until further notice:
Get Vaccinated or Get Tested
Submit Proof of Vaccination or Test

September 27 – until further notice

Get Vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination – students will be able to submit proof of vaccination electronically. Details on how to submit will be shared as soon as possible.
Proof of vaccination includes any of the following: (1) vaccination record card or photograph of the card; (2) state immunization record; or (3) documentation of vaccination from a health care provider.
Get Tested and submit proof of testing – students will be able to submit proof of testing electronically. Testing must occur every seven days. Details on how to submit will be shared as soon as possible. Continued COVID-19 testing will occur. If you have questions, please email covid19@jalc.edu.

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