July 13, 2020

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 Pandemic, the 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.