The UACCB administration, faculty and staff would like to remind all students to accept the guidelines and directives that will be required to lessen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include practicing regular hand washing, social distancing, and to limit social gatherings to groups of fewer than 10 people. We must all do our part to ensure the safety of our friends, family and neighbors.
As spring break begins to draw to an end, and in an effort to keep students, faculty and staff informed, UACCB has not received notification of any confirmed employee or student cases of COVID-19 at the present time. Please be reminded it is extremely important to use reliable sources to verify all information.
On March 30, UACCB will resume classes via remote learning and will continue to utilize Blackboard to access courses through April 17. To provide support for student learning, the Row Johns Library and the Student Success Center will be open (8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.) for student access. The requirement for social distancing will be strictly enforced and student access will be limited to 10 students at a time. When entering the facilities, students will be expected to identify any health concerns.
Additionally, a significant announcement has been made regarding financial aid. At the state level, Director Maria Markham, Arkansas Division of Higher Education, announced that “…due to the public health emergency, the department will suspend the continuing eligibility requirements for the spring semester for any student enrolled in the appropriate number of credit hours the week prior to spring break. This includes both GPA and credit hour requirements.” View the announcement from the ADHE here.
It is uncertain as to how long this new “normal” will continue. UACCB has and will continue to rely on Governor Hutchinson and our local leaders to provide guidance in this area.
There is one thing that is certain. UACCB students, faculty, and staff are a resilient group of individuals that form a tremendously talented team. As Helen Keller said, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.”
While no members of the University of the Arkansas Community College at Batesville have been diagnosed with COVID-19, UACCB is closely monitoring announcements from the Department of Health, the Arkansas Governor’s Office, the Department of Education, UAMS, and the University of Arkansas System. COVID-19 is a newly identified respiratory virus that can cause mild to severe illness, and in some cases, become life-threatening.
All preparations for a possible campus closure are being done out of an abundance of caution, and not due to a direct threat or concern. The safety of the campus community is UACCB’s top priority.
UACCB has been preparing for the past several weeks and discussing alternate methods of continuing campus operations should it become necessary. UACCB already has in place a format to offer all courses online remotely. With this proactive initiative, the conversion from face-to-face to remote learning is estimated to occur within a 72-hour period. Additionally, UACCB will continue to assess other important issues, such as the delivery of student support services (i.e. tutoring, testing, disability support etc.). UACCB will continue to provide services to students with minimal disruption of learning.
Additionally, Chancellor Deborah Frazier and public school administrators have begun to identify potential areas with wifi accessibility where students can go to access a reliable internet connection should they not have internet access.
“We will proceed with normal operations and continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds to ensure the safety and well-being of our community,” said Chancellor Frazier. "Please sign up for campus alerts and continue to check the UACCB website and social media platforms for updates."
UACCB faculty and staff stand ready to assist students with the completion of their classes. UACCB continues to ask the campus community to practice good hygiene, including handwashing and sanitizing. The coronavirus situation continues to change constantly. Education administrators are meeting daily to follow developments and to coordinate appropriate responses.
Students are encouraged to sign up for UACCB emergency text alerts using the link titled “UACCB Alert” under the Quick Links menu at uaccb.edu. As additional information becomes available, UACCB will post updates to the website and UACCB social media platforms.
All media inquiries should be directed to Hannah Keller Flanery, communications and marketing coordinator, at 870-612-2145 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check the link below for maps of local school parking lots that have wifi access
See the link below for additional wifi access spots in Batesville
Gov. Asa Hutchinson's Press Conference Updates
Update 3/12/2020 at 1:45 p.m. His update on COVID-19 begins at 13:15 in the video
CDC Recommendations for the consideration of school closures