COVID-19 Update

Special Notice

Some student services are available in-person. Students who visit any of the PHSC locations are expected to follow social distancing as recommended by the CDC and as outlined in the College Re-Entry Plan. Students who choose not to follow social distancing and college policy will be asked to leave the campus in the interest of safety to others.

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.

September 1, 2020 - Letter to Students from PHSC President

Hello Bobcats! Welcome to the new 2020-21 academic year and fall semester at Pasco-Hernando State College! Congratulations on your wise decision to enroll in classes this fall. Your commitment to advance your academic and career goals, despite these challenging times, will serve you well in the future.

Maintaining a safe campus environment is our top priority and a responsibility shared by our entire PHSC community. While on campus, masks are mandatory, social distancing is enforced, and sanitization policies are in place for your protection. For details on PHSC’s safety policies and procedures, please review the College Reentry Plan

When assistance is needed, consider accessing virtual campus services first. If in-person help is required, most on-campus services are available Mondays–Thursdays through September. Stay connected to classmates, instructors, advisors and PHSC staff by communicating often. Any concerns or issues that you have should be addressed as soon as possible to resolve problems more quickly and effectively. Your success is our goal and everyone at PHSC is here to help you.

Students who are engaged in college life are happier, healthier and more likely to complete degrees and certifications. PHSC Student Life hosts opportunities to get involved, even during these unusual times. Explore your extracurricular interests or participate in community service-oriented projects to stay active. Visit our college website, social media platforms and download PHSC’s mobile app to stay informed.

Finally, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or depressed, help is a phone call away. PHSC’s Student Assistance Program (SAP), provides confidential, free one-on-one counseling services to students needing assistance. Information on this resource, and many others, are available at phsc.edu.

Once the pandemic is controlled, PHSC will once again offer a more traditional college experience as well as many virtual opportunities. Better days are on the horizon. Until then, stay healthy, focused and positive. I hope to see you on campus soon!

Sincerely,

Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., President

July 29, 2020 - Letter to Students from PHSC President

Dear PHSC Students:

After more than four months of remote operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, PHSC staff will begin providing on campus services for our students. 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 keep our college community safe. Visit https://phsc.edu/ for COVID-19 and college operations information and to access our comprehensive College Reentry Plan. 

As previously announced, Phase 1 of our College Reentry Plan, initially scheduled to begin 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 Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Affairs Offices, Libraries, College Store and other student services areas will reopen to students collegewide. Please be advised that our compliance to safety measures may mean longer wait times for in-person services.  Returning students are encouraged to continue using online services, accessed via phsc.edu. 

CDC guidelines and college protocols will be strictly enforced, including the following: 

Masks are mandatory: Employees, students and campus visitors must wear masks at all times while on campus. Social distancing enforced:  Prominent signage reinforces 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 fall term classes will be offered online and events have been cancelled or moved to virtual platforms, greatly reducing the population on our campuses.

My video announcement regarding our plans can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7M5dWVW6Cc&feature=youtu.be

Despite these challenging times, please remain focused on your academic and career goals.  When the pandemic is controlled and the economy recovers, a degree or certification in hand will help you advance your studies or secure a better job in the workforce. For guidance or assistance, please contact our Information Center at 1-855-NOW-PHSC (1-855-669-7472).

Fall term registration is underway and classes begin August 24. Thanks for your patience and your cooperation. We hope to see you on campus soon!

Relief for Students

CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund for Students

Students who have experienced a COVID-19 related financial hardship due to campus disruption may be eligible for emergency relief funding. Students must complete the COVID-19 CARES Act Emergency Relief Funding application and submit to the financial aid office to review for eligibility. Grant funds are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and are a one-time grant payment.

Students will see the CARES Act grant received message on their WISE account and will see the funds on their BankMobile account once they are disbursed to the student. 

Submit the completed CARES Act Emergency Relief Funding application in an email to finaid@phsc.edu; or fax the form to 727-816-3713.

CARES Act Emergency Relief Disclosure

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (CARES Act) Reporting:

  1. Pasco-Hernando State College acknowledges that our institution has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and that the college intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. The total amount of funds that Pasco-Hernando State College has received from the Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants (CARES) to Students is $3,250,000.
  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants (CARES) distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of September 30, 2020 is $3,043,250.
  4. The estimated number of students at Pasco-Hernando State College eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants (CARES) to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act for the spring 2020 semester is 4524.
  5. 2,601students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of September 30, 2020.
  6. Pasco-Hernando State College has made a CARES Act Grant request form available to students through the PHSC web site. The CARES Act Grant request form provides students with a self-identifying method to report eligible financial expenses the student has experienced as a result of COVID-19 and campus disruption. The CARES Act Grant request form provides the student with grant eligibility criteria and options to return the form to the Financial Aid Office for processing. CARES Act grant funds are awarded to students in the amounts of $3,000 (special groups), $1,000, $750, or $650 depending upon student eligibility and enrollment.
  7. CARES Act Grant fund student awards were approved by a PHSC institutional committee which included the President’s Administrative Leadership Team. PHSC students have been provided with CARES Act Grant instruction, directions, and guidance through the institution’s web site, students emails, and social media communication.

What Students Should Know

Several communications have been distributed to students from college administration, including video updates and Town Hall meetings hosted by Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., president, regarding the response to Coronavirus activity and college operations. These communications and more can be found on the main PHSC Coronavirus Update web page.

Key Facts
  • 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
  • Student services are available online. For more information, students may contact the Information Center at 1-855-NOW-PHSC (1-855-669-7472).
  • Updates on all College activity regarding COVID-19 can be found at phsc.edu. Students should continue to monitor the College website, college emails, and social media channels for updates.
  • Student Success Tools are available.
  • The BayCare Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a free, voluntary, and confidential counseling service for students facing personal problems that may interfere with their academic success.