Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Update

Students, please review the following campus updates:

5/27/2020

  • Summer school has started and will conclude on July 16th. Please email kjohnson@pccua.edu if you are experiencing log-in difficulty.
  • Please review information regarding the Cares Act on the Financial Aid webpage. Deadline for Spring funding is June 1st.
  • Course Registration will resume until Thursday the 28th at 4:30 p.m.
  • The bookstore will be open from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Monday - Thursday) and 8 a.m. - noon on Friday through June 5th for the return and purchase of textbooks.
  • Computer labs is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the summer term on each campus. (Monday-Thursday)
  • Grade change requests can be found under the student tab and also the Academics tab on the PCCUA website.
  • A Virtual Learning Center will be available for all students needing tutoring, editing assistance, or academic support. This support will be provided by Mark Sellers who can be reached by calling 870-338-6474 ext. 1075 or email mhsellers@pccua.edu.
  • Library Support is available by calling Jamie Milliken  870-673-4201 ext. 1819 or emailing  jmilliken@pccua.edu. She can also be reached through Facebook by searching Jamie Jernigan Milliken.
  • For the campus directory,  https://www.pccua.edu/faculty-staff/directory/

  • The bookstore is open for return and purchase of textbooks. Remember that you cannot purchase textbook (s) if you have not returned your old textbook (s).
  • You still have the opportunity to make a grade change “WC”.
  • Advisors are still available for registration for the summer or fall. https://www.pccua.edu/admissions-financial-aid/advisors
  • Please contact us via phone at 870-338-6474 ext.1235 or email at kjohnson@pccua.edu regarding the Cares Act distribution.  

CARES ACT STUDENT RELIEF FUND (DEADLINE JUNE 1)

We know that you have experienced some challenges during this time frame and we wanted to provide you with information that will assist you in the transition of our “new normal” living and learning conditions. The federal CARES Act (“Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act”) contains provisions for funding of emergency financial aid grants to eligible students who have experienced disruption to their education due to COVID – 19.  These grants are to supplement the expenses that you incurred while transitioning into a new academic environment. These expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

PCCUA has received funding to assist you and will begin the distribution of emergency financial aid grants to eligible students in the very near future! Please be patient, as we work diligently to process the criteria for student eligibility and to distribute the funds within the federal requirements.

Please review the following information to begin the process:

Any student enrolled in one or more face-to-face or online course as of March 13, 2020, must log in to My RidgeNet and complete the PCCUA CARES Emergency Grant Certification Form as soon as possible to document they have experienced a disruption of their education due to the coronavirus in order to be considered for an emergency financial aid grant.
Only those who meet the requirements and complete the certification will be eligible to receive an emergency grant. Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants.


Notification of grant distribution will be provided to you via email on your campus account.


NEW Bookstore Textbook Purchase Dates through June 5 for each campus. Please note that new textbooks can not be purchased if old books are not returned.


Please return your Library Books to the following locations:

DeWitt campus:  Drop off at front desk on Monday – Thursday,  10 AM – 2:00PM

Helena campus: Drop box outside of the entrance of the library  on Monday – Thursday, 8 AM – 4:30 PM

Stuttgart campus:  Call 870-673-4201 x. 1825 to gain entry into the building for drop off on Monday - Thursday, 9 AM – 3 PM

 

 


Health and Safety Issues 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the following recommendations to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including: 

  • Avoid contact with sick people. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. (Additional hand sanitizer is being placed in buildings across campus.) Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty. 
  • Clean your hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu vaccine.

What is the College doing to disinfect public areas like classrooms and restrooms?

The disinfecting of common/public areas and surfaces is part of PCCUA’s regular routine throughout all campuses. Specifically, classrooms, high traffic touchpoints and bathrooms are disinfected daily. Routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces with a disinfectant is a best practice measure for prevention of viral respiratory illnesses.

Is the college preparing contingency plans?

PCCUA’s leadership is developing contingency plans to limit the impact to college operations should the need arise.

These plans include the College’s readiness to conduct online classes or require additional course work assignments. PCCUA will try to minimize the impact to student learning while ensuring students and employees, who may become ill, can be properly supported as they recover and limit the spread of the virus on our campuses.

Is it safe to travel in the U.S.?

Please exercise caution and check for the latest information available for your specific destination as the Coronavirus situation in the U.S. is changing rapidly.

While the CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to destinations with level 1 travel notices (this currently includes domestic travel in the U.S.) because the risk of transmission is considered low, some areas are reporting increasing levels local transmission. 

What should I consider when planning personal travel?

Consider method of transportation for all travel. Air travel, for example, tends to be crowded with people in close proximity in the plane and the airport. Traveling in a personal vehicle to a destination, would limit exposure to crowds.

International Travel

We strongly discourage personal international travel, especially to countries with a CDC risk level for Coronavirus of 2 or higher. Please consider the health risk and logistical challenges that may be encountered including that the Arkansas Department of Health may require self-isolation for 14 days after traveling to or through an affected area. Customs agents are reporting international travelers arriving from affected countries to state departments of health for this purpose.

Domestic Travel

Please exercise caution and check for the latest information available for your specific destination as the coronavirus situation in the U.S. is changing rapidly. While the CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to destinations with level 1 travel notices (this currently includes domestic travel in the U.S.) because the risk of transmission is considered low, some areas are reporting increasing levels of local transmission.

Other resources: 

https://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus-2020.html

https://www.cdc.gov/nonpharmaceutical-interventions/school/students-institutions-higher-education.html

https://http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus

https://http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

Rhonda St. Columbia

Vice Chancellor for College Advancement and Resource Development/PCC Foundation/HWH Campus Development Officer
DeWitt/Helena-West Helena/Stuttgart Campuses

Phone: (870) 338-6474, Ext. 1130
Email: rhonda@pccua.edu