(UPDATED 5/11/20) Due to the current pandemic, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will do the following:
- The 1st Summer Session will continue as scheduled; however, all classes will be modified to an online format or moved to the 2nd Summer Session. Classes for the 1st Summer Session begin May 18th and continue through June 29th. Students should contact their instructors for classroom guidance and/or reach out to our staff by completing the Need Help form.
- The 2nd Summer Session, including lab courses, will be moved to a completely online format. Classes begin July 7th and will end August 17th. Faculty will be in contact with students in medical lab classes that require face-to-face contact for competency verification.
- All non-credit face-to-face classes are canceled through July 6th. Visit Workforce & Community to take advantage of online training.
- All locations are closed until further notice. Only essential staff are allowed at any facility.
- All student and employee travel has been suspended until further notice.
- All College-sponsored events or activities/meetings on-campus have been suspended until further notice.
- Our in-person Commencement has been postponed. We will be holding a virtual Commencement on May 15th. Click here for details.
- The 25th Anniversary Gala has been postponed. It will likely be rescheduled for the fall.
- All employees will continue to work remotely until further notice.
- Employees should work with their direct supervisors to remain productive and efficient.
- Administration will continue to monitor the situation and modify work and learning environments as necessary.
Pennsylvania Highlands cares about your health, the health of your family, and the health of our region. We are monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
We are also monitoring the seasonal flu outbreaks and encourage students to be mindful of their health during this season.
We will continue to closely monitor this situation and will be prepared to maintain College operations to the best of our ability should illnesses interrupt normal daily operation.
Reducing the Risk of Infection
- Wash your hands frequently! Handwashing is the most effective preventative measure. For handwashing guidelines, click here.
- Use an effective (60-95% alcohol) hand sanitizer in-between hand washes.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue (not your hands).
- Avoid sharing cups, utensils, water bottles, and other personal items.
- Avoid personal contact and those who are sick.
What if I get sick?
- Monitor your symptoms and compare them to the lists provided below.
- Stay home! While we appreciate the dedication of our students, faculty, and region, we want you to get well and we want to prevent the spread of illness.
- Report possible exposure or illness to an instructor, advisor, and/or any College personnel immediately.
- Seek medical guidance. Remember that you can use telemedicine, available through many health insurance companies, for a virtual visit with a physician.
Coronavirus: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that patients with confirmed 2019-nCoV infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- fever (a persistent temperature at or above 100 degrees)
- shortness of breath
Should you begin to experience any of these symptoms and have recently traveled to or near affected areas, or been exposed to others who have traveled to or near affected areas, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Influenza: The CDC reports that Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- fever or feeling feverish/chills
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- muscle or body aches
- fatigue (tiredness)
- some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
Should you begin to experience any of these symptoms and have recently been exposed to others who are ill, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
- FACTSHEET: What you need to know about the coronavirus.
- FACTSHEET: What to do if you are sick with the coronavirus.
- INFOGRAPHIC: Stop the spread of germs (coronavirus COVID-19).
- INFOGRAPHIC: Symptoms of the coronavirus.
- More information on the coronavirus (Pennsylvania Department of Heath).
- More information on the symptoms, treatment, and prevention measures for influenza virus.
- More information on the symptoms, treatment, and prevention measures for coronavirus.
- Details on Pennsylvania’s Stay At Home order.
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College acknowledges that the institution has signed and returned the certification and agreement form and that the institution has used, or intends to use, the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students.
- The total amount of funds Pennsylvania Highlands will receive, or has received, under the HEERF student portion as of 5/13/20 is $440,143.
- Of these funds, $225,579 has been distributed to students as of this reporting date (5/13/20).
- The estimated total number of students at Pennsylvania Highlands eligible to participate (in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965) is 923, and are therefore eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant.
- 923 students have received an emergency financial aid grant.
- Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is currently determining which students will receive emergency financial aid grants, and how much they will receive.
- Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by Pennsylvania Highlands to students concerning an emergency financial aid grant is currently being determined.
For questions or concerns, please contact:
- Cregg Dibert
Director of Security & Safety