Guidance Related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

UPDATED MARCH 27, 2020

Panola College is closely tracking the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and we are committed to the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. We are continuously monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Department of State Health Services.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

For the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and to minimize the spread of COVID-19, Panola College is adjusting its spring schedule and approach:

Classes WILL resume on Monday, March 30, unless circumstances change. Most classes will be online. Hands-on labs and clinicals will be modified to ensure social distancing and enhanced hygiene. More information will be provided later next week from instructors via email and Canvas.

  • While there have been reported COVID-19 cases in Harrison and Shelby County, there are currently no known connection to Panola College students, faculty, or staff.
  • No classes will be held online or in person, March 23 – 27, and the College will be closed to non-residence students and the public.
  • Charlie’s Bistro and the Panola Café will be closed to the public for the remainder of the semester.
  • All staff should communicate with their supervisor concerning their timeline for returning to work, either remotely or on campus.
  • On-campus housing will reopen on March 22nd.
  • All events and activities on campus through May 10 are canceled.
  • Students that are scheduled to take a test in the Assessment Center will be notified with rescheduled dates.

Student & Public Updates

As a reminder, below is a review of what we are doing, keeping your safety top of mind.

  • Classes (face-to-face and online), including lectures, seminars, discussions, and/or presentations, will not be held this week (March 23 – 27).
  • Beginning March 30, classes will be offered online or through alternative formats until further notice.
  • The campus is closed to non-residence students and the public during the week of March 23. On-campus events and programming funded and sponsored by Panola College are canceled through May 10.
  • Students in on-campus housing may elect to return on March 22nd. Meals will be provided in to-go containers from the Panola Café.
  • Students scheduled to take a test in the Assessment Center will be notified with rescheduled dates.
  • At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Panola College. We are focused on disinfecting high touch point surfaces and common areas in an effort to help stop the spread of the virus.

We will keep you informed about any updates as they relate to your learning at Panola College. Given the dynamic nature of this situation, we ask that students monitor their Panola College emails, text alerts, social media channels, and webpage for the most up to date information. Meanwhile, we urge you to follow personal hygiene precautions and exercise social distancing measures as recommended by the CDC and local health authorities.


RESOURCES

 

Internet Access

AT&T Reduced Cost Internet Service for SNAP Recipients

The Access program from AT&T provides a low-cost option for home Internet access to low-income households in the 21 states where we offer wireline home Internet services.

Visit their website at www.att.com.

Phone: 855-220-5211

Charter Communication/Spectrum

Spectrum is offering special discounts to households affected by this virus. They are offering free access to internet and WiFi for 60-days for new Pre-K to 12, college student and teacher households who don't currently have internet or WiFi service. This discount will be applied as a credit for to the first two months of internet services. They will waive any installation or pre-payment fees as well.

Phone: (855) 243-8892  

Fidelity Communications

Fidelity Communications is offering, a 15Mbps internet plan for $10 per month for the next 60 days to help low income families and those most impacted from coronavirus challenges, such as seniors and college students. No documentation is required to sign up for this plan.

Opened free WiFi hotspots in available in their local office parking lots in Marshall are also currently available. The company is also working to open additional WiFi hotspots in other public areas in the coming days and weeks.

Phone: 800-392-8070

 

Internet Essentials from Comcast

Internet Essentials from Comcast offers affordable internet services at home for eligible households. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, new Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service.

Visit their website at www.internetessentials.com/covid19.

 

Spectrum Free Internet Assistance by Charter Communications

Charter Communications will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

Visit their website at www.corporate.charter.com.

Phone: 844-488-8395

 

Sprint and T-Mobile 

Both companies are allowing existing customers unlimited smartphone data and an additional 20GB of tethering and hotspot data for the next 60 days. 

 

Food Resources

Panola College Feed The Need

Feed the Need comfort closet program provided through donations to Panola College for active Panola College students and employees who may be experiencing basic living insecurities.

Items may be requested by filling out the form at Panola.edu/feedtheneed.

Phone:903-693-1176

 

Mission Carthage

Remains open on the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00-11:30 and 1:00-3:45. If you have a cell phone, call from the car with your name, address and number of people in your household. Food will be brought to your vehicle. If you do not have a cell phone, come in and state your information and return to your car.

Phone: 903-693-4673.

 

Mission Marshall

Located at 2109 S. Washington (at the corner of S.Washington & Pinecrest) in Marshall, TX

Phone: 903-472-4944

 

Independent School Districts

Most local school districts are offering any community member under the age of 18 the options of grab and go meals throughout the duration of their closures. Please refer to your local school districts website and/or social media page for more information.

 

Unemployment Benefits

Texas Workforce Commission

If your employment has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19), you can apply for benefits either online at any time or by calling TWC’s Tele-Center at 800-939-6631 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Central Time Mondays through Fridays.

Visit their website at twc.texas.gov.

 

COVID Questions

DSHS Call Center

Texas Department of State Health Services has a dedicated call center to answer your COVID-19 related questions or concerns. To find more information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC or DSHS websites or call the number below.

1-877-570-9779

Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

If you know of resources not currently listed, please email the information to marketing@panola.edu.

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