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 Within DACC Community
Spring 2021 Semester
Week Students Employees Total this week Cumulative Total
April 26-30 2 0 2 26
May 1-7 0 1 1 27
May 8-14 1 1 2 29

Fall 2020 Semester Cumulative Total: 83 Positive Cases

Recent Updates

UPDATE 1/15/21 -- DACC Follet Bookstore:

Please read this email carefully and feel free to contact us at 217-443-8759 or email us at if questions arise.

We would first like to welcome back all students for the Spring 21 semester. If you are new, welcome to DACC!!!

For the safety of the DACC Community and our store team members, there will be three different options for obtaining your course materials.

  • Our first option is coming into the store to purchase your materials in person.

    • We will open from 8am-4pm Monday-Friday starting 1/15/21. If you are having trouble getting here on a weekday, we are open on Saturday 1/16/21 from 9am-12pm.
    • You will be required to wear a mask in the store and observe 6ft social distancing rules. There is a capacity limit of 10 customers in the store at a time. We will let 10 in at a time and won’t let another group in until the previous 10 have left. Wait times will vary depending on customers but be prepared for a 20-30 minute wait to get inside.
    • While you wait you can visit to view your materials according to your schedule. You will input your student ID in the search field. Click find materials and your books for the Spring 21 semester will alphabetize. All books are in order by last name of the author. If you are in a Follett Access course (tuition and course fees included the cost of the book), you will receive an email when those items are ready for pickup. You should receive that email no later than 1/19/21.
  • Our second option is ordering your books online but having them shipped to your home. We use UPS and USPS to deliver our materials.

    • Keep in mind that you will be charged for shipping and it may take UPS or USPS 3-5 days, but possibly longer due to carrier delays. There are options for quicker delivery once you check out.
    • If you need a tracking number please feel free to call the store at 217-443-8759 after the second day you submit your order.
  • Our third option is ordering your books online but coming into the store to pick up materials. Online order pickups are located at the back of the store.

    • You will still have to wait your turn to come into the store, but you will have a quicker more efficient shopping experience. There will be a team member to assist you with this process.

If you are in a Follett Access course (tuition and course fees included the cost of the book), you will receive an email when your required physical textbooks are ready for pickup. You should receive that email no later than 1/19/21.

We would like to thank you for supporting the DACC Bookstore and pursuing your education here at this wonderful institution. This pandemic has affected us all, but we are in this together and by working together we can make this Spring 21 semester a great one for all!!!

DACC Bookstore

Updated 1/6/21

Due to increased COVID cases/risk in the region, DACC has decided to begin previously scheduled face-to-face spring classes online.

  • If you are registered for a traditional face-to-face course it is now meeting online. The course will still meet at its regularly scheduled time online. This is called synchronous learning. If and when we are fortunate enough to return to campus for courses, this should help you maintain your previous schedule.
  • Hybrid courses, and those that were designed to be delivered online from the onset, will continue in their originally scheduled format.
  • Labs and clinical courses – including hands-on, technical classes -- will be delivered on campus as planned, following all safety precautions with ten or fewer students.

Our plan is to closely monitor COVID positivity rates and reevaluate the situation by February 12. An update will be communicated at that time.

In order to start the semester on the right footing, please log into Blackboard on Friday, January 15th ( Your professors will post any updates/changes for your specific classes on this date. Please note: Instruction will not begin until Tuesday, January 19th or the scheduled start date.

Please know that we understand some students may have obstacles that make online coursework difficult to manage. If you need technical support or equipment – including a laptop, Internet hotspot, or online camera/microphone – please complete the Technology Equipment Loan Program form found here: as soon as possible.

If you need assistance with the online course platforms Blackboard/Blackboard Collaborate, please see the video tutorial here:

For general questions about online services for students, to access the helpdesk for online students, or request technical support for online courses, visit:

We are hopeful that with the unveiling of the vaccination to the general public on the horizon we will soon return to some semblance of normalcy. Until then, helping to ensure your academic success under less-than-ideal circumstances is our number one priority. Feel free to contact us at 217-443-DACC (3222) or with general questions about our plans for the Spring semester.

Thank you for choosing DACC!

Dr. Natalie Page Stacy Ehmen
VP of Academic Affairs VP of Student Services

Updated 11/2/2020

Due to the recent spike in COVID infection in our region, DACC is going to do its share to help reduce the spread of the disease.

The College will be CLOSED Tuesday, November 3 for the election.

Beginning on Wednesday, November 4, and until further notice, we will scale back on-campus activities in Danville and Hoopeston. Other than some labs and hands-on technical courses, all other DACC classes will move exclusively to online platforms.

What this means for students:

  • Check each of your courses in Blackboard to receive specific class instructions from your professor.
  • Some labs and hands-on courses may be meeting on campus. This information will be in your Blackboard course as instructions from your professor.
  • Clinical sessions will proceed as scheduled unless you are notified of a schedule change by your professor.
  • Bookstore, Financial Aid, Academic Advising, Registration, Cashier, TRiO, and other business and student services offices will be open to the public daily from 10 am to 2 pm.
  • Testing Center will be open by appointment only. Please make your appointment using the Appointment Plus link at:
  • echnology equipment is available through the TELP loan program for anyone who needs it for online coursework. Equipment available includes laptops, hot spots, cameras, microphones, and headsets. Complete the TELP Request form at to begin the process.
  • Registration for Spring and Winter Term begins online November 6 and on campus November 9. You may call the main office number at 217-443-8750 or schedule an appointment online using the NEW online scheduling system. Simply click on the Calendly link next to your Academic Advisor’s name. You can also watch this YouTube video for helpful advising tips:
  • The Hoopeston Higher Learning Center will be closed to the general public, but open for testing by appointment. Call 217-283-4170 to schedule appointments as needed.
  • The DACC Library will be closed for anything other than individual appointments. Students can request print materials for pickup, use the online e-resources and online help pages. They can contact library staff for Reference help or other questions through the library's online chat and email, or by calling 217-443-8733. Students can return materials using the dropbox on the north side of Clock Tower and/or contact the library for an appointment for curbside pickup/drop off of materials.
  • Certain computer labs will be open limited hours. Check for updated schedules.
  • Tutoring will be available online. Check for updated tutoring information.
  • The Fitness Center will be open 7 am to 11 am, Monday through Friday.

Updated 8/18/2020

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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: no later than Thursday, May 7.

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

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 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 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
  • 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: 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 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 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

Technology Help:

Please contact-
Mark Barnes at or (217) 443-8871 f or login/password/email assistance
Maggie Hoover at or (217) 443-8885 for online course assistance/Blackboard
Jessica Miles at 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 . 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.

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