Return to Campus - FAQs


Your health and safety is our top priority. We will continue to work closely with health officials and will implement further Covid-related restrictions as necessary.

Our Return to Campus guidelines and FAQs will provide Oakton students, employees and community members the latest information to help you accomplish your goals while keeping you safe.

Check back often; information is subject to change.

Here are the highlights of what you need to know:

  • On Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced new COVID-19 mitigations, which include a statewide indoor mask mandate and vaccination requirements for select groups, including higher education students and employees.
    • Per the mandate, effective Sept. 19, 2021 (deadline extended from original date of Sept. 5), all higher education employees and students must receive at least one COVID-19 dose, or they must provide weekly proof of a negative COVID-19 test. 

    • To comply with this mandate, the College is requiring employees and students to complete a Vaccination Status Form and upload a photo of their vaccination card or agree to abide by safety protocols for unvaccinated individuals. 

      Employee Vaccination Status Form:

      Student Vaccination Status Form:

    • Unvaccinated students and employees – and those who do not submit a Vaccination Status Form and upload a photo of their vaccine card by Sept. 19, 2021 – will need to:
      • Review and agree to the protocol for unvaccinated students, contained within the COVID-19 Vaccination Status form linked above. 
      • Enroll and participate in the College’s weekly free COVID-19 testing program. (Information below)
      • More information will be shared regarding weekly testing deadlines and other procedural details with students and employees who indicate they are unvaccinated.
  • Free, on-campus COVID-19 testing is available to employees and students at no cost to them. Oakton is partnering with Shield Illinois to administer the tests.
    • Testing hours and locations (subject to change:)
      • Des Plaines campus
        Monday and Thursday
        8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
        Studio One Theater
        Use Door 13 (near gymnasium) via Lot A
      • Skokie campus (Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 8)
        Wednesday and Friday
        8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
        Room A 145-152
      • *Scheduling Instructions
        • (Note: Please only schedule tests at the times and locations listed above. The Shield Illinois scheduling portal may list additional testing times, please disregard those.)    
  • Masks are required for everyone indoors on Oakton's campuses. This includes classrooms, labs, meeting rooms, hallways and shared workspaces. 
    • Masks are optional for everyone outdoors and in individual workspaces where six feet of physical distance can be maintained.
  • Limited in-person student services are now available by appointment. (See the: Accessing Student Services section)
  • Technology (Chromebooks/wifi hotspots) are available for loan. Requests to borrow equipment can be submitted online or by contacting the IT helpdesk at 847.635.1965 or;
  • Individuals should continue to physically distance on campus.
  • Please follow room capacity limits.
  • See the “Information for Employees” section for info on accommodations, leave and travel policies, and reporting COVID-19 cases.

For questions about the Return to Campus guidelines, email