Iḷisaġvik College Coronavirus Info (COVID-19)

Campus Reopening Plan

This plan serves as a guide as we transition into Phase 4, “Fully Operational” in the Summer 2021. It is designed to promote the health and safety of our members of the College community. 

There are 4 phases:

  • Phase 1 – Closed
  • Phase 2 – Telework
  • Phase 3 – Limited Operations
  • Phase 4 – Fully Operational

We are currently operating in Phase 3, Limited Operations, but plan to transition to Phase 4, Fully Operational by summer 2021 if it is safe to do so. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 news and re-evaluate as necessary.


  • Campus will be open to the public Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
  • Employees will return to regular schedules
  • Student support programming and all classes will be offered in-person and distance delivery
  •  Wearing masks is required
  • Internships as regularly scheduled
  • A sanitization schedule for common areas in the main campus building has been established
  • Shields are implemented in high traffic/common areas and available in each classroom
  • Sanitization stations are available for each building for cleaning after meetings and gationia herings
  • Dormitories will be open for full-time students. More information can be found in our Campus Exposure Procedure
  • Reinstate in person meetings with the option of blended meetings (Zoom and in person)
  • Children will be allowed in the workplace (complying with Employee Handbook). Children are permitted in the workplace for authorized events or pre-arrangements to use facilities. 
  • Regular transportation schedule will commence that will include scheduled sanitization of vehicles in August 2021
  • All employees must practice good hand hygiene techniques. Sanitizer stations are setup throughout campus
  • Employees who have symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) must immediately notify their supervisor and are encouraged to stay home
  • Travel ban will be lifted
  • Quarantining will no longer be required after traveling outside of Utqiagvik if an employee or student is vaccinated and has no symptoms. If not vaccinated, after traveling outside of Utqiagvik, the employee or student must quarantine for 10 days or get a COVID-19 test that has negative results. 
  • Fully vaccinated employees with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine following an exposure; however testing following an exposure and thorough routine workplace screening programs (if present) is still recommended.

Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping individuals from getting COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will also help keep individuals from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. Ilisagvik College strongly encourages employees and students to vaccinate.

We will continue to monitor Local, State, and CDC guidelines and recommendations and reassess our mitigation plans and reopening plans regularly. 

SAFETY is our priority. Our MISSION drives our decisions. We will continue to ADAPT during these unprecedented times.

Additional Information

For additional information about the coronavirus, including signs and symptoms, transmission and risk of exposure, and what to do if you are exhibiting symptoms, please refer to the latest updates: