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Coronavirus and Paris Junior College

Published or Revised July 12, 2021

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 finaid@parisjc.edu 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 May 25, 2021)

POSITIVE CASES RECOVERIES
Paris Campus: 36 Paris Campus: 36
PJC - Greenville Center: 5 PJC - Greenville Center: 5
PJC - Sulphur Springs Center: 14 PJC - Sulphur Springs Center: 14
Clinical Site: 1 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 pjcadmissions@parisjc.edu; secondary numbers are 903-782-0256, 903-782-0271, or 903-782-0212.

Advising / Counseling (signing up for classes): counseling@parisjc.edu 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: finaid@parisjc.edu or 903-782-0429; secondary numbers are 903-782-0371 or 903-782-0368.

Business Office: businessoffice@parisjc.edu or 903-782-0232

Testing Center: 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): helpdesk@parisjc.edu or 903-782-0496

Writing Center: writingcenter@parisjc.edu

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 left 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

Spectrum is offering free internet service to students in areas that have access to this service. Contact 1-844-488-8395.

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)

PJC CARES Act Report
PJC CARES Act 6-30-20 Report
PJC CARES Act 7-31-20 Report
PJC CARES Act 8-31-20 Report
PJC CARES Act 9-30-20 Quarterly Report
PJC CARES Act 12-31-20 Quarterly Report
PJC CARES Act 3-31-21 Quarterly Report
PJC CARES Act 6-30-21 Quarterly Report

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.

Resources

For the latest information about coronavirus, visit the dedicated CDC webpage.

The following resources also are available with information on COVID-19: