COVID-19 UPDATES

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

What Faculty and Staff Should Know

Important Information
  • College Re-entry Phase Two begins August 3, 2020.
  • College Re-entry Phase Three begins August 10, 2020, but considerations are being reviewed for a possible delay.
  • In-person student services resume August 3, 2020.
  • Faculty/Instructors can find information regarding online instruction in the Academic Continuity Preparation document.
  • New dates for Fall Term I are published in the Academic Calendar.

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.

July 29, 2020 - Letter to Faculty and Staff from PHSC President

Dear Colleagues: After more than four months of working primarily from remote platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic, PHSC administrators and staff will begin the process of returning to our campuses to provide face-to-face services for students. Significant evidence indicates that preventative measures greatly reduce the risk of contracting the virus.  Implementing rigorous precautionary measures and sanitization policies, sanctioned by the Centers for Disease Control, and as outlined in our College Reentry Plan, will help protect employees, students and community. 

As previously announced, Phase 1 of our College Reentry Plan, initially scheduled to commence on July 6, was delayed due to increases in positive local COVID-19 cases. With extensive safety protocols and sanitization policies in place, we are prepared to begin Phase 2 of our College Reentry Plan.

Beginning Monday, August 3, PHSC administrators and staff will begin providing campus-based services to students.  As outlined in the plan, approximately 50 percent of College employees will work on our campuses and 50 percent of employees will work remotely on a rotational and flex schedule. We anticipate that Phase 3 of our College Reentry Plan will begin on August 10, but considerations are being reviewed for a possible delay to a later date as we continue to monitor COVID-19 cases and review recommendations by state and local health officials. 

Divisional Vice Presidents, Provosts, Deans, and other executive administrators will communicate with employees to determine staff work schedules. Additional communications will be shared from respective departments to faculty and staff relevant to operational plans and updates.

CDC guidelines and college protocols as outlined in our College Reentry Plan will be strictly enforced.  Key factors will help maintain the health and wellness of employees, such as:

Masks are mandatory: Employees must wear masks when interacting with co-workers, students and guests or when moving through campus common areas. Masks must also be worn by students and visitors to our campuses. Social distancing enforced:  Signage directs students and visitors to follow safety rules and Plexiglass barriers have been installed in areas with more interaction between staff and students.  Sanitization routine:  Disinfectants will be available and facilities will be sanitized routinely. On campus population reduced:   Most classes through the fall term are being offered exclusively online and events have been cancelled or moved to virtual platforms, greatly reducing the population on our campuses.

My video announcement, and notifications of Phase 2 plans will be circulated to students and the public as well. The video can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7M5dWVW6Cc&feature=youtu.be

Please review  our comprehensive College Reentry Plan at https://safety.phsc.edu/procedures/coronavirus/plan and review any concerns regarding returning to work on campus or safety procedures with your immediate supervisor.

Managing our responsibilities remotely has been challenging and your efforts to maintain college operations are greatly appreciated. Thank you also to the College's Safety and Security team, administrators, faculty, and staff who have worked diligently to ensure our Reentry Plan provides the guidance needed to assist employees to work productively and safely on our campuses.

Thanks for your patience and your cooperation as we begin the process of moving operations and services to students back on campus.

Sincerely,

Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D.

July 2, 2020 - Letter to Faculty and Staff from PHSC President

Dear Faculty and Staff: In light of the surge in Coronavirus cases throughout Florida and our district, Pasco-Hernando State College’s administrative team has made the prudent decision to delay returning to campus-based operations until further notice. The health and safety of our PHSC community is our most important priority and we will return to campus operations full time when conditions indicate that it is safe to do so.

Phase one will be implemented as outlined in our College Reentry Plan, though the target dates for returning to on-campus services are now TBD. The number of employees reporting for work on our campuses will be limited and most of us will continue to work remotely.  Vice presidents, deans, division leaders and supervisors will collaborate to ensure that our college continues to operate efficiently. Please reach out to your immediate supervisor with questions or concerns. 

In the meantime, our safety and security team continue to prepare for our return to campuses. Facilities personnel have installed plexiglass barriers and signage. A supply of masks, disinfectants and other materials have been delivered. Additional materials and signage will be installed over the next few weeks. 

Please view my latest COVID-19 video update and review PHSC’s Reentry Plan and other important information related to the pandemic.

Your continued dedication, patience and cooperation are very much appreciated.

Stay well,

Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., President

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.