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COVID-19 Update Archive

COVID-19 Update Archive

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September 20, 2021

As part of the Governor’s Executive Order #2021-20, #87, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, restricted access to campus will begin on Monday, September 27. 

The College will begin free COVID testing on Monday, September 27, beginning at 6:00 AM for those not vaccinated for COVID-19.  Testing will conclude at 6:30 PM on Monday and resume on Tuesday at 6:00 AM. Testing, or proof of a negative test, will result in the issuance of a weekly COVID Tested Entrance Pass that will be valid from Wednesday to Wednesday.  Testing will occur every Monday and Tuesday until the order is lifted.

In order to utilize the free COVID-19 testing at John A. Logan College, you will be required to complete the attached Consent Form.  Please print and sign the form and bring it with you for your first test.  Failure to provide the form will result in you not being permitted to test.  Directions to establish your SHIELD IL portal account is listed below.

For those that do not test on Monday, testing will resume on Tuesday, September 21, from 6 AM until 6:30 PM. 

Beginning Monday, September 27 those with either the Fast Pass or COVID Tested Entrance Pass can enter campus at the Mary Logan Rd. entrance or in the Fast Pass Lane at the Greenbriar entrance.

After Tuesday, for those that need to enter campus and do not have a pass, you will be required to bring proof of a negative test (at your expense) to the Greenbriar entrance to be issued a weekly COVID Tested Entrance Pass.  Or, you can bring proof of vaccination with a photo ID to gain entrance to campus. Once you are vaccinated, obtain a Fast Pass from the Office of Human Resources in C116.

Visitors will be given separate instructions regarding their requirements to enter campus.  Logan Fitness Patrons should contact Logan Fitness for instructions.

Visit the John A. Logan College COVID-19 website www.jalc.edu/covid19 for updates and further details.

Testing Information

We have partnered with SHIELD Illinois to provide salvia-based COVID-19 tests. In order to utilize this service, you will need to create your SHIELD Illinois patient portal account. You should create this prior to your first test to help expedite the process. Please bring your mobile or electronic device to the testing site. WE WILL NOT BE TAKING APPOINTMENTS FOR TESTING.

What is SHIELD Illinois?

SHIELD Illinois is a University of Illinois program whose goal is to share the innovative, saliva-based COVID-19 test developed at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with the rest of the state. The process requires individuals to simply deposit a small amount of saliva in a vial, which usually takes less than five minutes, and provides results within 24 hours of samples reaching a SHIELD Illinois lab.

Testing instructions

Individuals should not eat, drink (including water), chew gum, smoke, or use tobacco products within 60 minutes of providing a saliva sample. Doing any of these things within 60 minutes of providing a sample could produce an inconclusive result and require the individual to re-test. Test results will be posted in the patient portal after the lab results are completed.

Create your SHIELD IL Portal account

In order to view test results, individuals should create an account on the SHIELD IL portal. Please use the URL and Agency Code below to create your portal. If you are the parent or guardian of a minor(s) and wish to see their results, please first create a portal for yourself then add your minor(s) as dependents to your account. Do not delete this email until you have set up your account.

Go to SHIELD IL Portal
Agency Code for Students: sifhgi3o-stu

Employees

As part of the Governor’s Executive Order #2021-20, #87, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, restricted access to campus will begin on Wednesday, September 22. 

The College will begin free COVID testing on Monday, September 20, beginning at 1:00 PM for those not vaccinated for COVID-19.  Testing will conclude at 6:30 PM on Monday and resume on Tuesday at 6:00 AM. Testing, or proof of a negative test, will result in the issuance of a weekly COVID Tested Entrance Pass that will be valid from Wednesday to Wednesday.  Testing will occur every Monday and Tuesday until the order is lifted.

In order to utilize the free COVID-19 testing at John A. Logan College, you will be required to complete the attached Consent Form.  Please print and sign the form and bring it with you for your first test.  Failure to provide the form will result in you not being permitted to test.  Directions to establish your SHIELD IL portal account is listed below.

Beginning Monday, all lanes will be marked, however, we will not be checking Fast Pass ID’s or COVID Tested Entrance Pass until Wednesday, September 22, beginning at 5:00 AM. 

For those that do not test on Monday, testing will resume on Tuesday, September 21, from 6 AM until 6:30 PM. 

Beginning Wednesday, those with either the Fast Pass or COVID Tested Entrance Pass can enter campus at the Mary Logan Rd. entrance or in the Fast Pass Lane at the Greenbriar entrance.

After Tuesday, for those that need to enter campus and do not have a pass, you will be required to bring proof of a negative test (at your expense) to the Greenbriar entrance to be issued a weekly COVID Tested Entrance Pass.  Or, you can bring proof of vaccination with a photo ID to gain entrance to campus. Once you are vaccinated, obtain a Fast Pass from the Office of Human Resources in C116.

Visitors will be given separate instructions regarding their requirements to enter campus.  Logan Fitness Patrons should contact Logan Fitness for instructions.

Visit the John A. Logan College COVID-19 website www.jalc.edu/covid19 for updates and further details.

Testing Information

We have partnered with SHIELD Illinois to provide salvia-based COVID-19 tests. In order to utilize this service, you will need to create your SHIELD Illinois patient portal account. You should create this prior to your first test to help expedite the process. Please bring your mobile or electronic device to the testing site. WE WILL NOT BE TAKING APPOINTMENTS FOR TESTING.

What is SHIELD Illinois?

SHIELD Illinois is a University of Illinois program whose goal is to share the innovative, saliva-based COVID-19 test developed at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with the rest of the state. The process requires individuals to simply deposit a small amount of saliva in a vial, which usually takes less than five minutes, and provides results within 24 hours of samples reaching a SHIELD Illinois lab.

Testing instructions

Individuals should not eat, drink (including water), chew gum, smoke, or use tobacco products within 60 minutes of providing a saliva sample. Doing any of these things within 60 minutes of providing a sample could produce an inconclusive result and require the individual to re-test. Test results will be posted in the patient portal after the lab results are completed.

Create your SHIELD IL Portal account

In order to view test results, individuals should create an account on the SHIELD IL portal. Please use the URL and Agency Code below to create your portal. If you are the parent or guardian of a minor(s) and wish to see their results, please first create a portal for yourself then add your minor(s) as dependents to your account. Do not delete this email until you have set up your account.Go to SHIELD IL Portal
Agency Code for Employees: sifhgi3o-emp


September 17, 2021

Students

As part of the Governor’s Executive Order #2021-20, #87, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, restricted access to campus will begin on Wednesday, September 22. 

The College will begin free COVID testing on Monday, September 20, beginning at 1:00 PM for those not vaccinated for COVID-19.  Testing will conclude at 6:30 PM on Monday and resume on Tuesday at 6:00 AM. Testing, or proof of a negative test, will result in the issuance of a weekly COVID Tested Entrance Pass that will be valid from Wednesday to Wednesday.  Testing will occur every Monday and Tuesday until the order is lifted.

In order to utilize the free COVID-19 testing at John A. Logan College, you will be required to complete the attached Consent Form.  Please print and sign the form and bring it with you for your first test.  Failure to provide the form will result in you not being permitted to test.  Directions to establish your SHIELD IL portal account is listed below.

Beginning Monday, all lanes will be marked, however, we will not be checking Fast Pass ID’s or COVID Tested Entrance Pass until Wednesday, September 22, beginning at 5:00 AM. 

For those that do not test on Monday, testing will resume on Tuesday, September 21, from 6 AM until 6:30 PM. 

Beginning Wednesday, those with either the Fast Pass or COVID Tested Entrance Pass can enter campus at the Mary Logan Rd. entrance or in the Fast Pass Lane at the Greenbriar entrance.

After Tuesday, for those that need to enter campus and do not have a pass, you will be required to bring proof of a negative test (at your expense) to the Greenbriar entrance to be issued a weekly COVID Tested Entrance Pass.  Or, you can bring proof of vaccination with a photo ID to gain entrance to campus. Once you are vaccinated, obtain a Fast Pass from the Office of Human Resources in C116.

Visitors will be given separate instructions regarding their requirements to enter campus.  Logan Fitness Patrons should contact Logan Fitness for instructions.

Visit the John A. Logan College COVID-19 website www.jalc.edu/covid19 for updates and further details.

Testing Information

We have partnered with SHIELD Illinois to provide salvia-based COVID-19 tests. In order to utilize this service, you will need to create your SHIELD Illinois patient portal account. You should create this prior to your first test to help expedite the process. Please bring your mobile or electronic device to the testing site. WE WILL NOT BE TAKING APPOINTMENTS FOR TESTING.

What is SHIELD Illinois?

SHIELD Illinois is a University of Illinois program whose goal is to share the innovative, saliva-based COVID-19 test developed at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with the rest of the state. The process requires individuals to simply deposit a small amount of saliva in a vial, which usually takes less than five minutes, and provides results within 24 hours of samples reaching a SHIELD Illinois lab.

Testing instructions

Individuals should not eat, drink (including water), chew gum, smoke, or use tobacco products within 60 minutes of providing a saliva sample. Doing any of these things within 60 minutes of providing a sample could produce an inconclusive result and require the individual to re-test. Test results will be posted in the patient portal after the lab results are completed.

Create your SHIELD IL Portal account

In order to view test results, individuals should create an account on the SHIELD IL portal. Please use the URL and Agency Code below to create your portal. If you are the parent or guardian of a minor(s) and wish to see their results, please first create a portal for yourself then add your minor(s) as dependents to your account. Do not delete this email until you have set up your account.

Go to SHIELD IL Portal
Agency Code for Students: sifhgi3o-stu

Employees

As part of the Governor’s Executive Order #2021-20, #87, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, restricted access to campus will begin on Wednesday, September 22. 

The College will begin free COVID testing on Monday, September 20, beginning at 1:00 PM for those not vaccinated for COVID-19.  Testing will conclude at 6:30 PM on Monday and resume on Tuesday at 6:00 AM. Testing, or proof of a negative test, will result in the issuance of a weekly COVID Tested Entrance Pass that will be valid from Wednesday to Wednesday.  Testing will occur every Monday and Tuesday until the order is lifted.

In order to utilize the free COVID-19 testing at John A. Logan College, you will be required to complete the attached Consent Form.  Please print and sign the form and bring it with you for your first test.  Failure to provide the form will result in you not being permitted to test.  Directions to establish your SHIELD IL portal account is listed below.

Beginning Monday, all lanes will be marked, however, we will not be checking Fast Pass ID’s or COVID Tested Entrance Pass until Wednesday, September 22, beginning at 5:00 AM. 

For those that do not test on Monday, testing will resume on Tuesday, September 21, from 6 AM until 6:30 PM. 

Beginning Wednesday, those with either the Fast Pass or COVID Tested Entrance Pass can enter campus at the Mary Logan Rd. entrance or in the Fast Pass Lane at the Greenbriar entrance.

After Tuesday, for those that need to enter campus and do not have a pass, you will be required to bring proof of a negative test (at your expense) to the Greenbriar entrance to be issued a weekly COVID Tested Entrance Pass.  Or, you can bring proof of vaccination with a photo ID to gain entrance to campus. Once you are vaccinated, obtain a Fast Pass from the Office of Human Resources in C116.

Visitors will be given separate instructions regarding their requirements to enter campus.  Logan Fitness Patrons should contact Logan Fitness for instructions.

Visit the John A. Logan College COVID-19 website www.jalc.edu/covid19 for updates and further details.

Testing Information

We have partnered with SHIELD Illinois to provide salvia-based COVID-19 tests. In order to utilize this service, you will need to create your SHIELD Illinois patient portal account. You should create this prior to your first test to help expedite the process. Please bring your mobile or electronic device to the testing site. WE WILL NOT BE TAKING APPOINTMENTS FOR TESTING.

What is SHIELD Illinois?

SHIELD Illinois is a University of Illinois program whose goal is to share the innovative, saliva-based COVID-19 test developed at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with the rest of the state. The process requires individuals to simply deposit a small amount of saliva in a vial, which usually takes less than five minutes, and provides results within 24 hours of samples reaching a SHIELD Illinois lab.

Testing instructions

Individuals should not eat, drink (including water), chew gum, smoke, or use tobacco products within 60 minutes of providing a saliva sample. Doing any of these things within 60 minutes of providing a sample could produce an inconclusive result and require the individual to re-test. Test results will be posted in the patient portal after the lab results are completed.

Create your SHIELD IL Portal account

In order to view test results, individuals should create an account on the SHIELD IL portal. Please use the URL and Agency Code below to create your portal. If you are the parent or guardian of a minor(s) and wish to see their results, please first create a portal for yourself then add your minor(s) as dependents to your account. Do not delete this email until you have set up your account.

Go to SHIELD IL Portal
Agency Code for Employees: sifhgi3o-emp


September 14, 2021 – Updated September 16, 2021

John A. Logan College Announces Campus Procedures for the Governor’s Vaccine Mandate

John A. Logan College officials have announced campus procedures to comply with the Governor’s August 26 mandate requiring all individuals in higher education to be vaccinated or tested weekly to attend a college or university in Illinois. The mandate is scheduled to go into effect on September 20, 2021.

“Our staff has worked diligently to meet the requirement of the mandate,” said College President Dr. Kirk Overstreet. “We have a plan in place to test those that are not vaccinated and to help those that are vaccinated to enter campus efficiently.”

According to Overstreet, staff and students that have received the COVID vaccination will have a “Fast Pass” ID made. With this ID, individuals can enter campus at two locations, Greenbriar or Mary Logan Road. There will be a Fast Pass ID check-in station at both locations, and having the Fast Pass ID will give individuals quick access to campus.

For students and staff that are not COVID vaccinated, the College will have an outdoor COVID testing Center in Parking Lot A at the Greenbriar entrance beginning September 20, 2021, on Mondays and Tuesdays from 6 AM to 6:30 PM. After completing testing, individuals will be given a pass for the week. With the pass, individuals can use the Fast Pass entrances for the remainder of the week.  High school students enrolled in dual enrollment and dual credit classes are exempt and can enter campus by showing a current high school ID card.

The College plans to provide SHIELD saliva testing. Those who test will be asked to sign a COVID Testing authorization form at the time of their first test. Failure to sign the authorization form will result in not being permitted to remain on campus.  Those who choose to utilize outside testing will need to show a negative test at the outdoor COVID Testing Center. Contact your local health department to obtain a list of testing locations.

“We appreciate everyone’s understanding and willingness to move the College forward,” said Overstreet. “This strengthens our chances of remaining face-to-face for classes and other essential College functions. We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that continues.” Officials have announced an incentive program through the Higher Education Relief Fund to provide COVID 19 fully vaccinated students with $200.   Students including dual credit and dual enrollment classes that are enrolled in at least three credit hours for the fall 2021 semester can provide proof of vaccination and obtain their Fast Pass ID in the Library on September 14, from 10 AM to 2 PM and 4:30 PM to 7 PM. As well as September 15, from 9 AM to 2:00 PM, and September 16, from 12 PM to 4:30 PM. Funds can be applied to their JALC account, on a reloadable debit card, direct deposited to a checking or savings account, or check by mail. After September 15, students can provide information to the Human Resource Office C116.


September 13, 2021

Dear JALC:

On August 26, the Governor’s Office issued the first of two executive orders. Both contained a very detailed mandate for all Higher Education Institutions regarding vaccination requirements for staff and students. The first order was to go into effect on September 5. That order was changed, and on Friday, September 3, Governor Pritzker issued his second Executive Order (EO) number 2021-22. The Governor’s EO will now go into effect on September 19.  Since issuing the order, a dedicated team of JALC administrators has worked to develop our plan for complying with the mandate. This is a State Mandate, and JALC will comply. We appreciate your understanding and willingness to move the College forward.  Please note that all colleges and universities must follow this mandate. Doing so strengthens our chances of remaining face-to-face for classes and other essential College functions. We enjoy having you here on campus, knowing that many of you prefer learning in a face-to-face environment, and we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that continues. 

The Governor’s EO includes a COVID-19 vaccination mandate. Our students and staff have two options: (1) to be vaccinated or (2) to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.  We understand that choosing whether you will receive a vaccination or participate in weekly testing may be difficult. Please know that we respect your decision and choice. If you are not vaccinated, consider making plans to receive the first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccination series or a single-dose vaccination by September 19, 2021. Second doses of the vaccine must be received within 30 days after the first dose.  We will require you to submit information to document that you are doing your part as a student in higher education. 

Listed below is an approximate timeline for the College to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order.

September 14 – 17

  • Obtain your Fast Pass ID card, you must have a JALC issued Fast Pass ID to enter campus without testing:
  • Bring in proof of vaccination to the Library: A photo ID and Proof of vaccination are required to obtain your Fast Pass ID.  Proof of vaccination includes any of the following: (1) vaccination record card or photograph of the card; (2) state immunization record; or (3) documentation of vaccination from a health care provider.
    • You will be issued a Fast Pass ID card to allow you to enter the JALC campus at either the main entrance from Greenbriar or Mary Logan Road. A drive-thru Fast PassID check-in station will be located at both locations, and having the Fast Pass ID will give you quick access to campus.
    • Please note that data collected when receiving the ID, including vaccination status, estimates the number of vaccinated students and staff.  If requests for information are made from Illinois state agencies (ICCB or IDPH), no individual names will be shared, only percentages.
  • Get Vaccinated – if you are not vaccinated, consider making plans to receive the first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccination series or a single-dose vaccination by September 19, 2021.   Second doses of the vaccine must be received within 30 days after the first dose.
  • Get Tested – The College is partnering with multiple agencies to conduct testing on the main campus starting September 20, we will be providing the SHIELD saliva testing https://www.d41.org/cms/lib/IL01904672/Centricity/Domain/1164/SHIELDFAQ.pdf you will be asked to sign a COVID Testing authorization form at your first testFailure to sign the authorization form will result in not being permitted to remain on campus.
  • Those attending the centers will need to come to the main campus for a test or contact their local health department for testing. If you choose to utilize outside testing, you will need to show a negative test here on campus at the outdoor COVID Testing Center.
  • The on-campus testing schedule is Mondays and Tuesdays 6 AM to 6:30 PM. In addition, for your convenience, we have attached a list of local providers who provide COVID-19 testing to this email.

What you need to do September 14-17:
Obtain Fast Pass, hours are
Tuesday Sept 14, 10 AM to 2 PM and 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Wednesday Sept 15, 9 AM to 2 PM
Thursday, Sept 16, noon to 4:30 PM
If testing, fill out the COVID authorization form
OR – Get Vaccinated

September 20 – 24

  • Get Vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination
  • Proof of vaccination includes any of the following: (1) vaccination record card or photograph of the card; (2) state immunization record; or (3) documentation of vaccination from a health care provider.
  • Fast Pass IDs will be available, times to be determined. 
  • Get Tested or submit proof of testing – individuals will be tested or submit proof of testing with a negative result at the College COVID testing Center. Testing must occur every seven days. Continued COVID-19 testing will occur as long as required by the Governor’s executive order.

What you need to do starting September 27 until further notice:
Get Vaccinated or Get Tested
Submit Proof of Vaccination or Test

September 27 – until further notice

  • Get Vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination – students will be able to submit proof of vaccination electronically. Details on how to submit will be shared as soon as possible.
  • Proof of vaccination includes any of the following: (1) vaccination record card or photograph of the card; (2) state immunization record; or (3) documentation of vaccination from a health care provider.
  • Get Tested and submit proof of testing – students will be able to submit proof of testing electronically. Testing must occur every seven days. Details on how to submit will be shared as soon as possible. Continued COVID-19 testing will occur.

If you have questions, please email covid19@jalc.edu


August 30, 2021

The Mandates will begin at John A. Logan College on September 13. Below you will find important information regarding the College’s response to Governor’s Mandates.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT ARE THE DETAILS OF GOVERNOR PRITZKER’S MASK AND VACCINATION MANDATE FROM AUGUST 26, 2021?

In response to increased COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Illinois, Governor Pritzker announced on August 26, 2021, that as part of the state’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to lower the number of cases that require hospital admission, the following individuals must get vaccinated:

  • All healthcare workers, including workers at public and private nursing homes. 
  • All teachers and staff at Pre-K-through Grade 12 schools; and 
  • All personnel and students (attending classes in-person) at higher education institutions. 

WHY IS THE STATE OF ILLINOIS DOING THIS?

At present, the statistics of COVID-19 in Illinois are experiencing “high transmission” levels of COVID-19, meaning that the counties are either seeing 100 or more new cases of COVID per 100,000 residents each week or are seeing positivity rates of greater than 10% on all COVID tests.  These new regulations are meant to keep the state open and not return to a remote society and respect the individual but protect society as a whole. The alternative to not complying is the entire state returning to a stay-at-home order and remote-from-home education. 

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR COMPLIANCE FOR THE ABOVE POPULATIONS? 

Per the Governor’s Executive Order, individuals must receive their first dose of a two-dose vaccination series or a single-dose vaccination by September 5, 2021. Second doses of the vaccine must be received within 30 days after the first dose.  

WILL I BE REQUIRED TO RECEIVE THE COVID-19 VACCINATION?

Per the Governor’s Executive Order, all higher education students* and employees are required to receive the vaccination. However, students or employees who do not receive the vaccination by the 13th will be mandated to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing, to detect cases early and prevent the further spread of the virus.

*High school students enrolled in dual credit or ASE/GED programs are not required under the Governor’s order to be vaccinated or tested at this time.  

Individuals are exempt from the requirement to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if:

  • Vaccination is medically contraindicated, including any individual entitled to an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act or any other law applicable to a disability-related reasonable accommodation.
  • Vaccination would require the individual to violate or forgo a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. 

Individuals who demonstrate they are exempt from the vaccination must submit to weekly COVID-19 testing, at minimum.

WHAT IF I HAVE A MEDICAL OR RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION FROM THE VACCINATION?

Per the Governor’s Executive Order, those that receive a medical or religious exemption will be required to remain masked and required to submit to weekly (maybe more) COVID-19 testing.

CAN EMPLOYERS LEGALLY MANDATE EMPLOYEES TO GET VACCINATED AGAINST COVID?

Yes. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission allows employers to mandate the vaccinations, including the COVID-19 vaccine, to employees to protect the safety and well-being of the workforce from a “direct threat.”

AM I REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATION?

Yes. To establish that one is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Higher Education personnel and Higher Education students must provide proof of complete vaccination. Proof of immunization may be met by:

  • CDC COVID-19 vaccination record or photograph of the card
  • Documentation of immunization from a healthcare provider
  • Official State Immunization records

Students and employees who do not provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be prevented from entering campus facilities unless they follow the required testing protocol. 

IF I AM VACCINATED, WHOM DO I PROVIDE A COPY OF MY VACCINATION CARD?

At this time, the College is finalizing this process and the logistics behind it. We want to ensure the utmost privacy for all of our employees and students, so we are troubleshooting the record-keeping process as we speak. More information on the process will be shared as it is developed.

ARE THE MANDATES SUPPORTED BY ORGANIZED LABOR RELATED TO HIGHER EDUCATION?

Yes. This mandate is supported by the Illinois Education Association (IEA).

CAN AN EMPLOYER WITH A MANDATORY COVID-19 TESTING PROGRAM REQUIRE EMPLOYEES TO PAY FOR THOSE TESTS?

No. State law prohibits an employer from requiring an employee to pay for the cost of medical examinations or records that the employer requires as a condition (or precondition) of employment. Therefore, John A. Logan College will provide testing to students and employees for free at college facilities. However, students or employees who wish to obtain testing at facilities outside of John A. Logan College will be responsible for any costs incurred.

CAN THE COLLEGE PREVENT A VISITOR OR CONTRACTOR FROM ENTERING THE BUILDING IF THEY DO NOT PROVIDE PROOF OF VACCINATION OR A RECENT NEGATIVE TEST AND REFUSE TO MASK?

Yes. The College reserves the right to prohibit entry to anyone who fails to comply with College regulations. 

WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE WEEKLY TESTING OCCUR?

At this time, the College is continuing to work with external agencies regarding testing. Additional information will be forthcoming.

HOW WILL THE COLLEGE CONDUCT TESTING?

The College is partnering with SHIELD Illinois and potentially other agencies to provide on-campus testing. SHIELD Illinois is a screening and diagnostic testing program that deploys the University of Illinois’ innovative PCR COVID SHIELD saliva test across the state.

IS THE COLLEGE’S MASK REQUIREMent STILL IN EFFECT?

  • Yes.

WHAT ARE THE PARAMETERS FOR MASK COMPLIANCE?

  • When walking in the hallways and other public areas throughout the campus, you are required to wear a face mask covering your mouth and nose.
  • When you are unable to stay three feet apart from each other in a private setting (office, conference room etc.) you must wear a mask. 

WHAT IS THE COLLEGE DOING TO KEEP ITS EMPLOYEES SAFE FROM THE COVID-19 VIRUS? THE COLLEGE HAS MULTIPLE MITIGATION FACTORS IN PLACE TO COMBAT THE SPREAD OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS, INCLUDING: 

  • First and foremost is the requirement that everyone complies with the mask mandate.
  • The College will comply with the Governor’s mandate requiring all higher education professionals to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or tested on a weekly (or more) schedule until the pandemic subsides.
  • The College continues to disinfect all classrooms and heavy traffic areas regularly and will continue to do so for the remainder of the year.
  • The College will continue to offer vaccination clinics and, in the future, will provide clinics for booster shots for those who received the vaccination earlier in the year.

August 27, 2021

Today the Cabinet and I met to begin discussing procedures surrounding the Governor’s new mandates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Many variables were discussed and we are working hard to develop a solid action plan. This action plan will guide us through the steps necessary to keep our classes and campus running smoothly and safely. Early next week, I will call a meeting of the COVID Taskforce to elicit their input. We will communicate our next steps in the next week.


August 19, 2021

Due to a recent surge of positive COVID19 cases in southern Illinois, John A. Logan College officials have decided to require all individuals on campus to wear masks. Effective Friday, August 20, until further notice, visitors, students, staff, and faculty at all John A. Logan College facilities will be required to wear a mask while indoors regardless of vaccination status.

The College resumed face-to-face classes on August 11, with only faculty and staff required to wear masks. According to College President Dr. Kirk Overstreet, requiring masks for all individuals was made to ensure that the College continues to offer face-to-face classes.

“With the recent uptick in cases in southern Illinois, we feel that it is in our best interest to require all individuals to wear a mask at this time,” said Overstreet. “We have worked very hard to return to having the campus fully operational with face-to-face classes, and at this time, this requirement allows us to continue being fully operational.”

Humanities and Social Science Department Chair Matt Garrison agreed with the President’s statement that at this time, the mask requirement is vital to the College continuing to move forward.

“We understand that not everyone agrees with wearing a mask. Many of us had hoped that we would not be required to wear a mask while teaching. But the reality of the situation is what it is, and we have to put the safety of our students and staff first,” said Garrison. “We want to continue having our students on campus and teaching in the classroom, and at this time, this is our best option.”

Overstreet added the situation remains fluid, and College officials will continue to monitor the situation and make updates when necessary.

“We will continue to assess the situation and pivot when necessary,” said Overstreet. “Our COVID Taskforce will meet regularly, and we will continue to consult county health departments. When the situation improves, we will reevaluate this requirement, and in the meantime, we encourage everyone to get vaccinated.”


July 30, 2021

In consultation, and collaboration, with the COVID Taskforce, College Cabinet members, the regional Presidents Council and ICCB Leadership the following guidance has been adopted:

Effective Monday, August 2nd, all faculty and staff must wear masks (face coverings) indoors while on campus, regardless of vaccination status. Vaccinated faculty and staff are permitted to remove their masks in their offices when they are not engaged with students or visitors, or, upon approval of all meeting attendees. 

The College highly recommends students and visitors wear masks (face coverings) while indoors on campus regardless of vaccination status. 

We understand the frustrations this might cause, but we are hopeful that we will soon see a reduction in cases to a level that will once again not require masking for vaccinated individuals. In the meantime, campus signage will soon be updated to reflect this guidance.

While we may be feeling fatigued in dealing with this pandemic, we must remain vigilant and responsive to be the advice of public health professionals. New information is continually becoming available regarding the COVID-19 virus, its variants and the best practices. 

If you have not already done so, we urge you to get vaccinated. Medical professionals continue to stress that becoming vaccinated will dramatically reduce your risk of hospitalization or death from COVID-19 and its variants. Additionally, increasing the percentage of vaccinated community members will bring long-term stability to the management of the virus and this region. 

Classroom and Faculty Guidance will be provided in a separate document in the coming week, with classroom spacing, hygiene protocols, and sanitation continuing to be followed throughout campus. Additionally, dining, gathering, and extra-curricular activities will be updated on the JALC COVID website in the coming week. Please visit the website on a regular basis as the pandemic guidance is constantly evolving and we will be updating our policies and procedures as further guidance from IBHE and ICCB, CDC, and IDPH become available.

For further information on the virus and its spread, see the following website: https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-viz-coronavirus-cases-in-illinois-20200304-wz44mgw6wrd5zmzngx4kc3z6a4-htmlstory.html  or visit the CDC COVID response website: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fcases-updates%2Fcases-in-us.html#cases_casesper100klast7days

Kirk Overstreet, PhD.
President, John A. Logan College


July 28, 2021

All,

We are determined to maintain our plan of face-to-face classes, in combination with on-line and hybrid courses in the Fall semester. Through the use of masks, social distancing, and proper hygiene, we are striving to provide a safe learning and working environment for all. 

According to the CDC:

  • If you are fully vaccinated, you can participate in many of the activities that you did before the pandemic.
  • To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, the CDC and IDPH suggests that everyone wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmissionCurrently Region 5, which includes all counties in the JALC district, is considered under a substantial risk.
  • We have re-engaged our COVID Coordinator, classrooms are being prepared to comply with COVID protocols, sanitation stations and masks will be available in every classroom. All classrooms and public areas will be sanitized, especially high touch areas, each evening. 

JALC has created a COVID Taskforce to assist in providing guidance for the College community. They are schedule to meet Thursday, July 29 at 1:00 pm. In addition, ICCB leadership is meeting at 2:00 pm Thursday. Meeting outcomes and updates will be communicated to the campus community.

Kirk Overstreet, PhD.
President, John A. Logan College


May 14, 2021

Good afternoon:

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday issued new guidance to allow for vaccinated individuals to remove their masks in most indoor settings.  

While this is welcome news for many, please know that we are still awaiting additional guidance from IDPH before reevaluating our campus mask policy.  Therefore, for the time being, our plan at JALC is to maintain the current mask requirements indoors until we can receive and interpret this new guidance. 

As we understand it currently, additional guidance for vaccinated individuals will become available in the coming days. At that time, likely early next week, we will issue new guidance for JALC regarding wearing masks indoors. We will also update campus signage to reflect any policy change and post updates to the COVID19 page. 

If you have not yet become vaccinated and wish to, please visit the Bi-County Health Department website at https://covidvaccination.dph.illinois.gov 

Thank you for your patience while we work through this new guidance. Have a great weekend.

Kirk Overstreet, PhD.
President, John A. Logan College


January 12, 2021

JALC Students,

Welcome to the spring 2021 semester! We are so excited to begin a new semester with lots of hope and light at the end of the tunnel in an unprecedented year. Students must continually monitor JALCText, VolMail, the student portal, and the college website for the most up-to-date information to stay informed. The Collegewill adhere to the guidelines and safety precautions set forth by ICCB, CDC, IDPH, and WHO.

Faculty and staff want you to be successful and safe in your time here at the College. We have implemented some new processes I wanted to share with you.

Health Screening
All students, staff, and visitors will be required to go through a daily wellness screening process to enter campus buildings. Check the screening locations and map located on the COVID webpage https://www.jalc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/campus_map_health_screening_locations.pdf. Notice some screening locations will remain unstaffed, so please pass through a staffed screening location if you need assistance.

At the staffed screening locations, here is what you can expect:

  • A waiting line for screening is possible during high traffic times.
  • Self-Screening typically takes about 2 – 3 seconds. Please follow the social distance stickers and traffic flow arrows. You will want to allow some extra time for screening to get to your classes on time.
  • Screeners will be wearing an orange vest and radios. The staffed station hours are (Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
  • Campus Police will maintain a presence at the staffed locations.
  • We will have PPE at the screening locations if needed.
  • Please look for the posted signs for additional instructions or directions.
  • We will have hand thermometers available for re-checks.
  • Failed screening logs will be at each location with referral sheets.
  • Everyone’s patience will make this a smoother process that works.
  • No stickers will be issued.
  • Note: the front door (Bell Tower entry) will remain closed, but entry into B – wing can be obtained by using the access doors between the main building and the administrative building. Use the sidewalk to the right of the Bell Tower. Signs will be posted.

Reporting COVID related absences

  • Students should notify Kathleen Doty (618-318-2797covid19@jalc.edu) or Human Resources (618-985-3741, Ext. 8273) if they cannot attend class due to COVID symptoms, positive diagnosis, or are under quarantine.
  • Students should notify their instructors and or advisor.
  • HR will provide the Dean of Student Services office a list to be emailed to faculty for student absences and entry back into classes.

Again, the College is excited for the start of a new semester. While things look different from past semesters, the focus continues to be student success. Please remember to keep checking VolMail,  and the website for semester updates. Also, check the COVID webpage https://www.jalc.edu/covid19/ for up to date information. Have a great semester!!

Sincerely,

Dr. Melanie Pecord
Vice President for Instructional Services


January 7, 2020

John A. Logan College Student COVID-19 Protocol Update

Spring Semester classes begin Monday, January 11. All vehicle entrance points to campus will be open to traffic. Self-screening will be located at the entrances of all buildings with staff on hand to assist from 7:30 AM to 6 PM at the entrances to buildings J (Logan Fitness), H (Construction Management and Workforce Development), B (Main Entrance), E (Coffee Shop), G (Nursing and electronics), and D (Cosmetology). Screening devices will measure temperatures and detect the presence of a face mask. PPE’s will be available at screening locations.

  • If you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19, please email covid19@jalc.edu to provide your information. The Human Resource Office will provide you with the proper documentation.
  • Email your instructor and academic advisor to inform them of your status to ensure that you do not fall behind in your coursework.
  • Continue to follow all protocols regarding social distancing and face coverings. Limit visits to campus and utilize email, telephone, and video conferencing when possible.
  • Visit www.jalc.edu/covid19 for the most up-to-date information. The College will continue to post updates to official social media pages, JALCTEXT and Volmail.

July 31, 2020

Fall 2020 Welcome Message

JALC Students,

As we look forward to the start of the fall 2020 semester, I would like to take this opportunity to answer some questions about what students can expect. Additionally, a detailed plan for the semester will be posted on the College’s website next week. As most of you know, the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change rapidly. In order to stay informed, students must continually monitor VolText, VolMail, student portal, and the college website for the most up-to-date information. The College Return to Campus Plan will adhere to the guidelines and safety precautions set forth by ICCB, CDC, IDPH, and WHO.

Important Dates:

  • Instruction begins on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.
    • Students should check MyJALC to determine class format, time, date, and location for each scheduled course. Locations for on campus meetings may be updated between now and the start of the semester.
  • Second block classes begin October 6, 2020.
  • Fall Semester Holidays
    • Labor Day – Monday, September 7
    • Election Day – Tuesday, November 3 (new scheduled holiday)
    • Veteran’s Day – Wednesday, November 11
    • Thanksgiving Break November 23 – 28
  • All courses will move to online instruction beginning Monday, November 30, through the end of the semester.
  • Final Exams are scheduled for the week of December 8 – 11 (online format)

Fall 2020 Course Formats:

  • Online Anytime
  • Online Scheduled
  • Hybrid
  • Face to Face

Visit https://www.jalc.edu/course-formats for specific details on course formats and what that means for students.

Safety:

  • Masks will be required at all times while on the JALC campus.
  • Cleaning protocols have been established based on Illinois Restore plan, IDPH, and CDC.
  • Face-to-face classes are scheduled in classrooms that allow adequate space for social distancing in order to meet established guidelines.
  • Wellness and temperature checks will be conducted daily at four designated entrance locations on campus.
    • West Entrance (Bell Tower)
    • East Entrance (Coffee Shop)
    • G-Wing Entrance
    • H-Building Entrance

Students must enter through one of these designated entrances. All other entries to the college will be restricted.

Financial:

  • Online Anytime, Online Scheduled and Hybrid tuition will be discounted 10% for the fall 2020 semester.
  • The College has waived the activity fee for the fall 2020 semester. This will be credited to your account after September 1, 2020.
  • Returning students who were enrolled in the spring 2020 semester, and are eligible under the established guidelines, will receive additional CARES money. Details concerning the distribution of funds will be forthcoming.   

Again, the College is excited for the start of the start of a new semester. While things may look different from past semesters, the focus continues to be student success. Please remember to keep checking VolMail and the website for fall semester updates.

Sincerely,

Dr. Melanie Pecord
Vice President for Instructional Services


July 23, 2020

The fall 2020 schedule has been updated to align with state and federal guidelines established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The College will offer courses in four distinct formats; online anytime, online scheduled, hybrid, and face-to-face. Detailed descriptions outlining each delivery method are listed on the website. Students can access their updated schedules on MyJALC. While some courses have moved to a different format, the days and times for face-to-face, hybrid, and online scheduled courses have not changed to avoid altering student schedules. Closer to the start of the semester, students should again check their schedules for possible room changes for face-to-face and hybrid courses as the College works to ensure the best use of classroom space based on enrollment and social distancing guidelines.

View Fall 2020 Course Formats

Student bills will be updated to reflect the changes to the course schedule. All Bursar bills will be corrected and available to view on MyJALC by Thursday, July 30th.  In consideration of recent updates, fall tuition payments are not due until September 1st, which is also the last day to sign-up for the payment plan. Additionally, Financial Aid is processing fall award notifications to be completed and emailed to students by July 30th. Students must check their JALC Volmail accounts regularly for information on the status of financial aid awards and additional documentation requirements. Book vouchers for the fall semester will be available in the bookstore beginning on August 4th. Please continue to check the college website for additional updates. The faculty and staff at John A. Logan College remain committed to providing students with a quality education and look forward to the start of the fall semester.


July 13, 2020

Fall 2020 information

We know there is so much that is unknown right now about the Fall 2020 semester. There are questions such as, “What will the fall semester look like? Will the semester be “normal?” Will classes be online? Will I get to have classes with my instructors? Can we all be in a classroom at one time? Will we have to wear face masks? Will the fall schedule change from what is posted now? Will the buildings be safe? While we do not have all the answers just yet to this evolving situation, we want you to know we are diligently working on these items and many more to plan and announce our Fall 2020 academic schedule in the near future.

John A. Logan College’s top priority is to provide a quality education in a safe environment. To do so, we are following the Illinois Community College Board’s recently released Guidance for the Return to Campus for Illinois Community Colleges in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemicthe governor’s Restore Illinois Plan, as well as guidance by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control. Currently, we are collaborating with our faculty and staff to create a Fall 2020 schedule that will best meet the needs of our students. While some courses may convert to an online format, there is recognition that many subjects are better experienced in a face-to-face environment. Our goal is to provide a semester with a variety of formats including: traditional online classes, online classes with a scheduled, live broadcast with an instructor, hybrid courses that are comprised of face-to-face instruction and online content, and primarily lab courses that meet face-to-face in a socially distanced environment.  

We are hopeful Illinois will remain in “Phase 4” of the Restore Illinois Plan, but we are also planning our response should this change. Thank you for your patience in waiting. Please know there are many people working to best support the needs and desires of our students. Again, we want to provide the best education for students while keeping all individuals involved in the process safe and healthy. Together, we will get through this experience and will be stronger on the other side.

Sincerely, 
Melanie K. Pecord, Ed.D.


June 30, 2020

Beginning Friday, June 26, 2020, the State of Illinois moved into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan.  As a result, the following will be implemented:

  • Effective Monday, July 6, 2020, the Logan Fitness Center will open.  Detailed information regarding the conditions of reopening will be disseminated by Fitness Center staff.
  • Effective Monday, July 6, 2020, the tennis courts will reopen.
  • All Community Education classes are cancelled for the remainder of the summer semester.
  • Employee work schedules will continue as they are until August 3, 2020, except some offices, because of workload, may work at full capacity.  All social distancing and sanitary practices must be continued.
  • The fall instructional schedule will be announced the week of July 6, 2020.

The College will and is complying with the ICCB “Guidance for the Return to Campus for Illinois Community Colleges in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

Ron House, Ph.D.
President


June 2, 2020

Beginning Monday, June 8, 2020, the offices at John A. Logan College will be open.  Offices will be open each day from 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, with the exception of the 4th of July week.  (see Summer Schedule).  All social distancing rules must be followed.  To facilitate social distancing and other protective measures, not all employees will be working at the same time, but every employee will work.  The vice presidents and/or your supervisor will provide more information on your work schedule.

During the summer semester, all required protective equipment and procedures will be followed by everyone coming on campus, including employees, students, and visitors.

Student workers will be allowed to start work on the 8th of June and continue for the summer semester.

No in-person, face-to-face meetings with students will occur at this time.  Currently, all contact with students relative to counseling, registration, advising and other general consultation, will be done through virtual, teleconference or Zoom meetings only.    

All classes will be online this summer except for those CTE students who are finishing spring semester requirements.  CTE students will be contacted by their instructor with specific instructions.

All community education classes and activities, except those that are online, are cancelled for the month of June.  A decision on community education activities for the month of July will be made at a later date.

The Fitness Center will be closed for the month of June, except for online courses and activities.  A decision on opening the Fitness Center in July will be made at a later date.

The SIH Walk-In Clinic will remain closed until further notice.

FACILITIES (Provided by Vice President McCormick)

The facility staff has been busy preparing for the safe return of employees to the campus by increasing the cleaning and disinfecting frequency.  Entry points into the campus buildings connected via enclosed walkways will be limited to the East Wing (coffee shop) entry, F Wing (conference center) entry, G Building, and the Communications Wing entries. Entrances to buildings not connected via enclosed walkways will be restricted to a single entry point.  The West Entry (Bell Tower) will be closed due to construction activity this summer.  These entries will be staffed by student workers from 7:30 am to 5 pm.  At these entry points, those entering will be reminded of PPE use and social distancing requirements and will be provided PPE materials if they do not have them.  The Facility Department has procured face masks, gloves, and a limited supply of sneeze guards for high public interaction locations.  Separate communication will be sent to supervisors regarding the process to request supplies and for assistance with signage related to social distance spacing.  Standardized signage, including floor spacing markers, will be provided by the Facilities Department.  During the summer, there will be no food service provided due to the low campus population. 

The College continues to look to the Illinois Department of Public Health approved safety guidance in decision making provided at the link https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/pages/restoreILP3.aspx.  Supervisors are to review the appropriate sections of these guidelines with staff during the week of June 8th.   

Ron House, Ph.D. 
President


May 15, 2020

John A. Logan College Will Extend Due Date, and Will Waive Activity Fee for Summer Tuition

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, John A. Logan College officials have made the decision to extend the due date for Summer 2020 tuition one month from June 1 to July 1.  In addition to the due date extension, the College will be waiving the Student Activity Fee for the summer semester as well.  Students will see the fee on their bill, but the College will be waiving the $40 fee. 

According to Vice President for Business Services and College Facilities Brad McCormick, the fee will remain on the student’s tuition statement for reporting purposes, but it will be waived.

“For our own accounting purposes, the fee will show on the statement, but it will be waived at the time of payment,” said McCormick. “We know that these are challenging times, and the College will continue to do all it can to support students in their education. 

Students will have several options to pay their summer tuition.  Students can pay online by logging into their MyJALC account. They can also pay via an interactive voice response system by calling 877-776-5358. The interactive voice response will walk individuals through making a payment, and the Bursar’s Office will apply it to the student’s account within 48 hours. Students will need to have their 7-digit student ID number when making the payment. Checks can also be mailed to:

John A. Logan College 
Attn: Bursar Office 
Carterville, IL 62918

 Students also have the option to sign up for a payment plan by logging into their MyJALC account now through July 1, 2020. The payment plan will process two payments for the summer semester. The first payment will process on July 20, and the second payment on August 20. Please forward any questions to bursar@jalc.edu.


April 30, 2020

In accordance with Governor Pritzker’s Stay at Home – Work at Home order, the current College work schedule will continue until further notice at least through May 28, 2020. May 29, 2020, is the first Friday of our summer work schedule and is a campus closure day.

All classes this summer will be on line except possibly some make up classes.

The daily work schedule for summer semester has not been determined at this time. Therefore, the utilization of student workers this summer cannot be determined at this time. Decisions relative to summer employee schedules and student workers will be made as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, stay off-campus as much as possible and stay safe.

Ron House, Ph.D. 
President


April 9, 2020

I appreciate the patience that all of you have shown during this most unusual situation.  I know you are sometimes looking for answers that seem to be slow in coming.  Keep in mind that nobody expected this pandemic, so we are all searching for answers at the same time.  Be patient, the answers are coming.

Summer Semester

Summer semester will be entirely on line.  As the summer progresses, there may be an opportunity to modify some courses, but we are not planning for that.  We are planning for all instruction to be on line for summer semester.  There will be additional detailed information forthcoming as we get closer to summer semester beginning.  Summer semester is scheduled to begin on June 8, 2020.

Grading

I know many of you are concerned about course grades.  Our overriding concern is that students must be treated fairly and that no penalty should be realized for a situation that no one had any control over.

Vice President Pecord and her staff have developed a plan that complies with our desire not to penalize students.  If you don’t understand it or need clarification, ask all the questions you have.

John A. Logan College Pass/Fail Grade Option

  • Faculty will submit final grades, as usual, by Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
  • Students will be able to see their letter grades and then choose to opt for a pass/fail grade online. This opportunity will be available starting Wednesday, May 20, 2020, through Monday, August 31, 2020.
    • The Admission and Records Office will provide students with additional details about the process for requesting the pass/fail option by the end of the semester.
  • Students will be able to select the pass/fail option on a course-by-course basis.
    • If students select the pass/fail grade option, a Pass grade will be substituted for the A, B, C or D letter grade.
    • The Pass grade for a course will not be calculated into a student’s GPA, although the credits completed in the course will be counted for progression towards a degree.
    • If students opt for a Pass/Fail grade, your Spring 2020 transcript will include this information “Grades of Pass/Fail permitted in Spring 2020 in response to COVID-19 global pandemic.”
    • If students select the Pass/Fail option and later want to reverse their decision, contact the Admissions and Records Office by end of Fall 2020 semester.
  • The deadline to withdraw from Spring 2020 courses has been extended through Friday, May 15, 2020.
  • Students who were on academic probation at the end of Fall 2019 will not face academic suspension due to Spring 2020 grades; academic probation will be extended into Fall 2020.
  • Students who received an incomplete grade in Fall 2019 and those who may receive an incomplete grade for Spring 2020 will have one year (instead of one semester) to complete the work.
  • Selecting a pass/fail grade may impact “satisfactory academic progress” for financial aid, eligibility for scholarships, certifications/licensures, and transferring to other institutions. Consult the Financial Aid Office and/or an academic advisor before making the decision to opt for a pass/fail grade.
  • Students who choose a pass/fail grade in a course that serves as a prerequisite for another course will need instructor consent to enroll in the subsequent course.
  • Students who choose a pass/fail grade in a course that is within an accredited or professionally regulated program will need instructor consent to enroll in subsequent program courses.
  • Please contact your academic advisors and academic programs with questions.

No changes to Spring 2020 grades will be made after December 18, 2020, with the exception of incompletes.

Coming to Campus

There are too many people coming to campus.  I get a daily report from security letting me know who and how many are coming to campus.  An average day is about 40.  If I can adjust to a computer and cell phone, most of you can too.  Many campuses, some much larger than Logan, are conducting business with 12 people or less which includes security.

There are roughly 50 positive COVID-19 tests in Logan’s district and many more who have not even been tested.  It is for your safety, your family’s safety, and the safety of everyone you come in contact with that we are working remotely.  You must work remotely more.  If the number of people on campus remains high, there will be restrictions placed on people entering campus.  I don’t want to have to implement those restrictions, but I will do whatever I have to do to keep us safe.

Ron House, Ph.D.
President


April 1, 2020

In acccorandance with Governor Pritzker’s Executive Orders directing everyone to stay at home and practice social distancing, the following practices and procedures will be adhered to through the end of spring semester 2020:

The College will continue the current schedule of online instructional delivery through the end of spring semester.  There will be no face to face classes.

All previous directives including those pertaining to travel, closure of the Logan Fitness Center, and suspension of Community Education classes and other work related procedures will continue through the end of spring semester.

All events scheduled at the College, regardless of participant numbers, are cancelled through May 15, 2020.  The students, faculty and staff who have earned an award will receive the award.

Additional details will be forthcoming regarding awards.  Cancelled events will include:

  • Honor’s Night
  • Retirement and Service Awards
  • National Society of Leadership & Success Reception
  • Trio Spotlight Ceremony
  • ADN/LPN Pinining Ceremonies
  • Both Commencement Ceremonies

Offices are closed to the public.  ALL STAFF WILL CONTINUE TO WORK REMOTELY AWAY FROM CAMPUS EXCEPT AS DIRECTED.  This practice is for your safety.

Information will be forthcoming relative to refunds, grades, registration for summer and fall semester, withdrawing from class, completing lab classes and other specific interests and concerns as guidelines and procedures are developed.  Be patient.  Give the staff time to prepare them.  The College is waiting for State directives pertaining to some of these issues.

All of these and previous directives are being issued for the sole purpose of keeping everyone as safe as possible.  This is a very serious health situation.  Since previous announcements, several people in Logan’s district have tested positive for the coronavirus.  The number of positive cases will increase.  We all should become more concerned about the well being of our family, friends and neighbors.  Do not become complacent by thinking this disease is far away.  It is not.  It is here.  Please, act appropriately to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

Ron House, Ph.D. 
President


March 20, 2020

Pursuant to the Governor’s announcement made on March 20, 2020, for all people in Illinois to stay at home, the following action is being taken. 

Effective immediately, the following directives will be initiated.  The suspension of services on campus will be considered Campus Closure days.  Everyone will be paid even if you are not working.  If you work, your pay will be determined by your contractual agreement with the College.  The Business Office will put out a statement regarding time clock requirements.

During the suspension of services on campus, a very small number of employees may be assigned to work.  You will be notified by your supervisor if you are to work.  Entrance to the building will be limited to the west entrance (Bell Tower) and the east entrance (Coffee Shop).  Only administrative staff and those assigned to work by administrative staff will be allowed to enter.  Anyone who enters the building must notify Campus Police at 8218.   

Online instruction will continue.  Instruction will be supported by IT and Administration remotely.

During this suspension of services, be smart.  The purpose of the suspension of services on campus is to reduce exposure to the virus.  Reducing exposure away from work is your responsibility.  Reducing exposure can best be accomplished at home and staying away from people.

Ron House, Ph.D. 
President


March 20, 2020

Pursuant to the Governor’s announcement made on March 20, 2020 for all people in Illinois to stay at home, the following action is being taken. 

The responsibility of John A. Logan College is to ensure the highest level of safety and wellbeing for the students, faculty, and staff.  Out of an abundance of caution, all services provided by the College will be provided remotely, effective Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.  A future statement will be made pertaining to the resumption of services.

During this time, only online instruction will continue uninterrupted; however, the campus will be closed to the public. Additional statements will be made as information becomes available.

Ron House, Ph.D. 
President


March 18, 2020

Students,

There are several questions surrounding how COVID-19 will impact your courses this semester. We understand your concerns and are doing our very best to address them. We are currently waiting for clarification from our governing body, the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), and the U.S. Department of Education to provide guidance to us on how to proceed.

In an attempt to provide guidance to you, here are answers to a few common questions:

Q: How do I complete my coursework online if I do not have a computer or Internet accessibility?

A: Contact your instructor to make them aware of your situation. They will use this information to advise you on the best course of action once the College receives guidance from ICCB and the federal government.

Q: How do I complete the labs required for my courses?

A: Check your D2L course site for information from your instructor. Each course will be handled on an individual basis, and information will be provided. Online instruction is scheduled to begin Monday, March 23rd, so your courses will all be active on D2L by that date.

Q: If I am concerned that I will not be successful this semester, should I withdraw from my courses now?

A: While we understand your concerns, the College’s current recommendation is to wait until we receive all of information regarding the spring semester. The College will work with all students to ensure the best possible outcome given your specific situation. 

Please know that you are our first priority. We are doing everything we can to navigate this crisis. Continue to check your Volmail for updates on the developing situation.


March 18, 2020

I want to take this opportunity to share some information with you. I first want to remind you of why all of these changes are being made. We are in the middle of a State and National emergency. The Coronavirus is spreading rapidly around the world and across Illinois. Everything we are doing is designed to help slow the transmission of the virus. To my knowledge, there have been no positive cases reported in southern Illinois. That may very well change. 

Keep in mind when you pose a question, that the administration is waiting for answers too. So, if someone tells you we are waiting to hear from the Federal or State agencies, it is true. We will keep you informed of relevant information as we receive it. 

There are some things we can tell you. Even though some of the bullet points below do not have a complete answer, they will certainly give you an idea of where we are headed. What is true today may very well be untrue tomorrow. The situation is changing hourly. 

The bullet points below may help clarify some of your concerns. Some of the points are reminders from previous announcements. Please read all of them. 

  • No later than Monday, March 23, 2020, the College will implement a work plan for the sole purpose of reducing the number of employees on campus, and therefore, reducing the possibility of transferring the virus if it exists here. Your supervisor will inform you of your work location no later than Monday, March 23. Work location assignments will be made in the most fair and equitable manner possible. Some people will be assigned to work from home. Some will be scheduled to home with or without work to do. Everyone will receive regular pay, whether they are working at home or assigned to be home. Timeclock employees assigned to home will enter this time using the appropriate job code when they return to work on campus.
  • All classes will go online Monday, March 23. There will be no classes on campus. We realize this is difficult or impossible for some classes. As time goes on, creative solutions that enable students to receive credit for their work, along with skills needed to succeed in the workplace, will be developed. Arrangements for completing these classes will be made in the future. Give us time.
  • The Learning Lab will be closed Monday, March 23, and until further notice.
  • The Library is closed, and will be closed until further notice.
  • No student tests, of any kind, will be given by the Testing Center until further notice.
  • Computer labs will not be available to students.
  • Entry points into the buildings will be reduced and monitored to ensure only authorized people are allowed in the buildings.
  • Spring semester is not being extended at the point.
  • If you are sick, stay home. You will not be charged leave time if you are getting tested, test positive, or are advised by a doctor to quarantine for a period of time whether you test positive or not. If you are sick with an ordinary illness, you will be charged sick time or other leave time.
  • The custodial staff will increase efforts to ensure that the building will be as sanitary as possible. High touchpoints will be given extra attention.
  • The last day for student workers to work on campus will be Friday, March 20. They will be paid through the end of the semester. Student workers will resume when the College returns to a regular schedule.
  • The College is open, not closed.
  • There will be no approved travel outside the district.
  • Everyone is encouraged to work electronically on campus. Meetings, ordinary communication, and planning electronically, reduces exposure.

These are hard times for all of us. This type of situation has never occurred on such a large scale in the history of community colleges. Be patient. In time, all questions will be answered. Above all be professional. Lend a hand to those in need. Answer the phone. Help us keep our offices open and deliver the services that make us a college. This is an emergency. Please perform as you would in any other emergency. 

Thank you. 

Ron House, Ph.D. 
President


March 17, 2020

John A. Logan College continues to monitor the situation with COVID-19. We want to remind students that during the period of March 16 – 20, 2020, spring break is extended. Faculty are using this time to move and prepare all courses for online. On March 23, all courses at John A. Logan College will be delivered online. Check your JALC email and D2L for relevant information from your instructor. We ask for your patience while instructors prepare for this change.

In order to protect the health and safety of students and College employees, we want to encourage the use of phone communication and email to exchange information.

Ron House, Ph.D. 
President


March 17, 2020

NOTICE OF CANCELLATION OF REGULAR MEETING OF THE JOHN A. LOGAN COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

William J. Kilquist, Chair of the John A. Logan College Board of Trustees, has announced that the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, Community College District No. 530, originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., has been CANCELLED in a continued effort to align with State and Federal closures concerning COVID-19. The next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for April 21, 2020.


March 16, 2020

In a continued effort to align with State and Federal recommendations concerning the COVID-19, John A. Logan College is initiating the following changes in addition to the Friday, March 13, College statement regarding campus directives.

  • Effective March 17, 2020, all Adult Education classes will be suspended through March 30, 2020, by order of the State.
  • Effective March 17, 2020, Logan Fitness Center will be closed until further notice. The SIH walk-in clinic located in the CHEC building (Logan Fitness) is open.
  • Effective March 17, 2020, all Community Education classes will be cancelled until the end of the spring 2020 semester.
  • Effective March 17, 2020, through April 30, 2020, all events scheduled at the College, regardless of participant numbers, will be cancelled.
  • Effective March 17, 2020, all Workforce Development classes and trainings will be suspended until further notice.

Additional notifications will be forthcoming.

Ron House, Ph.D. 
President


March 13, 2020

In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 outbreak, John A. Logan College is working closely with local and state public health agencies to take the necessary precautions to address the viral threat to our College and district communities. We also follow regular updates from the  Illinois Department of Health (IDPH), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

While no cases of COVID-19 have been reported in our district, we want to create a balance between preparedness and caution. Therefore, we will be taking additional steps to reduce the possibility of COVID-19 transmission to our campus and community. The College will implement the following plan:

  • Spring Break will be extended to March 23, 2020.
  • Beginning Monday, March 23, and until further notice, the College will hold all classes and related coursework online.
  • The College is not closed, and all services and offices will remain open. 
  • All staff are expected to report to work as usual and fulfill their job responsibilities. 
  • Students should monitor volmail and the College website for the latest updates. Information will be provided on how students will move forward with online delivery. Individual class information will be posted in the Learning Management Platform (D2L) when online delivery begins.
  • College-related travel for faculty, staff, and students will be limited to within the College district.
  • The College and community schedule of events is being reviewed, and additional information on the use of College facilities will be forthcoming.
  • Logan Fitness will remain open until further notice.
  • All official College communication relative to COVID-19 will be made through the College website www.jalc.edu

Ron House, Ph.D. 
President