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 Spring, Summer and Fall 2021 semesters! 



College administration continues to work collectively with faculty and staff on updating our plans for the ’20-’21 academic year and the continued operations of all campus facilities with a focus on the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community.  These planned guidelines remain fluid with the changing landscape of our COVID-19 situation and will continue to depend on regional, state and federal guidelines and mandates.  

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. 


General guidelines for Phase 2 campus renormalization plan:

  • All College facilities, including regional centers, remain 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.
  • College Business Hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. with an hour lunch and Fridays 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Students will continue to be on campus for classes, to complete any necessary paperwork, appointments and for College sponsored functions, events and activities following IDPH guidelines.
  • Access to Main Campus will continue to 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 loading dock door on the east side of the campus and the Cafeteria entrance doors – C building.  All doors will be available to be used for exit from campus facilities. 
  • Spring ‘21 classes will continue to 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 continue to offer a variety of classes in both face-to-face and online.
  • Career Services and Perkins area will remain open for appointments and services to support students.
  • College for Life is offering face-to-face and online classes.
  • Adult Education will continue face-to-face classes along with virtual opportunities.
  • Business and Industry will continue to offer training opportunities.
  • ICCB released Return to Campus Guidance. To view, follow the link below:

  • All employees, students and visitors will continue to 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 physically 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 and reusable masks and will provide them as needed.
  • Groups of 50 or less people can be scheduled (except for scheduled instructional sessions/classes) and are permitted 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 Phase 4 meeting guidance.

  • 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 are 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 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 continue to be allowed following IDPH and Center for Disease Control (CDC) safety guidelines.
  • Athletics will continue to follow the Midwest Athletic Conference, NJCAA, IDPH and CDC guidelines for practice, training and competition. The Student Activity Center is available on a limited appointment-only basis and adheres to Return to Compete protocols and screening measures.  Contact Athletic Department for more details.
  • Student Life will continue to follow IDPH guidelines for all events and activities.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting of high touched and frequented spaces will continue at all campus facilities.
  • Employees may contact their supervisor and/or Dana Keppner, Director of Human Resources with any questions, clarifications, or personal circumstances needing consideration.

  These guidelines align with the recommendations made by federal, state, and local health officials.

Guidance for Vaccinated Individuals as of 3/15/21

Fully vaccinated individuals, per IDPH guidance, must still always wear masks on campus (except when alone in their workspace), maintain 6-foot distance from others, and practice proper handwashing and hygiene. 

 If a vaccinated person experiences symptoms of COVID (beyond expected vaccine side effects within the first couple of days), they should be tested.

 Individuals exposed to COVID 19 positive individuals do NOT have to quarantine. 

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.
  • Wear a face covering. 
  • 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.

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.


Spring 2021 Daily COVID-19 Case Counts

Spring 2021 COVID-19 Confirmed Positive Cases (Reported Daily)

(1/4/21 campus open; 1/11/21 classes begin)


Confirmed Cases 5/03/2021

Total Active Cases Total Resolved/Recovered Cases in Spring Semester
Students 0 1 40
Employees 0 0 14
TOTAL 0 6 54


Fall 2020 Weekly COVID-19 Case Counts

COVID-19 Confirmed Positive Cases (Updated 12/21/20) (Started reporting on Website 9/21/20) FINAL FALL  2020 SEMESTER REPORT 12/21/20
  Confirmed Cases During the Week of Dec 14 -Dec 20 Total Active Cases Resolved/Recovered Cases
Students 0 0 73
Employees 0 0 16
TOTAL 0 0 89

*The College has a comprehensive plan for students affected by COVID-19. Students, staff or faculty that are at risk will be contacted by the Adams County Health Department. 

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Online Learning Guidance

JWCC's Virtual Campus


Have Symptoms? Need Guidance?Call the COVID Hotline: 217.277.8440

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