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Bluejays Unite: Guiding Principles

Elmhurst College has developed policies and protocols that are rooted in the safety and health of our faculty, staff and students as we maneuver through the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

Our plans are aligned with local orders and ordinances of the city of Elmhurst and DuPage County, the State of Illinois’ phased reopening model, and recommendations from the federal government, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Elmhurst College COVID-19 Task Force. Our knowledge and understanding of the virus continue to evolve, and our policies and plans will be updated as more information becomes available.

There are many variables beyond our control, including directives from local, state and national health authorities that could cause us to reconsider our plans. We will be flexible and adaptable in our planning and decision-making as we continue to monitor and respond to international, national, state and local public-health conditions, recommendations and guidance.

We must unite as Bluejays to open our campus to our students in the fall. Following the established guidelines will enable us to provide a safe, healthy and inviting environment for all of us. Your patience and cooperation is appreciated as we continue to learn about the ever-changing COVID-19.

—The COVID-19 Task Force

The Restore Illinois Plan, Phase 3: Guidelines for Offices

The state of Illinois’ Restore Illinois plan provides context for the campus-specific recommendations made by the College’s COVID-19 Task Force.


  • Offices may resume operations at 50% capacity beginning Friday, May 29.
  • All employees must wear a face mask.
  • Social distancing of six feet is mandated.
  • Wash hands frequently throughout the day for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • Paper towels and hand sanitizers will be made available by the institution.
  • All employees must be trained on health issues related to COVID-19.
  • Nonessential work travel is on hold until further notice.
  • Individuals will be able to have their temperature checked in the Wellness Center.
  • If you think you may have symptoms of COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 10 days. If you have tested positive, you must quarantine for 14 days.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting of offices will occur on a weekly basis per CDC protocols.
  • Employees should disinfect their workspace upon entering and before leaving each day. Cleaning supplies will be provided by the institution.

Read the Rest of Our Guide to Returning to the Workplace

Mental and Emotional Well-Being

An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available through Metropolitan Family Services to offer emotional support to all employees and their families during this stressful period. You can contact our EAP 24/7 at (800) 905-0994.

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