Morton College Updated Guidance on COVID-19

We hope you enjoyed your holiday break and are staying safe and healthy.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our response has been focused on our campus community’s health and safety. This commitment remains a guiding rule of our return to campus plans for faculty, staff, and students.

As a reminder, all educators and staff working pre-K through college, college students, and health care workers require COVID-19 vaccination, or undergo COVID testing at least once a week per Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2021-20, COVID-19 Executive Order No. 87.

If you have not yet uploaded your documentation, please go onto Cleared4 and upload as soon as you can. If you do not provide proof of vaccination, you must submit weekly testing for COVID-19. Morton College offers COVID-19 testing daily. Visit our website for more information. 

Effective January 3, 2022, any individual 5 years of age or older will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to visit the Morton College Fitness Center. This new update is in compliance with Cook County Department of Public Health Mitigation Order 2021-11

Valid Forms of Verification Include: 

  • Vaccination Card
  • Photocopy of Vaccination Card
  • Digital Copy Record or App
  • Printed Record from a Vaccine Provider

Paisans and the Nutrition Bar are in compliance with Cook County Department of Public Health Mitigation Order. 

Additionally, in a manner that is consistent with Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) and the CDC guidance to the COVID-19 pandemic, the quarantine for people who tested positive for COVID-19 will decrease from 10 days to 5 days if they do not have symptoms (may include fever, chills, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, loss of taste and/or smell) but must continue to mask for 5 days after the quarantine period ends and provide a negative COVID-19 test result.  This recommendation applies to all individuals, including those who are unvaccinated.

If students do not submit proof of vaccination or weekly COVID-19 testing, they are considered non-compliant. Non-compliant students will not be able to access college resources and or register for next semester.

Morton College has incentives to encourage students to get vaccinated.

New Students registering for the Spring 2022 semester who submit their vaccination cards by Sunday, January 16, 2022 onto Cleared4, will received a refund of one (1) in-district credit hour ($130), be entered in a raffle to win a Morton College scholarship, Laptop, or a $200 Bookstore voucher.

Students who are fully in compliance with the mandate have access to institutional resources such as but not limited to Student Emergency Funding, Transportation Assistance, Panther Pantry, Free Laptop program, and Wi-Fi hot spots. 

Morton College is committed to mitigating the spread of this virus and keeping our students, employees, and community members safe. We know that vaccinations save lives, and everyone who is able to get vaccinated is encouraged to do so.  

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Morton College Community Health Support at Covidvaccine@morton.edu.

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