News - Updates to COVID-19 protocols for spring 2022
Updates to COVID-19 protocols for spring 2022
(UPDATED Jan. 18, 2021) Greenville University continues to be diligent in efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus and keep students safe on campus. Knowing that the Omicron variant is spreading rapidly across the nation, GU plans to take precautions and continue offering saliva testing to students, faculty, and staff through the spring 2022 semester.
GU knows constant change is here to stay with regard to COVID-19 and we plan to adapt as students onboard for spring semester.
- All students have been asked to take a rapid or PCR test before returning to campus, if possible.
- All students taking face-to-face classes are required to PCR test at our GU testing site when they return to campus. Unvaccinated faculty and staff are also asked to test before the first day of classes. The COVID-19 testing center will be open 10 am until 3 pm on Sunday, January 23, and Monday, January 24.
- (UPDATED) As we plan for onboarding students this weekend, out of an abundance of caution, Greenville University has decided to move classes on Monday and Tuesday, January 24 and 25, to remote only. We will not be hosting classes in-person those days, but campus offices will still be open (including the Dining Commons). Students will log into D2L to access the Zoom link during their normal class times.
- Statewide indoor mask mandates continue to be in place for all Illinois residents, regardless of vaccination status.
- Students and employees on campus who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 will be required to test once per week.
- We continue to work with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the University of Illinois, and especially our local health department on our response planning.
The University is pleased to continue to offer an effective testing program to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Testing will be available from 10 am to 3 pm on Mondays and Thursdays throughout the semester. The testing center is located on the third floor of the library in Young Tower. The saliva testing innovations developed by our partners at the University of Illinois are helping in-person activities continue on campus. The saliva rapid response test involves providing saliva dribble into a tube to submit for testing of COVID-19 and related variants. Positive test results will be notified by the Bond County Health department and contact tracing will occur.
GU will continue monitoring the spread of the virus throughout the semester and will announce plans for spring break as soon as possible.
This document will continue to be updated. If you have other questions you would like us to address, or if you need more information, please contact Community Life: [email protected].