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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

August 13 - JSCC Pandemic Response Team acts to mitigate Coronavirus, reopen campus

One of the first actions of JSCC’s sixth president was the creation of a pandemic response team. The cross-functional team, which is made up of representatives from the campus community, currently meets every week to review and evaluate pandemic-related information from the local health department, local government, TBR, the State of Tennessee, and the CDC. They also develop and coordinate a college-wide plan to ensure the college remains focused on the mission of the college and the success of its students.

Since its first meeting on July 15, the team has developed reporting guidelines for virus exposure for the campus community, began a draft of the reopening plan, discussed administrative leave resulting from COVID-related issues, reexamination of the appointment and screening system for coming onto campus, and the adoption of a wellness pledge for people coming onto JSCC properties. Most recently, concerns around the proper use of face masks and other PPE were discussed.

Face masks or coverings have been identified by the CDC as a frontline defense against the spread of the coronavirus. While the mask is seen to be a defensive measure for individuals to avoid contracting the virus, it is also an offensive measure to prevent the spread of the virus to other people. With a long incubation period and the possibility of asymptomatic carriers of the disease, it is just as important to wear a mask to not spread the disease as it is to avoid contracting it. 

While non-surgical cloth masks are not a fail-safe measure against the spread of the virus, they do provide protection when combined with other measures such as social distancing and vigilant hand washing. The effectiveness of a face mask is dependent upon it being worn correctly. The pandemic response team discussed the arbitrary use of face masks in which individuals wear the apparatus incorrectly such as exposing areas of the face that should remain covered. 

Masks that have vents were discussed. The CDC recently advised that masks with vents should not be used since they allow unfiltered air to be exhaled. These masks provide no protection since they do not contain the spread of virus beyond the point of the user of the mask. The use of a mask should be an offensive maneuver as well as defensive.

A number of communications demonstrating the proper use of masks and other safety considerations will be distributed to the campus community and general public.  

Computer specifications for online classes at JSCC - August 10

For students wanting to purchase a computer for the fall semester, the Office of Information Technology at JSCC has posted the minimum requirements of computer equipment needed for online classes at the college.

  • Web Camera
  • Microphone
  • 8 GB RAM minimum
  • Intel Core i5 processor or faster.

Please note that a Google Chromebook is NOT compatible and will not work with the software necessary to take online classes at JSCC. Please send any questions about equipment compatibility to

CARES Act Funding - July 16

Student Grant Allocation

JSCC awarded additional grants to PELL eligible students. Students who incurred more allowable expenses submitted an application for additional funds. After review of the applications submitted by students incurring a greater amount of expense than the original CARES Act funds disbursed on June 2, 2020, Jackson State distributed an additional $11,052.29 to 239 students on June 24, 2020. The amounts awarded varied based upon the amount of additional expense incurred by each student; however, none received more than the amount of the original CARES disbursement of June 2, 2020

CARES Act Institutional and SIP Award

Jackson State received two additional grants under CARES Act Section 18004(a)(1) “Recipient’s Institutional Costs” and Section 18004(a)(2) Strengthening Institutional Program(SIP).  Funds awarded under these sections may be used to assist institutions with cost associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus, expanding support to students, expanding remote learning programs, building IT capacity, training faculty and staff to be effective in remote learning, defray institutional expenses- lost revenue, reimbursement for expense already incurred due to the coronavirus. 

JSCC received $1,419,234 for Institutional Cost and $138,311 in SIP funds. To date, $138,846.43 of the Institutional funds have been used for instruction & student support in transition to online learning, PPE supplies, student worker pay and canceled travel due to “shelter in place” order.  No funds have been spent under the SIP award. 

Jackson State continues to work toward providing a safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff.  Great and careful consideration is given to ensure CARES Act funds are used in a way the will enhance the lives of individuals, strengthen the workforce, and empower our diverse communities as we continue to strive for excellency during these unprecedented time. 

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CARES Act Funding - June 3

In April, the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HERF) was announced as a means to provide financial assistance to students who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since this announcement, Jackson State Community College (JSCC) signed and submitted the Certificate and Agreement to the Department of Education committing to use no less than 50 percent of the funds under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. JSCC received $1,419,235 from HERF funds to support students facing urgent needs created by the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released guidance related to CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) funding to higher education institutions to assist students with unmet expenses as a result of COVID-19. Funds must be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as:

  • course materials
  • technology
  • food
  • housing
  • health care
  • childcare
  • or other cost of attendance related item

JSCC will provide emergency financial grants for COVID-19-related expenses. Any student who meets the eligibility criteria will be given a portion of these emergency funds. Students will receive assistance based upon eligibility guidelines established by federal policy and in conjunction with TBR guidance. Requirements of eligibility for emergency aid will include, but are not limited to:

  • Be enrolled as regular in an eligible degree or certificate program student as of March 13, 2020.
  • Be enrolled in at least one face-to-face class as of March 13, 2020.
  • Be a US Citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Have a valid social security number

JSCC will distribute approximately 90% ($1,272,106.60) of its CARES money to 2530 eligible students based on whether they were Pell Grant recipients or not, in Spring 2020 term.

  Current Students Amount Cost
Non Pell Recipients 850 $452.98 $385,033.00
Pell Recipients 1680 $528.02 $887,073.60

Any disbursed emergency grant funds will be released to students by either refund check or direct deposit, depending on the method the student has set up with the college. A payment is not necessarily a reflection of a student's current student account balance, as these funds are disbursed directly to a student no matter if a current balance is owed to the institution.

Students determined eligible for HEERF payments will receive a confirmation email from Jackson State Community College. JSCC will reserve the remaining 10% (147,128.40) to use for emergency financial grants awarded by application. Students who incurred more allowable expenses than the amount given from the CARES Act may submit an application for additional funds. Any amount requested must be for expenses that exceed the amount given from the initial grant disbursement. A decision will be made and notification sent within 5 business days of application deadline. 

Application deadline: June 17, 2020.

JSCC announces task force for graduation plans

Jackson, Tenn. (May 14, 2020) – These times of uncertainty and constant change have made the decision of conducting a large gathering such as the Jackson State Community College’s graduation an unusual challenge. The administration of JSCC has assigned a graduation task force that will develop a plan for the 2020 graduation ceremony. This plan will be ready for approval by the president by June 5.

The task force will develop a way to survey the entire campus community, gather their input, and bring forth recommendations for the new president who will be appointed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

The interim president has approved the purchase of caps and gowns. Student Services will be contacting all students eligible for graduation and will have the graduation regalia available as soon as possible. “Having caps, gowns, and cords available for photo opportunities has been a primary request of graduates and their parents,” said Robin Marek, interim vice president of Student Services. “We want to get these significant mementos of accomplishment to students as quickly as possible.”

JSCC Students to Receive CARES Act Funding

Earlier this month, the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund was announced as a means to provide financial assistance to students who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since this announcement, the TBR College System of Tennessee has been working through the details of how this money would be distributed to students once the funding has been received.

Jackson State Community College students will receive assistance based upon eligibility guidelines established by TBR. Requirements for emergency aid will include, but are not limited to:

  • An individual must have been a student as of March 13, 2020.
  • Students cannot have been enrolled solely in an online format as of March 13, 2020.
  • Students paid must be eligible to participate in Title IV financial aid programs. Payments to Pell-eligible students will be prioritized, as suggested by the United States Department of Education (USDOE).
  • Students must be enrolled as degree-seeking at JSCC in order to receive payments from the college.

No application is required to be considered for the CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund. Disbursements will be made to all eligible students without the need for an application.

The timeline for the distribution of funds will be determined by each institution. This timeline will be dependent upon several factors including when the institution receives funding from the USDOE. JSCC will make an announcement once funding is received. Accurate and timely payments will be a top priority for the college.

C-19 Update – April 29

On Wednesday, April 29, the administration of Jackson State Community College announced a plan to reopen the campus. The plan is in alignment with local, state, and federal guidelines and has been approved by TBR. The plan will allow access to the campus by faculty and staff on May 11. The campus will remain closed to students and the public through May 31.

All classes for the May and summer terms will be held online. Limited access will be allowed to Health Sciences and Nursing students for the completion of lab hours from the spring semester.

The operational status of the college for June will be evaluated and announced by May 27.

C-19 Update – April 6

The administration of Jackson State Community College announced that most of the classes for the May and summer terms will be offered online.  Priority registration for summer and fall terms begins today, April 6.

Registration Schedule:

  • Priority Summer and Fall registration begins April 6 (for currently enrolled students)
  • Open Summer registration begins April 20
  • Open Fall registration begins June 1

Term Schedule:

  • Maymester - May 11 - May 29
  • 1st Summer (5 weeks) - June 1 - July 2
  • 2nd Summer (5 weeks) - July 6 - August 7
  • Full summer (10 weeks) - June 1 - August 7

To register for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020:

  • Check your JSCC email to see an email from your advisor. 
  • Follow the instructions in the email to contact your advisor for advising and to secure your PIN.   
  • Log into jWeb and register for classes for the Summer 2020 Term and Fall 2020 Term
  • If you have questions or need assistance, contact

If you do not have the correct advisor, have registration errors, need help changing your major, or have other advising concerns, visit Advising Request or email  

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