COVID-19 Update

PHSC Currently in Phase Three of the College Re-entry Plan

Some student in-person services available Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice. Virtual student services are available on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Frequently asked questions and answers can be found on the College Re-entry and FAQ's web page.

7-Day Report: Week of November 15, 2020
PHSC COVID-19 Positive Cases
Staff 1
Students 1
Staff Cumulative 10
Student Cumulative 15
Cumulative Report: PHSC
PHSC COVID-19 Positive Cases
Week of Staff Student
Nov. 15 1 1
Nov. 8 1 6
Nov. 1 1 6
Oct. 25 0 0
Oct. 18 0 1
Oct. 11 1 2
Oct. 4 0 1
Sept. 27 0 0
Sept. 20 0 1
Sept. 13 0 0
Sept. 6 0 1
Aug. 30 2 1
Aug. 23 2 0
Aug. 16 1 0
Aug. 9 0 0
Aug. 3 0 0

For reliable, up-to-date, local, regional, statewide and national information on COVID-19, go to the Links On this Page for the following websites:

  • Florida Department of Health
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • World Health Organization

Fall Term 2020 Learning Options

July 20, 2020 - Learning Options

Fall classes will look different this August. Selected classes will be meeting face-to-face while many classes will be virtual—online, remote or hybrid. You might wonder what the difference is and which format is right for you.

  • Online—course is available through Canvas any time throughout the semester offering a high level of flexibility; no set meeting schedule
  • Remote—course has scheduled meeting days and times providing all the benefits of face-to-face classes in a live, remote environment by utilizing technology (Zoom) through Canvas
  • Hybrid—is a combination of online and remote, where the class meets remotely (50%) and students work independently (50%)

Fall Term 2020 Schedule

Fall Term I
Term I
Date Day  
Aug. 17 Mon. Purge for Unpaid Registrations
Aug. 24 Mon. Classes Begin; Drop/Add Begins
Aug. 28 Fri. Drop/Add Ends
Sept. 7 Mon. Labor Day
Nov. 5 Thur. Last Day for Withdrawal/Audit
Nov. 11 Wed. Veterans' Day
Nov. 26-29   Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec 11 Thur. Classes End
Dec. 16 Wed. Commencement
Dec. 18-Jan. 3   Winter Break

Monitoring College Operations

To ensure that our campus environments remain safe and healthy, PHSC administration are closely monitoring developments related to the Coronavirus 2019 outbreak. We continue to work with local and state health departments and are following the latest state and federal guidelines. As new information becomes available regarding COVID-19 and college operations, we will update this site. 

Previous COVID-19 Updates

(June 8, 2020 - Fall 2020 Update) Pasco-Hernando State College is strategically planning for a safe return in the Fall semester depending on the state of COVID-19 and guidance from state and federal authorities. The College is planning for Fall classes to occur with proper measures to ensure the health and safety of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. Due to COVID-19, the Fall semester may start with virtual instruction, and depending on the course of the pandemic and safety considerations, may transition to on-campus instruction with social distancing and safety protocols in place. This transition may include select programs and courses. The College will notify faculty, staff, students and the community as decisions about the Fall semester continue to unfold.

(June 2, 2020 - TodayCare Children's Center at PHSC Set to Reopen) TodayCare Children's Center at PHSC will reopen on Monday, June 15, 2020. The Center, located at PHSC West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey, will communicate with all parents of previously enrolled children by end of day today, June 2, 2020.

TodayCare is planning a “soft opening” meaning that they do not anticipate every classroom filling up right away in order to meet CDC guidelines and ensure the safety of all children, parents, and staff.

Parents may contact TodayCare Children's Center staff with questions regarding the reopening:

Jayne Goldstein, Center Director - jgoldstein@todaycare.com727-364-3965 Judy Simpson, President/COO - jsimpson@todaycare.com314-566-4156 

(May 27, 2020 - PHSC President Letter to Faculty and Staff) When our Spring 2020 semester began on January 6, nobody imagined that the College would shift to online operations by mid-March. That 1,100 face-to-face classes would move online, followed by intensive trainings for online instruction, numerous Zoom meetings, and virtual events. The spring term officially concluded with PHSC’s online commencement ceremony, proudly hosted yesterday afternoon.

In nearly three months of remote operations, we have been in constant communication with the Florida Departments of Education and Health and Florida College System officials. Our safety and security team has investigated practices that will help ensure a safe return to on-campus operations. A phased approach to reopening our campuses is the best solution and one that is being adopted by other Florida colleges.

Several clock-hour workforce programs will return to face-to-face instruction beginning June 1, with social distancing guidelines enforced and safety precautions in place. Faculty, staff and students associated with these programs will receive information and details about the transition. All other summer courses will remain online, with a decision regarding our plans for Fall 2020 semester announced as soon as possible.

From June 15-July 31, the College will begin a phased return to campus for faculty and staff. During this six-week transition, staff may operate on a flex or rotational basis. By July 1, we expect to resume on-campus student services.

Provosts, administrators and deans will coordinate the return of faculty and staff to sanitized work areas. Additionally, new maintenance policies will be in place for the routine and thorough sanitization of facilities collegewide. For the protection of our entire college community, employees and students will be required to follow CDC guidelines and recommendations as well as new college safety protocols.

Please stay tuned for more information. Your patience is appreciated as we begin the process of returning to on-site operations and instruction

Thank you and stay well!

Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D. President

(May 26, 2020 - Common Placement Testing for Dual Enrollment Suspended) Effective May 26, 2020, PHSC suspended common placement testing for DE eligibility through the 2020 fall term. In response to COVID-19, the Florida Department of Education released Emergency Order No. 2020-EO-02. The order suspends the testing requirement “for student eligibility for initial enrollment in college credit dual enrollment (DE) courses taken through December 31, 2020.”  

Common placement test scores found on the PHSC Student Testing and Placement Chart may still be used for eligibility and placement consideration if administered prior to May 26. Common placement testing will resume for dual enrollment prior to spring registration.

Beyond the required 3.0 unweighted GPA, additional dual enrollment eligibility requirements for college-level courses are under review. This includes accessible and fair alternative methods for eligibility.  If approved, students will have more options to meet the eligibility requirements for initial and continued enrollment through the fall term. 

Effective May 26, 2020, PHSC suspended common placement testing for DE eligibility through the 2020 fall term. In response to COVID-19, the Florida Department of Education released Emergency Order No. 2020-EO-02. The order suspends the testing requirement “for student eligibility for initial enrollment in college credit dual enrollment (DE) courses taken through December 31, 2020.”  

Common placement test scores found on the PHSC Student Testing and Placement Chart may still be used for eligibility and placement consideration if administered prior to May 26. Common placement testing will resume for dual enrollment prior to spring registration.

Beyond the required 3.0 unweighted GPA, additional dual enrollment eligibility requirements for college-level courses are under review. This includes accessible and fair alternative methods for eligibility.  If approved, students will have more options to meet the eligibility requirements for initial and continued enrollment through the fall term. 

(April 28, 2020 - PHSC President Letter to Faculty and Staff) In a letter to PHSC employees, PHSC President Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., announced the continuation of remote work through at least June 1, 2020 and the addition of Virtual Town Hall Meetings. View the full communication on the Coronavirus Faculty and Staff web page.

(April 24, 2020 - Letter to Employees) In an Enterprise email communication today, PHSC Human Resources Director Darrell Clark addresses summer work schedules and a continued remote work environment. View the full communication on the Coronavirus Faculty and Staff web page

(April 20, 2020 - Letter to Faculty) In a recent message to PHSC full-time and adjunct faculty, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer/College Provost Stanley M. Giannet, Ph.D., shares his appreciation and reflections on faculty responsiveness.

(April 15, 2020 - PHSC President Letter to Students, Faculty and Staff) In a recent letter addressed to PHSC Faculty, Staff and Students, PHSC President Timothy L. Beard provided updates regarding the change in college operations in response to Coronavirus. Additionally, please be sure to check (above) the new dates for Summer term III, updated on April 2, 2020.

(April 10, 2020) The application cycle for select limited access health programs for August 2020 admission has changed due to adjusted college operations in response to COVID-19 activity.

(April 1, 2020) PHSC President Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., sent a letter to Colleagues and Students on April 1, 2020. The letter came in response to Governor Ron DeSantis' order beginning midnight on Thursday, April 2, 2020, for Florida residents to stay at home except for trips or activities that are essential. In the letter, President Beard says, "Therefore, commencing Friday, April 3, 2020 PHSC employees will perform their duties remotely under the direction of their supervisors (from home or another alternative location), and all in-person student services remain suspended until further notice." View the complete communication in the April 1, 2020 President Letter to Students, Faculty and Staff.

(March 27, 2020; 4 p.m.) Faculty and staff have been working to move all face-to-face courses online. Students moving to online instruction are encouraged to reach out to their instructors, advisors, and student leaders with concerns about changing from a face-to-face to online learning platform. Also, for encouragement, and updates, be sure to visit PHSC's social media channels. Today's featured video comes from Bob Bade, Ed.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Officer. Additionally, a Student Success Tools resource page is available. 

(March 24, 2020; 2:00 p.m.) A letter from President Timothy L. Beard to Colleagues and Students outlined extensions and updates to upcoming terms and additional changes in college operations due to COVID-19.

(March 23, 2020; 6 p.m.) - The following are updates to college operations and student events and deadlines:

TodayCare Children's Center at PHSC in New Port Richey is closing beginning March 24, 2020, until further notice. Nursing Pinning Ceremony previously scheduled for May 5, 2020, has been delayed until further notice. Spring 2020 Commencement previously scheduled for May 6, 2020 has been delayed until further notice. Deadline to apply to graduate has been extended to April 26, to get your name in the commencement program. Students moving from face-to-face to online classes beginning Monday, March 30 are encouraged to reach out to advisors or instructors with any concerns on moving to online instruction.

(March 18, 2020; 11:38 a.m.) - All PHSC face-to-face classes previously scheduled to move online on March 23, 2020 are delayed and will now begin on March 30, 2020. Online classes will continue until the end of the spring semester. Classes currently being taught online will continue as scheduled. All in-person student services are suspended at all five Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) campuses until at least April 15, 2020. For Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates related to college operations, continue to monitor college email, phsc.edu website, and social media channels.

PHSC President COVID-19 Video Series

PHSC President Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., frequently produces video messages providing updates on College operations related to COVID-19 activity. View the latest video in the series on the COVID-19 Updates playlist on Youtube.

Student and Employee Travel

Following guidance from Governor Ron DeSantis and State Surgeon General Scott Rivkees, the Florida Department of Education has asked that colleges and universities request that all students and employees who return from any international destination or from a cruise self-isolate and not return to campus for 14 days after their return. If you are a student returning from an international destination or cruise, please work directly with your faculty regarding any need to self-isolate. If you are an employee returning from an international destination or cruise, please work directly with your supervisor regarding any need to self-isolate.

Protecting Yourself

While it’s unclear exactly how it’s transmitted, COVID-19 is thought to spread through person-to-person contact and through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms range from mild to serious and include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Here are some tips from the CDC to reduce your chances of becoming ill:

Wash your hands frequently to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the Coronavirus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

If you are experiencing a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, contact a healthcare professional to determine whether testing or treatment is needed.

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.