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JALC COVID Testing Protocols FAQs

JALC COVID Testing Protocols FAQs

  1. If a student cannot be tested on campus either Monday or Tuesday, what other testing options does JALC offer on campus? Testing will be available from 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM on Mondays and Tuesdays only. This testing is being provided as a courtesy to assist in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order.
  2. If a student is tested off-site, will that student be reimbursed for the test? The Executive Order does not address reimbursements. However, the College is offering free testing on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  3. If a student is tested off-site, are there acceptable and unacceptable tests, types of tests, or approved facilities? If a student chooses to test at home or an off-site facility, they will need to bring proof of a negative test to the testing site and be documented. The Executive Order recommends a PCR test but only requires proof of a weekly negative test.
  4. If a student decides that the testing is unacceptable or will not participate, what (modified) policy and procedures are in place to allow a tuition refund for the remainder of the semester? The full-refund deadline has passed. There will be no refunds for Fall 21 dropped classes.
  5.  What is the specific saliva test being used, and please provide 1) a copy of the testing firm’s licenses, 2) a copy of the testing firm’s CLIA certification, and 3) the specific chain of custody for test samples? The test is conducted at the College through the SHIELD program, and additional information can be found on their website at  www.shieldillinois.com
  6. If this is a PCR test being run on cycles, please provide the standard number of cycles at which this test will be performed and the policy stating why that specific number of cycles is required. Details regarding the testing can be found at www.shieldillinois.com
  7. What is the procedure for receiving test results from testing performed on campus? SHIELD will handle all notifications, including students, College staff, College Administration, and the local health departments.
  8. What is the turnaround time frame for receiving the campus-provided testing? Please see the SHIELD website for details, www.shieldillinois.com
  9. What is the chain of custody for test samples? Please see SHIELD for details www.shieldillinois.com
  10. What is the procedure for destroying test samples after testing? Please see SHIELD for details www.shieldillinois.com.
  11. Due to the significant false positives, what is the policy and procedure to contest results received from campus-mandated testing? The testing is mandated by the State of Illinois and not the College.  Contesting results will be deferred to the local health departments and their directives.
  12. What is JALC’s policy for reporting complaints, harassment, discrimination, and other violations, and where can these complaints be voiced? Students should refer to their Rights and Responsibilities on the JALC website. https://www.jalc.edu/rights-and-responsibilities-a-student-code-of-conduct/ Appendix G
  13. Why is the College offering $200 to fully COVID vaccinated students? The funds for this program are provided through the Higher Education Relief Fund and are not John A. Logan College funds.
  14. Do high school students enrolled in dual credit/ dual enrollment have to submit to testing or proof of vaccination. High School students will be permitted on campus with a high school ID for the current academic year.
  15. How will faculty be informed if their student has tested positive? Or, is out with COVID-19. Students and the IDPH will be informed of their test results through SHEILD. It is their individual responsibility to contact their instructor and inform them of their status. The College will only confirm if the absence is excused or not.
  16. If I have tested positive for COVID19 in the past 90 days, should I test? Yes, pursuant to the Governor’s Executive order, you should test at a minimum of weekly.
  17. Does the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act 745 ILCS 70 et seq. apply to COVID testing at JALC? No, College Legal Counsel has reviewed the Act and is of the opinion that the Act does not provide an exception to testing.