COVID-19 Return to Campus Plan

Course instruction will be offered via online and hybrid distance learning modes of instruction for the Summer II Session, with courses meeting synchronously at scheduled times via Zoom or Teams. For the safety of our students and community, the May 2020 Graduation Ceremonies will be provided in a virtual format via YouTube on Saturday, July 11th. Visit our COVID-19 FAQs page for more information. SWTJC will observe summer hours through Friday, July 31st. Office hours will be Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. The current work from home environment is still in place unless instructed otherwise.

COVID-19 Return to Campus Plan Executive Summary

In a carefully crafted and well researched effort, the Re Open Committee for Southwest Texas Junior College is proposing that for the Fall 2020 semester, our campuses will be open and operational. This recommendation is made with a priority of commitment to safeguarding the health and welfare of every member of the SWTJC community and our shared responsibility to take steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 across our institution. The following are highlights of the proposed SWTJC Return to Campus plan:

• All students, faculty and staff will be required to wear face masks when engaging in social interactions/environments on SWTJC campuses
• Face-to-face classes will be offered. These will include classes in Academic and Technical programs. The maximum number of students in a class or lab will be determined using Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for safe social distancing. Student and Faculty participation in these classes will also include a variety of other safe practices to include:
o Staggered schedules
o Mandatory face masks as well as health and temperature screenings
o Classrooms cleaned/sanitized after every class.
• Classes will also be delivered in a variety of instructional modalities which include:
o online/internet classes,
o hybrid classes that will consist of online, live video conferencing and face-to-face delivery options.
• All student support services (library, advisors, financial aid, business office, student success centers, food service, dorms, etc.) will be made available but will adhere to the most current CDC, Federal and State recommendations regarding capacity, social distancing, face masks, accessible hand sanitizing, frequency of cleaning and maintenance.
• Health and temperature screenings will be conducted for all students and staff that are on campuses.
• The proposed Return to Campus Plan has been designed with an understanding of the fluid and constantly changing nature of what is occurring with regard to the COVID 19 pandemic. That is to say that the details and specifics of any part of the plan could and most likely will change given the most current guidelines, restrictions and recommendations coming from Federal, State, Texas Higher Education Coordination Board and local sources.
• The proposed Return to Campus Plan provides an institution wide accounting of how to keep our SWTJC community safe and still provide an accessible, high quality, post-secondary education to our constituents. Department specific plans have also been included as addendums to the Return to Campus Plan in order to address any safety issues that are specific to that department.

COVID-19 Return to Campus Plan

Southwest Texas Junior College is committed to monitoring developments and taking precautionary actions for the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and our community. We are working closely to develop plans with local and state public health officials in order to continue to provide continuous business and academic operations.

This page is intended to provide all information, including continuous updates, about the progress of campus operations. Please explore the content of this page on a regular basis, our Frequently Asked Questions page will provide answers to questions in light of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.

We appointed a Re Open Committee charged to develop the protocols for a safe Return to Campus Plan. Each department has begun developing their own specific plans within the guidance of the institutional plan. All the components and the supporting documents that provided guidance to the development of the plan will be accessible via our home page for the public to view. We fully understand that the guidance from public health officials is evolving as additional information about COVID-19 becomes available. Our plan will remain dynamic to respond to the latest guidance.

The Re Open Committee consisted of Rick Jones-Safety and Security Coordinator, Steve Martinez-Registrar, Rolando Lira-Director of Associate Degree in Nursing, Dr. Cheryl Sanchez-Dean of Liberal Arts, Johnny Guzman-Dean of Technical Programs, Cruz Mata-Instructional Facility Coordinator, Connie Buchanan-VP Del Rio, Gilbert Bermea -VP EP campus, and Derek Sandoval-VP Administrative Services.


To advance our community through achievable higher education and lifelong learning. In order to fulfill our mission, we will need our most important resources: students and staff. Our top priority is to provide a working and learning environment that minimizes the risk of exposure to COVID-19. This plan represents our fall 2020 plan to reopen.


The health, safety, and well-being of our faculty, staff, students, and patrons have guided the development of the reopening of SWTJC. The SWTJC COVID-19 Return to Campus Plan includes the process to reopen our college and to reintroduce employees to our buildings and campus spaces with new health and safety protocols in place. Departments will provide documentation that will include restrictions and extensions on services, hours, and places. The SWTJC COVID-19 Return to Campus Plan is a general guideline that all will adhere to, but provides flexibility for departments and campuses to make decisions that apply to their individual circumstances. The SWTJC COVID-19 Return to Campus Plan is a fluid plan subject to ongoing review based on the COVID-19 situation. This plan was developed with input from the Dean of Liberal Arts, Dean of Workforce and Technical Programs, Office of Admissions and Registrar’s office, Safety Security Coordinator, Campus Directors, and Vice Presidents of SWTJC.

SWTJC Return to Campus Plan

Reopening Schedule

Southwest Texas Junior College has put together a committee that will shape guidance on how our campus location programs and departments can open safely amidst COVID-19.

Reopening Schedule
Program / Department Name Opening Date
Law Enforcement Academy May 18, 2020
Radiologic Technology (RADR 2301 Intermediate Radiographic Procedures) May 26, 2020
SWTJC Testing Center Staff May 26, 2020
Registered Nursing (ADN RNSG 1362 Clinical II) May 29, 2020
Professional Truck Driving School (Professional Truck Driver Courses) June 1, 2020
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Basic Level 1 & Advanced Level 2) June 1, 2020
Registered Nursing (ADN RNSG 1216 Professional Nursing Competencies) June 3, 2020
Patient Care Technician Program June 5, 2020
SWTJC Cosmetology Program June 8, 2020

SWTJC Delays Daycare Reopen

In an abundance of caution, SWTJC officials are delaying the reopening of the Powers & Kirchner Child Development Center (SWTJC Daycare) amid the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the region.

“We feel with the recent rise in COVI-19 cases in our region, the 4th of July holiday around the corner, the vulnerability of the age group being addressed, are reasons enough to keep our SWTJC community safe,” said Derek Sandoval, vice president of administrative services.

COVID-19 Updates

A Message from SWTJC President Dr. Hector Gonzales

2020 - 2021 Dorm Contract including COVID-19 adjustments

Due to COVID-19, SWTJC will implement a priority list for accepting applications accommodating the needs of Foster Care students, Technical Programs, WorkForce Training and Development (WFT&D) students, and College Rodeo athletes, graduating candidates, and those students with conditions of necessity. SWTJC Housing will hold the right of decisions.

  • Face mask required to be worn on campus indoors
  • Students will reside in a double occupancy room privately (50% Occupancy - limited availability)
  • Open spaces and laundry rooms will have limited personnel
  • Kitchenette use is prohibited
  • Rooms will be left available for quarantine purposes
  • All residents are required to choose a Board Plan

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will Summer 2 classes be face to face or online?

All Summer 2 courses will be offered through both online and hybrid distance learning, in the sense that courses will meet synchronously at the scheduled time via either Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

Will Fall classes be face to face or online?

Currently, the modes of instruction available for Fall 2020 are listed in the course schedule as face to face, distance learning, and online. However, please be aware that the mode of instruction for Fall courses is subject to change to exclusive online instruction based on further developments and safety precautions due to COVID-19.

Visit our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page for more answers to frequently asked questions.

CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

SWTJC wants you to stay on course with achieving your educational goals regardless of the hardships you may be facing due to the impact of COVID-19.  Do not hesitate to reach out for financial assistance.  Please complete the application below to explain any financial challenges or issues you are facing.  SWTJC has a task force ready to process the distribution of financial assistance to help keep our students progressing toward academic and personal goals.

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Have Questions?

Student Call Centers

General Questions:

Uvalde Student Call Center (including Hondo)
(830) 591-4163

Eagle Pass Student Call Center
(830) 758-4165

Del Rio Student Call Center
(830) 703-1504

Crystal City Student Call Center (including Pearsall)
(830) 374-2828

Admissions Questions
(830) 591-7255

Dual Credit Questions
(830) 591-7374