COVID-19 UPDATES

Find the latest information regarding College operations pertaining to faculty and staff below.

May 5, 2020 - President's Virtual Town Hall Meeting

The PHSC President and Leadership Team hosted a virtual town hall meeting for faculty and staff on May 5.  

The Town Hall meeting has ended; a recording of the meeting is now available on the Sharepoint/Intranet in Announcements.

April 28, 2020 - PHSC President Letter to Faculty and Staff

Dear Faculty and Staff:

Now in our fourth full week of remote operations and online instruction, PHSC has adjusted to a “new normal” due to the Coronavirus. We have faced institutional challenges never seen before in our history. Thank you for your efforts in keeping our college operational and for helping students stay focused on completing the spring semester.

As more Floridians test for COVID-19, data emerging in the coming weeks will impact decisions regarding re-opening colleges and communities. Social distancing and safer-at-home policies seem to have slowed the pandemic’s spread, and Governor Ron DeSantis and his team are working on plans to re-open the economy.

While we rely on the guidance and recommendations of health and education officials, it is important to be proactive in making decisions that could impact the well-being of employees and students. Maintaining a safe teaching, learning and workplace environment is our top priority; therefore, while PHSC continues remote operations, campuses will remain closed to students, the public and most employees at least through June 1, 2020. To honor our spring 2020 graduates, the college will host a virtual commencement ceremony on May 26. Additional details will be announced soon.

Along with members of my leadership team, I will host virtual town hall meetings to address questions and concerns related to the Coronavirus and college operations. Please join us on Tuesday, May 5, beginning at 10 a.m., for a meeting reserved for faculty and staff. A subsequent town hall meeting will be held for students on Thursday, May 7 at 2 p.m. More information about the meetings will be distributed soon.

Despite extraordinary circumstances, we count on each of you to continue to perform your duties to the best of your ability. Now more than ever, it is critical that we communicate clearly, that we address any problems appropriately and quickly, and provide support, assistance and accommodations to colleagues and students whenever possible.

Again, thank you for all that you do. Please be safe, stay tuned and stay well.

Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., President

What Faculty and Staff Should Know

Important Information
  • Employee summer work schedule as published begins May 11, 2020. See Communications from Human Resources below for full details.
  • All in-person student services remain suspended until further notice.
  • Nearly all of the College’s employees will continue to work remotely until further notice.
  • Commencing Friday, April 3, 2020, PHSC employees will perform their duties remotely under the direction of their supervisors (from home or another alternative location) 
  • Commencing March 19, 2020, most PHSC College employees will perform their duties remotely under the direction of their supervisors (from home or another alternative location).
  • The deadline to audit or withdraw for Term II and IIB courses has been extended to April 10, 2020.
  • Extended spring 2020 dates and new term dates are pending Board approval. The proposed dates can be found in the March 24, 2020 President's Letter to Colleagues and Students.
  • Faculty/Instructors can find information regarding online instruction in the Academic Continuity Preparation document.
  • New dates for Summer Term III are published

Communications from the President

The President provides frequent updates regarding college operations related to COVID-19, including video messages and written communications. Find the latest communications from the President on the PHSC main Coronavirus web page.

Communications from the College Provost

April 20, 2020 - Letter to Faculty from Dr. Giannet

Dear faculty colleagues,

I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well during this public health crisis. During the past few tumultuous weeks, I have witnessed and have been informed of the extraordinary dedication, effort, and outcomes from our faculty, and wish to express my gratitude on behalf of our Academic Affairs leadership team. 

Whenever our faculty are called to address a matter, you have always rapidly responded. And your response has served the College exceptionally well: from SACSCOC student learning outcomes Monitoring Report and related accreditation activities, to academic continuity changes compelled by hurricanes. And now, in response to President Beard's call for remote learning delivery, you have again unhesitatingly and uncomplainingly performed.

I never tire of proudly touting the exemplary work of our team of  full-time and adjunct faculty professionals. This pride and respect are not effusive, but illustrated not only by the qualitative narratives and success stories of our students, but also by the quantitative metrics you and our students continue to meet and exceed.  Your immediate, unflinching response to radically overhauling your course delivery, while maintaining the necessary rigor is also illustrative of our faculty excellence.  Furthermore, as we continue to contend with the altered course delivery landscape, I am grateful for your individual and collective efforts that are leading to such positive outcomes. I am also grateful for your patience, perseverance, communication, student-focus and for your optimism despite our current harsh reality.  Thank you for your habitual ability to again, as a team,  modify and create inventively so that our students have the best learning experiences.  And thank you for your compassion and advocacy for all students, but most importantly, those students who have become victims of the psychosocial impact of COVID-19.

The following are just a few examples (but, of course, not exhaustive) of recent faculty work demonstrating best-in-class academic continuity in the face of this pandemic:

  • Nursing faculty are making the necessary changes to ensure our graduating class meets all requirements in a timely manner, and our RN and PN faculty are successfully transitioning all their theory courses online;
  • EMS/EMT/Paramedics faculty are working quickly to modify curriculum;
  • Radiography faculty fully developed online labs to meet student needs;
  • Human Services faculty transitioned the entire AS program remotely and developed alternative practicum experiences;
  • Humanities faculty developed virtual tours and interactive performance experiences and student assignments;
  • Aviation faculty have transitioned their theory courses online;
  • Full-time and adjunct faculty in every division with significant distance learning experience (from Mathematics to Workforce Programs) volunteered to mentor and support faculty with less familiarity with online or remote course delivery;
  • Science faculty are working collaboratively to transition courses and labs online and several already have provided students visual displays and experiences of lab specimens;
  • Department Chairs and Program Directors have provided necessary communication and support throughout the transition process;
  • A robust number of adjunct faculty participated in training activities sponsored by E-Learning and regularly interfaced with faculty colleagues;
  • Our Academic Success Coordinators, tutors, science lab, nursing, libraries and E-Learning staff partnered with faculty to support needs - from embedding tutors in select courses to regularly calling students and providing support. 

It is clear that at PHSC, abundant teamwork and excellence are evident. And while we continue to monitor the status of clock hour programs, technical and public service program limitations, increased simulations and clinicals across programs, not to mention the long-standing societal and educational changes triggered by COVID-19, rest assured that we will productively address challenges together as one team -- as we always have.

Since the pre-Spring Break preparation phase of the academic continuity plan and calendar changes, the academic Deans, campus Provosts and I have discussed, every day, division and campus planning, faculty needs, our response to your needs, student concerns, and most importantly, progress. We have partnered with our IT department to unify support;  negotiated and approved rapid-response contracts with vendors and agencies for student examination proctoring and software packages;  approved  emerging clinical sites; communicated with accreditation agencies, Department of Education, Florida College System, and health authorities; addressed the concerns of anxious students; planned and coordinated cross-departmentally (from Financial Services to Student Affairs) for necessary academic support; and made every effort to respond to concerns and queries of faculty, both full-time and adjunct. As we digest and respond to unfolding expectations and situational outcomes, our primary focus - daily - has been to ensure that you have the support and tools required to best impact student learning, and that our decisions ameliorate student vulnerability and increase their likelihood of success.

I appreciate that several of you have personally contacted me and your administrative team to share perspective, concerns, recommendations, disappointments, your personal narratives, or the excitement about your students' responses to transitioned course activities. Please continue to share with us your reflections, ideas for continuous improvement, and most importantly, your needs during this challenging period. We will listen and we will respond. 

I am confident that we will continue to be furiously resilient and prevail together.  

Thank you again, colleagues.

Most sincerely,

Stan

Stanley M. Giannet, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer/College Provost

Communications from Human Resources

Human Resources has posted new documents related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on this page and can also be located on the employee intranet.

April 24, 2020 - Enterprise Email - Summer Hours - Remote Work

PHSC Employees,

Per the College’s operational calendar, Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) will transition to a four (4) day work week effective Monday, May 11, 2020 through Friday, August 7, 2020. PHSC plans to return to a normal five (5) day work week effective Monday, August 10, 2020.

Employees should continue to exercise social distancing and work remotely until further notice. The college has provided flexibility to work remotely since March 19, 2020. Employees should continue to fulfill their duties and responsibilities as outlined by their managers/supervisor. If duties and responsibilities cannot be completed remotely, employees are encouraged to discuss the challenges with their manager/supervisor. Upon receiving guidance from State and Federal entities, the President’s office will communicate a strategy to return to normal operations.

Thank you,

Darrell Clark, M.S., Executive Director of Human Resources

April 1, 2020 - Enterprise Email - Health Benefits Update

In response to the ever changing landscape of the COVID-19 crisis, Florida College System Risk Management Consortium (FCSRMC) in collaboration with our Plan Administrator Florida Blue is making some changes in the Health Plan for our Members. 

FCSRMC’s Response to COVID-19

FCSRMC along with our Plan Administrator Florida Blue is actively engaged in the COVID-19 fight and is committed to supporting its members and their communities as this difficult situation evolves. 

To further support our members:  (We’ve already changed the testing for COVID-19 to $0 cost share)

FCSRMC is waiving member cost-sharing for all COVID-19 treatment services – including inpatient hospital admissions. To help hospitals accelerate appropriate discharges and support bed capacity anticipating the need for COVID-19 patients, FCSRMC with our Plan Administrator Florida Blue is also:

  • Waiving prior authorization requirements for patients being transferred from inpatient acute hospital settings to post-acute care facilities (Long Term Acute Care Facilities, Skilled Nursing Facilities and Inpatient Rehabilitation and home with home healthcare).
  • Florida Blue also will work closely with hospitals and physicians to ensure members are not balanced billed (surprise billed) for any services related to COVID-19 treatment.