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PJC Regents extend spring semester end to May 14, 2020

Published or Revised March 30, 2020

The Paris Junior College Board of Regents approved an extension of the spring semester to May 14, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic at a special meeting held Thursday, March 26.

“We are having to do that because we extended Spring Break for our students one week,” said PJC President Dr. Pam Anglin.

The regents met a week earlier than planned in order to approve a resolution delegating authority to the PJC President to operate the college during alternate operations due to COVID-19.

As part of her report to the Regents, Dr. Anglin explained that employees came in during the Spring Break extension to shift to working remotely and putting everything online so classes could continue on Monday, March 23.

“We have a lot our workforce classes can do, lecture-wise,” said Dr. Anglin, explaining that for those classes with hands-on labs such as welding, mechatronics, electrician, etc., that the students would be brought back when it’s safe for them to finish their labs.

PJC has also added wifi hot spots in Paris, Greenville and Sulphur Springs. Students have been notified of the specific locations and provided passwords. They can drive up and do work online from their vehicle.

A skeleton crew is manning all the locations to keep things up and running, especially information technology. Campus police are working their regular shifts and students services are available to students by phone and email.

“The college has purchased Zoom licenses,” said Dr. Anglin. “Faculty may have a presence during their office hours and students can see and talk to their instructor and get help from faculty who are tutoring that way. We’re all remaining flexible as we work with our students.”

In other business, the Regents:

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