Jones College

Jones College Fall Return 2021

Jones College will return to a traditional class schedule on Monday, August 23, 2021, with the first day of the fall semester. The college has a COVID-19 Operational Plan in place to ensure safe practices for our students and employees. This document was assembled to provide guidance on how to best maintain campus operations throughout the semester.

The well-being of the Jones College community depends on individuals taking personal responsibility for their health as well as taking measures to ensure the safety of those around them. With everyone’s full cooperation, we can lessen the chance of infection and spread of COVID-19 in our community.

The college will monitor developments regarding COVID-19, continue to receive input from health officials, and regularly communicate any updates to its students, employees, and community.


Jones College has adopted the COVID-19 Operational Guidelines for the 2021 - 2022 Academic Year. Daily campus operations function under normal standards without an elevated activity of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases within our region.

Due to the current elevated COVID-19 cases within our region, the college has activated the four-level system of COVID-19 operations.

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When a member of the College community tests positive for COVID-19, the College will investigate potential exposures of others and conduct contact tracing. The College’s delegated representative will gather the following information from the infected person:

  • Demographics (race, ethnicity, age, occupation, etc.)
  • Symptoms and symptom onset to determine when he/she was infected.
  • Risk factors (workplace, class schedule, recent meetings, travel, living arrangements, etc.)
  • The College will attempt to notify any person(s) identified as a close contact.
  • To protect patient privacy, close contacts are only informed that they have had a potential exposure. The identity of the infected patient will not be given, and no identifying information will be released
  • Exposed individuals will be notified by a Jones College representative of potential exposure as soon as possible
  • Close contacts will be provided with the necessary information to understand their risk.
  • Close contacts may be required to stay home.
  • Covid-19 testing is available at the Jones College Campus Clinic and will be performed per current CDC Guidelines.

Requirements for returning to campus are shown below


Procedure for Asymptomatic Dorm Students

Day 1 and 2 after COVID exposure

  1. Quarantine in your dorm room or home.
  2. As long as you are asymptomatic, you can stay on campus in your dorm. Consider returning home.
  3. While quarantining on campus, meal delivery, online class access, and success coach communication will be provided.
  4. Rapid test on Day 3 of your quarantine.

Days 3 through 6 after exposure

  1. Continue to quarantine in your dorm room or home.
  2. If you continue to be asymptomatic, continue to stay on campus in your dorm or at your home.
  3. While quarantining on campus, meal delivery, online class access, and success coach communication will be provided.
  4. Rapid test on days 5 and 7 if needed.

On Day 7, if the student does not test positive on any of their COVID-19 rapid tests, they will be allowed to return to campus with full access.

Close contacts should notify Jones College Health Services for instructions if symptoms of infection develop. COVID-19 testing may be recommended. The campus clinic can be reached via email at or by phone at 601-477-4104.


Symptomatic individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, and have self-isolated may return to campus after meeting ALL THREE of the following criteria:

  1. No fever >100.4 F for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication)
  2. Improvement of symptoms
  3. At least 10 days have passed since symptom onset

Persons who tested positive for COVID-19, and have NO symptoms, may return to campus after meeting these TWO criteria:

  1. At least 10 days have passed since the date of the positive test.
  2. Continue to be symptom-free.

Persons who have been identified as a close contact should follow the guidelines outlined in the Covid-19 Contact Tracing/Testing section. In all cases, individuals should follow the guidance of their health care provider.

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Housing and Residence Life

The health and well-being of our Jones College residents is integral to maintaining a safe campus environment. To promote this environment

  • Housing move-in will occur from August 16th to August 20th.
  • Residents received a notification to their Jones email account regarding move-in appointment selection.
  • Residents will be required to wear masks in the following areas:
    • hallways
    • stairwells
    • walkways
  • Elevators will be limited to two (2) people, and common areas will remain closed.

Residents who display symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19 will be asked to follow the guidance of the Campus Clinic.

Dining Services

Patrons to these locations will be required to wear facial coverings/masks upon entering, and masks may only be removed if eating or drinking. In addition, campus dining services will operate according to the current COVID-19 Level of Emergency as follows

  • Green: Masks are optional but encouraged inside dining facilities except when eating or drinking.
  • Yellow: Masks are recommended except when eating or drinking. No meals will be self-served, and grab-and-go meal options will be available.
  • Purple: Masks are required in all dining facilities. To-go option only for meals at all dining facilities.
  • Red: All dining facilities closed.

Support for Students

The Jones College Office of Student Affairs is committed to creating a safe campus environment for students, faculty, and staff as we navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic. Student Affairs is committed to providing programs, services, and events face to face and virtually to continue to engage and support students this fall.

Additionally, each student is partnered with an Academic Success Coach to help them mature as a learner in the college environment by developing strategies for success. The collaborative effort focuses on soft skills that can be applied to the college experience as a whole. Academic Success Coaches are assigned by last name as follows:

  • Last names A, K-L, N-O, R, U-Z: Tori Dew(
  • Last names B: Leeanne Womack: (
  • Last names C-D: Tori Brooke: (
  • Last names E-J, P-Q: Alexis Rambo: (
  • Last names M: Tony Hales (
  • Last names S-T: Graham Odom (

Travel Policy

The safety of our students while on and off campus is a top priority at Jones College. We strive to provide the safest transportation and accommodations possible when students are traveling as ambassadors of Jones. In order to ensure the safety of all students, we are instituting the following protocols for all student travel.

  • In order for a student to travel as an ambassador of Jones College, the student must submit for COVID-19 testing and have a negative test result 48 hours prior to each trip. Jones College will provide COVID-19 nasal swab testing.
  • Additional requirements may be requested based on destination.


Jones College has developed a strategic plan for return to competition with proper safety measures in place. Our primary focus is the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, and fans.

  • The most recent plan of action by the NJCAA is for all member institutions to have regularly scheduled seasons of play.
  • The MACCC has established safety guidelines for all student athletes.
  • Jones College will continue to develop our student-athletes academically, socially, and athletically, and we will remain focused on our Five Core Values: Leadership, Empowerment, Accountability, Discipline, and Family.