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 2021 semester! 

JWCC RENORMALIZATION PLAN as of December 7th, 2020

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/Tier 3

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.

THIS UPDATED PHASE 2 RENORMALIZATION PLAN IS EFFECTIVE Monday, December 7th – Wednesday, December 23rd



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.
  • Campus Density Reduction Plan will continue as follows:
    • The goal will continue to have 100% office and service coverage while eliminating density of people on campus to avoid potential exposures, isolations and quarantines.
    • All offices, services and hours, at all centers, will continue to be open regular business hours during this period.
    • Supervisors will have the latitude of how offices will be staffed with approval of campus density reduction plans by their appropriate dean, vice president or president.
    • Work that can be performed remotely while meeting the guidelines listed above will be encouraged.  Work that cannot be performed remotely will continue on-campus with extra efforts made to increase safety, social distance, and decrease potential exposures.
    • No individual employee working remotely will complete more than 50% of essential duties or work time remotely during this period.
    • In all work situations, employees are expected to fulfill their standard work and time schedule. (i.e. full-time employees will be expected to work 36 hours per week, etc.).
    • Efforts to limit face-to-face contact will continue to be encouraged including increased participation in virtual meetings and virtual delivery of student services when possible.
    • Questions may be directed to your dean, vice president or president for clarification.
  • 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.
  • Spring ’21 classes will begin as approved in the academic calendar on Monday, January 11.
  • 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 considering options for the spring semester at this time.
  • 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 10 or less people can be scheduled (with the exception of scheduled instructional sessions/classes) and are permitted at College facilities using IDPH safety guidance and local guidelines. Multiple gatherings of 10 or fewer are permitted indoors if the gatherings are in different rooms, consistent with Phase 4/Tier 3 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.

 General guidelines if recognized symptoms or positive test of COVID-19

  • Employees who are sick should stay home.
  • An employee who exhibits recognized symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough, vomiting, allergy like symptoms, headache or shortness of breath) should immediately notify their supervisor and not come to work (stay home) and follow the recommended guidelines provided by the health department and/or CDC.
  • At a minimum, the employee should self-isolate at home for ten (10) days after symptom onset and should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with the health department or healthcare provider.
  • The employee may be released from self-isolation after their fever is gone (without use of fever relieving medications) and feeling well for an additional 24 hours after the ten (10) day self-isolation period.
  • For employees with COVID-19 symptoms, the College will waive its requirement to require a healthcare provider’s note from employees who are out sick for three (3) or more consecutive workdays.
  • Employees who are well but have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 or with a member of the household with COVID-19 symptoms awaiting COVID-19 test results, should notify their supervisor/HR and not come to work (stay home) and follow the recommended guidelines provided by the health department and/or CDC.  The employee should continue to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 if they suspect exposure. 
  • If an employee tests positive for COVID-19:
    • The county health department will conduct contact tracing and notify individuals who have had close personal contact with the employee testing positive. The health department will also notify organizations that are identified as a place of contact.
      • Contact tracing and notification involves telling others that they have been exposed providing the date. The employee’s name will not be released.  For purposes of contact tracing, personal/close contact is contact within 6 feet on an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or longer starting from 2 days before illness onset (or for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. 

      • Individuals identified as being exposed will be required to follow protocols for close contacts of a Covid-19 case.
      • 10-Day Quarantine: Close contacts of a Covid-19 case may end quarantine after ten (10) days from the date of last contact with the Covid-19 case, without being tested, if they have not experienced any Covid-19 symptoms when conducting daily monitoring.
      • 7-Day Quarantine: Close contacts of a Covid-19 case may end quarantine after seven (7) days from the date of last contact with the Covid-19 case if:
      • They have not experienced any Covid-19 symptoms while conducting daily monitoring; and
      • They receive a negative result from a Covid-19 diagnostic molecular/PCR test on day 7 of the quarantine. The rapid testing at ShopKo is NOT a molecular/PCR test and will not be acceptable for release from quarantine on Day 7.
    • The College will deep clean areas in which the employee worked and frequented. This may involve temporarily moving other employees to a different part of campus or transition to working remotely, as needed.
  • If the worst-case scenario occurs, and an employee with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test for COVID-19, passes away from the disease, the College will handle the death of the employee in the same manner as it would for death from any other cause.

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

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 1/15/21

Total Active Cases Total Resolved/Recovered Cases in Spring Semester
Students 0 11 10
Employees 0 2 4
TOTAL 0 13 14


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

XFinity Hotspots
Free WiFi Connections within Quincy, Illinois

(updated: 12/23/20)


Cares Act Funding for Students

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New & Prospective Students Click Here

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