Covid-19 Campus News

COVID-19 Safeguarding Strategies:

As we prepare for fall semester, many have wondered what our COVID policies will look like. The following is based on the current CDC guidelines. Recognizing that this may change over the next few months, in the event of a surge in cases, this is what we can anticipate if things stay the same.

  • Fully vaccinated individuals will be able to go maskless.
  • Unvaccinated individuals should plan to continue to wear masks.
  • Classrooms will be arranged with chairs 3 feet apart. Dean Waldman will be working with the select handful of instructors whose class capacities may not allow for this seating space. Further academic protocols will be forthcoming as new information becomes available.
  • Unvaccinated individuals who come within close contact of infected individuals will be required to quarantine for 10 days. Proof of full vaccination two weeks prior to such contact will be necessary to avoid quarantine.
  • We are working on an incentive to encourage students to get vaccinated and to document that vaccination with the institution before returning to school this fall. The incentive and the process for providing proof of documentation are still under consideration. Recommendations on incentive ideas are welcome!

We are cautiously hopeful that the worst days of COVID are behind us. Thanks to everyone for your roles in helping to keep the campus safe!

COVID-19 Response Services:
  • The new PC Student Telehealth Clinic is open onsite, staffed with a telehealth doctor and MSN student nurses not only for COVID testing (which are then processed offsite) but also for a number of other minor medical concerns.
  • 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 within a 24-hour period, over 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.


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