Coronavirus and Paris Junior College
Published or Revised September 23, 2021
COVID-19 testing offered weekly at the Hunt Center
A COVID-19 Testing Site, open to the public, will be held five days a week in front of the Hunt Center. Access the site from Collegiate Drive just south of Clarksville Street in Paris. The hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday.
Testing will continue to be offered as long as a minimum of 50 people per day are tested. No appointment is necessary and questions will be answered at the testing site. No phone number has been provided.
$100 voucher on tap for those showing proof of full COVID-19 vaccination
All PJC students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 qualify for $100 this semester. That means two shots for Pfizer and Moderna or one shot from Johnson & Johnson. After September 6, proof of vaccination may be submitted to the designated person (below) in Paris, Greenville and Sulphur Springs, and vouchers will be submitted to the Business Office for $100.
Designated contacts are:
- Paris: Jessica Renfro, Advising and Counseling, Alford Center
- PJC-Greenville Center: Campus Police Officer
- PJC-Sulphur Springs Center: Campus Police Officer
Once you have shown proof of vaccination, you need do nothing else. The Business Office will disburse the funds.
PJC able to provide $1000/$500 in pandemic aid to fall 2021 students
Paris Junior College is prepared to help students affected by the pandemic. This fall, all eligible students will receive funds to assist with tuition, fees and other expenses directly related to education. This funding will automatically be awarded to the student’s account after the official reporting day of the fall semester. These funds are part of the federal pandemic relief program and are limited.
You must be enrolled on the official reporting day to be eligible to receive this benefit
Eligible students will receive $1,000 for full- time enrollment (12 or more credit hours on the official reporting day) and part- time students will receive $500 (enrolled 6 to 11 credit hours on the official reporting day). Funds are issued on a first come, first-serve basis until all are exhausted.
Who is Eligible?
Full and part-time students who are registered for the fall 2021 semester as of the official reporting day. Dual credit students (still in high school) and transient (PJC is not your degree seeking institution) are NOT eligible.
When will the funds be processed?
The funds will be processed no later than November 1, 2021.
How do students qualify?
Register for the fall 2021 semester at PJC and then complete the online form on how you would like to receive your funds. You may choose to have your funds applied to your balance or refunded to you through your preferred refund choice, which you set up through your MyPJC account. A FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is NOT required to qualify.
How do students set up how they receive the funds?
Students have a choice to apply the funds directly to the fall semester balance or have the funds go directly to the them. Please use this link to make your choice: https://mypjc.parisjc.edu/ICS/Student/HEERF_Funds_Consent.jnz.
Directions on setting up or changing refund information
Login to your MyPJC portal at https://mypjc.parisjc.edu/ics. Click on the STUDENT tab, then select STUDENT REFUND CHOICE from the left navigation bar and prompts.
This short video explains how to select your refund choice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCLMerMUT2M.
Do the funds affect my financial aid?
No, your financial aid is not affected.
Has your FAFSA information changed due to COVID-19?
If you or your family have experienced changes to your financial situation (for instance loss of employment, reduction of employment, extreme medical expenses, separation/divorce, death of a parent or spouse), we may be able to adjust data in your FAFSA to reflect your current situation. Consideration to adjust your FAFSA requires appropriate documentation so fill out the online form at https://bit.ly/aid-change.
Or, contact the Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 903-782-0429.
If you currently have difficulty paying for your educational expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we may be able to help. Please complete the CARES/CRRSA/ARP Emergency Grant Application at http://bit.ly/pjc-cares.
Paris Junior College student COVID-19 cases (updated Sept. 23, 2021)
|POSITIVE CASES||CURRENT ACTIVE CASES||RECOVERIES|
|Paris Campus: 53||Paris Campus: 6||Paris Campus: 47|
|PJC - Greenville Center: 13||PJC - Greenville Center: 4||PJC - Greenville Center: 9|
|PJC - Sulphur Springs Center: 18||PJC - Sulphur Springs Center: 0||PJC - Sulphur Springs Center: 18|
|Clinical Site: 1||Clinical Site: 0||Clinical Site: 1|
Update to PJC COVID-19 Policy (posted May 25, 2021)
Paris Junior College will continue to monitor and assess the COVID-19 impact on the communities served. Per CDC guidelines:
- All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be safe and effective at preventing COVID-19. Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- Anyone on PJC campus/property will be expected to govern themselves by the CDC's cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.
Masks are no longer required on a PJC campus. However, if you have not been vaccinated, you should consider wearing a mask to protect your own health.
Students can use financial aid at the PJC Bookstore online (posted April 19, 2021)
PJC students may use financial aid at the PJC Bookstore online. Go to https://www.bkstr.com/parisjcstore and place your order. At checkout, you will see a drop down for payment methods with the options of credit card or financial aid. Select financial aid and enter your student number. The website will check the amount of aid you have on file against your order. If your order is less than the amount of aid available, your order will be completed. If your order is for an amount more than the financial aid you have on file, you will need to make an additional payment to cover that amount.
Important Contacts at PJC during the pandemic (updated November 4, 2020)
While all locations are currently open, these important contact numbers remain to help students.
Admissions / Registrar (applying for admissions / transcripts): 903-782-0425 or email@example.com; secondary numbers are 903-782-0256, 903-782-0271, or 903-782-0212.
Advising / Counseling (signing up for classes): firstname.lastname@example.org or your assigned advisor directly.
- Paris Campus: 903-782-0426; secondary numbers are 903-782-0281, 903-782-0430, 903-782-0432, or 903-782-0434.
- PJC - Greenville Center: 903-454-9333
- PJC - Sulphur Springs Center: 903-885-1232
Financial Aid: email@example.com or 903-782-0429; secondary numbers are 903-782-0371 or 903-782-0368.
Business Office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 903-782-0232
Testing Center (NOTE: NOT COVID TESTING, THIS IS ACADEMIC TESTING ONLY): To get contact numbers and testing hours available in Paris, Greenville or Sulphur Springs, click here.
IT Help Desk (for assistance with MyPJC and Blackboard): email@example.com or 903-782-0496
Writing Center: firstname.lastname@example.org
PJC Faculty/Staff Directory: https://www.parisjc.edu/pjc2/main/directory
PJC Library: https://www.parisjc.edu/pjc2/main/learning-center/ (This page also features a virtual reference web chat located on the right side of the page, with the hours it is available.) To access the Library's Off-Campus Databases, go to https://proxy.parisjc.edu/login.
PJC - Greenville Center: 903-454-9333
PJC - Sulphur Springs Center: 903-885-1232
PJC Bookstore: visit the campus bookstore website at https://www.bkstr.com/parisjcstore. The Paris campus bookstore is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday. Students may also call the Paris location at 903-782-0344.
Internet Hot Spots: For assistance accessing the Internet, password enabled wifi hotspots will be available in the parking lots of the following buildings. The password will be provided via DragonMail to each student.
- PJC - Greenville Center parking lot (best in first row of parking spots)
- PJC - Sulphur Springs Center parking lot (best in first row of parking spots in north side parking lot)
- Paris Campus - Math and Science Building parking lot and Library south parking lot
Suddenlink is offering free internet service for 60 days to college students in areas that have access to this service: eligible households may call 866-200-9522.
To create a PDF - use the free app “Genius Scan”. This app can convert a picture taken on a phone to a PDF and the PDF can be attached to an email.
Paris Junior College is committed to assisting students during this time. Please continue to monitor your DragonMail and watch for Dragon Alerts for more information. (If you have not received Dragon Alerts recently, sign up at https://www.getrave.com/login/parisjc.)
CARES Act Reports (original post June 12, 2020; updated July 2, 2021)
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PJC CARES Act 9-30-20 Quarterly Report
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PJC CARES Act 3-31-21 Quarterly Report
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COVID-19 Precautions to Continue to Take
• Wash your hands for 20 seconds
• Use hand sanitizer
• Avoid shaking hands
• Maintain a good “social distance” between you and others
• Disinfect frequently touched objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
• Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
College leadership will continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation. The College will issue additional updates as the situation evolves. We greatly appreciate your support as we continue to work with health and government officials to protect your safety and health. For those wishing to register by phone in online classes, call 903-782-0425 in Paris, 903-454-9333 in Greenville, and 903-885-1232 in Sulphur Springs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Coronavirus? COVID-19 is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness. This coronavirus can cause illness that is mild — a simple cold or upper respiratory infection — to more severe cases that can result in life-threatening pneumonia. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Cases also have been identified in multiple other countries including the U.S.
What is the risk? The immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time, although additional travel-associated cases and transmissions among close contacts are expected. On Friday, January 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency for COVID-19 and issued new travel guidance. Most major American-based airlines also have suspended all flights to China. If you have not traveled to China or have not been in contact with a person known or suspected to have the illness, there is no reason to be concerned at this time. Review the CDC travel alerts for coronavirus for more information. If you have traveled recently to Wuhan, China, had close contact with someone who has been confirmed with, or is being evaluated for the coronavirus, you should: Monitor your health for 14 days, from the day you first traveled or had close contact with someone ill with this new coronavirus. Call your doctor, urgent care, or hospital BEFORE going. They will give you instructions. If you have symptoms, stay away from other people until you receive instructions.
What are the symptoms? Reported illnesses for COVID-19 have ranged from little to no symptoms to severe illness and death. People most seriously affected tend to be young children, adults over 65 and individuals with weakened immune systems. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) believes at this time that symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Symptoms are similar to other respiratory viruses ad may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include: Fever (may not always be present) Cough Difficulty breathing or shortness of breathing or shortness of breath Other early symptoms to look for include: Chills Body aches Sore throat Headache Diarrhea Nausea/vomiting Runny nose If you have these symptoms it does not necessarily mean you have this new virus. Unless you have recently traveled to Wuhan, China or have been around someone ill with this new virus, your risk of getting sick is low.
How can I protect myself? To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including flu and COVID-19, follow these measures:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Practice social distancing and stay at least six feet from others.
- Wear a face mask properly covering the nose and mouth at all times when indoors or within six feet of others outside.
How can I know if I might have been in contact with an affected patient? The Texas Department of State Health Services and the local county health departments will determine who should be notified based on an ill party’s contacts.
Does the flu shot prevent the COVID-19? No, the flu shot is formulated to match influenza viruses expected to be circulating in the United States during the current flu season.
What is PJC doing to prepare for a possible case? PJC is monitoring the global, national, and local evolving situations on a daily basis. The College is developing planning scenarios based upon levels of possible exposure and severity in preparation for a reported case in our region. See "College Measures" above for more information.
For the latest information about coronavirus, visit the dedicated CDC webpage.
The following resources also are available with information on COVID-19:
- CDC Travelers’ Health: Novel Coronavirus in China
- CDC Health Alert Network Advisory Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- World Health Organization, Coronavirus