We take the health of our college community seriously. UAHT is continuing to monitor information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state health officials regarding the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
This web page provides updates relevant to our college community along with links to various resources available to students, faculty and staff.
As of 4/6/2020
The Governor announced today that he is extending the on-campus closure of all public K-12 schools beyond the original April 17, 2020 date. Therefore, the remainder of the school year for K-12 will be completed in the alternative environment only with no on-campus instruction. For most, that means that the majority of school districts will be online only. UAHT anticipated that this would be the case and we have been preparing to serve our shared high school students in that format. UAHT will make an announcement by the end of this week regarding the educational delivery format for the rest of the semester for ALL students at UAHT.
As of 4/2/2020
As of 3/31/2020
As of 3/30/2020
UAHT students are returning to class today in our alternative educational environment. UAHT is committed to the success of our students in finishing this semester. The Purtle Advising Center is available to assist students with any and all technical and support needs.
As part of UAHT’s commitment to serving our community, our Hope campus will be used this Friday as a drive through testing center. We are doing this in support of the health and safety efforts being made by the entire Hempstead County leadership team. You can find the details of the testing event at https://www.hopeprescott.com/2020/03/drive-through-testing-for-covid-19-set-for-uaht-campus-april-3rd/ . The UA-Hope campus will be remote only for this Friday, while the UA-Texarkana campus will be remote with essential staff on campus.
As of 3/26/2020
UAHT is dedicated to helping our students finish the semester strong, we understand the importance of internet access to succeed in online courses. As a result, UAHT has compiled a Quick Start Guide to Remote Learning and Campus WiFi Hotspots to provide helpful tips to assist students with the college’s transition to online only classes.
For more information, please contact Dr. Christopher Smith, UAHT Dean of Student Services, at email@example.com.
As of 3/19/2020
Today, the Governor reported that Arkansas had 29 new positives today which brings our new total to 62 confirmed cases in Arkansas. There were 9 new counties with confirmed cases. The closest of those counties to UAHT is Clark County. Miller and Hempstead Counties still do not have a confirmed case at this point. The Governor did state that it is clear that Arkansas is experiencing community spread. That fact makes it even more important to practice social separation and only essential travel. Further, the Governor announce 5 new restrictions in Arkansas, including the extended closure of K-12 Public Schools until at least through April 17, 2020.
On-campus classes will resume immediately after Spring Break in the online-only format until at least April 20, 2020. The UA Board of Trustees has postponed all graduation ceremonies occurring before June 1, 2020. UAHT will be rescheduling our ceremony and announce that date as soon as possible.
As of 3/17/2020
This afternoon, the Governor reported that Arkansas had no new positives today for the first time in a week. and stated that there will be an increase in testing which will very likely produce a different outcome in the future. The general statement regarding the status of Arkansas K-12 public schools is that students will physically return to campus immediately after Spring Break. The Department of Education anticipates issuing directives in the near future outlining the student re-entry process and guidelines for high risk students and employees. UAHT will continue to actively monitor those developments. In addition, UAHT will all continue to prepare for the strong potential of moving to an online only instructional environment for our students after Spring Break, if necessary.
As of 3/16/2020
There are still no indications of a suspected Coronavirus occurrence on the UAHT campuses or our immediate service counties outside of Bowie County, TX at this time. Today, the Arkansas Governor’s press conference and the President’s press conference reiterated the need to minimize unnecessary social gatherings, now defined as 10 or more people in close proximity to one another. Also, the Governor stressed the need to not take unnecessary out of state trips in order to avoid contact. UAHT asks that all faculty, staff, students, and the campus community heed all recommendations made by public and health officials to keep our community as safe and healthy as possible.
As of 3/15/2020
Out of an abundance of caution and in response to Governor Hutchinson’s issued mandate for all Arkansas Public K-12 schools districts to close by Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana campuses will be closed to students effective immediately and remain closed until the end of Spring Break on March 29, 2020.
As of 3/13/2020
UAHT will continue to operate campus next week as normal as possible with special attention to our campus safety protocols. Today, the Governor reported three new cases for central Arkansas this afternoon with 70 tests performed so far. One of the new cases in central Arkansas is considered the first instance of confirmed “community transmission”. Again, we urge everyone to be committed to your social separation practices over the weekend. UAHT will be monitoring the situation and communicating over the weekend. Updates will be posted over the weekend if any changes to our operations status are required. In addition to the actions announced previously, the following actions are announced for UAHT campuses to be proactive in our safety and operations planning:
- UAHT will continue to work directly with our public school districts to insure continuity and safety for shared students. The Governor and Secretary Key (AR Department of Ed) reiterated this afternoon that Arkansas would keep its schools open as long as possible and that they are the safest place for our students;
- UAHT will continue to track CDC guidelines as they are modified and clarified with regard to factors that would suggest any campus closings; and
- UAHT, based on the Governor’s “commonsense” advice this afternoon, will continue to strictly limit the use of Hempstead Hall and all our other meeting facilities by outside groups for gathering to mitigate the introduction and spread of potential illness on our campus;
Remember, if you begin to feel ill or develop a fever over the weekend do not come to campus. Seek medical attention. Also, keep in mind that you have unlimited access to “UAMS HealthNow” at https://uamshealth.com/healthnow/ .
UAHT has no current indications of any occurrences of Coronavirus at any of our locations or in our immediate area. Therefore, we will continue to operate campus as normal as possible with special attention to our campus safety protocols. There are numerous state and local meetings scheduled today to further review the facts and coordinate broad preventative measures. The campus community will be informed of all pertinent developments. In addition to the actions announced previously, the following actions are announced for UAHT campuses to be proactive in our safety and operations planning:
- Please be sure to maintain social separation measures in all on and off-campus activities today. This is an additional measure to the announced suspension of non-essential student organization meetings and events.
- UAHT is committed to providing safe and open access to our campus, especially through broad use of Hempstead Hall. However, out of an abundance of caution and to assist in our campus cleaning efforts, we will be strictly limiting the use of Hempstead Hall and our other meeting facilities by outside groups for gathering to mitigate the introduction and spread of potential illness on our campus;
- In an effort to support faculty who continue to prepare for alternative delivery methods in the event they are necessary, Student Services and IT are preparing an online student help center to facilitate the effectiveness of that educational environment for our students;
- Remember that UAMS has made available the “UAMS HealthNow” Coronavirus resource on their website for direct information for all Arkansans at https://uamshealth.com/healthnow/ ; and
- Also, Arkansas Children’s Hospital has a hotline for Coronavirus questions as it relates to children at (800) 743-3616.
UAHT will continuously monitor developments in order to promptly respond to insure the safety of the campus family. Remember, follow all suggested safety measures on and off campus.
As of 3/12/2020
As we continue to monitor the situation, the Governor has reported this afternoon that Arkansas now has six presumptive Coronavirus cases. There have been numerous additional closures, especially in Pulaski, Saline, Jefferson and Grant counties. I am aware, as you are, of additional online only transitions by other UA and non-UA institutions as well. UAHT has no current indications of any occurrences of Coronavirus at any of our locations. Therefore, we will continue to operate campus as normal as possible with special attention to our campus safety protocols. In addition to the actions announced in my email this morning, the following actions are announce for UAHT campuses to be proactive in our safety and operations planning:
- UAHT faculty and staff are prohibited from off-campus meeting attendance or official, off-campus travel until March 31, 2020, without the prior approval from your Vice Chancellor or the Chancellor;
- There will be no non-academic, non-essential student organization meetings or events scheduled on or off campus until March 31, 2020;
- UAHT Health Professions students will not be engaging in hospital/clinical rotations for the remainder of the month as an added precaution;
- UAMS has made available the “UAMS HealthNow” Coronavirus resource on their website for direct information for all Arkansans at https://uamshealth.com/healthnow/ ;
- Arkansas Children’s Hospital has a hotline for Coronavirus questions as it relates to children at (800) 743-3616; and
- Faculty are preparing for alternative delivery methods in the event they are necessary.
Again, faculty are working to prepare for any developments in the future that may impact academic operations. Cabinet is continuously monitoring developments so that we can promptly respond to insure the safety of all our campus family. Please do not hesitate to contact your direct supervisor or any Cabinet member with any questions you may have about our campus operations. Remember, follow our handwashing policy.
As of 3/11/2020
The administration at UAHT and the UA System are monitoring the health concerns regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Everyone should be proactive to decrease the incidence and spread of the disease. The precautions below also apply to the preventing the flu, which is still affecting many communities and school districts in southwest Arkansas.
Campus is closed effective March 30 – April 20.
April 22 – Summer and Fall Registration Begins (To register contact the Purtle Advising Center at 870-722-8124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
April 24 – Last Day to Withdraw from Spring Classes
*All dates are subject to change.
Last updated 3/30/2020
The best way to prevent the spread of infectious diseases is to:
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover all coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow instead of on your hand
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
Please use hand sanitizer. Wash and sanitize your hands frequently and try to avoid touching your face. We will keep the campus community up to date as we get more information.