Posted on: October 7, 2021 Posted by: Delilah Wietsach Comments: 0

Photo by Pam Wilinski

Be honest, who doesn’t enjoy some sweater weather? As the leaves shift and change colors, Moraine Valley does as well. As our campus continues to operate both virtually, and in person, Here are some reminders of October events.

Delilah Wietasch

Student Trustee 2021-22

As COVID protocols continue, our campus follows the Governor’s mask and vaccine mandates, in which we are to wear masks inside building and maintain a social distance of three feet apart.

Students, faculty and staff are required to either be fully vaccinated, or undergo weekly testing. To comply, Moraine is now using a new way of determining if you should be on campus or not! Cleared4Class rolled out early in September.  Each morning, students, faculty and staff receive a text message to verify no change in symptoms or close contact with COVID. All students, faculty and staff need to complete the check-in prior to arriving on campus.  For those who are not vaccinated, a negative COVID test must be completed 24 hours prior to arrival on campus. 

Testing is available Monday through Friday in the M building. Cleared4Class sends an e-mail to your Moraine address as well as a text confirming your green pass, as long as you are not showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. A green screen means you’re good to go! A purple screen is only for visitors cleared for entry. However, with a red screen is not allowed to be on campus; it’s important to stay home and away from others to keep everyone healthy and safe. Also, all students, faculty and staff have to be in compliance with Cleared4Class by October 6.  Disciplinary action will begin for those who do not comply after that date. Those who previously uploaded their vaccine cards to Moraine will automatically see their vaccine status on the app as well. 

Cleared4Class is verifying vaccine information in large batches. If you recently were vaccinated, it may not show up until you are two weeks out from your second shot for Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after your Johnson & Johnson one dose shot. Until you are two weeks past those inoculations, you will need to continue to test on a weekly basis. One is not considered fully vaccinated until that two-week period has expired as it takes 14 days for full immunity to develop.

Anyone experiencing difficult with the app can go to the Student ID desk just inside the Clock Tower entrance to S Building, the Admissions office in S101 across from the photo desk, or the Library located on the second floor of L Building.

October packed with events

Moraine has some really exciting events that you can partake in for October! The Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) is welcoming back audiences for live shows! All these performances are FREE with your student ID. For a complete list please feel free to pick up a flyer in the FPAC (in the F building) for the 2021-2022 year or visit for a complete list and the prices for the general public.

On Oct. 7, from noon to 1 p.m., come play ¡Lotería!, also known as Mexican Bingo, to celebrate Hispanic Heritage. Come to the U building to Room 111 to get started!  Following in the same room at 2 p.m. is “Can’t Stop our Blackness: Black LatinX Narrative” featuring Rosa Clemente via livestream. Click here for more details on Hispanic Heritage month events.

Do you enjoy playing volleyball? On Oct. 14, from 2-5 p.m., we have a Big Pink Volleyball event. Registration deadline is Oct. 11 and the entry fee is $5 per person. The event helps bring awareness to breast cancer. Click here for more details on how to register your team.  The event is sponsored by Student Life.

On Saturday, Oct. 30, come out to watch or participate in the Halloween 5K! Costumes are encouraged and are often quite clever.

If you have questions or concerns about Moraine Valley, please feel free to contact me at I will hold virtual office hours via Zoom on Tuesdays from 12-2 p.m., Thursdays from 3-5 p.m., and Fridays from 1-3 p.m. If these hours listed don’t work for you, feel free to email me to make an appointment. Have a Happy Halloween!