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March 10, 2020

TRC Return to Class Plan, Resources for Virtual Learning, and COVID-19 information

Updated July 30, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

Three Rivers College is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. Our primary concern is to maintain a safe and healthy environment for students, employees, and visitors. We continue to work with state and local officials to develop, update, and implement plans in response to COVID-19.

This page contains information about Three Rivers College’s preparations, actions, and response regarding COVID-19, including information about the virtual resources we are providing to our students. This page will be updated as needed.

College Locations Open

All College locations are now open to the public but we will continue to provide virtual services. Face-to-face classes will resume in the Fall at the Poplar Bluff campus and TRC locations in Sikeston, Dexter, Kennett, and Cape Girardeau.


The Three Rivers College Return to Class Plan includes altering the Fall 2020 calendar, requiring face coverings be worn in TRC facilities, and guidelines for students returning to classrooms. Following are highlights of the plan. See the full Return to Class Plan for details.


The Fall schedule has been adjusted so students and faculty will not return to classrooms after the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no Labor Day or Fall Break holidays. November 24 will be the last day of instruction for the Fall semester. Final exams will be given face-to-face on the last day of instruction for each class or virtually during the final exam period November 30 – December 3, 2020. Winter Session will begin on December 10, 2020, one week earlier than previously scheduled, and will end January 8 as previously scheduled. The College will close for Winter Break at the end of day on December 11, 2020, and will reopen on January 4, 2021. The Return to Class Plan includes the adjusted College Calendar.


The wearing of face coverings is required for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors while in Three Rivers College facilities on campus and at locations. Outdoors, face coverings must be worn if 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintained. See the full Return to Class Plan for details and exceptions.

A cloth face covering will be provided to every student and employee. For visitors and others who need a face covering, a limited amount of disposable face coverings will be available during regular hours at Academic Resource Commons – Front Desk; Bess Activity Center – The College Store; Crisp Technology Center – Room 108; External Locations – Front Desk; Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center – Room 219; Porter Distance Learning Center – Room 204; Tinnin Fine Arts Center – Room 201; Westover Administration Building – Welcome Center; and University Center – WEST 204.

Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth and against the sides of the face and be secured around the head as a tube, with ties, or with ear loops. It is the responsibility of each student and employee to have their face covering available and properly maintained. For guidance on wearing, maintaining, and making facial coverings, go to https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/pdf/face-covering-guidance.pdf . Not acceptable: Bandanas, kerchiefs, articles of clothing, face coverings with exhalation valves, items held against the face by hand.


Two weeks prior to return, begin to isolate yourself from others. Avoid all public settings where you cannot maintain a social distance of 6 feet. Begin to monitor your health and take your temperature daily. Report any unusual feelings or readings to your health care provider or local health department for guidance.

If you experience symptoms of fever, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, and/or persistent, non-attributable cough, stay home and contact your health provider.

When coming to class, bring facial coverings, hand sanitizer, and products to wipe down your personal items such as books, book bags, phone, etc. before and after your classes.

See the full Return to Class Plan for details and specific instructions for Housing Students and Student Athletes.


Students, faculty, and staff should complete the following self-assessment each day before arriving at TRC facilities:

  • Check for symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, loss of taste and/or smell, persistent, non-attributable cough).
  • Consult with household members to see if they are having any of these symptoms.
  • Put on your facial covering.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, stay home! If you are an employee, contact your supervisor and the Human Resources Department. If you are a student, notify your instructor(s) and the Dean of Student Services at amatthews@trcc.edu or by calling 573-840-9669.


Seating will be assigned. Supplies will be provided to each faculty member so keyboards and computer mice can be wiped down with a disinfectant before the beginning of each class of instruction. Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom.

Students required to quarantine will be allowed to continue courses virtually if physically able. If the continuation of instruction is not possible, then the student will be allowed to make up all work without penalty.

If an instructor is required to quarantine and is healthy enough to continue working, they will be allowed to continue instruction virtually during quarantine.

See the full Return to Class Plan for complete classroom protocols.


When possible, appointments should be conducted via telephone or virtually. To schedule a virtual advising appointment, go to trcc.edu/admissions/advising. If students prefer a face-to-face meeting, proper facial covering should be in place. Three Rivers e-mail will continue to be the official means of communications between students and faculty/staff.


All public events not already on the calendar are cancelled and new ones proposed to the College will be denied for the Fall Semester. Public events currently on the calendar will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.


  • Hand sanitizer is available in every building on campus, external locations, at entryways and various hallways.
  • Drinking fountains will be disabled. Touchless bottle fill stations will remain operable.

See the full Return to Class Plan for complete facilities protocols.


Individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 and are required to precautionarily quarantine may return to the College after 14 days. Exposure is defined as firsthand to someone who has tested positive for or been diagnosed as positive for COVID-19.
A return to work/school can be made after 7 days with a negative test result.

Students who are required to quarantine will be allowed to continue to participate in instruction remotely. Students not able to participate remotely will be allowed to make up any missed work without penalty. Employees who are required to quarantine will be allowed to work remotely when possible. Each instance will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.


Individuals who present some or all the symptoms of COVID-19, must stay home and are encouraged to arrange for testing with their health care provider or local Health Department.

The latest CDC guidance (dated July 23, 2020) mandates people who test positive for COVID-19 should quarantine for at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms. Quarantine can end when the patient shows a general improvement in symptoms, including being fever free for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medicines.

Asymptomatic patients can end isolation 10 days after the date of their first positive test. All positive tests require a doctor’s note to return to campus.

Other elements of the plan include:

  • Enhanced cleaning protocols.
  • Protocols for dining areas, campus meetings, and travel.

For details, view the Return to Class Plan.

Welcome Center

The Welcome Center can help you with general information questions, login and password reset issues, financial aid questions, etc. It is located on the 1st Floor of the Westover Administration Building on the Poplar Bluff campus. Call 573-840-9605 or email welcomecenter@trcc.edu. Summer hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday. The College will be closed on Fridays during the months of June and July.


Virtual and face-to-face registration is now open for all students for Fall classes at Three Rivers College. New and current students may speak with an advisor virtually through a Zoom meeting from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Financial Aid advisors are available via Zoom from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Go to trcc.edu/admissions/virtualadvising. If you don’t have Zoom on your device, follow the prompts to install. Zoom advising sessions can be used to get your education plan and schedule approved, make changes to your education plan and schedule, and ask questions.

To register online, current students can log into their myTRCC account, review the schedule their advisor has prepared for them or create their own schedule, and contact their advisor to discuss any changes or confirm the schedule. Advisors can then approve the schedules virtually and registration can be completed online by current students or advisors. For issues or questions, email EnrollNow@trcc.edu.

New students wanting to enroll at Three Rivers for Fall can visit trcc.edu/admissions/checklist for a Getting Started Checklist to guide them step-by-step through the enrolling and registering process.

For questions about enrolling, call the Welcome Center at 573-840-9605 or email EnrollNow@trcc.edu.

Financial Aid

Virtual and face-to-face assistance with Financial Aid is available. Summer office hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 573-840-9609, email financialaid@trcc.edu, or visit the office on the 1st Floor of the Westover Administration Building on the Poplar Bluff campus. In addition, you can meet with a financial aid advisor via Zoom from 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Go to trcc.edu/admissions/virtualadvising.

Wi-Fi Access Available on Campus and at Locations

Three Rivers has set up Wi-Fi networks for students and employees accessible on the Poplar Bluff Campus, 2080 Three Rivers Blvd., from the main parking lot and the Porter parking lot; in the parking lots at TRC-Dexter, 515A West Market in Dexter; and TRC-Kennett, 1002 Great West Drive in Kennett; and in the circle drive in front of TRC-Sikeston, 1400 S. Main in Sikeston. These are password protected networks. Check your email for information on how to access these Wi-Fi networks.

Virtual Learning

Beginning this Fall, Three Rivers will offer fully online degree programs. For information on the 12 transfer pathways to an associate degree, visit trcc.edu/online.

Distance Learning Support

Distance Learning Support will be available 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Call 573-840-9544 or email blackboard@trcc.edu.


The Tutoring and Learning Center (TLC) offers distance tutoring through Blackboard and face-to-face assistance on the 2nd Floor of the Academic Resource Commons on the Poplar Bluff campus. Every student has access to the TLC Distance Tutoring page, where you can post questions on the discussion board or submit a paper for review by a tutor. If you need more assistance, contact the TLC via email at tlc@trcc.edu or by phone at 573-840-9638, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and we will put you in direct contact with an appropriate tutor.

Library Resources

Three Rivers' Rutland Library offers a number of electronic resources to assist students in research and assignments, and staff members are available to answer questions via email, phone, chat, and text. To get to the library’s resources and find ways to communicate with staff, go to trcc.edu/arc. There you will find both electronic resources and ways to ask questions remotely. The library collections are now available for check-out between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday during June and July. “Holds” may be placed on items for later pick up.

On the left side of the library page, click on “Search Library Catalog” to find over 200,000 e-books, as well as the regular circulating collection. Once you do either an author, title, subject, or keyword search and see a cataloging record, e-books are indicated by a red “e” on the far left. In the middle of the cataloging record, you will see a “Three Rivers e-book: Click to access.” After clicking on this message, you access the e-book by entering your student email address plus your password. Downloading e-books is not standard across electronic devices, nor is it recommended for cell phones.

Also, on the left side of the opening screen of the library’s webpage is the heading “Search for Articles.” This is the section for accessing some 40+ databases that the library provides. In this section, you will find a list of databases, each covering a different subject area, such as medicine, business, current events, social sciences, literature, and consumer health.

Requesting books from other Mobius libraries is also possible; but remember that libraries across Missouri and adjoining states are opening gradually or are not yet open at all. If you have a question about whether or not a Mobius library is open and processing loans, please contact the library via one of its remote messaging methods.

To communicate with a library staff member, you can email library@trcc.edu, “chat” at the appropriate spot on the screen, text 573-298-6105, or phone 573-840-9654 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday throughout June and July. This contact information is also on the library’s webpage.

Nursing Application Deadlines

The application deadline for the RN Day program has been extended to July 28. Applications for all Nursing and Allied health programs can be found at trcc.edu/admissions/application.

Information on COVID-19

For updates on COVID-19 in Missouri, please visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website at https://health.mo.gov. For general information on COVID-19, best practices for staying healthy, the latest updates, and much more, visit www.cdc.gov/COVID19.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

How can you protect yourself and others?

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Wash for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Stay home if you are sick. For classes/labs still meeting face-to-face, email your instructors to let them know and ask about assignments.
  • If you have a fever, go home immediately and do not return to campus until the fever has subsided for 24 hours.
  • If possible, avoid close contact with people who are sick. When sick, keep your distance from others to keep germs from spreading.
  • Keep hand sanitizer or wipes with you.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a disposable tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth to prevent infection.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your home, at the College, and at your place of employment.
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