From a variety of ways to learn to a good, old-fashioned cleaning routine, the faculty at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey is gearing up to welcome students back to school in this fall of COVID-19. The Interim President of Lewis and Clark Community College is working to make college as safe as possible for students, faculty, and staff this fall.

Lori Artis tells The Big Z among the daily precautions they will be taking is the placement of signs encouraging mask-wearing and other precautions.

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Everyone who comes to one of the college’s physical locations will be required to fill out a daily self-certification form that states they are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been exposed to anyone who is suspected or has tested positive for the disease. The form can be accessed through the college’s homepage at www.lc.edu or at www.lc.edu/coronavirus.

More measures being taken include:

• Mask requirements. Masks, and in some cases face shields, are required while on campus.
• Social distancing. Everyone on campus must practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet away from others wherever possible. Classrooms have been moved and rearranged, and walk-in advising for enrollment and financial aid has been moved to the Hatheway Cultural Center to allow for distancing.
• Group/room capacity limits. While the Metro East remains in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, groups are limited to no more than 50 people or 50 percent of a room’s capacity, whichever is less. Those people must wear masks and be able to practice social distancing. If the region moves into an earlier phase, tighter restrictions will be enforced.
• Handwashing/sanitizing. The college has added handwashing signs and hand-sanitizer stations around campus for easy access. Anyone on campus is encouraged to use the stations frequently.
• Cleaning regimen. Custodial has stepped up its cleaning regimen with a focus on sanitizing classrooms and high traffic areas, especially.
• Plexiglass partitions. Maintenance has installed plexiglass partitions in student service areas where distancing is difficult to add a layer of protection for students and team members.
• No contact/low contact services. Most of the college’s virtual services will continue through the fall. Some have implemented no-contact or low-contact services. The L&C Bookstore, for example, has introduced a free ship-to-store option with low-contact window pickup on the Godfrey Campus.

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