Our Three-Step Plan
Campus readiness was built over a three-step plan, which is aligned with the state’s reopening plan, Restore Illinois: A Public Health Approach to Safely Reopen Our State, and was designed to keep SAIC on track toward resuming modified on-campus work and study this year:
STEP 1: Planning
The five support teams coordinated the development of detailed return-to-campus plans for each department on campus. The teams met with heads, chairs, staff, and faculty of each department across the campus throughout the early part of summer to develop operational plans that allowed us to meet the goals established in our shared responsibilities.
STEP 2: Preparation and Implementation
Our return-to-campus support teams coordinated our efforts and utilized established operating procedures to implement department-specific plans as we prepared to return.
STEP 3: Resumption of Modified Campus Activities
During step three, over the course of several weeks, staff, faculty, and, eventually, students returned to campus in phases. Those who returned to campus engaged in mandatory training on the protocols designed to reduce hazards from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. When they've completed their work, CEOP working groups dedicated to reopening will disband.
On May 5, Governor Pritzker announced the state's reopening plan, Restore Illinois: A Public Health Approach to Safely Reopen Our State. This statewide strategy outlines five phases with guidelines that all Illinois residents and businesses are required to follow. The first four phases—including the fourth phase, during which schools can resume onsite operations—are indefinite in duration and require safety precautions, such as limiting gathering size and wearing face coverings. SAIC designed its framework to implement the state’s standards as well as other governmental requirements. In addition, as we apply these standards to our campus and community, we will consult with the School's public health expert Dr. Terri Rebmann. Key metrics in the state’s reopening plan are posted by region on the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) website, with Chicago included in the Northeast Illinois region.