Covid-19 Campus News

COVID-19 Safeguarding Strategies:
  • All students and employees will wear masks in all public places.
  • Hand sanitizers will be available at the entrance to every building.
  • Classrooms, labs, the dining hall, the library, and other gathering spaces have been measured, rearranged, and marked for COVID capacity and seating in adherence to CDC social distancing guidelines. Signs have been posted on all doors indicating COVID capacity, as well as Exit and Entrance doors when possible.
  • Class meetings have been modified to stagger in-person attendance in compliance with social distancing guidelines. There are opportunities in specified classes for students to join via WebEx.
  • All faculty have been issued face shields.
  • All students will wipe down their desks and seats when leaving classrooms.
  • Students, faculty and staff will have their temperatures taken daily. No-touch thermometers are being used in residence halls and in campus buildings.
  • Athletes will have daily temperature checks throughout the season.
  • Of course, all students in campus housing have single bedrooms, as PC has been offering students the “Suite/Sweet Life” for years.
  • PC’s COVID Case Tracker is kept up-to-date and can be accessed anytime below COVID-19 Response Preparations. 


COVID-19 Response Preparations:
  • Avera Health Care is offering the community access to testing via a number of different avenues. Individuals can call the COVID Hotline, during business hours, at 1-877-AT-AVERA or can access an online screening tool, anytime, day or night, and receive a call back to set up an appointment to receive testing, if necessary. Alternatively, people can also seek testing from any health care provider of their choice.
  • Students are encouraged to download the contact tracing app, Campus Clear, which maintains a log of all other individuals who have the app who may have come within 6 feet of them for 15+ minutes in the past 14 days.
  • PC has established protocols for resident students in isolation (awaiting test results or having tested positive) and in quarantine (who have been in close contact with someone awaiting test results or having tested positive). Resident students in isolation will have their meals from the dining hall delivered to them. Those in quarantine will pick up boxed meals at the designated distribution site.  Both groups of students will continue to have access to classes online.
  • PC is also establishing an onsite clinic, staffed with a telehealth doctor, for additional care.


PC Covid-19 Update 5 | 8.24.2020

Dear Presentation College Community,

We have been notified that one residential and four non-residential PC students have tested positive for COVID-19. Due to privacy laws, we are unable to share the identity of the individuals, however Presentation College is following guidelines provided by the Department of Health to address the matter. PC is working directly with the impacted students, as well as any close contacts to those students.

These individuals spent time in the Strode Activity Center as well as limited time in the main building on campus. The Strode Activity Center and those impacted portions of the main building have been professionally cleaned and disinfected since any activity by these individuals. This was also prior to any events that took place today. Presentation College is also conducting contract tracing and has informed individuals who were in close contact with those that have tested positive. Members of the PC community who had direct contact with these individuals have been notified and are being asked to self-quarantine. These measures are helping to contain this incidence.

The college is monitoring the student’s health and assisting as needed.

Moving forward, we require that all employees and students continue to wear masks when around any other individuals on campus, in addition to maintaining social distancing and following PC’s COVID safeguarding strategies.  

If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms, please immediately quarantine yourself, contact your supervisor, and seek medical advice, either through the Avera Hotline (1-877-282-8372) or through your personal health care provider. You may also contact PC’s Employee Assistance Program, Northern Plains Psychological Association, (605-225-3622) or Northeast Mental Health Center, (605-225-1010). Students may contact Rebecca Christiansen, Campus Counselor (605-229-8524; for help managing the uncertainty around this ongoing pandemic.

Our campus community is dependent upon all of us doing the right thing and looking out for one another. We are truly in this together.

Blessing to you all,

Marcus Garstecki, Ph.D

Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Presentation College

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