Taking precaution with mask mandate

Madison Miranda

On July 28, President Jerry Corcoran announced
face masks will be required for all students indoors
on-campus regardless of vaccination status. The
mandate allows students, faculty, and staff to protect
themselves and others from COVID-19.
CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
released a strong recommendation that those in K-12
schools should wear masks “due to the circulating and
highly contagious Delta variant,” as stated by the CDC
website under Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in
K-12 schools.
With the increase of in-person classes this fall as
well as the rise in students on-campus, it is essential
that all students, faculty, and staff wear their masks
correctly covering their mouths and noses to slow the
spread in the community.
Along with social distancing, masks add an extra
layer of safety and protection, and it is important that
those on-campus take prevention of the virus seriously. SHIELD Illinois testing is available as of Monday,
August 23 in CTC 124 and 125 to provide rapid testing
and results to those who feel they may have contracted the virus.
Temperature monitors are located at all main
entrances and are required for those who enter the
building as the safety and health of those on-campus
are a great concern.
Students are also encouraged to fill out the
COVID-19 Self-Verification Form, a form that emphasizes the need for students to complete a daily health
screening of themselves to check for COVID-19 symptoms before arriving on-campus. This form further
reinforces the need to prevent the spread of the virus.
Wearing masks properly, checking temperatures
regularly, staying home if sick, and washing one’s
hands frequently are all ways to keep the community
safe.
Stay up to date on IVCC’s response to COVID-19
by checking out ivcc.edu/covid19/index.php as well
as lasallecounty.org/covid-19-vaccine-update/ for
updates in LaSalle County. vaccines.gov/ allows the
community to find vaccine locations if they have yet
to receive it.

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