Updated 4/1/20

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

IMPORTANT:  Students who need to borrow a JWCC computer or need technical support please contact your instructor or the advising office at 217.224.6500. 

Remote College Operations with all Online Instructional Delivery during Closure 

This document outlines John Wood Community College’s plan for the College to transition to virtual and remote operations with Illinois Governor Pritzker’s announcement proclaiming an Immediate Stay At Home mandating physical closure due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The points outlined below are to maintain continued College operations during physical closure to ensure student completion of online classes and ongoing college functions.  Points stated in this plan are subject to change by the authority of the Board of Trustees and the President of Community College District #539.

On March 31st, Governor Pritzker extended the Executive Stay At Home Order through April 30th.

  • College business continues by remote and virtual operations during Stay At Home Order.  All physical College facilities at all locations will be closed to the public and access is limited to faculty and staff for essential or emergency purposes.  This will continue through April 30th
  • 100% online instructional delivery will continue through the end of the spring semester. 
  • Instructional labs (CTE) that have not been transitioned online have been postponed with plans to be determined for student completion once this Stay At Home Order is lifted.
  • Community Based Outreach (Community Education) that cannot be delivered online has been postponed.
  • Business and Industry is working with businesses to reschedule customized training to commence after the Governor lift the Shelter in Place order.  They are also working on summer and fall professional development and customized training classes that can be held on campus once our campus is opened to the general public. 
  • Beginning April 8th, all Adult Education, G.E.D. and English as a Second Language (ESL) will transition to online learning format.
  • College For Life (CFL) has transitioned to online delivery. 
  • Graduation has been postponed and Tracy Orne, Dean of Students and Enrollment Management, is working with a group of students reviewing the options for our commencement ceremony.  A final determination will be made during the month of April, but we will be celebrating the success of our students.
  • Limited campus access has been granted on a need to enter basis and essential only workers as determined by the President. 
  • Exterior WIFI access has been provided for students and employees at the front parking lot of the Southeast Education Center and the west parking lot of the Student Activity Center on JWCC’s main campus.
  • Student Support Services, such as counseling and tutoring, have been transitioned to remote and virtual formats. 


  • Any students needing assistance, please refer to the appropriate college personnel.
  • Faculty or staff needing clarification, please contact the President, Vice-President, Dean, Director or supervisor.

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




Current Students Click Here

New & Prospective Students Click Here

Frequently Asked Questions

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