Pearl River Community College

COVID Guidelines

When you see this sign displayed at a building entrance or office/classroom door, this indicates a Mask Required Zone:
Mask Zone

Follow these easy steps to be safe on campus:
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Help stop the spread:
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Current Campus Guidelines *subject to change as updates are available:
Campus Guidelines

CAMPUS OPERATIONS

Covid 19 Protocols
Click here to view the full covid-19 Protocols for PRCC.

Employees and students on campus will be provided with a PRCC face mask. Individuals will be required to wear a face mask in all buildings and confined spaces if accompanied by anyone. Students and employees are encouraged to be aware of their environment and be considerate of others while moving throughout buildings and the campuses. To encourage individuals to remember the necessity of social distancing, stickers have been placed on floors in high-traffic areas such as: outside elevators, outside of offices where lines might form, and other areas where individuals typically gather in groups. There will be no crowding in small areas. Frequently touched surfaces throughout campuses will be regularly cleaned and disinfected. Temperature kiosks and sanitization stations will be available at the entrances of high-traffic areas, as well as specific program entrances. Individuals will be encouraged to use these kiosks daily and self-monitor their own health. Individuals with a temperature exceeding 100.4 degrees or above should leave campus immediately and seek medical attention.

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS
Pearl River realizes with a variety of class offerings including academic, career and technical, and allied health, the college will have to address the instruction of different classes in unique ways. Classes will allow for social distancing by utilizing a mix of in-class, hybrid, “Hyflex” and online instruction. Students will need to regularly check their PRCC student email prior to the first day of classes for specific instructions on how to approach the first week of coursework. Instructors will work with students during that first week to assign online, hybrid and in-class schedules specific to each group’s needs. Instructors and students will wear face coverings and maintain social distancing standards at all times in the classroom.

RESIDENCE HALLS
Students residing in dormitories for the fall semester will move in over the course of four days prior to the beginning of classes. Those students will be emailed and assigned a specific move-in time window to limit interactions. Students are allowed one person to help them move items into their dorms. Prior to students moving in, all facilities will have been cleaned and disinfected. Upon moving in, students will be provided with a PRCC semester starter pack, which includes a face mask and hand sanitizer. Students will wear face masks in buildings and confined spaces if they are with at least one other person. Dorm lobbies will be closed to groups. Some of the regulations in place include:

For move in, please expect and adhere to the following:

  • Students will only be allowed to move in during their Hall/Floor designated time.
  • Students may only bring ONE (1) additional person to assist them with their move in.
  • Students will be screened and required to fill out a questionnaire before entering the buildings. Each dorm will have a setup in front of entrance for these exercises.
  • All students and helpers will be required to wear a mask.
  • All students and helpers will be asked to socially distance when possible.
  • Any student that exhibits symptoms will be asked to leave campus and will be required to be tested before entering campus housing. If any student tests positive, they will not be allowed to move into campus housing for at least ten (10) days.
  • The cafeteria will be open beginning Thursday, August 13th, at lunch, and will remain open through the weekend.

Below are some additional rules/regulations/protocols for student housing this year:

  • The following questions will be asked. Individuals responding affirmatively to either question will be asked to leave the campus and seek medical attention, or be required see the school nurse for additional instructions.
    • Have you experienced any symptoms that are characteristic of COVID-19, fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache, or sore throat?
    • Have you or someone you live with been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • If a student has underlying and/or pre-existing conditions that put him or her at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, then living on campus in a dense community environment may not be the best choice at this time.
  • Prior to students moving into dormitories, all facilities will be cleaned and disinfected by the college’s appropriate janitorial staff.
  • Each day, regularly, appropriate janitorial staff will clean and disinfect frequently touched public surfaces (such as doorknobs and light switches) in all dormitories.
  • Students are expected to clean and disinfect their rooms regularly. Students in resident halls are expected to do their part to keep the living areas safe and clean.
  • Everyone is encouraged to wash his or her hands with soap and water frequently and to refrain from touching his or her face to avoid the transmission of germs.
  • Wear face masks (masks will be provided) in buildings and confined spaces if you are with at least one other person.
  • Dorm lobbies will not serve as gathering places.
  • There will be temperature kiosks located in every dorm and in other locations on campus. We encourage all students to check temperatures daily. If a student is experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, they need to seek medical attention through a personal physician, or see the school nurse for further instructions. If a student tests positive, they will be required to leave campus for 10 days before returning.

FOOD SERVICES
Instead of self-service and buffet style dining, the PRCC cafeteria staff will serve food where applicable. Tables, chairs and other frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected frequently between uses. Seating capacity in dining areas will be adjusted to allow at least 6 feet of space between tables. To enhance social distancing, a limit will be placed on the number of customers allowed in the dining hall at any given time. Once the capacity is reached, the customers will be able to accept a carry out. Any customers who do not wish to dine in will have access to prepackaged to-go boxes.

WILDCAT DEN BOOKSTORE
Following recommendations by the CDC, the maximum customer capacity will be 30 patrons in the Poplarville bookstore and 15 in the Forrest County Center bookstore. Commonly touched surfaces will be cleaned regularly. Dressing rooms will be closed and customers will not be permitted to try on clothing, hats or uniforms. The Wildcat Den is also offering alternative shopping options including curbside pick-up, shop by phone, online shopping, and social media shopping. Curbside pick-up can be arranged by calling 601-403-1360. Online ordering is available at bookstore.prcc.edu.

Dorm students were emailed protocols for dormitory move in weekend, as well as guidelines for student housing this semester. Additionally, the following information will be posted at each resident hall:
Dorm Guidelines