Today we made some decisions that will alter how we deliver instruction and services while we continue to monitor the coronavirus pandemic.
Students will have an extended spring break, with no classes meeting between March 16 and March 29. When classes resume Monday, March 30, they will be delivered in an online format, to the extent that is possible, until at least Sunday, April 12. We have asked faculty and staff to be as accommodating to you as possible during this time, helping you through this transition period.
Though you may not be on our campuses over the next few weeks, we will be in touch with you. Please respond to our emails, texts and calls so that we can ensure you are in good health and continuing your academic progress during this time. You will still have access to student services such as advising and tutoring. Registration will start April 6, as planned. Advisors are available now to assist you.
Even as we are offering our classes online, academic labs and computer labs may be open for use by smaller groups with staggered instruction. If you use these facilities, we may ask you questions about your health and recent travel and ask you to practice social distancing. Please know that these spaces will be cleaned daily.
If you are participating in internships and other outside work, other than clinicals at a health care facility, you can continue to do so as long as you are healthy and the affiliated organization where you are serving is open and operating. Student workers will be paid during this time. Your campus job may be reassigned to a task you can do remotely, however.
There will be no student travel authorized by the College until at least April 12, and all College events that involve more than 15 people that are planned through April 12 will be cancelled or rescheduled, effective immediately.
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, you should complete this form to self-report your illness. If you have recently traveled to a high-risk country (CDC Level 2 or 3), have traveled to a state with Sustained Community Transmission or have been on a cruise in the past 14 days, you should fill out this form, whether you are ill or not, and self-quarantine for 14 days upon your return.
We are asking you to self-report travel even during online instruction periods because our campuses may still be open for academic and computer labs and student services such as advising and tutoring.
We encourage you to check your Pellissippi State email daily and to keep up with the College on social media. For more information on our response to coronavirus, see www.pstcc.edu/coronavirus, which will be updated regularly.
We care about you and your well-being, and we look forward to having you back on campus.
President L. Anthony Wise Jr.
Pellissippi State Community College