Coronavirus Response

William Jewell is committed to providing a safe living and learning experience on campus. Here you'll find updates on our Operation Safe Campus plan and other COVID-19 resources.

Campus Guide

COVID campus guideJewell has charted a path forward that establishes the greatest level of safety for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. Our COVID-19 protocols provide clear guidelines on preventive measures, proactive response to identifying and isolating cases, and how work will continue in accordance with our Strategic Framework. Read our Operation Safe Campus pandemic guide.




Operation Safe Campus

Jewell is uniquely poised to ensure the health and safety of the Jewell community amid the coronavirus pandemic. In collaboration with a joint task force of biosafety and medical experts, William Jewell developed Operation Safe Campus, an extensive plan focused on your safety and giving you the in-person experience we value as a residential learning community.

At the core of Jewell’s Operation Safe Campus is a threat assessment matrix built around the military’s defense force protection model. The College designed a framework that outlines a continuum of threat levels with correlating planning, education, training and protocols for each phase across all campus departments. The plan is based on these levels:

Threat Matrix Levels










COVID-19 Dashboard

The dashboard is updated every Monday with test results from the previous week. The table reflects the number of total tests administered and potentially includes individuals who have been tested multiple times due to baseline testing and subsequent testing as a result of symptomatic testing, testing in response to contact tracing, or asymptomatic testing conducted as part of Athletics protocols.

Week Employee Positives Student Positives Total Tests Administered Positivity Rate
4.19.21 0 0 48 0.0%
4.12.21 0 1 161 0.6%
4.5.21 0 2 129 1.5%
3.29.21 0 0 184 0.0%
3.22.21 0 0 164 0.0%
3.15.21 1 2 155 1.9%
3.8.21 1 2 146 2.0%
3.1.21 0 2 201 1.0%
2.22.21 0 0 184 0.0%
2.15.21 0 1 211 0.4%
2.8.21 0 0 184 0.0%
2.1.21 2 4 231 2.6%
1.25.21 1 3 119 3.4%
1.18.21 0 2 114 1.7%
1.11.21 0 14 258 5.4%
1.4.21 2 7 337 2.7%
12.28.20 4 1 118 4.2%
12.21.20 0 2 25 8.0%
12.14.20 1 1 97 2.1%
12.7.20 2 3 69 7.2%
11.30.20 0 7 76 9.2%
11.23.20 0 0 74 0.0%
11.16.20 0 7 124 5.6%
11.9.20 2 27 671 4.3%
11.2.20 5 10 138 10.8%
10.26.20 0 2 116 1.7%
10.19.20 0 1 113 0.9%
10.12.20 1 0 112 0.9%
10.5.20 2 3 115 4.3%
9.28.20 1 1 71 2.8%
9.21.20 0 0 71 0.0%
9.14.20 0 3 73 4.1%
9.7.20 0 1 77 1.3%
8.30.20 0 0 0 0.0%
8.22.20 1 11 817 1.3%

Coronavirus Resources

  • Our Joint Task Force Partners

    A vital component of Operation Safe Campus is the partnerships with expert teams:

    • Kansas City-based MRIGlobal, an international biorisk expert, ensures Jewell’s preparedness for the pandemic and assesses other biosafety risks, such as an incident involving biological agents. MRIGlobal also will provide biosafety training for all employees and students this summer and manage containment and biological clean-up if someone on campus becomes symptomatic or is diagnosed with the coronavirus.
    • Liberty Hospital’s medical team, led by Chief Medical Officer and Infectious Disease Physician Raghu Adiga, M.D., assessed the threat matrix and continues to provide medical advisement. The hospital is located three miles from campus and is a longtime valued partner with the College.
    • Clay County Public Health Center is another vital collaborator and will perform Jewell’s coronavirus testing of employees and students when they return to campus in August.
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  • Safety Protocols

    See examples of risk mitigation practices in our threat assessment matrix. Some key preventive measures for students, faculty and staff include:

    • Masks: required inside all buildings and outside when social-distance guidelines cannot be observed
    • Social distancing: observed throughout campus, indoors and out. With already intimate class sizes (an average of 16 students per class), Jewell added class sections and rearranged learning spaces for optimal social distancing. Students have been spread out among our residential buildings and were offered private rooms at no extra cost.
    • Hygiene: frequent handwashing is requested. In additional to daily cleaning by custodial staff, others should clean high-touch surfaces between uses throughout the day. Cleaning supplies are provided by the College in common areas.
    • Symptom monitoring: take temperature daily and pay attention to coronavirus symptoms. Anyone with a temperature of 100.0° F or greater or other symptoms must seek medical attention at the Student Health Center or nearest medical facility. Our Center is staffed by a nurse practitioner with 30 years of health care experience.

    Jewell’s commitment to mitigation protocols:

    • Contact tracing: enacted for a suspected or confirmed case, by trained campus representatives and/or Clay County Public Health Department
    • Quarantine: enforced for anyone in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) at the directive of the Student Health Center or physician.
    • Isolation: required for those with COVID-19 symptoms and are able to recover at home, and for those who test positive for COVID-19 at the directive of the Student Health Center or physician.
    • Clean/disinfect: custodial staff cleans high-touch surfaces at least once per day; uses medical grade disinfectant throughout campus, including sprayers that are effective in 5-10 seconds and foggers to clean furniture and other surfaces that are not easily wiped.
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  • Housing

    • All Jewell students were given an opportunity to request a private room at no extra cost.
    • Space is designated in Browning Hall for students who need to isolate or quarantine on campus.
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  • CARES Act

    Through the CARES Act, Congress set aside grant funding to the Education Stabilization Fund Act for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). These grants were allocated to colleges and universities in order to help alleviate students’ expenses resulting from the disruption of campus operations related to COVID-19. William Jewell College determined that its students experienced a variety of expenses resulting from the disruption of campus operations during Spring 2020 including, but not limited to food, housing, technology, course materials, and travel, as students were asked to move off campus and complete their programs virtually online.

    • The total amount of HEERF funds received by William Jewell College on May 12, 2020, from the U.S. Department of Education for distribution to students was $353,796.
    • Click here for the June 10, 2020 HEERF 30-Day Report.
    • On May 12, 2020, all students received notification through their William Jewell College email of the available funds and instructions on confirming eligibility for a grant.
    • On June 24, 2020, distribution of CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants in the amount of $580 began to 611 qualified students.
    • Review the HEERF budget report for the quarter ending Sept. 30, 2020.
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  • Websites

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Campus Updates