COVID-19 UPDATES

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

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.

October 29, 2021 - Updated Face Mask Protocol

In a letter to PHSC Faculty and Staff: COVID-19 infections continue to drop at PHSC, in our district and statewide. In fact, recent reports indicate that Florida’s rate of COVID-19 cases is among the lowest in the nation. Therefore, like many other Florida College System institutions, PHSC is updating coronavirus guidelines. As of Monday, November 1, wearing masks on campus will be optional for fully vaccinated faculty, staff, students and visitors. While proof of vaccination status will not be required, I encourage all unvaccinated individuals to wear masks indoors on campus. Wearing masks outdoors on campus will remain optional for all individuals. If you are not yet vaccinated, consider discussing vaccination options with your physician. Please be assured that the College will continue to maintain high standards in cleaning and disinfecting our facilities. As much as possible, please maintain social distancing practices and take all necessary precautions to protect yourself and others. As announced previously, PHSC will resume a normal operating schedule on November 1, 2021, with employees returning to on-site positions as assigned. Concerns about returning to a regular campus-based work schedule should be addressed with your immediate supervisor or Human Resources.

August 12, 2021 - North Campus Closed 8/12-22

Due to COVID exposure on the North Campus in Brooksville, all North Campus operations will be remote through August 22, 2021; reopening on August 23, 2021. This includes the student registration extended deadline which will be available remotely through August 20, 2021. All North Campus face-to-face classes will be taught remotely during this time with the exception of select Nursing and Health Program courses. Please reach out to your instructor if you have questions. Pasco-Hernando State College remains committed to the health and safety of our students and staff. Stay safe and continue to monitor your PHSC email and the College website for updates.

August 2, 2021 - PHSC Students, Faculty and Staff

Florida is experiencing a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases linked to the Delta variant of the virus. New evidence indicates that both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals can spread the virus. Reportedly, while vaccinated individuals can acquire COVID-19, symptoms are mild and rarely lead to severe illness, hospitalization or death.

"In compliance with CDC recommendation, all PHSC employees, students and visitors must wear masks indoors at all PHSC facilities beginning ASAP or no later than start of day tomorrow morning, Tuesday, August 3," said Dr. Beard. The mask mandate applies in classrooms and during all indoor College-hosted activities, whether held on or off PHSC campuses and facilities. At this time, masks are not required outdoors. However, social distancing rules according to CDC guidelines will remain in effect inside and outdoors at all PHSC locations.

"While proof of vaccination will not be required, I urge all employees and students to receive vaccinations as soon as possible to help curb the alarming rate of COVID-19 cases within our district. Vaccinations are free, readily available and can protect our colleagues, neighbors and family from this devastating disease. An updated, more detailed College COVID-19 plan will be circulated and posted on PHSC’s website and intranet later this week. Please take every precaution, including washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, to protect the health of our college community," said Dr. Beard.

As a reminder, the College Store at all campuses offers a selection of discounted masks for your convenience.