On July 1, 2021, Rock Valley College implemented Phase 5. Phase 5 for higher education begins with returning larger quantities of students back to campus while still mitigating the risks of COVID-19.
The College is now operating under Phase 5.4 based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as well as guidance set by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and Illinois Community College Board (ICCB). Under Phase 5.4, capacity limits for on-campus events are removed beginning March 7, 2022.
All Non-Credit classes, including Community and Continuing Education, Workforce Development, and Adult Education, are allowed as long as they follow the same guidelines as credit classes and labs.
Exterior Doors of all buildings will return to a normal winter/spring schedule for lock/unlock starting.
On August 26, 2021 Governor JB Pritzker’s office issued Executive Order 2021-20. Executive Order 2022-05, issued February 04, 2022, carries the 2021-20 Order over, along with Order 2021-22. This executive order, in part, requires all higher education sites in the state of Illinois must now require all personnel and students to either be vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. Higher education personnel include full-and part-time employees, volunteers and contractors who are in close contact with other persons on campus or in a campus affiliated building or location for more than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period. Higher education students are all students of the college to include full-and part-time, continuing education, adult education, Center for Learning in Retirement, and any other student who might attend any in-person training or class.
All students and personnel must submit proof of vaccination consisting of (1) a vaccination record card or photograph of the card; (2) documentation of vaccination from a health care provider or electronic health record; or (3) state immunization records. Any individual who does not provide the proof of vaccination must complete weekly to COVID-19 testing and submit proof of compliance.
Therefore, Rock Valley College will require all students and employees, who are not completely online, to upload their proof of vaccination or results of weekly testing into a new technology platform. An email will go out to individuals at the beginning of each week to remind them to upload a weekly test.
All students and employees should monitor the Rock Valley College COVID-19 website for additional information and updates.
Per Executive Order 2021-22, and in consultation with the Winnebago County Health Department, any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 and has completed the proper isolation period, and is symptom free, shall be allowed to return to any RVC campus. If unvaccinated the individual will still be required to test weekly; however, it is understood that the individual may still return a positive result for up to 90 days after initial infection. These individuals will be monitored through the RVC contract tracing team. This also applies to visitors or spectators who have tested positive but have proof their infection date was at least 14 days prior to event date or can produce a return to normal activity notification from their local health department. All individuals must be symptom free at the time of the event.
It is highly recommended the employee or student goes to restroom and washes hands using CDC recommended hand washing standards before entering their personal work or classroom area.
Rock Valley College strongly encourages employees, students and visitors to continue to self-report if they test positive for COVID-19 by using the following Rock Valley College web pages:
Room Layout – Classroom and lab layouts will return to normal. ALL Individuals, regardless of vaccination status, may have the choice to wear a mask or not.