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

Information covering the Spring 2021 Semester

3R Confirmed Cases reported by week (Updated: 05/07/21)

Poplar Bluff Online Dexter Sikeston Kennett
Week of Student Employee Student Employee Student Employee Student Employee Student Employee
04/19/2021 to 04/25/2021 1
04/12/2021 to 04/18/2021
04/05/2021 to 04/11/2021 1 1
03/29/2021 to 04/04/2021
03/22/2021 to 03/28/2021
03/15/2021 to 03/21/2021
03/08/2021 to 03/14/2021
03/01/2021 to 03/07/2021
02/22/2021 to 02/28/2021 2
02/15/2021 to 02/21/2021 2
02/08/2021 to 02/14/2021
02/01/2021 to 02/07/2021 1 1
01/25/2021 to 01/31/2021 1
01/18/2021 to 01/24/2021 4 1 1 1 2 1

This dashboard is updated daily to keep the college community informed. All known positive COVID-19 cases involving students or employees will be reported whether they live on campus, have visited a location, or have a potential to visit one of our locations.

See the confirmed COVID-19 cases from Fall 2020.

If a COVID positive person presents a risk, those affected will be personally contacted!

  • On April 7, 2021 one student tested positive for COVID-19
  • On February 22, 2021 one student tested positive for COVID-19
  • On February 21, 2021 one student tested positive for COVID-19
  • On February 17, 2021 one student tested positive for COVID-19
  • On February 7, 2021 one student tested positive for COVID-19
  • On February 2, 2021 one student tested positive for COVID-19
  • On January 28, 2021 one student tested positive for COVID-19
  • On January 22, 2021 two students and one employee tested positive for COVID-19
  • On January 21, 2021 one student tested positive for COVID-19
  • On January 20, 2021 two students tested positive for COVID-19
  • On January 19, 2021 one student tested positive for COVID-19
  • On January 18, 2021 three students tested positive for COVID-19

Updated May 24, 2021 at 10:30 a.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 January 19 at the Poplar Bluff campus and TRC locations in Sikeston, Dexter, Kennett, and Cape Girardeau.


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


The Spring schedule will not be adjusted unless dictated by critical events.


The mandatory face mask order was lifted on May 21, 2021. All employees, students, and visitors of the College may enter all premises mask free. Those who would like to continue to wear masks are encouraged to do so.

Other protocols concerning COVID-19 are currently continuing, including illness reporting, quarantines, and isolation. If you have questions, contact the Dean of Student Services or the Office of Public Safety. College employees can contact their supervior with questions.


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 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.

CDC guidance 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 positive individual is symptom free for at least 72 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 medical notation when to end isolation.

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 Spring classes at Three Rivers College. New and current students may speak with an advisor virtually through a Zoom meeting by appointment. Financial Aid advisors are also available via Zoom by appointment. To schedule an appointment, 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 Spring 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 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. 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 by appointment. To schedule your appointment, 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

Three Rivers offers 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 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. 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 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 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 available for check-out 7:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. “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 7:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. This contact information is also on the library’s webpage.

Nursing Application Deadlines

Applications and application deadlines 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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