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What will COVID-19 guidelines look for local colleges this fall

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QUINCY, IL. (WGEM) -- College kids will return to campus in about a month.

During that time, administrations are working on the school COVID-19 precautions before the start of the fall semester.

At Quincy University, the president said there have been multiple meetings this summer about those precautions, but they are now waiting for guidance from the state of Illinois and CDC on any changes.

They said the recent rise in cases locally is at the top of their concerns right now.

“There’s not going to be one national policy that makes sense. We’re going to make these decisions locally and that’s what we’re trying to do at Quincy University, learn what’s happening in Quincy and Adams County, take that into account as we think about what we’re doing in the fall. That’s why we’ve had conversations with the Adams County Health Department, including in the last few days," said Brian McGee, Quincy University President.

QU officials said they hope to have a final decision within the next week.

For now, they know vaccines will not be required, but they’re stressing the importance of having as many students as possible vaccinated before the school year starts.

There are several other local schools that have discussed COVID-19 guidelines this summer as well.

John Wood Community College said the school will not be mandating vaccines at this time and it will follow state guideline on mask wearing and social distancing.

Culver-Stockton College will be requiring vaccines for most students, but have not made a final decision about mask wearing and social distancing.

Officials with Hannibal-LaGrange University said they have not made final decisions about COVID-19 precautions at this time.

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