COVID-19 Campus Protocols

Face coverings are now optional at Johnston Community College; exercise caution and be respectful when around others.

Updated March 7, 2022


Beginning March 7, 2022, masks will be optional inside our campus buildings.


We still encourage you to exercise caution as COVID-19 cases are still widespread.


Our COVID-19 Emergency Response Team asks that you continue to report COVID-19 symptoms, exposures, and positives cases to


You can stay up-to-date on JCC’s COVID-19 cases and protocols at


As always, this is subject to change based on new data and guidance.

Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19.  Masks work best when everyone wears them, but not all masks provide the same protection.  When choosing a mask, look at how well it fits, how well it filters the air, and how many layers it has.

To protect yourself and others from COVID-19, wear the mask with the best fit, protection, and comfort for you.

Visit this CDC website for more information about well-fitting masks:

The risk of transmission of COVID-19 increases drastically when socializing with others during breaks due to reduced social distancing without masks while eating.  Please exercise caution during these times and increase social distancing when masks are not worn.



COVID-19 Campus Exposure Procedure

JCC recommends that everyone take a daily assessment to determine if self-quarantine is necessary.
The assessment is located here:

Reporting Requirements

JCC’s Emergency Management Team has established a COVID-19 Emergency Response Team, charged with contact tracing and case management of any reports of positive COVID-19 individuals, COVID-19 exposures, or COVID-like symptoms.  The COVID-19 ERT works with the Johnston County Public Health Department on complex cases where additional guidance may be needed. 

Contact tracing and your timely cooperation with the COVID-19 Emergency Response Team is required and vital to mitigating the threat of COVID-19 on JCC’s campuses.  All students and employees that have tested positive for COVID-19 OR have had close contact with a positive COVID-19 individual OR is experiencing COVID-like symptoms, must immediately notify the JCC COVID-19 Emergency Response Team via email at: and/or

The Johnston County Public Health Department defines “close contact” as being less than 6 feet from another person for a cumulative time of 15 minutes or more, in a 24-hour period, regardless of wearing masks. 

Know your W's

What to Expect

What should you do if you have tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, or are experiencing COVID-like symptoms?

  1. Do not come to campus unless you have been cleared directly by the JCC COVID-19 Emergency Response Team!  Immediately notify all of your instructor(s) and/or supervisor(s) of your situation so they can understand why you are absent.  Unless you have already received a positive COVID-19 test result, do not schedule a test any sooner than five (5) days after your onset of COVID-like symptoms or known exposure to someone with COVID-19. 

    Helpful Tip:  If you are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, continue to follow the steps below and refer to the web page, titled "Vaccine Information" for additional guidance.

  2. Your instructor(s) and/or supervisor(s) should then send a notification via email to and/or, containing as much information as possible that is known about the situation.  At a minimum, this email should include the student or employee’s name, college student or employee ID number, a good way to contact the student or employee, and whether the situation involves a positive COVID-19 test result, an exposure to a COVID-positive person, and/or COVID-like symptoms.  Any additional information provided will always be appreciated.

  3. Expect to receive an email from a member of the JCC COVID-19 Emergency Response Team at your JCC-issued student ( or employee ( email address within 48 hours of your notification to your instructor/supervisor.  Be sure to check your spam folder!  This email will contain instructions to complete a COVID-19 checklist.

    Helpful Tip:  While you are waiting, or, if you do not utilize your JCC-issued email address, to speed up the process, you can also go ahead and complete your checklist by clicking on the Forms and Tools web page to access the appropriate document.

  4. As soon as possible, complete and return your checklist to the Team Member you received it from,, and/or, including any additional information you feel should be provided to assist with your case. 

    Please do not wait on test results before completing this checklist!  This process is time-sensitive, and you can always follow up with information you do not yet have.  If you have been in close contact with anyone, please be as specific as possible, including names and how you were in close contact, as well as if you currently live with the person who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

    Helpful Tip:  If you are fully vaccinated, please go ahead and send a copy of your vaccination record.

  5. The JCC COVID-19 Emergency Response Team will evaluate your completed checklist and any additional information provided.  A copy of your student course schedule will be acquired to assist the Team with identifying what notifications may be required and, if applicable, with developing a disinfection plan.

  6. Your situation may result in a generic notification being sent by your program director, instructor, or supervisor to your classmates/coworkers (your name will never be disclosed in a notification without your approval), the quarantine of additional individuals at higher risk of infection, your class(es) moving to a different room or being adjusted to an online learning format, and/or a building being shut down for thorough disinfecting. 

    In any of these situations, it is important to remain in contact with your instructor(s) or supervisor(s) and your point of contact from the JCC COVID-19 Emergency Response Team.

  7. A JCC COVID-19 ERT Member will provide you and your program director(s)/supervisor(s) with a plan of action for your safe return to campus.  The Team will not communicate directly with your instructor(s) unless the situation warrants it, so you should forward any information you receive from the COVID-19 Emergency Response Team to ALL of your instructors from your seated classes to keep them aware of your status.  This is the best way your instructor(s) can prepare for your physical absence from your seated class so he/she can come up with a plan to work with you while you are away, if options are possible and available. 

    Be sure to continue working on any of your assignments while you are away if you are feeling well enough, to keep up with your classes and make it easier for you to catch up when you return. 

    IMPORTANT!!!  Failure to communicate with your instructor(s) may result in missed days and/or assignments counting against your attendance and grades.  Being directed to quarantine does NOT excuse you from keeping up with your assignments!

  8. Depending on your situation, you may be able to return to campus sooner than expected, or you may have to quarantine for a longer amount of time than anticipated. 

    You will not be able to return to campus without being cleared by the JCC COVID-19 Emergency Response Team.

Refer to the Vaccine Information web page to find guidance for individuals that are fully vaccinated.


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