Each City College will continue to offer many student services virtually via www.ccc.edu/VSS. You can check hours and services on your college’s page.
Now that City Colleges is back on campus, current and future students have two ways to access resources and services.
- What should students do if they are feeling sick?
- If you are feeling sick, please stay home and contact your instructors. Remember that your first goal should be to return to health. Individuals that test positive for COVID-19 must stay home (except to get medical care) for 10 days since symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours with no fever and improved symptoms (without use of fever reducing medications). For more information please refer to the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 website for the latest guidance on what to do if you are sick and managing your health (https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/managing-your-health.html?#tab-whattodo). If you need academic support due to extended absence please contact your Dean of Student Services.
- CDC’s COVID-19 self-checker tool
- What is the CCC protocol if there is a confirmed case of Covid-19?
- In the event an individual that has been on campus tests positive for COVID-19, CCC Security will contact that person and conduct a contact tracing interview to determine if close contact (defined as within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more within a 24 hour period) occurred with other members of the CCC community while the individual was infectious. If close contacts are identified, they are contacted by CCC Security and provided quarantine guidance (while also maintaining the privacy of the infected individual). Security will also inform HR or Student Services of quarantines to ensure appropriate work arrangements, leave or academic support are provided. Affected areas are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
- What is the process for COVID-19 testing?
- Individuals that are participating in on-campus work or learning that are not vaccinated are required to test on a weekly basis. The testing schedule varies by college, but generally the provider will be on campus twice per week. Individuals only need to test once. Vaccinated employees should contact the HR Business Partner at their primary work location and must show their vaccination card in person, or upload it to my.ccc.edu. In accordance with health privacy rules, the proof will not be retained by HR, and the acknowledgment will be kept separate from the employee’s personnel files. Students should upload their vaccination card at my.ccc.edu.
- Where can I get vaccinated?
- The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated. There are a number of resources available to individuals that want to be vaccinated and we encourage you to take advantage of them as soon as you are able. These resources are outlined at the City of Chicago’s vaccine finder (https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid19-vaccine/home/vaccine-finder.html) and include City of Chicago sites and numerous pharmacies. You may also call the City of Chicago helpline at 312.746.4835 for additional assistance. Additionally, CCC has held several vaccination events on our campuses and plans to do so again early in Fall term. A detailed schedule will be posted as soon as it is available.
- When do I need to wear a mask?
- For the time being, all persons must continue to wear masks when entering and exiting CCC buildings, in all common areas, including lobbies, elevators, hallways and restrooms, and when people cannot maintain six feet of distance. Unvaccinated persons should wear a face covering at all times. Our Security teams will continue to maintain a stock of disposable masks at facility entrances for individuals that may have forgotten to bring their own and need one for the day.
- What are the current cleaning protocols?
- Classrooms and conference rooms that are in use will be cleaned and disinfected a minimum of once per day; high traffic areas may have additional cleaning as determined by each college. In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case on campus, affected areas are cleaned and disinfected thoroughly in accordance with CDC guidelines.
- What has been done to address air quality and filtration?
- All CCC facilities HVAC systems are put into operation an hour before occupancy and are run for an additional air exchange after occupancy. We follow the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) guidance on air exchanges per hour (target goal is two air exchanges per hour). CCC systems use a variety of different filters across the district, each with its own specifications and requirements to match the manufacturer recommendations for the equipment. Outside air and return air is filtered before being supplied to public areas. We have increased outside flow and enhanced filtration to keep impurities out of the air at a higher efficiency down to the micron level.
- You can watch this video to learn more.
- When should an individual quarantine?
- If you have been mandated to quarantine due to exposure to a person that has tested positive for COVID-19 or have tested positive yourself for COVID-19, stay at home and contact your Dean of Student Services and supply them with contact information to call you back. Also, please consult with your medical provider and obtain a COVID-19 test.
- If you have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19 and are fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine as long as you remain asymptomatic. If you are not fully vaccinated, please contact your Dean of Student Services and supply them with contact information to call you back. We will discuss your specific situation to determine steps going forward.
- CDC’s COVID-19 self-checker tool
- Can I travel? If I do travel, do I have to quarantine?
- All CCC students, faculty and staff should abide by the latest guidance from the City of Chicago’s Department of Public Health (CDPH). The CDPH updates the guidance regularly in response to COVID-19 metrics. Individuals are responsible for understanding the current status of the guidance in relation to their own personal travel and must be abide by that status upon their return. Please review https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html to ensure you have the latest information.