This Protecting the Pack Plan is the result of months of collaboration among campus partners, which included the formation of the Return to Working on Campus Working Group and the Testing, Tracking, Tracing Surveillance and Quarantine (T3SQ) Working Group. Our planning included involvement of faculty, the Student Experience Team, academic leadership and other groups throughout campus. We sought out the expertise of internal and external public health experts, and have been in regular contact with the governor’s office and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). As a baseline, we have followed the State of Illinois’ Restore Illinois Plan, which is currently in Phase 4, and the IBHE’s report: Higher Education in Illinois: Safely Launching Academic Year 2020, on which President Freeman served. However, in some cases, Protecting the Pack bolsters the statewide task force’s recommendations.
Our response is grounded in science and allows for flexibility to not only address ongoing uncertainty, but also to stay current with the latest public health guidance. Updates to the plan will be reflected on this site, and we encourage all to check in regularly for the latest information.