August 18, 2020 - 5:14pm
Pearl River Community College buzzed with excitement Monday as students returned to campus for a semester with new safety protocols in place.
Pearl River’s Fall semester began long before students stepped on campus Monday. Months of gathering information and decision making culminated in safety protocols being put into place across its locations. Signs were hung at key points around campus that include QR codes to direct students and employees to instant access of COVID-19 protocols and updates. Buildings were sanitized, 26 temperature kiosks were installed, desks were moved to account for social distancing guidelines and more than 5,000 face masks were purchased to provide students protection free of charge. Wellness self-check emails are also sent to employees each morning before they arrive.
Mask distribution centers were set up on each campus Monday for students to pick-up at their convenience. Pearl River students were also greeted in the Great Hall by Forrest General Hospital and Hattiesburg Clinic thanks to a telehealth partnership offered for dorm students allowing them access to 24/7 health care options.
With instructors utilizing HyFlex teaching, students were given the option to learn in a traditional face-to-face setting or online in real time. By working out learning opportunities with each individual class, instructors were able to meet the needs of each individual student.
The classrooms look different than they did when they were filled more than five months ago, but instructors welcomed students back to a "new normal" in an effort to keep everyone safe.
While this year will be more socially distanced than previous ones, PRCC students recognize the work faculty and staff have put into building the best environment for them to succeed.
As registration for full-term, short-term and online classes continue at Pearl River, administrators are seamlessly adapting to incoming information.
Those interested in joining the Wildcat Family still have time to register and can visit PRCC.EDU to learn more.
Pearl River Community College offers equal education and employment opportunities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, veteran status, or disability. For inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies or to request accommodations, special assistance, or alternate format publication please contact Tonia M. Seal, Director of Admissions and Records/ ADA/Civil Rights Coordinator at P.O. Box 5559, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1060 or Maghan James, Assistant Vice President of Student Services/Title IX Coordinator at P.O. Box 5805, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1132.