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COVID-19 Response

PREPAREDNESS PLAN >>

Do not come to campus if you are having symptoms of COVID-19.
Do not come to campus if you are unvaccinated and have been exposed.

Please notify LMC if you begin having symptoms after you visit campus - complete the COVID-19 Self-Report.


  • Masks are optional, but may be required in some classrooms - check with your instructor.
  • Please call (269) 927-1000 before visiting campus to ensure your needs will be met.
  • Student services are available remotely during regular business hours. Find the webpages for student services from the myLMC page.

The latest Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Coronavirus-related orders can be found on the State of Michigan website.

As a reminder, transmission increases when in close proximity, so six feet of distance should be maintained whenever possible.  

If you don’t have a mask with you when you arrive, you are welcome to take a free one, available at most entrances. You may also pick up a mask at the Main Building Welcome Desk or call Facilities at (269) 927-8135. 

The Hawks Nest Café will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Avenue C will also be open in the Todd Center. Masks do not need to be worn while eating and drinking in designated dining areas or offices.   

The CDC recommends you get vaccinated as soon as you can and wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of "substantial" or "high" level of community transmission.  

If you need assistance in finding a vaccination site, contact Human Resources at hr@lakemichigancollege.edu or visit the Berrien County Health Department website

Thank you for helping to keep our college community safe.   

Your Responsibilities on Campus

  • Do not come to campus if you are having symptoms of COVID-19. Do not come to campus if you are unvaccinated and have been exposed.

  • Notify LMC if you begin having symptoms after you visit campus - complete the COVID-19 Self-Report.

  • Wear a mask in class if required by your instructor.
     
  • Keep each other safe.
  • Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others when possible.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash hands frequently.
  • Use designated areas only for eating and drinking.
  • If you are sick or have symptoms, stay home.  
  • If you become sick on campus, go home immediately. Contact a staff member for instructions if you need to wait for a ride.

Safety Measures

The safety of students, employees and visitors is our top priority at Lake Michigan College. We have been working to create new safety procedures across all aspects of the College.   

  • Markings on the floor will help designate where to wait at reception areas and remind us all how to space in hallways.
  • Clear physical barriers may be in place at some high transaction areas.
  • Hand sanitizer is located in high-traffic areas and at shared equipment, such as copy machines.  
  • We are increasing outside air ventilation rates and circulation, where possible.
  • Cleaning measures are increased with special attention to frequently touched surfaces, like door hardware, railings, and work surfaces. 
  • The new spacious Learning Resource Center is set up to support socially distanced computer access, including the individual computers in new small study areas with sliding glass doors.
  • All LMC employees are required to complete additional COVID-19 training on the LMC Preparedness & Response Plan.
  • We have procedures in place to manage situations that may arise, like someone becoming sick on campus.

INFECTIOUS DISEASE PROCEDURES >>

 


 

COVID Relief Fund

LMC is contributing to community relief efforts by donating Personal Protective Equipment from our academic programs and by manufacturing PPE in our Fab Lab. If you would like to donate to our COVID Relief Fund, visit the Foundation's donation page

The CDC recommends “that you wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently.” KN95 masks are designed and tested to reduce the virus particles breathed by the wearer by approximately 95%. 

The College will make KN95 masks available to all students and employees as they are more effective at reducing the spread of COVID-19 than cloth or surgical masks.

What is a KN95? 

KN95 masks reduce the amount of dust or virus particles a person breathes in by approximately 95 percent. 

How do I obtain a KN95?  

Complimentary KN95 masks are being made available to students, faculty and staff. Faculty and staff may request from the Benton Harbor Campus mailroom and South Haven and Niles campus offices; students may request from their instructors for in-person classes. Additional masks will be provided to instructors through their academic divisions. Requests may be limited to no more than one per person per week, so we can assure that everyone who wants a mask is able to get one.  

Please also feel free to provide your own. They are readily available online and in many local retailers. KN95s, while disposable, are designed to be worn multiple times safely. 

How do I properly use my KN95? 

  • If possible, wash or sanitize your hands immediately before and after putting your KN95 on and immediately before and after taking it off when planning to reuse it. 
  • Place the mask over your face, with the bottom below your chin and the nosepiece up. 
  • Place the straps of the mask over each of your ears. 
  • Adjust the metal nose clip using fingers from both hands to mold the clip to the shape of your nose 
  • Adjust fit as necessary to reduce airflow around the mask. 
  • Certain types of facial hair, like beards, can make mask fitting difficult. Masks that fit well protect you better. To have a better fit, people with beards can shave their beards or trim their beards close to the face. 
  • If you wear glasses and find fogging to be a nuisance, wash the lenses with soapy water and shake off the excess before putting on your mask (wipe off nose piece to minimize skin irritation). 

How should I care for and store my KN95 

DO NOT attempt to wash your KN95. With proper care, your KN95 should be reusable for an extended period of time. 
  
To keep your KN95 clean between uses, store your mask in a safe location that other people cannot access and where it will not get wet or be subject to direct sunlight or excessive heat.  

When should I discard my KN95? 

You should replace your KN95 when it: 

  • Becomes soiled 
  • No longer covers the nose and mouth 
  • Has stretched out or damaged ties or straps 
  • Cannot stay on the face 
  • Has holes or tears in the fabric 

A KN95 may be disposed of in the normal trash. 

Why use a KN95 instead of a cloth or surgical face mask?  

While many face masks help prevent the spread of the virus from the wearer to others, they provide limited protection to the wearer. A KN95 provides better protection for the wearer than other face masks, while also reducing the spread of the virus from the wearer. 

Will a KN95 protect me during an exposure to COVID-19? 

If you are exposed to the virus while wearing a KN95, you are less likely to develop COVID-19. Mask use is one of several layering prevention strategies. Additional strategies should also be considered including, receiving all recommended vaccination and booster doses, physical distancing when possible, screening testing, and good ventilation. 

How is a KN95 different from an N95? 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not consider a KN95 mask a negative-pressure respirator since it has not been certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Therefore, OSHA does not require a person to be “fit tested” to wear a KN95. Since a person is not fit tested for a KN95, they should not use a KN95 in situations where a fit-tested N95 mask is required (for example, in clinical areas or for certain medical procedures). 

Why use a KN95 instead of an N95? 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that N95s be reserved for use by health care providers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

What other actions should I take if I wear a KN95? 

Even if you wear a KN95, you should still:  

  • Get the COVID-19 vaccine and booster if you have not already done so. The vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family, friends, classmates, and co-workers from COVID-19. 
  • Stay home if you are sick or have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and submit a self-report. 
  • Practice physical distancing when possible. 
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 

Classes

During this time, the class schedule features a lot of flexibility and options. LMC is offering five class types, including online, hybrid, in-person and combinations, depending on the course type and your comfort level.

Find out more about becoming a student at LMC.

Most classes are remote, but in-person classes have resumed for Visual & Performing Arts, Culinary Management, Criminal Justice, Sonography, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Phlebotomy, Radiography, CNA and CPR.
 
Students should check Canvas and their LMC email accounts for more information from their instructors.  
 
Students may request a laptop by emailing advisor@lakemichigancollege.edu.  

Student Services

Find the webpages for student services from the myLMC page.

  • Before visiting campus, please call 269-927-1000 or see contact information below to confirm that the person you need to meet with will be available. Admissions and advising staff are available by appointment.
  • For your safety, the safety of your loved ones and LMC staff, please don’t bring others with you to campus unless  necessary. 

  • Please also see the “Coming to Campus” tab for details about checking in on campus and your responsibilities while on campus.

If you prefer to meet with us virtually or are medically unable to wear a mask, call 269-927-8128 to schedule an appointment. Services for students are also available online during regular business hours Monday through Thursday (closed Fridays during the summer).

General Questions

​College’s main phone line: (269) 927-1000

Academic Support

Use Canvas to contact your professors regarding individual coursework expectations.

Library: online learning resources including databases, e-books, research guides, citation help.
Call: (269) 927-8605
Ask-A-Librarian contact form

Tutoring: Learning assistance including general and course-specific tutoring
Call: (269) 927-8750
Email:
rallen@lakemichigancollege.edu

Student Technology Support: Assistance with technology questions or issues
Email: studenttechnology@lakemichigancollege.edu
Call: (269) 927-6108

Writing Center: online writing consultations for course assignments and other writing pieces
Email: writingcenter@lakemichigancollege.edu
Call: (269) 927-8167
Schedule your appointment

Student Services

Admissions: Steps to become a student at LMC.
Text: (269) 927-8626
Email: admissions@lakemichigancollege.edu
Call: (269) 927-8626

Advising: Make an appointment, general advising questions, withdrawing from classes, transfer help, student educational plans.
​Email: advisor@lakemichigancollege.edu

Bookstore: Return your rentals, or get step-by-step instructions on how to order for your next term on the Bookstore webpage.

Email: sm537@bncollege.com
Call: (269) 927-6713

Counseling
Email: counseling@lakemichigancollege.edu

Financial Aid: grants, loans, scholarships, work-study, and general financial aid questions
​Text: (269) 927-8112
Email: finaid@lakemichigancollege.edu
Call: (269) 927-8112

Registration and Records/Registrar’s Office/One Stop: registration help and questions, enrollment verifications, transcripts, transfer credit, graduation applications
Text: (269) 927-8107
Email: records@lakemichigancollege.edu
Call: (269) 927-8107

Financial Assistance

Local Resources

Spectrum Lakeland Is offering free virtual and drive-through screenings for COVID-19.  

United Way of Southwest Michigan To get help, simply dial 211 or 844-875-9211 to speak to a community resource advisor that can provide information and referrals for everyday needs in times of crisis.  

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services For emergency relief services including:

  • Cash, Food, Medical, or Home & Burial Assistance: 855-275-6424 (855-ASK-MICH) 

  • General Information: 517-241-3740 
    Hearing impaired callers may contact the Michigan Relay Center at 711 and ask for the number above. 

  • Public Health Emergencies: 517-335-9030 (For Bureau of Laboratories Public Health Emergencies ONLY) 

  • Hotlines for providing assistance services - view the full list of hotlines

 

 

Do not come to campus if you are ill - please contact your supervisor.

Information and updates for employees will be communicated through your supervisors and published on the LMC Employee Portal.

Vaccination Clinic Information

  • Berrien County Health Department Vaccine Scheduling
  • Spectrum Health Lakeland
    A new online self-scheduling calendar is available for those eligible and interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine through Spectrum Health Lakeland. View open appointments, choose a time and date that works best for you, and register your information. Appointments are available as first come, first serve. Check back to the webpage regularly to view open appointment slots. If you do not have internet access, and would like assistance scheduling an appointment with Spectrum Health Lakeland, please call 269.927.5100.
  • Meijer Pharmacy
    Complete the registration process online.
  • Rite Aid
    Complete the Rite Aid COVID-19 vaccine scheduler.

COVID-19 Testing

If you are symptomatic with any COVID-19 symptoms, you will need to test before returning to campus.  Antigen or PCR tests are permissible by the College for returning.  

MedExpress Urgent Care
1803 M-139, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
(269) 934-8550

InterCare Community Health Network
800 M-139, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
(855) 869-6900

COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing at Walgreens

CVS Pharmacy

Spectrum Health Lakeland 

Virus Information

Lake Michigan College recommends the following resources for learning about the virus and protecting yourself and others: 

Where can I get tested?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

World Health Organization 

U.S. Department of State (Travel advisories) 

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services 

Berrien County Health Department 

Van Buren County Health Department 

Allegan County Health Department  

Indiana State Department of Health

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