These questions and answers are specific to KCC. For information about coronavirus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control.
Vaccination & testing policy questions
Who has to be vaccinated to visit KCC?
Those who are inside a college facility for more than 15 minutes at least once a week on a regular basis, including students and employees, must provide proof of vaccination. Not included: Individuals who complete their coursework exclusively remotely. This policy goes into effect Sept. 19, 2021.
What if I do not want to be vaccinated (or cannot) due to medical or other reasons?
If you do not receive the vaccine, you must be tested for COVID-19 at least once per week. Chicago Loop Medical is providing testing for students Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Appointments are required. Make appointments and access your results through Loop Medical Center’s secure and HIPPA-approved Web portal. When you complete the weekly test at KCC, the results are automatically shared with KCC.
*Please note* You are NOT required to submit a credit card or have insurance/proof of insurance to test at KCC.
What if I don’t want to test at KCC or miss out when the testing is available at KCC?
If you do not complete a COVID-19 test at KCC, you are required to test with a reputable third party (such as the health department or a local pharmacy) and submit results every week by Saturday at 11:59 p.m. Options are available here.
Am I allowed to test elsewhere?
Yes. You still need to provide your results each week. Check your KCC email for the link to submit results.
Is there a charge for the weekly test?
No. The testing is free and offered as a service to students. You are NOT required to submit a credit card or have insurance/proof of insurance to test at KCC.
The website says I need insurance and a credit card?
The Loop Medical Center portal is for all of their diagnostic testing. The insurance and credit card information does not apply to KCC students.
Do testing appointments fill up?
No, Loop Medical will always take walk-ins. More than 100 students can test every hour.
Where do I upload my results?
When you test at KCC, your results are uploaded automatically. When you test at another provider, you should upload your results using the link sent to your KCC student email account.
Are my results private?
When you use the Chicago Loop Medical testing at KCC, you have access to your results in a secure web portal. If you are a KCC student, your results will be shared with the college for contact tracing purposes only.
Can I get tested if I am vaccinated and/or do not have symptoms?
Yes. The KCC testing program is available to all students regardless of symptoms.
The deadline to receive a COVID-19 vaccination was extended. What does that mean for me?
Other than a change to the deadline, there are no other changes to the policy. Students and employees still need to make plans to get vaccinated or test weekly for COVID-19.
What is KCC's mask policy?
Masks are required in indoor public spaces for everyone, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.
Where can I find COVID-19 testing and/or vaccination sites?
Is campus open?
All college facilities are open.
- Before every visit to the college—or upon entering a college building—students should complete a self-assessment. The self-assessment is at certify.kcc.edu.
- Effective Aug. 11, 2021, masks are required for everyone in indoor public spaces, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.
- New and returning students can phone 815-802-8500 (Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and an advisor will call back within two business days; or submit the Advising Call Request Form.
- Returning students can schedule an in-person appointment for a specific day or time.
- General questions can be emailed to email@example.com.
Are classes online or in-person?
For the most part, KCC will is back to it's normal schedule. In-person, online and a "hybrid" of both are offered. The class schedule has details on how each class is being offered.
Where do I ask questions about taking classes online?
Canvas is the learning management system used for KCC's online, hybrid and enhanced face-to-face courses. To learn how a course using Canvas works: log in to Canvas using your KCC username and password. When you log in for the first time, there is an invitation to take the Canvas student orientation course. Click on the announcement or the Help link in the lower left corner of the Canvas screen at any time to enroll.
Also note, lab and technology fees are the same for online and in-person classes because the college still incurs a cost to present coursework — whether it is in person or through remote learning.
I was diagnosed--or had COVID-19 symptoms. When can I return to classes?
As recommended by the Kankakee County Health Department, KCC is following the Center for Disease Control quarantine and isolation instructions:
- If you test positive for COVID-19, isolate for 5 days after onset of symptoms, or 5 days from specimen collection date if no symptoms are present. Day 0 is the first day of symptoms or specimen collection date if asymptomatic. If you continue to have fever or other symptoms, or have not improved after 5 days of isolation, do not end isolation until you are fever-free for 24 hours and your other symptoms have improved.
- Continue to wear a well-fitted mask around others for 5 additional days after release from isolation. If unable to wear a mask when around others, continue to isolate for a total of 10 days.
- Avoid being around students or staff who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease.
- If masks need to be removed (e.g., for lunch), ensure 6 feet of physical distancing until 10 days after symptom onset or positive test.
Are counseling services still available to KCC students?
Yes, Transformative Growth Counselors are available. Call 630-423-6010 or visit www.transformativegrowth.org. Tell them you are a KCC student.
Additional referral resources are on the Counseling and Referral Services page.
What are KCC’s confirmed COVID-19 cases?
Effective Aug. 17, 2020, tracks cases of students and employees confirmed to have contracted COVID-19. This chart will be updated as the college becomes aware of new confirmed cases.
The chart shows positive cases for individuals who have recently been on campus or potentially in close contact with others on campus.
In each case, the area undergoes additional deep cleaning and all individuals with potential contact are communicated with directly.
Anyone experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms as outlined by the CDC are strongly encouraged to stay home.
|KCC COVID-19 Confirmed Cases|
(Week of Sept. 7)
(As of Aug. 17)
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