(UPDATD 4/1/20) Due to the current situation, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will do the following:
- All classes will remain online through the end of the Spring semester (May 4th). Students should continue contacting their instructors for classroom guidance and/or reach out to our staff by completing the Need Help form.
- 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.
- The 2nd Summer Session will continue as scheduled. Classes begin July 7th and end August 17th. A new class schedule is being created that includes some face-to-face classes; please check back regularly for class changes or additions to the summer schedule.
- All non-credit face-to-face classes are cancelled 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.
- Commencement, scheduled for May 9th, has been postponed. We hope to reschedule Commencement once it is safe for students to return.
- The 25th Anniversary Gala has been postponed. It will likely be rescheduled for the fall.
- All employees will continue to work remotely until April 30th.
- 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.
- 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.
For questions or concerns, please contact:
- Cregg Dibert
Director of Security & Safety