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COVID-19 Policy Statement

Published or Revised July 30, 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, specific requirements are in place to minimize exposure of the Paris Junior College students, faculty, staff and visitors. To ensure the safety of all faculty, staff and students during the pandemic, the following measures are required.  Students not complying will be found in violation of the Paris Junior College Student Code of Conduct and subject to disciplinary action. 

The College will:

Paris Junior College Reopening Plan Guidelines

The following health protocols are recommended for Paris Junior College (PJC) for reopening campus operations for fall 2020. This checklist is based on health protocols and recommendations included in:

(1) The Governor’s Report to Open Texas (April 27, 2020) and the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas (updated June 3, 2020);
(2) COVID-19 Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education (updated May 30, 2020) and other information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including the CDC’s Testing in Institutions of Higher Education;
(3) Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era (May 7, 2020) provided by the American College Health Association (ACHA);
(4) Preliminary Guidance for Resuming In-Person Instruction at Postsecondary Education Institutions and Adult Education Programs (June 3, 2020) provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education; and
(5) COVID-19 Checklist for Campus Housing Professionals (May 6, 2020) provided by the Future of Housing Work Group assembled by the Association of College and University Housing Officers - International (ACUHO-I).

Public health guidance cannot anticipate every unique situation. PJC leaders will make every attempt to stay informed and take actions based on common sense and wise judgement to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, staff (PJC Community members), and campus visitors. 

The duration of the COVID-19 pandemic remains unclear and the situation continues to evolve. COVID-19 will impact Paris Junior College depending on local conditions, and public health guidance, scientific knowledge, and clinical best practices will change. These guidelines are offered as a resource to assist in reopening the PJC campus. PJC leaders may consider adopting additional protocols for their specific needs and circumstances to protect the health and safety of the PJC Community and campus visitors.  These guidelines will be updated as appropriate and will remain in effect until there is a widely available vaccine for COVID-19.

REOPENING PHASE I – May 18, 2020 to June 7, 2020

College administrators and some maintenance employees have worked on campus since the closure and move to all online on March 20, 2020. CTE students needing to finish lab work for the spring semester return to campus with the CTE faculty for those courses. Additional support staff return to campus on a limited basis. A checkpoint is established off of Collegiate Drive and off of Clarksville St. and all individuals entering campus must have a temperature check and assurance of no COVID symptoms and masks are required on campus. 

REOPENING PHASE II – June 8, 2020 to July 15, 2020

Additional CTE faculty and limited support staff return to campus. Open Testing Center.

REOPENING PHASE III – July 15, 2020 – August 17, 2020

During this time, all full-time twelve-month employees return to work. On August 3, 2020, buildings will be opened for students to test, apply, and register for the fall semester.

REOPENING PHASE IV - August 17, 2020

Campus and Centers open for fall semester with safety protocols in place. 

The practices outlined below will be implemented to help assure a safe and measured reopening of Paris Junior College campuses in order to transition back to in-person instruction and operations while putting measures in place to protect PJC campus communities. The virus that causes COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities. We need to continue to observe practices that protect everyone, including those who are most vulnerable.

Health Protocols for PJC Community Members and Campus Visitors

Circumstances under which PJC Community members should not come to campus:

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