MARCH 20, 2020 

Dear Sandburg community,
You may have seen the advisory this afternoon from Gov. J.B. Pritzker that all Illinoisans “shelter in place” March 21-April 7. I encourage all of you to comply with this order as we must come together to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. 

I also understand the frustration from yesterday’s announcement that our 2020 Commencement and nursing pinning ceremonies are canceled as a result of this virus. Please know it is equally painful and frustrating for us as well. There is no greater joy for our Board, administration, faculty, and staff than seeing our students celebrate in that moment as they are introduced for the first time as Carl Sandburg College graduates. It is still our intention to honor our newest graduates through commemorative programs, tickets and a celebration of some kind. We will share those details as they are finalized.  

 

In the meantime, I encourage all of you to finish this semester stronger than ever. We will resume instruction Monday in an online capacity, and virtually all of our College services will take place away from campus as well. This has been a whirlwind week, and there will no doubt be challenges for all of us in the weeks ahead. But working through this as one will make each of us — and Carl Sandburg College — better in the end.


Dr. Seamus Reilly

MARCH 19, 2020

Dear Sandburg community,

The past week has been one of the most challenging in the history of Carl Sandburg College, and the decisions made during this time of the coronavirus pandemic have been made with great care and consideration for our students, faculty, staff and community.

In addition to moving classes and College services to an online capacity for the remainder of the spring semester, we have made the difficult choice to cancel this year’s on-campus Commencement ceremonies. Pinning ceremonies for this year’s nursing program graduates and all other on-campus events through the remainder of the semester also have been canceled.

We know this is a disappointing moment for all of our students who planned to walk across the stage this spring as Carl Sandburg College graduates, and it is a moment nobody deserves to have denied from them. It is a painful choice for us as well, as our mission is geared toward seeing students achieve that ultimate goal of becoming a Sandburg graduate. However, given the directive from the Centers for Disease Control not to have gatherings of 10 or more for the next eight weeks, this is a decision we made with the wellbeing of everyone in mind.

It is our plan to give our newest graduates their due recognition in some capacity at the end of the semester. Details will be shared as that information is finalized.

Please know that even though you and your peers will not able to have that shared experience at Commencement, the accomplishment of becoming a Carl Sandburg College graduate is something that will never be taken away.

Dr. Seamus Reilly

 

MARCH 18, 2020

Dear Sandburg Community,

As we continue to deal with the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19), I want to remind everyone that the health and safety of our community remains our primary concern. This is an unprecedented situation for the country, and it will mean great changes in the way we live and work in the coming weeks and maybe even months.

However, I know that the faculty and staff at Carl Sandburg College will continue to find innovative ways to serve students and our community.

  • Beginning Monday, March 23, Carl Sandburg College will continue with only online instruction. No face-to-face meetings with students, labs nor clinicals will take place. We realize this is a drastic measure, but given the situation facing us, it is the only thing we can do to safeguard the health of our community.
  • Everything possible will be done to provide simulation or other means to measure learning which typically takes place in these environments.
  • All staff will work from home and there will be no staff on campus except for those essential staff identified by the administration. Essential staff will be notified by their direct supervisor by Friday, March 20.
  • The campus will be effectively shut down. All students, faculty, and staff should avoid campus unless they are given direct specific instructions.

Dr. Seamus Reilly

 

MARCH 17, 2020

Dear Sandburg Community,

I want to thank all of you for your hard work and creative and thoughtful solutions to the enormous challenges facing the nation during this national emergency. The situation remains incredibly fluid and we continue to work with federal, state, and county agencies to help us navigate the many different issues we face. Carl Sandburg College remains committed to keeping our community safe and to helping our students.

Closing this week has enabled faculty and staff to plan to offer instruction and services online or remotely. We very much appreciate how hard people have worked to be creative and solve the many challenges that we face.

We remain committed to supporting students in the attainment of their educational goals. We want to help faculty and staff move forward with some predictability in these uncertain times.

To that end, beginning March 23, the college will move all instruction to an online format for the rest of the spring semester.

For any currently enrolled students who have not already done so, please take this seven-question survey to help us determine the level of access each of our students has to continue their educational experience. Doing so is important to helping us understand the technology needs of our students in this transition to online instruction.

We will also move all student services and administrative and business functions online.

We realize that this will be an enormous task for everyone, but it represents the best chance we have to complete the semester and provide services to the community. Administrators and supervisors will be in touch as we continue to plan to transition instruction and services.

The majority of faculty and staff will move to working from home or with limited presence on campus.

All previously scheduled events on campus for internal and external groups and organizations are canceled. We have not yet made decisions about commencement or other end-of-year activities.

We will continue to update the community regularly on this page as this situation develops. We remain committed to student success. The Sandburg community has demonstrated its strength and compassion in these difficult times and we know that we will successfully navigate these tough weeks ahead.

Dr. Seamus Reilly

 

MARCH 16, 2020

Dear Sandburg Community:

We appreciate your patience at this difficult and uncertain time. Our primary focus at this time is to ensure that we are doing all that we can to protect our community. While the campus is closed this week, people are working diligently to plan to deal with the many difficulties involved in providing services and support to our faculty, staff, and students.

Our emergency management team is meeting daily and following guidance from Illinois Community College Board, State of Illinois and the Federal Government as the nation deals with this unprecedented national emergency. Our daily communication will provide the latest information that we have and our best estimates as to how we will continue to move forward. Please understand that this situation is changing on an hourly basis and everything is subject to change.

We will communicate as often as needed using all the various communication channels at our disposal, but you can expect something around 5 p.m. daily. Please continue to communicate with your supervisor if you have questions. I know that the Sandburg community will overcome this challenge.


Dr. Seamus Reilly

Carl Sandburg College's leadership team is meeting on a daily basis to navigate the situation of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will do our best to provide you with information each day at 5 p.m. during this situation. Please note this is a rapidly evolving situation and actions taken can be changed by the hour. At this time, Sandburg will move forward with the following actions:

 

  • All campuses will be closed Monday, March 16-Sunday, March 22. No teaching, athletic, or Corporate and Leisure activities will take place during this period. We will have Public Safety staff on campus, but no staff, faculty, or students are to be on campus for any reason.
  • As we transition to majority online learning, for the time being, it is important that we understand the technology needs of our students. We ask that currently, enrolled students take this seven-question survey to help us determine the level of access each of our students has to continue their educational experience.
  • Beginning Monday, March 23, faculty will begin to deliver as much lecture material as possible online. This includes dual credit courses. All labs and clinicals such as in manufacturing (welding, CNC, etc.) and health professions (nursing, dental hygiene, etc.) courses will take place with social distancing encouraged, (maintaining distance approximately 6 feet from others when possible) and additional handwashing precautions will be in place before, during, and after the class period to minimize the risk of infection spread. Faculty and staff should follow the procedures outlined by the CDC and follow all standard clinical and lab procedures consistent with their professional standards. Students, please contact your instructor with course-related questions.
  • Beginning Monday, March 23, all staff are to report to work as normal while practicing social distancing. For Sandburg employees that have or care for those with compromised immune systems, lung disease, heart disease, diabetes etc. consider having discussions with your immediate supervisor in order to create accommodations for your work.
  • At this time the Board meeting on Thursday, March 26 will proceed as usual. Only essential administration (Chief Officers and Vice Presidents) will need to be in attendance.
  • In accordance with the NJCAA, all athletics for the 2019-2020 season will be canceled. This includes all practices, regular-season games, postseason games, and national championships.
  • All large public events have been canceled through the end of April.
  • At this time, we will continue to hold graduation on Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14. This is subject to change based on CDC guidance.


FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, WE URGE YOU TO REACH OUT TO:

Misty Lyon
Associate Vice President of Academic and Student Planning
309.341.5422
mlyon@sandburg.edu


FOR FACULTY AND STAFF WHO HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, WE ASK YOU FIRST TO REACH OUT TO YOUR IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR. HUMAN RESOURCES IS ALSO AVAILABLE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

Gina Krupps
Director of Human Resources
309.341.5264
gkrupps@sandburg.edu

 

MARCH 14, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapidly changing situation. We ask that you continue to follow the guidance of the CDC. There are steps that you can take to help yourself, your community and Sandburg in preventing the spread of any flu-like virus like the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Practice social distancing. Avoid close contact with people who are sick or if you are sick stay home.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth if you have not washed your hands.
  • Unless you are sick, the CDC does not recommend you use a face mask. Face masks may be in short supply and should be saved for caregivers.
  • If you have a compromised immune system or have serious chronic medical conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, or diabetes please consider making accommodations for your health.

We understand this is a difficult time for all and will strive to do our best to support our community. Please see a list of available resources from throughout the district. Please note this list has been compiled based upon available information from local media and social media sources. We encourage you to contact these businesses and organizations before visiting their locations. This list will be updated as we receive information. 

DISTRICT-WIDE
 
Ameren - In response to the economic hardships that our residential and business customers may experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic, effective today, Ameren Illinois will suspend service disconnections and forgive late payment fees for non-payment through at least May 1. Customers needing assistance with paying their bill should contact our customer care team at http://spr.ly/amerenillinois for payment options.
 
T-Mobile -  Starting now - ALL current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have plans with data will have unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming). 
 
Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone - Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser
 
GALESBURG
 
McAlister’s Deli -  If you are concerned about ensuring your children have a hearty lunch, stop by McAlister's Deli from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Every kid can receive a free sack lunch that contains a turkey and cheese sandwich, chips, applesauce and a cookie. Completely free, no other purchase is necessary.

Wal-mart - new hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to allow overnight restock/replenish. 
 
United Way of Knox County - United Way of Knox County will continue providing free meals to local children, as they have in the past, while local schools are closed due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, and they’re available to any student who needs them. 

 

CARTHAGE

Wal-mart – new hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to allow overnight restock/replenish.
 
El Camion Real - If you are worried about a meal for your kid(s) feel free to stop by El Camino from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. during the week-day to pick up a to-go FREE Kids Quesadilla meal with rice and beans. We will continue this until school resumes again. We want to do our part to help our community.

If you have questions or to report a suspected case please contact the Illinois Department of Public Health statewide COVID-19 hotline at call 1-800-889-3931 or visit IDPH.illinois.gov.

 

MARCH 12, 2020

Dear College Community:

 I am writing in response to the rapidly changing situation related to coronavirus. While there are no confirmed or probable cases confirmed in our district or on the campuses of Carl Sandburg College, it is my intention to do everything we can to mitigate risk of infection spread for all our staff, faculty, students, and greater community.

To that end, and acting out of an abundance of caution, we will enact the following measures:

  • All campuses will be closed Monday, March 16-Sunday, March 22. No teaching, athletic, or Corporate and Leisure activities will take place during this period. We will have Public Safety staff on campus, but no staff, faculty, or students are to be on campus for any reason. We will allow faculty to access all campuses before March 16 to gather materials needed for their classes.
  • Beginning Monday, March 23, we will begin to deliver as much lecture material as possible online. We have video and resources available to help faculty move course materials online, and some helpful tips to allow them to transition as smoothly as possible. We realize that not all content can be delivered in an online capacity, but we urge faculty to do what they can to reduce disruption to student learning.
  • Beginning Monday, March 23, all labs and clinicals will take place with social distancing encouraged, and additional handwashing precautions will be in place before, during, and after the class period to minimize the risk of infection spread. Faculty and staff should follow the procedures outlined by the CDC and follow all standard clinical and lab procedures consistent with their professional standards. We will abide by the rules and requirements of external clinical sites.
  • We will continue to operate our instruction in this manner until it becomes safe to revert to standard operations.
  • We will restrict all College travel until further notice to minimize the risk of people becoming ill while traveling to other cities or states. This includes individuals who are traveling on business trips or with student groups.
  • We will work with the Emergency Management Team to plan for extended closures or restrictions in services as mandated by county, state, or federal authorities. We remain in cooperation with our local county emergency management groups and health departments. 

In the meantime, we urge all of our staff, faculty, and students to exercise mitigation procedures as outlined by the CDC.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has information specific to the state:

If you have traveled domestically or internationally to an affected site, we urge you to closely monitor your health upon return. Faculty and students who have been traveling internationally are now considered at-risk and should take extra precautions to protect themselves, their families and their community.

Should you become ill or develop symptoms, we urge you to stay at home and avoid contact with others. The CDC has details about how to deal with a situation should you or a family member become ill.

We will continue to monitor this situation as it evolves.  We welcome your support as we continue to plan, but it is important to act in a way that protects our community.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Seamus Reilly, President

 

FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, WE URGE YOU TO REACH OUT TO:

Misty Lyon
Associate Vice President of Academic and Student Planning
309.341.5422
mlyon@sandburg.edu

 

FOR FACULTY AND STAFF WHO HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, WE ASK YOU FIRST TO REACH OUT TO YOUR IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR. HUMAN RESOURCES IS ALSO AVAILABLE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS. 

Gina Krupps
Director of Human Resources
309.341.5223
gkrupps@sandburg.edu

 

 

 

MARCH 10, 2020

Carl Sandburg College continues to closely monitor the global outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will keep our campus community apprised of any developments that occur. To date, we have not identified any cases of infected Carl Sandburg College students, faculty or staff nor has an individual been identified in any of the counties we serve. It is important for everyone to remain aware of this public health situation.

The College has created emergency plans in the event this outbreak progresses. The emergency operations team will continue to monitor and plan for necessary responses or changes to college operations.

 

PREVENTION

The CDC recommends the following everyday preventative actions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 

RESOURCES

The CDC has valuable information on the following:

Watch the informative video “Get the facts on coronavirus.”

 

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?

Have questions about coronavirus? Contact the Illinois Department of Public Health hotline.

Phone: 800.889.3931

Email: dph.sick@illinois.gov