COVID-19 Update 7/20/20
Dear Campus Community,
East Arkansas Community College is committed to protecting students, employees, and visitors to the greatest extent possible during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While we realize there is a risk of exposure for any individual who comes to a facility open to the public, we seek to provide the best and most up-to-date protections and protocols to minimize that risk. We also hold paramount the goal of providing students with quality learning opportunities using the method that best helps them learn, whether that is online/virtual, on campus, or a combination of both.
The COVID Campus Safety Guide and Fall 2020 Class Plans contains health and safety protocols EACC began putting into place in May and has been updating and refining as the situation has developed. We anticipate that these guidelines will evolve with the changing pandemic and public health assessments. They will also be updated with additional student, employee, and community input as we progress.
We are doing everything we can to protect our campus community. This summer, we have ordered personal protective equipment and cleaning/sanitizing supplies, face coverings including surgical masks, cloth masks, face shields, and goggles/safety glasses. We ordered gloves, isolation gowns, and no-touch thermometers. We ordered bottles of hand sanitizer, personal-sized units of hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, Lysol disinfecting spray, multiple automatic hand sanitizer dispensers for buildings, and gallons of cleaners and disinfectants. We have constructed barriers with plexiglass and shower curtains in areas where more protection is needed that can be provided by PPE.
All summer long I have heard from students who wish to return to the classroom. Yes! We are having on campus classes. The schedule is available ONLINE and students may register now.
Life is meant to be lived. Sidelining the life of our students is not acceptable to us, and we will do all in our power to prevent the COVID-19 crisis from deterring students from their goals. This pandemic will end, and we want our students to have the life they want to lead when it does.
This fall, students will be able to select which method of instruction best fits their needs: online/virtual, on campus, or blended, and may transition to a different method if needed. EACC holds paramount the goal of providing students with multiple, flexible ways to attend class, so that they may learn and take care of themselves and their families, regardless of health or childcare disruptions.
EACC has many features that work in our favor during these risky and uncertain times. Because we do not have dormitories or high-touch activities such as sports or fraternities/sororities, we can keep students' time on campus, and thus their exposure risk, to a minimum. This will also help us continue to teach in-person classes as long as possible.
In addition, one of EACC's best defenses against COVID-19 is the unique layout of our campus. Our many small buildings rather than a few large buildings help keep people dispersed in different areas. Limiting the number of persons we come into contact with as much as possible is an important safety practice for us all.
Guiding Principles for Fall 2020
Foundational Strategies for Student Safety
This situation is indeed a crisis; however, at EACC, we also view it as an opportunity to provide students with the best possible service, support, and instruction. Our only goal is to help students complete their goals.
Cathie Cline, Ed.D.