COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

Danville Area Community College is committed to health and well-being of its faculty, staff, and students. This webpage will provide the DACC community with the latest information, resources, and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Vermilion County Health Department (VCHD).

DACC is monitoring the COVID-19 situation, globally and locally, and will implement preventive measures as they become necessary. Currently, our building services staff, and individual departments, are taking steps to disinfect “high touch” areas in common spaces, classrooms, and labs for your health and safety.

Positive Cases

COVID-19 Confirmed Cases on DACC
  Current Week Cumulative Total
Students 1 10
Employess 0 0
Total 1 10
Table Updated:   9/18/2020

 

Recent Updates

Updated 8/18/2020

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DACC Student Safety Plan Fall 2020

DACC Pandemic Safety Plan Fall 2020

When Illness OCcurs at DACC

Updates 5/7/20 - 8/5/2020

Updated 4/24/20

DACC Plans Virtual Commencement 2020

As Governor Pritzker extended the state-wide stay-at-home order through the month of May and social distancing looks to become the rule rather than the exception going into Fall, Danville Area Community College has decided to let go of hopes for a traditional Commencement ceremony – even delayed by several weeks – and is moving forward with a plan for Virtual Commencement via YouTube on May 22 at 7pm.

What This Means for Graduates:

The format will remain largely unchanged; there will be speakers, Summa Cum Laude graduates (4.0GPA) will be featured, and an Honorary Degree will be presented to long-time DACC supporter, Dick Cheney. Following the Honorary Degree presentation, all graduates will be announced along with your photo (if submitted). Graduate names, read by the Academic Deans, will be accompanied by your certificate or degree and any honors you have earned. The ceremony is open to graduates completing their degrees in Fall 2019, or Spring or Summer 2020.

What We Need from Graduates:

  • Use a good quality phone or camera to take the picture. Use the highest quality setting on the camera;
  • Dress and prepare as you normally would for graduation – without cap and gown;
  • Make sure there is adequate lighting:
  • Hold phone vertically;
  • Photo should be a head and shoulders shot;
  • Please be sure to include full graduate name as it should appear in the program and be announced in the video. If graduate has a “typically mispronounced” name, you should contact the Records office to confirm the pronunciation; and
  • Email picture to: records@dacc.edu no later than Thursday, May 7.

Graduate questions should be directed to the Records office by calling (217) 443-8797 or via email to mgentrup@dacc.edu.

Updated 4/20/20

Updated 4/8/20

Due to COVID-19, the ATI TEAS is not required to apply for FALL 2020. If you have already taken the TEAS exam, you can still receive points.

Nursing applications can be scanned and emailed in to nursing@dacc.edu or mailed to provided address on application. All required material must be submitted together to be considered for admission. All required courses must be completed and unofficial grades provided.

Payment can be made by mail (check or money order) with application or by phone 217-443-8767.

Level I applications: Level I Nursing Application
Level II (LPN-RN): Level II Application

The deadline remains unchanged:
Deadline is May 22, 2020 by noon.

If you have any questions, feel free to email nursing@dacc.edu or call 217-443-8553.

Updated 4/1/20

  • Due to the Governor’s Stay-at-Home order, all DACC Buildings including Main Street campus, Hoopeston Higher Learning Center, DACC Child Development Center, and Follett Bookstore are CLOSED until further notice. All classes are in session.
  • All classes – including labs – are online until further notice.
  • Check into your courses on Blackboard. If you need assistance, go to www.dacc.edu/online/bb-student-help
  • Email instructors with questions.
  • Online Tutoring is available from the Writing Center and MASS. Check your DACC email for contact information and directions.
  • The DACC Library is making new electronic resources available to assist in this new e-learning environment. The most important tool for access is the “How Do I?” link: https://dacc.libguides.com/how-do-i that will give instructions and directions to these expanded resources. This link will guide you to videos and handouts on using resources that you may need for your coursework.
  • DACC Follett Bookstore and its online channel are here to support DACC students with several FREE eBook, courseware, and shipping programs as the College pivots to e-learning for the Spring semester. Visit https://www.bkstr.com/danvilleareaccstore for more information.
  • Summer and Fall registration will begin April 20. Registration will be done online (if student is approved) or by phone. Call 217-443-8750 or email jaquino3@dacc.edu to set an appointment. You also may contact your advisor directly at their phone or email – listed on the student services contact sheet: Student Services Communication Guide
  • No in-person registration until the Stay-at-Home order is lifted.

Updated 3/31/20

Danville Area Community College is committed to reducing the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). DACC offices/buildings will be closed through Tuesday, April 7th. The following are updates and contact information for Student Services offices for students seeking help to complete the Spring 2020 semester. Staff will be working from home and can be reached at the emails and phone numbers listed below during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), Monday through
Friday.

Technology Help:

Please contact-
Mark Barnes at mbarnes@dacc.edu or (217) 443-8871 f or login/password/email assistance
Maggie Hoover at ols@dacc.edu or (217) 443-8885 for online course assistance/Blackboard
Jessica Miles at jmiles@dacc.edu or (217) 443-8769 for Self Service assistance

Updated 3/27/20

Updated 3/26/20

  • Beginning on Monday, March 30, all classes will be online. Check into your courses on Blackboard. If you need assistance, go to www.dacc.edu/online/bb-student-help . Email instructors with questions.
  • Due to the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order, DACC Buildings at Main Street campus and Hoopeston Higher Learning Center are CLOSED until April 7, or until the Governor’s order expires. This includes the Child Development Center and the DACC Follett Bookstore.

Updated 3/17/20

  • The DACC Child Development Center will be CLOSED beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 27. Current plans are to reopen Monday, March 30.
  • DACC will be CLOSED Monday, March 23-Friday, March 27. This includes the Bookstore.
  • Beginning on Monday, March 30, all lecture classes will be online. Some labs and career-tech classes will meet on campus, with class sizes held to 10 students or less. Blackboard tutorials are available this week for students who need them (see link below).
  • Specific lab information will be provided to students through Blackboard. You should log into each of your classes on Blackboard for further instructions.
  • Registration for summer and fall classes will now begin Monday, April 6. In an effort to maintain social distancing, most registration will be accomplished over the phone. Please call 217-443-8750 to arrange your registration for summer and/or fall 2020.
  • GED - Adult Education services are suspended state-wide until March 30th. At that time, the situation will be reviewed. If there is still a need to stay closed, we will begin offering online GED/HSE classes. For more information, contact the Adult Ed office at 217-443-8782. Offices will be closed March 23-27.

Updated 3/12/20

  • Blackboard tutorials for students who need to improve online skills March 16-20
  • There will be no classes held at the main Danville campus or the Hoopeston Higher Learning Center March 16-20, including online classes.
  • Faculty and staff will report as usual.
  • Faculty will work during the week of March 16-20 to be sure they are prepared to offer all of their lecture classes online in Blackboard.
  • College Express students will remain within their high schools March 16-20.
  • Regularly scheduled Spring Break will occur March 23-27.

At the end of the regularly scheduled Spring Break, College officials will re-evaluate the Coronavirus pandemic situation. If the situation with COVID-19 has resolved sufficiently to allow classes to resume, they will do so on Monday, March 30.

Should conditions warrant continued social distancing on March 30, e-learning for lecture classes will commence. Any class other than lectures including labs, clinicals, College Express, Fitness Center, and tutoring services will meet as regularly scheduled, regardless of the e-learning decision on March 30. Online students may return to campus for faculty-administered tests. Students will be welcome to use designated campus computer labs for their online courses. The DACC Food Pantry will remain open to students.

Simple Tips to Keep Yourself & Others Healthy

  • Wash your hands often with soap & water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, going to the bathroom, and before eating or preparing food.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Older people and people with severe chronic conditions should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.

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Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness.

Symptoms* may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

*Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.

What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

  • Stay home except to get medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
  • Wear a facemask.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
  • Clean your hands often.
  • Clean all "high touch" surfaces every day.
  • Monitor your symptoms.

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While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out, and delay travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illnesses to others.

Current risk assessment from the CDC:

  • For the majority of people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. There is not widespread circulation in most communities in the United States.
  • People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on the location.
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on location.

For more information:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have the latest and most extensive information related to the spread of COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website listed below for additional guidance and current updates, especially as it relates to travel. Additionally, local and regional updates may be found on the Vermilion County Health Department and Illinois Department of Public Health. Those links are listed below also.

https://www.cdc.gov/COVID19

https://vchd.org

http://www.dph.illinois.gov


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