POCAHONTAS —  Beginning Monday, Black River Technical College campuses moved into Stage 2 of its COVID-19 staged opening plan.

All campuses have reopened to the public, but visitors must follow screening procedures and safety criteria.

Visitors can access the BRTC buildings by the following entrances only: for BRTC Pocahontas, through the main entrance of the Administration Building, and for BRTC Paragould, through South entrance at the Parking Lot A.

COVID-19 Screening is required for all visitors. They must complete the COVID-19 screening form, available at check-in stations on each campus or on the BRTC Campus Health webpage at www.blackrivertech.org/brtcstudents/campus-health.

Check-in stations, which will have screening forms and thermometers, will be clearly marked and located in the Student Accounts Payment window in the Administration Building for BRTC Pocahontas and the Paragould Bookstore window for BRTC Paragould. Once screened, visitors will receive a sticker to wear confirming they have been screened for that day.

All BRTC employees, students, and visitors much adhere to the following safety guidelines:

  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet or more from others, inside and outside.
  • When social distancing is not possible, wear a mask.
  • Practice frequent handwashing following the CDC’s guidelines of washing with water and soap for 20 seconds.
  • If individuals are still concerned even when a 6-foot distance can be maintained, they are encouraged to wear a mask at all times.
  • Adhere to any other guidelines issued by the CDC or the governor.
  • Finally, students are required to attend classes as scheduled. Students will need to adhere to the approved guidelines and screening procedures.

These stages are all tentative and subject to change due to updates, regulations or other factors concerning COVID-19. BRTC will require masks when social distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained.

BRTC closed on the week before Spring Break in accordance with Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s mandate. BRTC faculty and staff returned to work on May 18 following CDC guidelines. Faculty and staff complete screening forms daily, practice social distancing and frequent hand-washing and wear masks when 6 feet cannot be assured.

In addition, housekeeping has increased its deep cleaning processes, closed off rooms that are not in use in order to reduce the number of spaces possibly exposed to the virus, and have increased routine cleaning.