Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Update

Students, please review the following campus updates:

  • Online instruction for students will continue for the remainder of the spring semester.

  • Unfortunately, we have cancelled graduation,  We are considering other options, so keep checking our site.

  • Computer labs will be open on each of the campuses from 9 am -3 pm. The computer lab on the Helena campus - A110, DeWitt campus -A110, and the Stuttgart campus- C110. If you do not have technology or transportation, contact your instructor via email or telephone for an assignment packet.

  • Students, please check email regularly.

  • A Virtual Learning Center will be available for all students needing tutoring, editing assistance, or academic support. To access this, call 870-338-6474 ext. 1075 or email mhsellers@pccua.edu.

  • Library Support is available by calling  870-673-4201 ext. 1819 or email jmilliken@pccua.edu
  • Please right click on the Directory link and open the following hyperlink to the campus directory to contact individuals on campus as needed. https://www.pccua.edu/faculty-staff/directory/

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