John Wood Community College is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and will provide updates on this page.

JWCC is OPEN and registering students now for the fall 2020 semester! 

JWCC College administration has worked on a planned approach to transition back our workforce and reopen all campus facilities in three phases with a focus on the safety for our students, faculty, staff, and community.  The course of action will continue to depend on regional, state and federal guidelines based on the status of the coronavirus.   

JWCC Phase 2 / State of Illinois Phase 4

Expanded F2F Transition Period

Please note these guidelines remain subject to change pursuant to updated public health guidance and changing public health conditions and are in alignment with Illinois Community College Board Return to Campus Guidance.

AUGUST 3rd, 2020 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4th, 2020

  • All College facilities, including regional centers, will be open to the public for College related business and services, appointments, College sponsored events and activities following Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) safety guidelines.
  • All staff and faculty will continue working normal, summer work schedule from now until Friday, August 7th, 2020.
  • As of Monday, August 10th and through the 2020-2021 Academic and Fiscal Year, College Business Hours will be Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. with an hour lunch and Fridays 8:00 a.m.-12:00.
  • Students will return to classes Monday, August 17th and may be on campus now to complete any necessary paperwork, and for College sponsored functions, events and activities following IDPH guidelines.
  • Access to Main Campus will be through three (3) primary entrances with locations being the front doors on the west side of buildings A, C and D. Access to WDC and Regional Centers will be available at each Center’s main entrance.  Employees may also enter at the back-loading dock door on the east side of the campus (loading dock area – C building).  All doors will be available to be used for exit from campus facilities.
  • Fall 2020 classes will offer learning options aligned with IDPH health and safety guidelines including: in-person, in-person with virtual components (hybrid and flexible instruction) and online.
  • Community Based Outreach (CBO) will offer a variety of classes in both face-to-face and online.
  • Career Services and Perkins area will be open for appointments and services to support students.
  • College for Life will offer in-person classes, along with virtual learning opportunities.
  • Adult Education is planning for face-to-face classes with virtual opportunities.
  • Business and Industry will offer training opportunities.
  • ICCB has released Return to Campus Guidance. The document has lots of information and can be view at:
  • All employees, students and visitors will be required to wear a face covering at all times while inside College facilities. The only exception to this requirement is when an employee is alone in their office or workspace.  Masks are not required outside of College facilities when people are socially distanced.  All College employees are expected and encouraged to kindly assist with compliance of face covering guidelines.
  • Faculty, staff, students and visitors are required to provide their own mask. The College does have a supply of disposable masks and will provide them on those forgetful occasions.
  • Groups of 50 or less people can be scheduled and are permissible at College facilities using IDPH safety guidance and local guidelines. Multiple gatherings of 50 or fewer are permitted indoors if the gatherings are in different rooms, consistent with DCEO Phase 4 meeting guidance. However, larger spaces may be partitioned with fire code-approved floor to ceiling dividers to create additional rooms, each with a capacity limit of 50 people with social distancing.
  • All faculty, staff, students and visitors are expected to self-monitor their health, follow screening guidelines posted at College entrances, and stay home when not feeling well.
  • All employees are expected to sanitize the work area they occupy.
  • Sanitizing supplies will be provided in all occupied spaces for self-sanitizing and well-being of employees, students and visitors, including classrooms. Students are encouraged to use wipes to sanitize their table and learning space prior to the start of each class including computer workstations.  Faculty are encouraged to use wipes to sanitize computer work desk and area prior to the start of each class. 
  • Travel will be allowed following IDPH and Center for Disease Control (CDC) safety guidelines.
  • Athletics will follow the Midwest Athletic Conference, NJCAA, IDPH and CDC guidelines for practice, training and competition. The Student Activity Center will only be available on a limited appointment-only basis and will adhere to Return to Compete protocols and screening measures.  Contact Athletic Office for more details.
  • Student Life will follow IDPH guidelines for all events and activities.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting of high touched and frequented spaces will continue to take place on all campus facilities.
  • Employees may contact their supervisor and/or Dana Keppner in Human Resources with any questions, clarifications, or personal circumstances needing consideration.

The college encourages employees, students and community members to take the following precautions to maintain their safety, health and well-being during the coronavirus outbreak:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to seek medical attention.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects frequently.
  • Practice Social Distancing.
    • Do not attend events or visit places with large crowds, especially if you are over 60 and have certain underlying health issues.
    • Reduce activities such as handshakes and maintain an appropriate distance from others during conversation.
    • Do not share drinks or food with others.

Following these steps is recommended to reduce your exposure.

Students with questions about the coronavirus should contact:
Tracy Orne
Dean of Students and Enrollment Management

Employees with questions about the coronavirus should contact:
Dana Keppner
Director of Human Resources

Employee Rights Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The college encourages you to be proactive during this time and stay informed. At this time, there is no reason for concern among students, parents, faculty, staff and visitors. The coronavirus situation is ever evolving and your best defense is to practice good health habits. We also encourage our college community to be supportive and speak out against negative and stigmatizing behavior.


Quincy Medical Group has set up a COVID-19 Hotline: 217-277-4001. Hotline hours are 7:00 am to 7:00 pm every Monday-Friday; 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturdays; and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Sundays.

Blessing Health System: Effective at 6:00 pm on March 13, 2020, a 24/7 Hotline number: 217-277-3504 will be available for the public to call with any questions related to COVID-19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) U.S. map of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). If you have traveled recently to any of these areas and are symptomatic or not feeling well, please contact your health provider immediately.  U.S. map link:


Prepare Your Family

How COVID-19 Spreads

Prevent Illness

Caring For Yourself at Home

Pregnant Women & Children

People at Higher Risk

Travel in the United States

XFinity Hotspots
Free WiFi Connections within Quincy, Illinois

Trail Blazer Pledge

Cares Act Funding for Students

Current Students Click Here

New & Prospective Students Click Here

Fall 2020 Guidance & FAQs

Online Learning Guidance

JWCC's Virtual Campus


Additional information regarding the coronavirus, tips for good health and other warnings may be found on the websites below:

Adams County Health Department
507 Vermont St.
Quincy, IL 62301
(217) 214-5000
Adams Co. Health Dept. Website

Pike County Health Department
121 E. Washington
Pittsfield, IL 62363
(217) 285-7000
Pike Co. Health Dept. Website

Brown County Health Department
120 E. Main St.
Mt. Sterling, IL 62353
(217) 773-2714
Brown Co. Health Dept. Website

Illinois Department of Health Website

Center for Disease Control Website