ALERT: Information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Updates and Announcements

Updates and announcements relating to COVID-19 and its impact on the Lamar State College Port Arthur community.

05/21/2020 14:46 PM: FREE summer courses at LSCPA

Lamar State College Port Arthur CARES for all of our students and wants to assist every student during this time of uncertainty and economic unrest. Therefore, during the summer 2020 semester we will continue providing LSCPA students with the hope of a productive and secure future by offering them the opportunity to pursue their educational goals and enroll in TWO SUMMER COURSES FOR FREE for ALL students!

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05/01/2020 11:30 AM: LSCPA plans to resume face-to-face instruction this fall

The Texas State University System’s seven member institutions, including Lamar State College Port Arthur, have begun plans to resume face-to-face instruction this fall, while implementing enhanced health and safety measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Institution leaders are working to develop campus-specific operational plans based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and other public health agencies.

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05/01/2020 10:00 AM: All Summer I classes moved online

Lamar State College Port Arthur will conduct its Summer I semester exclusively online as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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05/01/2020 08:00 AM: LSCPA Cares Emergency Aid

Students at Lamar State College Port Arthur can apply for a share of more than $500,000 in federal COVID-19 emergency aid.


05/01/2020 08:00 AM: Sempra donation bolsters LSCPA Food Pantry

Sempra LNG, through its Foundation’s COVID Nonprofit Hardship Fund, has decided that no student should go hungry. The Sempra Energy Foundation has donated $20,000 to the Port Arthur Higher Education Foundation which, in turn, will provide $6,000 to the Lamar State College Port Arthur Food Bank.


04/24/2020 11:30 AM: Summer and Fall Registration Open

Lamar State College Port Arthur administrators are in discussions regarding the status of the Summer I semester in regards to online vs. face-to-face classes. A final decision will be announced on May 1, 2020. You can register online now for Summer and Fall semesters. For information on admissions and registering for classes, go to or call Enrollment Services at 409-984-6467 or (800) 477-5872. (

04/02/2020 16:00 PM: Update from LSCPA President

LSCPA President Dr. Betty Reynard sends an update to students, faculty and staff regarding the campus schedule during the pandemic.



03/31/2020 12:00 PM: Hope Center offers tips on handling COVID-19 difficulties

The Hope Center ( is offering a tip sheet on how to handle the difficulties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. It contains some very useful tips on finances, food and staying healthy.


03/30/2020 15:37 PM: Faculty and Staff Flexible Work Arrangement

Faculty and Staff: To enable Lamar State College Port Arthur employees to comply with shelter-in-place or other restrictions that may be issued by local or state officials, we are providing the following guidance regarding managing your work schedule.  We recognize these shelter-in-place restrictions may eventually affect many, if not all, of our employees and students. LSCPA is committed to providing flexibility and appropriate work options that not only answer the needs of our employees, but ensure the continued operation of the college. The expectation is that anyone working remotely is reachable, available, and demonstrating work outcomes. These individuals must submit the Flexible Work Arrangement and have it approved by their supervisor.

03/25/2020 17:00 PM: LSCPA donates much-needed medical supplies

The LSCPA Allied Health Department made a donation of supplies, including the much-sought-after N95 respirator masks, to CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth Hospital.

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03/17/2020 10:00 AM: COVID-19: Social Distancing and Hand Washing

While governmental agencies locally and across the nation are working to control the COVID-19 virus, it is up to us to do all we can to safeguard ourselves from infection. Critical aspects of containing the spread of COVID-19 include social distancing and consistent, thorough hand washing.

Social Distancing

The White House recommends that gatherings of people should number no more than 10 as an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Read more from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House.

The current social distancing recommendation is that you should maintain a distance of at least six feet from other people. COVID-19 is spread through the particulates produced during regular conversation, coughing or sneezing. Maintaining a safe distance will help minimize your risk of being infected.

Hand Washing

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

When washing your hands, follow these five steps every time.

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

The CDC offers additional handwashing tips.

CDC: When and How to Wash Your Hands

03/16/2020 16:11 PM: LSCPA classes offered exclusively online

With the closing of all Port Arthur ISD facilities starting Tuesday, March 17, all LSCPA classes will be offered exclusively online starting Monday, March 23, and running until further notice. The only exception will be various lab classes where online instruction is impossible. All LSCPA students, including dual enrollment and those enrolled in Woodrow Wilson Early College High School, should monitor their LSCPA email account for further information from their instructors in the coming week. If you need assistance, staff will still be answering phones on campus. Check for a directory of faculty and staff phone listings.

03/13/2020 16:12 PM: Faculty and staff non-essential travel canceled

Faculty and Staff: In relation to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced today that all state agencies are required to cancel non-essential travel until further notice. If you have questions about travel requests or if your travel request was approved, please contact your immediate supervisor for clarification. Additional updates will be provided as they become available.

03/13/2020 14:00 PM: NJCAA announces all spring sports postponed

The National Junior College Athletics Association announced that all spring sports have been postponed until April 3 when the situation regarding the safety of travel can be revisited. This decision affects all Seahawks softball games scheduled during the period of postponement.


03/12/2020 15:00 PM: Face-to-face classes cancelled 3/16-3/20

LSCPA is cancelling face-to-face classes for the college's students for March 16 through March 20. Dual Enrollment and Woodrow Wilson Early College High School students will attend classes as regularly scheduled. LSCPA online classes will continue as scheduled.