Pearl River Community College

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Pearl River Community College is moving safely forward while keeping students, faculty and staff at the center of all decisions in the midst of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

PRCC students with questions should check the FAQ tab and Resources tab first. If their answer is not found, they should view the Contact Us tab and reach out to the specific department or their instructor via email. Beginning Monday, March 30th, a chat feature and call center will be available for students still needing assistance.

“We are here every day, all day trying to address every need we can see on the horizon,” Pearl River President Dr. Adam Breerwood said. “We are upbeat and optimistic about doing everything we can to help be a part of the solution in this pandemic while continuing to move forward with our educational opportunities.”

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, Pearl River has extended spring break for students through Friday, March 27th, with classes resuming in an online format Monday, March 30th.

At this time, no offices will be open to the public. Essential personnel will be taking care of day-to-day business in various offices with others working remotely. Pearl River is developing strategies to allow as many people as possible to work from home with the use of technology.

Students will begin coursework online on Monday, March 30th. Students are instructed to check their emails as well as their Canvas courses Monday morning for course instructions. With several Career and Technical programs and lab-based courses being offered as part of Pearl River’s varied curriculum, alternative learning opportunities are being explored that consider both student health and their future career objectives. Career and Technical and lab-based instructors are keeping in contact with their students as to organize the best instruction options for their specific needs. Students should expect instructions from their instructors regarding these situations.

To read the full press release, please click here - http://prcc.edu/news/covid-19-update-march-26-2020.


March 24, 2020

PRCC dorm residents were emailed specific instructions and guidelines for the use of dorms for the remainder of the semester. All dorm students should check their email immediately for details. Please send questions regarding the email to housing@prcc.edu.

Updated March 22 4:00 pm.

To All PRCC Residence Hall Students,

Thank you for your patience as we deal with the latest COVID-19 situation. As of now, here are our plans for Residence Halls as we move forward:

  1. You must fill out a letter of request in order to remain in the dorms for the rest of the semester. There will be very strict regulations on campus as we continue to follow state and national guidelines. This letter will be available to you online on Tuesday of this week. You will be required to fill out the letter and return it to Jeff Long, Vice President of the Poplarville Campus and Student Services, at jlong@prcc.edu. The letter must be submitted and approved before you will be allowed to move back on campus. The earliest students may return to campus is Sunday, March 29th. No student will be allowed to move back to campus before this date and without approval through your letter of request.
  2. Also on Tuesday, you will be given specific instructions as to when your dorm will be allowed to move out. We will organize this in an attempt to limit the number of students and overall people on campus. Do not randomly come to campus. Wait until you are instructed to do so. If you chose to move out of your dorm room, the number of individuals who come to help you move from your room will be limited and monitored.
  3. IF you need to return to campus to retrieve items from your room before your dorm’s allotted time, you may request to come get those items by directly emailing those requests to jlong@prcc.edu. This request should be for emergencies only.

All of this information is subject to change as new information comes forward. Again, please be patient as we attempt to finish this semester in the safest and most effective manner for our students and community.

Jeff Long, Vice President for the Poplarville Campus and Student Services
Pearl River Community College


Updated March 17 at 1:35 pm.

PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood reports that all Pearl River Community College campuses will be extending spring break for students during the week of March 23rd -27th.

  • All supervisors, administrative office personnel and department chairs should report to their offices on Monday, March 23rd at 8:00 a.m. for further instructions. Faculty and staff will be notified by their respective department chair or supervisor for specific reporting instructions.
  • Academic classes will be transitioning to an online format beginning March 30th for the remainder of the spring semester. Academic students will receive further instructions via student email by March 26th regarding this transition.
  • Career Technical Education, Allied Health Program and Nursing students will receive specific instructions via student email by March 26th from their instructors.
  • All College offices will be closed to the public until further notice.
  • Dorm students should check their student email for further instructions.
  • All on campus events are canceled until April 30th at which time the situation will be re-evaluated to decide if further cancellations are necessary.
  • All services at childcare facilities are discontinued until further notice.

Please be patient and stay tuned to prcc.edu/coronavirus and follow us on our social media outlets for further updates.

Updated March 17 1:35 pm.

To All PRCC Students,

PRCC is extending Spring Break through next week for all students. Classes will resume on Monday, March 30th. Moving forward, all classes will meet online, unless noted otherwise by your instructors. Stay tuned to your PRCC email for communications from your instructors. When at all possible, we are encouraging all dorm students to complete the semester from home. This is for the safety of the students and their families. For those of you who need to stay on campus due to internet availability and lab/library availability, please understand the following regulations that will be in place for the campus moving forward:

  • The cafeteria will be closed in the traditional format. Box lunches will be given out during specific times.
  • Students will not be allowed to congregate in groups on campus.
  • Before re-entering dorms, you will be given a general health check, and you will be subject to health checks moving forward in the semester.
  • The campus will be closed to all visitors, and no one will be allowed in the dorms outside of those students who have requested to stay.
  • There will be no events/gatherings on campus for the rest of the semester including intramural sports and any other student activities.

We are working diligently to provide the safest, most effective way for you to complete your education this semester. We are here to provide the best environment for all students, and we will work with any student that needs help completing coursework this semester. For those who wish to come and get belongings from dorm, you will be given further information by Friday with specific instructions. We plan to allow students back on campus during specific times next week to retrieve those necessities you may need at home. Please check your email regularly, along with our social media sites and visit prcc.edu/coronavirus for further information. Please be safe and continue to follow recommendations from the state and national offices.

Best Regards,

Jeff Long
Vice President of Student Services/Director of Athletics, Poplarville Campus
Pearl River Community College
Office: 601-403-1041
Email: jlong@prcc.edu


Updated March 15 at 2:10 pm.

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — The NJCAA announced Monday the immediate cancelation of all spring competitions, citing recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“In light of the progressive evolvement of the COVID-19 situation, the NJCAA has decided to end all competition for the remainder of the academic year,” stated Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA President & CEO. “As an association, the NJCAA exhausted all possible avenues to potentially postpone competition for both upcoming basketball championships and spring sport competition. We believe following the recommendations of the CDC is in the best interest of our member colleges and our student-athletes.”

The cancellation includes practices, regular season, postseason and national championship play.

“I am devastated for these exceptional student athletes who have worked relentlessly to prepare for this season. We are committed to continuing to build champions on and off the field,” Pearl River President Dr. Adam Breerwood said. “I have no doubt the resiliency of our coaches and players will shine in this difficult time. Our programs will be ready to compete at the highest level when we are allowed to return to the field in the future.

“Our primary responsibility is to protect our campus and surrounding communities. I understand the necessity of the NJCAA decision.”

At the time of the cancelation, Pearl River’s men’s basketball had just been named the No. 1 seed in the NJCAA Tournament; Coach Chris Oney’s Wildcats set a program record with 28 wins and were the nation’s lone undefeated team after claiming the MACJC and Region XXIII championships.

Additionally, Pearl River’s softball team was 8-12 and in the midst of its first season under new coach Christie Meeks.

Coach Michael Avalon’s Wildcat baseball team was ranked No. 3 in the country with a 12-4 record.

Pearl River’s rodeo team was also in the midst of its spring schedule under the guidance of new head coach Frank Graves Jr. and was set to host a rodeo in Poplarville at the end of the month; the rodeo has been canceled.

“This is a tough day for our student-athletes and our staffs, as I know how much effort it takes to prepare for a season. We certainly will always move forward with the best interests of our students, staff and community in mind,” Pearl River Athletics Director and Vice President of Student Services Jeff Long said. “We understand that tough decisions had to be made. It makes it no less difficult to have these conversations with our coaches and players.

“As always, we will navigate these tough times and come out on the other side stronger and ready to represent our institution to the highest standard.”

ELIGIBILITY, RECRUITING, NLIs

The NJCAA also announced other changes:

  • No spring sport student athlete who was enrolled at a member college in 2020 will be charged a year of participation.
  • On- and off-campus recruiting for all sports will be halted until April 15, at which time the suspension will be reassessed.
  • The NJCAA will explore the opportunity to expand allowable Letters of Intent for spring sports for both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years under the recommendation of the NJCAA Eligibility Committee, which meets Thursday.

Updated March 15 at 8:50 am.

POPLARVILLE, Miss. -- Pearl River Community College administrators continue to monitor the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as the institution heads into its spring break; this includes staying in constant contact with the Mississippi State Department of Health and state offices in order to make the most informed decisions for the limiting of COVID-19.

Now that cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Mississippi, and Gov. Tate Reeves has declared a state of emergency, PRCC is preparing for the next step in this process.

As other institutions across the state make the switch to online instruction, PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood addressed the importance of keeping the unique needs of Pearl River’s students in mind when considering action.

“These are uncharted waters,” Breerwood said. “Each day new information changes the plan. There are many factors to consider when taking into account multiple levels of academic and career technical courses. We are doing our best to keep the community, employees and students informed.”

A disinfection of the entire campus will be implemented during spring break as part of an action plan to prevent the spread of the virus.

“The PRCC Marketing and Communications Department is working around the clock to create easily accessible websites with FAQs, contacts and more for our students,” Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications Candace Harper said. “We want any potential transition to be as seamless as possible during this difficult time.

“We have created a website prcc.edu/coronavirus where we are posting all official press releases from the college. In addition, our staff is posting to all our official social media sites on a regular basis.”

Any announcements concerning decisions to offer online courses or event cancellations are expected to take place by the end of next week. Administration will communicate any updates with students through email and will provide updates at [prcc.edu/coronavirus]prcc.edu/coronavirus and on the institution’s social media sites.

For the latest news on Pearl River Community College, visit PRCC.edu and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


Updated March 13 at 3:40 pm.

PRCC is encouraging students to please continue to check your Riverguide and student emails for any updates regarding COVID-19. In the coming days, we will keep you updated with any information regarding campus housing and academics. This information will continue to be updated on our social media sites plus PRCC.EDU, along with messages sent to your student email. Recent changes were made to upgrade the student email system. Please check Riverguide for details on updating your mobile apps to ensure you are receiving all of our email communications. Please be safe and follow precautions set forth regarding COVID-19, some of which can be found at http://prcc.edu/coronavirus.

Updated March 13 at 10:45 am.

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Updated March 12 at 4:15 pm.

Statement from Pearl River President Dr. Adam Breerwood:

We are closely monitoring the updates and concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time the college will be closed next week for spring break. We will resume our normal class schedule on Monday, March 23rd. PRCC is in regular contact with Mississippi Department of Health and local health officials to ensure the well being of our students, faculty and staff. Please stay up to date by visiting prcc.edu/coronavirus and following our institutions social media sites.

Updated March 12 at 3:15 pm.

MACJC competitions, practices suspended until March 30

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Based on developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges has announced the suspension of all practices and competition for all sports through March 30.

The NJCAA has already announced the postponement of all championship events until April 20, including the NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, which was scheduled to start Monday in Hutchinson, Kansas. According to the NJCAA, start dates for all tournaments and championships will continue to follow state and local mandates, restrictions and regulations.

Pearl River Community College is closely monitoring information regarding COVID-19, working with state entities to gather appropriate information and plan accordingly. A statement from the President will be released soon.

Updated March 12 at 1:45 pm.

Due to developments regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), all national championship events have been postponed, the NJCAA announced Thursday.

The NJCAA Tournament, which was scheduled to start Monday in Hutchinson, Kansas, will have a tentative start date of Monday, April 20.

"Due to the concerns surrounding the safety and security of our student-athletes and those involved with Division I and Division II NJCAA championships, we are postponing the tournaments and maintaining a fluid mentality to see these tournaments take place with a tentative start date," NJCAA President & CEO Dr. Christopher Parker said. We have two main objectives in this situation - first and foremost is to protect the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, college personnel, and fans. Second is to make sure our student-athletes receive the national championship experience that they have worked so hard for."

According to the NJCAA, start dates for all tournaments and championships will continue to follow state and local mandates, restrictions and regulations.

The news comes three days after Pearl River's men's basketball team was awarded the top seed in the NJCAA Tournament. The Wildcats claimed the top spot as the nation's lone undefeated team at 28-0. Prior to Monday, the Wildcats won the MACJC Championship and claimed the Region XXIII Title.


Updated March 11 at 3:46 pm.

To All PRCC Students:

We continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and we will make decisions based on the well-being of our students and employees. Please review the following as we get ready to enter Spring Break, and note the travel information moving forward:

  • If you plan to travel INTERNATIONALLY over the break, please notify our school nurse, Ms. Susie Hall, at 601-403-1303, or kshall@prcc.edu.
  • When traveling in the states during Spring Break, please attempt to avoid areas at high risk, and monitor your health closely.
  • Use similar flu precautions such as frequently washing hands, covering your cough, and disposing of tissues after use.
  • If you are sick, especially with fever, it is recommended that you stay home and away from crowds.

As you may know, this is a fluid situation, and we will continue to monitor and update when needed. Please frequently check PRCC social media sites, our school website at PRCC.edu, and your school email for updates.


Updated March 11 at 8:45 am.

Pearl River Community College is closely monitoring information regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and we want you to know that we are making preparations in case the virus spreads closer to home. PRCC has no known cases of the coronavirus on campus and currently has no students who are studying abroad.

We want to encourage our students, faculty and staff to have a great spring break. Please be mindful of your health and take precautions listed below to avoid exposure to the virus. If you feel sick and think you may have been exposed to the coronavirus, please call ahead before visiting your health care provider. This will help the health care provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed. Students who experience symptoms should contact the PRCC Health Services Office number at 601-403-1303. Faculty and staff members who experience symptoms should contact their primary care provider. Please let the PRCC Health Care Provider know immediately if you have a confirmed case of the COVID-19. The CDC has issued information regarding symptoms, prevention and treatment, as well as a number of other frequently asked questions and answers. Students, faculty and staff traveling for Spring Break should be aware of known locations of the coronavirus. For the coronavirus global and U.S. map, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The CDC advises taking the following precautions to avoid being exposed to the virus:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze, for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based (60% alcohol) hand cleaner.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Seek medical care right away if you believe that you have been exposed to the coronavirus.
  • Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.

The PRCC Health Services Office number is (601) 403-1303.

We will give updates as we see fit to best inform all students, faculty and staff moving forward.

Disclaimer: All of the information is obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For detailed information visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html