(7:40 p.m. Update*) Friday, March 13, 2020; 11 a.m. -- Dear Colleagues, The PHSC senior leadership team has continued to monitor and deliberate about the College's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. New information from local and state federal leaders continues to emerge hourly, and as a result, we have decided to close all PHSC campuses and locations to students next week. We will use the time next week to finalize our Academic Continuity Plan and prepare to facilitate remote instruction and deliver other service to students in an online capacity wherever possible.
All PHSC campuses and locations are closed to students through Monday, March 23, 2020 at 6 a.m. ALL ONLINE AND HYBRID CLASSES WILL CONTINUE WITHOUT INTERRUPTION, but all face-to-face classes are cancelled for the week and many will resume in an online format on Monday, March 23, 2020. Faculty teaching hybrid courses should continue instruction remotely and transition to fully online course delivery. We realize that some programs and courses are not conducive to exclusive remote instruction and will give special consideration to courses and programs that require face -to-face instruction. Decisions about these courses and programs will be made in concert with Academic Affairs and relevant faculty next week. Once moved online, classes will remain online through the end of the semester. We will ask students to pay close attention to Canvas for any updates faculty may send regarding specific courses. The College will provide faculty the guidance and support necessary for a successful transition with minimal impact on learning outcomes.
All PHSC faculty and staff members should plan to report to work as scheduled during the week of March 16, 2020 (after spring break). Should you have any concerns about coming to your work location, are ill, care for individuals who are immunosuppressed, or need to self-isolate based on international or cruise travel, please consult your medical provider or your respective health department and work directly with your supervisor. We will need all employees fully engaged as we shift our operations to support learning in an online format and look forward to working with you to support the success of our students.
*Adjunct faculty who teach face-to-face courses do not have to report this week. Please wait for administration to provide further details regarding the transition of your face-to-face courses to online.
Continue to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding preventative measures.
I appreciate your flexibility and attentiveness as we seek to address this unprecedented situation in a deliberate and focused way. I will count on you in the coming days to help our students continue their learning through teaching, student services, and operational support. I am confident that the PHSC team will be able to effectively meet this challenge and best meet the needs of our students under these stressful circumstances.
Take care and be safe,
Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., President