Coronavirus (COVID-19)

General Information

Hinds Community College officials are closely monitoring the development of COVID-19, the worldwide health concern known as the coronavirus. This is an ever-changing situation and as such new Information about the health concern is being released on a continuous cycle. The college is maintaining regular communication with the Mississippi State Department of Health and other health officials and are relying on their expertise and guidance in the appropriate precautions to protect students, faculty and staff.

All Courses Moved Online Effective March 23

College administrators met today and determined that effective March 23rd all courses will be shifted to an online learning environment for the foreseeable future. Residence hall students should not return to campus until further notice.

Bookstores & Proctored Testing

  • Bookstores will be open on a limited basis and hours will be posted at a later time.
  • The testing center and proctoring centers remain closed. Alternative options are being evaluated and additional information will be forthcoming. Please contact the assessment center for additional details.

Graduation

We are evaluating an alternative method for graduation ceremonies scheduled for the spring. A decision regarding graduation will be determined by April 3.

Additional Decisions and New Information

Plans could change, and additional decisions will be made as new information because available. Please monitor the college website, our official social media accounts and your student email for updates. You may also sign up for EagleOne Alerts by logging in with your My.Hinds credentials.

Official College Statements

March 20

Dear Colleagues,

This is a time of uncertainty for all of us and is likely more significant than almost any critical situation we may have faced before. The impacts are far reaching. We cannot anticipate the long-term implications associated with COVID-19, nor predict how long the crisis will continue.

First, let me assure you that the health and safety of our students and employees is our first priority. These challenging times require that we adjust our normal daily routines to do what is best for all concerned. I want to commend our administrative team, as well as the faculty and staff members who are all working diligently to make the best decisions possible and be responsive to the needs of our students. Many have been working around the clock to ensure that students will be able to continue with their educational endeavors.

As an organization, our goal remains to return to normal business operations as soon as feasibly possible. In the meantime, our commitment is to take necessary precautions such as social distancing, modified work environments and modified learning environments to do our part in helping to “flatten the curve.”

Following are a number of changes and/or updates to college operations that we want you to be aware of:

Instruction
Effective March 23, all courses will be shifted to an online learning environment for an indefinite time period. Students should begin working on their assignments in Canvas. Additional accommodations will be coordinated for those classes requiring laboratory, hands-on, clinical hours or national testing. Hot spots are being established and will be functional on every campus for those students who may not have a reliable internet source.

We understand that many of you may have concerns about access to technology. In an effort to determine the level of readiness and install proper support protocols we are asking that all Hinds Community College employees and students (including dual credit students) take this brief survey regarding available technologies.

Institutional Survey – Technology Availability

Employees
Effective Monday, March 23, college employees will return to work in some capacity. What this means is that each Vice President will identify personnel, both professional and support staff in their areas who will return to campus to perform routine operations such as bill payment, accounting, mail and other time sensitive duties. Vice Presidents will also make specific assignments to employees who may work remotely. Some individuals may follow a blended model. Staggered work schedules and responsibilities may be implemented to reduce the number of people on campus at a given time.

Residence Halls
We are also notifying residential students not to return to campus until further notice. Students will be allowed to return to campus at designated times between March 21 and March 24 to claim any essential items they may need (books, computers, etc.) for the foreseeable future. Please direct students having questions about housing to call 601.857.3222 or email reslife@hindscc.edu.

Meals
As a service, grab and go meals pick will be available for students who have purchased a meal plan at both the Raymond and Utica campuses. Pick-up times are as follows:

  • Monday—Friday 10:30 AM—12:30 PM
  • Monday—Thursday 4 PM—5 PM

On Fridays of each week students may receive one box of essentials for weekend meals. A current Hinds ID is required for those picking up meals. Meals are also available to Hinds faculty and staff.

College Facilities

  • All Hinds Child Care locations will return to regular operation on March 23. Children will be screened on a daily basis for illnesses and the center directors will resume the right to limit entrance.
  • The golf course will open with restrictions on March 23. For more information, please contact 601.857.5993.
  • All wellness complex locations remain closed.
  • Meat Merchandising will remain closed.
  • Bookstores will be open on a limited basis and hours will be posted at a later time.
  • Use of college facilities remain restricted for external groups for an indefinite time period.
  • The assessment center and proctoring centers remain closed. Alternative options are being evaluated and additional information will be forthcoming. Please contact the appropriate center with any questions.

College Activities
All extracurricular and college hosted events have been suspended for the foreseeable future, and athletic activities are suspended for the remainder of the semester.

We are also evaluating an alternative method for graduation ceremonies scheduled for the spring. A decision regarding graduation will be determined by April 3.

Please know that we are making every effort to communicate updates with everyone simultaneously. This has proven to be difficult at times because of the rapid rate at which decisions are being made and information is changing. Due to the unpredictable nature of this situation, it is of the utmost importance that we maintain adaptability and anticipate that conditions surrounding this pandemic will continue to evolve at this rapid pace. We will be closely following the guidance provided by national, state and local authorities. As we make additional decisions and/or adapt operations, we will post updates. Please continue to monitor the college website, social media sites and your Hinds email for the most up-to-date information.

I know that all of this uncertainty can cause uneasiness, but I encourage everyone to remain calm and to stay informed. I am convinced that the Hinds family is stronger than ever. By working together, supporting one another, and providing encouragement to all of those around us, we will get through these difficult times, and we will become better because of them.

Thank you for your dedicated service and commitment to our students.

Sincerely,
Clyde Muse, President

March 19

College administrators met today and determined that effective March 23rd all courses will be shifted to an online learning environment for the foreseeable future. Residence hall students should not return to campus until further notice.

Full details and instructions will be released Friday March 20th.

March 15

As concerns surrounding COVID-19 continue to escalate, we continue to evaluate opportunities to take the appropriate precautionary measures. Just yesterday our Governor declared a State of Emergency and thus many school districts, churches and others have voluntarily closed for an extended period of time.

Because of these and other factors, in addition to extended spring break for students, I have determined that ALL HINDS campuses will be closed the week of March 16-20 for faculty and staff as well.

We will continue to evaluate the situation and a determination about how to proceed for the following week will be made on Thursday, March 19.

It is my goal to resume normal operations as soon as feasibly possible so that we can continue to provide our students with the educational experience that they desire and deserve.

Access to the campus is available for those faculty and staff members who need it. Additionally, I ask that you continue your preparations to transition to an online instructional program should the situation deem it necessary.

Sincerely,
Clyde Muse, President

March 13

We are closely monitoring the development of COVID-19, the worldwide health concern known as the coronavirus. At this time Hinds does not have any known cases of the virus and there is only one documented case reported in Mississippi. This is an ever-changing situation and as such new information about the health concern is being released on a continuous cycle. The college is maintaining regular communication with the Mississippi State Department of Health and other health officials and is relying on their expertise and guidance in the appropriate precautions to protect students, faculty and staff.

Although the Mississippi State Department of Health is not currently recommending school closures, the college has made a number of decisions in efforts to safeguard our community and assist in slowing the potential spread of the virus.

Hinds Community College (along with all state public universities and several community colleges) will extend spring break an additional week. On-campus classes are scheduled to resume on Monday, March 23. Residence Halls will open at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 22. Online classes will continue as scheduled.

Faculty and staff are required to return to work on Monday, March 16. If you traveled during spring break, it is recommended that you notify your supervisor prior to returning to campus. Anyone experiencing a fever or flu-like symptoms should not come to campus until the symptoms are resolved and approval has been granted to return to work.

While it is our plan to resume normal operations on March 23, faculty and staff should be ready to move to an online instructional program should the situation deem it necessary. Faculty should follow protocols communicated to them through their appropriate deans regarding online course migration. Remote instruction resources will be available and more information about how to access these will be forthcoming.

Effective immediately, all international and out-of-state travel is suspended until further notice.

Additionally, all Hinds athletic and other extracurricular activities are suspended immediately until March 30, 2020. This includes practices, organized work-outs, performances, competitions and any other activity not related to classroom instruction. Any exceptions require advanced approval by the President’s office.

This situation remains fluid and the plans outlined above are subject to change in response to new information or further direction from the State Department of Health. Hinds will remain diligent in placing the needs of all of our Hinds family at the forefront of our decisions. Our focus will be to maintain the quality and integrity of our instructional programs, while also limiting the potential risks of this on-going situation.

Sincerely,
Clyde Muse, President

March 5

Officials at Hinds Community College are actively monitoring news and information related to COVID-2019, the worldwide health concern known as coronavirus. As of March 4, 2020 there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Hinds Community College or in Mississippi. The college is following recommendations of The Mississippi Department of Health and other health officials to take all precautions to protect students, faculty and staff.

While the consensus among government agencies is that the general risk of exposure to COVID-19 is currently low in the United States, the college is actively planning for a range of scenarios and potential near- and longer-term impacts, with particular focus on the health and well-being of the college community, as well as on the continuation of college operations.

What You Should Do

  • Take general precautions like frequent hand washing to prevent the spread of any virus, including seasonal flu, which is still active across Mississippi, the Southeast, and the U.S.
  • If you have not received a flu shot, it is not too late. For additional advice on flu facts and prevention, visit cdc.gov/flu.
  • If you have flu-like symptoms, it is likely the common cold or a common strain of the flu. Symptoms of coronavirus include, but are not limited to, fever, runny nose, headache, cough, and the general feeling of being unwell; these also are symptoms of the common flu virus.
  • If you have concerning symptoms, seek medical attention at your primary care physician or a local urgent care clinic.

External Resources

We encourage all students and parents to monitor the CDC website as it provides the most current reference: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).