JALC announces reopening plan for fall semester, including mandatory drive thru screenings

Updated: Aug. 10, 2020 at 9:58 PM CDT
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CARTERVILLE, Ill. (KFVS) - John A. Logan College (JALC) announced their plans for reopening campus to students, staff and faculty for the 2020 fall semester.

Drive-thru health screenings will be provided at the entrance of the college on Greenbriar Road.

Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) staff will be screening college employees, students and the public before they enter campus.

“Have you had any cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, fever, chills, lost of taste or smell,” one of the screeners asked a driver who drove up.

Those who pass the health screening will be issued a dated “sticker” that must be displayed on their clothing.

Chloe Thomas, freshman nursing student, said she is thankful for the added safety.

“It’s annoying at first because you don’t want to be late for everything, but I’m glad they are doing it - taking precaution to make sure they can minimize as many cases as possible,” Thomas said.

Screenings will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.

“Due to the health screenings and single entry point on campus, it will take longer for students to get to their classes, so they need to allow for enough time when traveling to campus,” said Vice President for Instructional Services Dr. Melanie Pecord.

To exit campus, drivers will be routed to the east side along the frontage road, which is adjacent to Kamper’s Supply.

In addition to health screenings, JALC will offer four types of class formats for students and implement social distancing.

The four types of class formats being offered are online anytime, online scheduled, hybrid and face-to-face.

  • Online anytime courses are traditional online learning classes where a student logs into the JALC system to complete their assignments without coming to campus.
  • Online scheduled is a virtual course format where students participate in live video classes at assigned times for a nearly face-to-face learning experience. Real-time attendance will be required in an online scheduled course.
  • Hybrid courses will include a combination of online content and on-campus attendance.
  • Face-to-face courses will include social distancing, required use of masks by students, faculty and staff.

Thomas said she plans to come to the university at least twice a week.

“A lot of kids take online classes strictly, most of the time anyways. Moving half of classes online is not much of a difference,” Thomas said.

Masks and face coverings will also be required to worn in all public spaces on campus.

JALC VP of Business Services and College Facilities, Brad McCormick, said while the school is being proactive about the health and safety of the campus, they are encouraging students to come back.

“If there is a gap in attendance it’s much less likely that that individual will complete,” McCormick said. “So we want to keep the students here, we don’t want them taking a gap semester.”

Classes begin on August 12 with registration ending on August 18.

According to McCormick, as of August 7, the school is twelve percent down in enrollment. He said they hope to close that gap in the coming days.

Students that are unable to enroll in courses at the beginning of the semester can enroll in second-half block schedule classes on October 8.

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