College Launches Together LFC: COVID-19 Relief Initiative
Foresters, we need you.
Like so many around the world, the Lake Forest College community is facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This fall will be different from any past semester, due to actions the College must take to protect the health and safety of our campus community. What will not change, however, is the College's commitment to providing students with an exceptional education and a full, rewarding undergraduate experience.
To illustrate the breadth and depth of the fall semester plan, here are several highlights:
- Students, faculty, and staff will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival to campus, and subsequently retested during the semester as symptoms or circumstances require.
- Students, faculty, and staff who are at risk, based on CDC factors, will stay home and learn, teach, or work remotely. The College is adding classroom technology so that all courses will be accessible to students whether they enroll on campus or remain home and enroll remotely.
- Residence hall density is being reduced by converting rooms to either singles or doubles large enough to safely accommodate two students. To expand the availability of single rooms or large suites, the College is renting two hotels near campus that can house up to 350 students. The College will provide shuttle service to campus for students in the hotels. Extra custodial staff will expand daily cleaning of classrooms, public areas and residence hall bathrooms.
- Student health and counseling services will be expanded.
- All students, faculty and staff will receive Lake Forest College-branded cloth masks and refillable personal hand sanitizer containers before the start of the semester.
- College staff members are receiving professional training to serve as contact tracers.
The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are priceless, but the steps and protections listed above will cost a substantial sum of money. The College could not have anticipated these new costs, and the operating budget for the coming year may face a deficit as high as $2 million.
For more information on Lake Forest College's response to coronavirus and plans for return to campus, visit lakeforest.edu/coronavirus.
Since 1857, Foresters have come together in times of need. And now, we need you more than ever. #ForestersEverywhere