South Arkansas Community College COVID-19 Updates

Phase 3 - May 27, 2021

V. PHASE 3

SOUTH ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW CDC GUIDANCE.  MORE INFORMATION MAY BE FOUND AT:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

 

A.  COVID-19 Self Screening

SouthArk will continue to request all students, employees, and visitors self-screen before coming to campus.

A. COVID-19 Symptoms

  1. Are you experiencing a new or worsening cough?
  2. Are you experiencing an unusual shortness of breath?
  3. Are you suffering from two (2) or more of the following?
    • Temperature/Fever over 100 degrees
    • Chills
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Muscle or body aches
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

If you are experiencing these symptoms, you are not allowed on campus and should return home. You may return to campus when:

  1. You have had no fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications) AND
  2. Your symptoms have improved (for example, when the cough or shortness of breath has improved) AND
  3. At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

B. Communication

  1. Communication will continue via social media and emails to students, employees, and the public.

 

C. Individual Precautions to protect yourselves and others

  1. Get vaccinated.
  2. Wash hands frequently.
  3. Use hand sanitizers throughout the day.
  4. Maintain social distancing of at least six (6) feet from other individuals when possible.
  5. When social distancing is not feasible, face coverings are strongly encouraged; employees may request any visitor to wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible.

D. Employee Work Schedules

  1. All employees are expected to work on campus. Any employee should contact their supervisor and HR if they have concerns working on campus related to COVID-19.

E.  Coronavirus Testing – Employees

1.      Any Employee testing positive will notify their supervisors immediately. The supervisor will notify Human Resources and the VPFA as soon as possible.

a.       The employee will quarantine and will not come back to work until the following CDC guidelines are met:

1)      It has been at least ten days since symptoms first appeared AND

  • At least 24 hours have passed with no fever without fever-reducing medication AND
  • Symptoms have improved

2.      Any unvaccinated employee in contact with a positively tested individual will be asked to see their doctor and be tested.

a.       The employee will quarantine for 14 days from the day of contact.  If the employee has a positive test, the employee will follow the guidance in paragraph III.E.1.

3.      If an unvaccinated employee is in contact with an individual outside the campus that tests positive for the virus, they will need to contact their supervisor immediately, then follow the guidance in paragraph III.E.2.

 

F.  Coronavirus Testing – Students

1.      Any Student testing positive is requested to notify their instructors and the VPSS as soon as possible.  The VPSS can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 870-875-7262.

a. The student will quarantine and will not come back to campus until the following CDC guidelines are met:

1.      It has been at least ten days since symptoms first appeared AND

  1. At least 24 hours have passed with no fever without fever-reducing medication AND
  2. Symptoms have improved

2.      Any unvaccinated student in contact with a positively tested individual will be asked to see their doctor and be tested.

a. The student will be requested to quarantine for 14 days from the day of contact.  If the student has a positive test, the student will follow the guidance in paragraph III.F.1.

3.      If an unvaccinated student is in contact with an individual outside the campus that tests positive for the virus, they will need to contact the VPFA, then follow the guidance in paragraph III.F.2.

G.  Tours for prospective students

1. Tours must be pre-arranged through the Student Recruitment office.

2. No one who has experienced fever, shortness of breath, or any other COVID-19 related symptoms is allowed to tour. Admission to the campus requires following the steps in paragraph A, above.

3. Touring parties are encouraged to wear protective face coverings over both nose and mouth throughout each tour. 

H. Student Services

  1. Student advising will be available in-person, phone, and virtual appointments.
  2. Walk-in sessions are available, but those with appointments will be given priority.
  3. Only the student and one companion will be allowed for the appointment.
  4. Due to the possibility of being in a small, enclosed office, students and their companions should be prepared to wear face coverings if requested.

I. Academic Plan

  1. The college is planning to hold in person classes in the Summer of 2021. SouthArk classrooms will be set up following CDC and Arkansas Department of Health guidelines of spacing 6 feet apart. Students will not have to wear a face covering in the classroom if social distancing is possible, however when students and faculty must be within six feet to facilitate learning, then both are advised to properly wear face coverings. Additionally, face coverings are encouraged when elsewhere in the building. Sanitizing materials will be available in each classroom for disinfecting between courses.
  2. Information detailing how SouthArk will handle the testing and tracing of COVID-19 cases, as well as the resources needed to be successful and remain as safe as possible while on campus, will be provided via the College website, southark.edu.

J. SouthArk Library

  1. Library users will need valid student/employee ID or an appointment for physical access to the building.
  2. Community access will remain available through the SouthArk Library’s digital platforms and online resources as well as by appointment.
  3. Masks will be encouraged when social distancing is not possible.
  4. All library users will comply with safe social distancing practices (at least six feet apart) and the current SouthArk safety guidelines.
  5. No more than ten (10) individuals will be allowed to congregate in the library at any one time.
  6. Library users will be able to utilize library services and remain inside the library for no more than two (2) consecutive hours.
  7. Library staff will provide supplies for library users to wipe down all computers/stations when they are finished, and along with SouthArk custodial staff, will wipe down door handles, other public areas/surfaces at the end of each day.
  8. Library staff continue to quarantine and sanitize all returned materials, including laptops circulated through the student laptop loaner program.
  9. Students needing to check out a laptop to use for their classes must contact SouthArk Library staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 870-864-7115 and fill out a laptop loaner form. All loaner laptops are barcoded and registered in the SouthArk Library’s catalog system to facilitate lend tracking. The loan period will be for the current term.
  10. Meetings in the SouthArk Library Auditorium must be scheduled/approved through Melanie Parks at the El Dorado Conference Center.

K.  Learning Center/Tutoring

  1. Computer stations in the Learning Center are limited to twelve (12).
  2. Appointments are encouraged for in-person sessions and can be made by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 870-864-7196.
  3. A mask may be encouraged to be worn by both the tutee and tutor for any in-person tutoring session, when social distancing is not possible.
  4. Upon completion of the in-person tutoring session, the entire work area and items used will be sanitized by the tutor.

L.  Testing Center

  1. All testing is by appointment only due to limited seating.
  2. Remote testing is available for certain exams.
  3. Appointments can be made by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 870-864-7196.
  4. A mask may be encouraged to be worn by both the tester and the proctor during the check in and check out process, when social distancing is not possible.
  5. Proper social distancing is maintained as much as possible between the tester and proctor during the testing process.
  6. Hands of the proctor and tester are highly encouraged to be sanitized prior to the check-in process.
  7. Upon completion of each exam, the proctor sanitizes each used workstation, locker, and all items touched by the tester.
Updated PHASE 2B - January 5, 2021

IV.  PHASE 2B – Updated January 5, 2021

Phase 2B will continue all actions and directives in PHASE 2A with the following additions and/or modifications:

A.  COVID-19 Self Screening

Effective August 10, all students, employees, and visitors coming to campus will be required to do COVID-19 self-screening. 

COVID-19 Symptoms        

  1. Experiencing a new or worsening cough
  2. Experiencing an unusual shortness of breath
  3. Suffering from two or more of the following symptoms:
  • Fever or Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you are experiencing two or more of these symptoms, you are not permitted on campus and should return home. You may return to campus when you meet the following conditions:

  1. No fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications) AND
  2. Symptoms have improved (for example, when the cough or shortness of breath has improved) AND
  3. At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

For more information, please go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html#cdc-chat-bot-open

B. Student Services

  1. Student advising will be available in-person, phone, and by virtual appointments.
  2. Walk-in sessions are available, but those with appointments will be given priority.
  3. Only the student and one companion will be allowed for the appointment.

C. Academic Plan

  1. The college is preparing to offer a return to campus and hold a mixture of both online and face-to-face courses for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Academics and facilities have reviewed classroom spaces to determine how many students can safely be present in each classroom to maintain CDC guidelines of spacing 6 feet apart. Some face-to-face classes may follow a hybrid model with alternations of on-campus attendance by a portion of the students while the other portion is attending via a virtual method. Other tasks/assignments will be completed on the “hybrid” day. For courses held in overflow rooms, students will have the ability to enter the virtual classroom from a location outside of campus if needed. All students and faculty must adhere to SouthArk’s face covering and social distancing procedures. All spaces will be deep cleaned and sanitized daily. Sanitizing materials will be available in each classroom for disinfecting between courses.
  2. All students will receive information detailing how SouthArk will handle the testing and tracing of COVID-19 cases, as well as and resources they need to be successful and remain as safe as possible during the fall semester.

D. In the Event of a Major Classroom Disruption  

  1. All courses/instructors are prepared in the event the college must transition to a virtual mode of learning.  
  2. In the event of alternative operations, all full-time faculty will be expected to remain on campus, teaching from their personal office space, classroom, and/or lab. Working from home or teaching remotely will only be allowed in the event of campus closures or under special circumstances with approval from the Vice President for Academics and President.
  3. All courses/instructors are prepared in the event the college must transition to a virtual mode of learning. The plan for each division is as follows:

1.  Workforce and Continuing Education (Workforce Division)   

  1. Corporate Education and Apprenticeship classes will be conducted in-person practicing social distancing and utilizing online screening tools and will follow state guidelines for the programs.
  2. C-STOP will continue to hold in-person instruction, utilize the online screening tool for COVID symptoms, and practice social distancing. Specialized training will be conducted via online or in-person instruction at the discretion of the requesting industry. 
  3. Community Education courses will be delivered virtually via ZOOM technology.
  4. Adult Education plans to provide instruction when possible via a state-mandated virtual platform, and will schedule in-person classes with minimized attendance, face coverings and socially distanced students.
  5. The ACAP Program will conduct classes utilizing both in-person and virtual instruction and will practice social distancing and face coverings.

2.  General Education (Arts & Sciences Division)

Should alternative operations become necessary, General Education courses will move to an online format with the option of utilizing Blackboard Collaborate for face-to-face meetings. The online course will continue without change or disruption in the online format.

3.  Health Programs (Health Sciences Division)

Theory instruction for all health science programs will move to a virtual delivery model, utilizing Blackboard Collaborate and/or other online learning methods. Determination of the methods used, including whether they will be synchronous or asynchronous, will be determined by each medical program director with approval from the dean. In the event it is necessary to bring students to campus, alternate classrooms and/or alternating student attendance, such as part of class on campus and part virtual, may be utilized to accommodate social distancing. Students attending labs and/or clinical will continue to follow the guidelines already approved by SouthArk.

4. Career and Technical Education (CTE Division) and Secondary Technical Center  

  1. Automotive Technology/Welding Technology/Industrial Technology/Process Technology/Culinary
    1. Students enrolled in CTE programs may be able to complete the shop/kitchen safety and academic components of this coursework utilizing the Blackboard platform. Students are still able to gain the practical hands-on demonstration of individual skills proficiencies through an online format. For face-to-face class meetings our classrooms and labs (“shops”, “trainers”, “kitchen”) are large enough to easily follow social distancing requirements. Another possible scenario to accommodate even stricter standards is to split classes with approximately half of the students working in the lab while the other half attains instruction from the classroom / computer labs.
    2. Instructors have developed methods to deliver classwork instruction through an online format, and are working on methods to deliver remote instruction and interaction to students via Blackboard Collaborate and online videos.

E. Early College Program (High School Concurrent and Dual Enrollment)  

  1. The staff within Early College Program will operate as normal from their personal offices during the fall semester.
  2. In the event of an alternative class schedule, the Early College Coordinator will work closely with area high schools to develop a plan that suits the college and the school district. These plans could include:
    1. Continued utilization of Blackboard for assignments and final grades.
    2. The use of other remote learning resources for the presentation of any projects or term papers the students have to complete. Students can present these during the normal hours of their morning or evening class times.

F. Computer Labs  

  1. All student computer labs will have capacity limitations to ensure proper social distancing is maintained. In certain labs, computers may be assigned on a per-user basis by a staff member and may require prior reservations.
  2. Course enrollment limits have been adjusted for courses taught in computer labs.
  3. Every effort will be made to ensure that computing devices are cleaned with a CDC approved cleaning solution daily. Please do not bring cleaning supplies from home. All approved cleaning supplies will be provided by the college. Using unapproved cleaning solutions on electronic equipment can possibly damage the equipment.
  4. Students must clean their computer station before/after each use.
  5. Food and drinks are not allowed in the computer lab.

G. SouthArk Library  

*“Library users” referenced below refers to SouthArk students, faculty, and staff only, as indicated in item #1.

  1. The SouthArk Library will be open for SouthArk students, faculty, and staff ONLY. Library users will need valid student/employee ID for physical access to the building.
  2. Community access will remain available through the SouthArk Library’s digital platforms and online resources ONLY.
  3. Masks will be required at all times.
  4. All library users* will comply with safe social distancing practices (at least six feet apart) and the current SouthArk safety guidelines.
  5. No more than ten (10) individuals will be allowed to congregate in the library at any one time.
  6. Library users* will be able to utilize library services and remain inside the library for no more than two (2) consecutive hours.
  7. Library staff will provide supplies for library users* to wipe down all computers/stations when they are finished, and along with SouthArk custodial staff, will wipe down door handles, other public areas/surfaces at the end of each day.
  8. Library staff continue to quarantine and sanitize all returned materials, including laptops circulated through the student laptop loaner program.
  9. Students needing to check out a laptop to use for their classes must contact SouthArk Library staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 870-864-7115 and fill out a laptop loaner form. All loaner laptops are barcoded and registered in the SouthArk Library’s catalog system to facilitate lend tracking. The loan period will be for the current term.
  10. Meetings in the SouthArk Library Auditorium must be scheduled/approved through Melanie Parks at the El Dorado Conference Center.
  11. Expanded community curbside services are available.
  12. Food and drinks are not allowed in the library.

H. Learning Center/Tutoring  

  1. Computer stations in the Learning Center are limited to 13.
  2. Phone, email, and virtual tutoring is the communication as a primary method.
  3. In-person tutoring is available by appointment.
  4. Appointments can be made by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or call 870-864-7196.
  5. A mask is required to be worn by both the tutee and tutor for any in-person tutoring session.
  6. Upon completion of the in-person tutoring session, the entire work area and items used will be sanitized by the tutor.
  7. Food and drinks are not allowed in the Learning Center.

I. Testing Center  

  1. All testing is by appointment only.
  2. Walk-in appointments are not allowed due to limited seating of eight (8).
  3. Remote testing is available for certain exams and is highly encouraged!
  4. Appointments can be made by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or call 870-864-7196.
  5. A mask is required to be worn by both the tester and the proctor during the check in and check out process.
  6. Proper social distancing is maintained as much as possible between the tester and proctor during the testing process.
  7. Hands of both the tester and proctor are sanitized prior to the check-in process and prior to entering the Testing Center.
  8. All personal belongings are stored in individual lockers provided by the Testing Center.
  9. Upon completion of each exam, the proctor sanitizes each used workstation, locker, and all items touched by the tester.
  10. Food and drinks are not allowed in the Testing Center.

News Update - December 18, 2020

As of December 18, 2020, South Arkansas Community College continues to track probable close contacts, tests, and positive cases related to COVID-19. This tracking activity is in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) doctors and contact tracers.

The college currently has zero students in isolation for positive COVID tests.  There is one employee currently isolated due to a positive test.  We also have one student and zero employees in quarantine for close contact with individuals who have tested positive.   Since we began tracking in early August, we have documented 54 total positive cases, including 45 students and nine employees.

The CDC released new guidelines for COVID-19 quarantine earlier this month.  The Arkansas Division of Higher Education (ADHE), the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), and the University of Arkansas Medical System (UAMS) provided clarity for higher education institutions in the state:

  • The 14-day quarantine is the safest option and is still the recommended length for COVID-19 quarantines.  UAMS must be able to confirm asymptomatic status to release from quarantine.
  • Individuals placed into quarantine as a result of a close contact may be released after 10 days IF they have been asymptomatic throughout the quarantine period.  The individual MUST notify the campus point of contact (POC) and request early release.  The POC will have to verify absence of symptoms with UAMS to grant official release.
  • Individuals placed into quarantine as a result of a close contact may be released after a minimum of seven days IF they 1) have been asymptomatic throughout the quarantine period AND 2) receive a negative COVID-19 test provided the test was taken no sooner than five days after the last exposure.  The individual MUST notify the campus POC and request early release.  The POC will verify absence of symptoms with UAMS to grant official release.

If an individual is allowed early release from the 14-day quarantine, they must adhere strictly to other measures to reduce the spread, to including masking, social distancing, hand hygiene, monitoring symptoms, reduced social activities, etc., thought day 14 of the quarantine period.  If symptoms develop after the early release, the individual should immediately isolate and be tested for COVID-19 even if they previously had a negative test.

Nothing is changed from the minimum 10-day isolation period for a person testing positive for COVID-19.

Any time that a SouthArk student or employee reports symptoms, probable close contact, or being tested, SouthArk follows a strict protocol of tracing and reporting. It is critical that anyone who experiences illness (COVID-like symptoms or otherwise), has close contact with someone who is positive, or is directed to have a COVID-19 test report that immediately to Mr. Carey Tucker (SouthArk Vice President for Finance and Administration) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 870-864-7147. Students and employees can also reach Mr. Tucker via the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address.

In coordination with the ADH, SouthArk students and employees can use the Union County Health Unit at 301 America Road in El Dorado for COVID-19 testing at no cost.  The health unit may be contacted at 870-863-5101.  Just explain you are a SouthArk student or employee and show your SouthArk ID at the health unit.

Please remember to do your part in minimizing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Practice social distancing by putting at least 6 feet between yourself and others, including covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering, especially in public places where 6 feet of separation is not feasible.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Clean and then disinfect frequently used surfaces
  • Cover coughs/sneezes with a tissue or inside of your elbow
  • Monitor your health for symptoms, and stay home if you're sick
  • Follow Arkansas Department of Health / CDC guidance if symptoms develop
  • The college continues to maintain a protocol of thoroughly disinfecting / sanitizing all public spaces daily.

Stay safe, and stay SouthArk Strong!

Dr. Bentley Wallace

President, South Arkansas Community College

News Update - November 9, 2020

SouthArk Students, Faculty, and Staff:

As of November 6, 2020, South Arkansas Community College continues to track probable close contacts, tests, and positive cases related to COVID-19. This tracking activity is in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) doctors and contact tracers.

The college currently has four students in isolation for positive COVID tests.  There are no employees currently isolated due to a positive test.  We also have four students and two employees in quarantine for close contact with individuals who have tested positive.   Since we began tracking in early August, we have documented 35 total positive cases, including 32 students and three employees.

Any time that a SouthArk student or employee reports symptoms, probable close contact, or being tested, SouthArk follows a strict protocol of tracing and reporting. It is critical that anyone who experiences illness (COVID-like symptoms or otherwise), has close contact with someone who is positive, or is directed to have a COVID-19 test report that immediately to Mr. Carey Tucker (SouthArk Vice President for Finance and Administration) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 870-864-7147. Students and employees can also reach Mr. Tucker via the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address.

In coordination with the ADH, SouthArk students and employees can use the Union County Health Unit at 301 America Road in El Dorado for COVID-19 testing at no cost.  The health unit may be contacted at 870-863-5101.  Just explain you are a SouthArk student or employee and show your SouthArk ID at the health unit.

Please remember to do your part in minimizing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Practice social distancing by putting at least 6 feet between yourself and others, including covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering, especially in public places where 6 feet of separation is not feasible.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Clean and then disinfect frequently used surfaces
  • Cover coughs/sneezes with a tissue or inside of your elbow
  • Monitor your health for symptoms, and stay home if you're sick
  • Follow Arkansas Department of Health / CDC guidance if symptoms develop
  • The college continues to maintain a protocol of thoroughly disinfecting / sanitizing all public spaces daily.

Stay safe, and stay SouthArk Strong!

Dr. Bentley Wallace

President, South Arkansas Community College

News Update - October 1, 2020

SouthArk Students, Faculty, and Staff:

As of October 1, 2020, South Arkansas Community College continues to track probable close contacts, tests, and positive cases related to COVID-19. This tracking activity is in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) doctors and contact tracers.

As of today, the college currently has three students in isolation for positive COVID tests.  There are no employees currently isolated due to a positive test.  We also have five students and two employees in quarantine for close contact with individuals who have tested positive.   Since we began tracking in early August, we have documented 24 positive cases, including 21 students and three employees. 

Any time that a SouthArk student or employee reports symptoms, probable close contact, or being tested, SouthArk follows a strict protocol of tracing and reporting. It is critical that anyone who experiences illness (COVID-like symptoms or otherwise), has close contact with someone who is positive, or is directed to have a COVID-19 test report that immediately to Mr. Carey Tucker (SouthArk Vice President for Finance and Administration) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 870-864-7147. Students and employees can also reach Mr. Tucker via the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address.

In coordination with the ADH, SouthArk students and employees can use the Union County Health Unit at 301 America Road in El Dorado for COVID-19 testing at no cost.  The health unit may be contacted at 870-863-5101.  Just explain you are a SouthArk student or employee and show your SouthArk ID at the health unit.

Please remember to do your part in minimizing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Practice social distancing by putting at least 6 feet between yourself and others, including covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering, especially in public places where 6 feet of separation is not feasible.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Clean and then disinfect frequently used surfaces
  • Cover coughs/sneezes with a tissue or inside of your elbow
  • Monitor your health for symptoms, and stay home if you're sick
  • Follow Arkansas Department of Health / CDC guidance if symptoms develop

The college continues to maintain a protocol of thoroughly disinfecting / sanitizing all public spaces daily.

Stay safe, and stay SouthArk Strong!

Dr. Bentley Wallace

President, South Arkansas Community College

News Update - September 21, 2020

SouthArk Students, Faculty, and Staff:

As of September 21, 2020, South Arkansas Community College continues to track probable close contacts, tests, and positive cases related to COVID-19. This tracking activity is in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) doctors and contact tracers.

As of today, the college currently has two students and one employee in isolation for positive tests.  We also have two students and two employees in quarantine for close contact with individuals who have tested positive.

Since we began tracking in early August, we have documented 21 positive cases, including 18 students and three employees.  We have also asked 36 students and five employees to quarantine over that period.

Any time that a SouthArk student or employee reports symptoms, probable close contact, or being tested, SouthArk follows a strict protocol of tracing and reporting. It is critical that anyone who experiences illness (COVID-like symptoms or otherwise), has close contact with someone who is positive, or is directed to have a COVID-19 test report that immediately to Mr. Carey Tucker (SouthArk Vice President for Finance and Administration) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 870-864-7147. Students and employees can also reach Mr. Tucker via the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address.

In coordination with the ADH, SouthArk students and employees can use the Union County Health Unit at 301 America Road in El Dorado for COVID-19 testing at no cost.  The health unit may be contacted at 870-863-5101.  Just explain you are a SouthArk student or employee and show your SouthArk ID at the health unit.

Please remember to do your part in minimizing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Practice social distancing by putting at least 6 feet between yourself and others, including covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering, especially in public places where 6 feet of separation is not feasible.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Clean and then disinfect frequently used surfaces
  • Cover coughs/sneezes with a tissue or inside of your elbow
  • Monitor your health for symptoms, and stay home if you're sick
  • Follow Arkansas Department of Health / CDC guidance if symptoms develop

The college continues to maintain a protocol of thoroughly disinfecting / sanitizing all public spaces daily.

Stay safe, and stay SouthArk Strong!

Dr. Bentley Wallace

President, South Arkansas Community College

Stop the Spread on College Campuses

News Update - August 27, 2020

SouthArk Students, Faculty and Staff:

As of August 26, 2020, South Arkansas Community College is actively tracking multiple probable close contacts, tests, and positive cases related to COVID-19. This tracking activity is in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) doctors and contact tracers.
The college is currently monitoring 12 positive test results (one employee, 11 students) and 27 probable close contacts (one employee and 26 students). The majority of these cases originated off-campus and were simply reported to us by students and employees. They are not active campus-based events at this point.
Any time that a SouthArk student or employee reports symptoms, probable close contact, or being tested, SouthArk follows a strict protocol of tracing and reporting. It is critical that anyone who experiences illness (COVID-like symptoms or otherwise), has close contact with someone who is positive, or is directed to have a COVID-19 test report that immediately to Mr. Carey Tucker (SouthArk Vice President for Finance and Administration) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 870-864-7147. Students and employees can also reach Mr. Tucker via the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address.
Please remember to do your part in minimizing the spread of COVID-19:
Practice social distancing by putting at least 6 feet between yourself and others, including covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering, especially in public places where 6 feet of separation is not feasible.
Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitizer
Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
Clean and then disinfect frequently used surfaces
Cover coughs/sneezes with a tissue or inside of your elbow
Monitor your health for symptoms, and stay home if you're sick
Follow Arkansas Department of Health / CDC guidance if symptoms develop
The college continues to maintain a protocol of thoroughly disinfecting / sanitizing all public spaces daily.
Stay safe, and stay SouthArk Strong!
Dr. Bentley Wallace
President, South Arkansas Community College

News Update - August 17, 2020


SouthArk Students, Faculty and Staff:

We learned today (8/17/2020) that a South Arkansas Community College employee has tested positive for COVID-19.  That employee was in close contact with a small group of students last week and those students are being notified of the situation.  Per Arkansas Department of Health guidelines, the employee is in isolation and the students are being instructed to self-quarantine effective immediately.

The work area(s) of the employee have been sanitized and disinfected.  Based on our in-house review of the employee’s activities, we do not believe that any other employees or students came into close contact immediately prior to or during the onset of symptoms. 

As part of SouthArk’s ongoing communication regarding our response to COVID-19, this information (along with any future notifications regarding campus-based COVID-19 incidents) will be posted to our Campus Health and Safety webpage at https://www.southark.edu/covid-19

With the ongoing COVID-19 cases in our local community and state, we would like to remind you to continue to strengthen your personal health protection:

  • Practice social distancing by putting at least 6 feet between yourself and others, including covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering, especially in public places where 6 feet of separation is not feasible
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Clean and then disinfect frequently used surfaces
  • Cover coughs/sneezes with a tissue or inside of your elbow
  • Monitor your health for symptoms, and stay home if you're sick
  • Follow Arkansas Department of Health / CDC guidance if symptoms develop

COVID-19 affects all age groups - even college-aged students - and the social distancing guidelines, including wearing face coverings when around others, are to protect yourself and care for others as well.

If you are a SouthArk student or employee and are concerned that you may have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19, please contact Mr. Carey Tucker (SouthArk Vice President for Finance and Administration) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 870-864-7147.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit the websites of the Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

Stay safe, and stay SouthArk Strong!

Dr. Bentley Wallace

President, South Arkansas Community College

The safety of our students, employees and the community around us are of paramount importance to the leadership of South Arkansas Community College. The following plan is designed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission on our campuses. It is subject to change.

I. PHASE TIMELINES

Timelines are tentative and will be dependent on information and guidance from national, state, and local health and governmental authorities.

  1. Phase 1 – start June 1
  2. Phase 2A – start August 3 
  3. Phase 2B – start August 10 
  4. Phase 3 – start TBD
Phase 2A - August 3, 2020

III. PHASE 2A - August 3, 2020

  1. Communication will continue via the college website, social media and email to students, employees and the public

B. Individual precautions

  1. Wash hands frequently.
  2. Use hand sanitizer throughout the day.
  3. All students, employees, and others with appointments on campus will wear face coverings inside all campus facilities and will comply with social-distancing requirements established by the state of Arkansas elsewhere on campus. Every person in Arkansas will wear a face covering over the mouth and nose in accordance with the below guidelines.
    1. In all indoor environments where they are exposed to non-household members and distancing of six feet or more cannot be assured.
    2. In all outdoor settings where there is exposure to non-household members, unless there exists ample space of six feet or more to practice physical distancing.
    3. Face shields are not considered face coverings, but can be used with a face covering to provide more individual protection.

C. Employee work schedules

  1. All employees will return to work on campus.
  2. There may be times where employees may work remotely from home. The first cabinet member in the chain of command must approve any remote work and the Human Resources Department must be notified.

D. Coronavirus testing - employees

  1. Any employee testing positive will notify his or her supervisor immediately. The supervisor will notify Human Resources as soon as possible. The employee will quarantine and will not come back to work until the following CDC guidelines are met: 1) It has been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND 2) at least 24 hours have passed with no fever without fever-reducing medication AND 3) symptoms have improved OR 4) Depending on your healthcare provider’s advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19. If you are tested, you can be around others when you have no fever, respiratory symptoms have improved, and you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.
  2. Any employee in contact with a positively-tested individual will be asked to see his or her doctor and be tested.
    1. The employee will quarantine for 14 days from the day of contact. If the employee has a positive test, the employee will follow the guidance in III.D.1.
    2. If an employee is in contact with an individual outside the campus who tests positive for the virus, he or she will need to contact his or her supervisor immediately, then follow the guidance in paragraph III.D.2.

E. Office guidelines and work re-integration

  1. Employees must remain at home if they have a fever or are not feeling well for any reason and will be sent home if they are not feeling well while at work. If an employee stays at home, they must notify their supervisor.
  2. Internal doors will be left open whenever possible to minimize contact.
  3. Hand sanitizer will be placed in every building and employees are welcome to bring their own as well.
  4. Web conferencing will be encouraged, especially where social distancing is not possible.

F.  Students on campus

  1. Students’ coming to campus to use the computer lab, see III.K.
  2. Other students may be on campus only if approved by the president using procedures established by the college vice presidents for student services and/ or academic affairs.
  3. Students must complete a questionnaire before being admitted to a campus facility. If a student has a negative response to any question, he or she will not be allowed on campus.
  4. The college vice presidents will coordinate schedules for students on campus.

G. Tours for prospective students

  1. Tours must be pre-arranged through the student recruitment office.
  2. No one who has experienced fever, shortness of breath, or any other COVID-19 related symptoms is allowed to tour. Admission to the campus requires following the steps in III.F.3.
  3. Touring parties are limited to three members, each of whom must wear protective face coverings over both nose and mouth throughout each tour.
  4. The tour guide also will wear a face covering over nose and mouth throughout each tour.
  5. The wearing of gloves is discouraged.

H. Student advising

  1. Phone and virtual appointments are highly encouraged and are to be considered the primary method of contact with the advising office.
  2. Students will have the option of in-person appointments and will have to follow III.F.3. to gain access to the campus. Only the student and one companion will be allowed for the appointment. If a companion plans to attend the session with the student, he or she also must adhere to protocols in III.F.3.
  3. Walk-in visits are not allowed.
  4. Students will be contacted via email, fax, or phone to assist completing their registrations.

I. Testing Center

  1. Only essential testing will be allowed.
  2. Those using the testing center must make an appointment and follow the steps in III.F.3. to be admitted to the facility.
  3. Walk-in visits are not allowed.
  4. Remote testing is available for limited tests and will be highly encouraged.
  5. There will be no personal contact between the proctor and the tester.
  6. Hands of both the proctor and the tester will be sanitized prior to beginning the check in process.
  7. The Testing Center is limited to seven testers at a time to meet social distancing standards.
  8. Upon completion, the proctor will sanitize the workstation used by the tester. J. Tutoring
  9. Phone, email, and virtual tutoring will be the primary methods of tutoring.
  10. If tutoring via means in III.J.1 cannot be accomplished, in-person tutoring can be accomplished by appointment only.
  11. Masks covering both the nose and mouth will be used by the tutor and student during an in-person session.
  12. Upon completion of a tutoring session, the computer, work area, and items will be sanitized by the tutor and/or student.
  13. K. Computer labs will remain closed during Phase IIA

L.  Facilities

  1. All facility entrances will remain locked during Phase 2A.
  2. Employees without keys to entrance will need to contact campus security at 870.866.9208 for entrance.
  3. Every building will have hand sanitizer at the main entrance and everyone entering a building is encouraged to use it.
  4. Meetings may occur in rooms when social distancing guidelines can be observed.
  5. The number of individuals in one room will not exceed guidance received from the Arkansas State Health Department.
  6. If a student, prospective student, or visitor has an approved appointment on campus, the individual meeting with the student, prospective student, or visitor will make arrangements for that individual to enter the building at the appointed time.
What is COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus, and we are learning more about it every day. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. At this point, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes it. Stopping transmission (spread) of the virus through everyday practices is the best way to keep people healthy. Learn more about COVID-19.

On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.

There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.

April Updates

Recent Updates

4/7/2020

SouthArk has extended the last day to withdraw from classes with a W to April 30.

4/6/2020

COMPUTER LABS

In a continued effort to protect students and our campus community from the spread of COVID-19, computer labs no longer will be open for use after 5 p.m. Monday (April 6). As an alternative, we encourage students to utilize WiFi from the parking areas around Howard Heritage Plaza. For information about testing, please contact your class instructor.

TESTING

For information about testing, please contact your class instructor.


4/3/2020

ALL classes are online-only through the semester's end.

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