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COVID-19 Information


Welcome to the Prairie State College COVID-19 page. Here you will find college resources, updates, guidelines, procedures, and forms associated with the college's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases*


  This Week
1/10/21 - 1/16/21
Cumulative Since 11/01/2020
Students 0 8
Employees 0 10
Total 0 18

*Numbers reflect reported cases of individuals who have been on the college campus.

COVID-19 Task Force


 

COVID-19 Task Force Charge

In response to COVID-19 pandemic, PSC has convened a COVID-19 Task Force that includes representatives from key areas of the college.

COVID-19 Task Force Charge:

  • Update and manage Building Access Guidelines
  • Manage the implementation of contract tracing protocols and procedures
  • Update and manage information for the website, physical building entrances, and other communications
  • Ensure reporting, documentation, and assessment of COVID-19 actions and activities, including but not limited to:
    • Finances
    • ICCB web reporting
    • HLC

 

Members

  • Michael Anthony ( Convener )
  • Charmaine Sevier ( Human Resources and Employee Contact Tracing )
  • Anthony Martin ( Public Safety, PPE Management )
  • Felix Simpkins ( Student Affairs and Student Contact Tracing )
  • Cheron Ricks ( Support Staff liaison )
  • Crystal Alston-Nobles ( Internal and External Public Relations and Communication )
  • Cristina Lazard ( Institutional Support and Marketing )
  • Megan Hughes ( Academic Affairs and Health Care Professional )
  • Marcia Bulthuis ( Faculty and Health Care Professional )
  • Denise Edwards ( Budget and Finance )
  • Jan Bonavia ( Reporting and Assessment of COVID-19 Efforts )
  • Jennifer McCorkle ( Task Force Logistics and Records )

Scope and Operations

This working task force will have ultimate authority, granted by the President, on matters related to the charge. They will meet for 30 minutes weekly or as needed from the week of November 9 - June 30, 2021. Weekly updates will be provided to the Cabinet, and updates will be provided to other shared governance groups needed.

Building Access Guidelines


Prairie State College looks forward to the day when we can open our campus to the community without the limitations and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Until then, the college has established Building Access Guidelines to provide a framework for employees, students, community members, and guests to enter PSC campuses and facilities safely. While the college is operating virtually for the fall semester, and instruction will be delivered primarily online, PSC still wants to ensure that offices, departments, and services are available for students on campus.

 

Please note: These guidelines are subject to change at any time based on institutional, local, state, or federal guidance.

COVID-19 Self Reporting Forms


PSC Employees:

Any PSC employee who has been on campus or an off-site college-related activity (clinicals, etc.) and has since tested positive for COVID-19 or any infectious disease MUST report it immediately. Please complete the form below. This form is confidential and will be sent directly to the Executive Director of Human Resources.

Employee COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form Employee Return To Work Flowchart Protocol

PSC Students:

Any student who has been on campus or an off-site college-related activity (clinicals, etc.) and has since tested positive for COVID-19 or any infectious disease MUST report it immediately. Please complete the form below. This form is confidential and will be sent directly to the Dean of Student Development.

Student COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form

 

Updates


PSC President’s Updates
Weekly updates from the President’s Office are published to the PSC website. More at https://prairiestate.edu/about-us/administration/office-of-the-president/presidents-update.aspx.

Student Updates


Dear Students,

Your health and safety are paramount and continue to be what influences our decisions, especially during this global pandemic. That said, I feel it is important that I share with you our plans for the spring 2021 semester.

After careful consideration, the College Administration has made the difficult but necessary decision to remain online next semester. This means that all classes will be delivered remotely, and specified labs will meet in person following PSC Building Guidelines, state mandates, and CDC recommendations.

With the surge of cases, we are faced with a potential mandated shelter in place order in the coming weeks. A task force is in place at the college to oversee COVID-19 related concerns—more about that below. Our primary focus is keeping everyone safe and supporting our students through this last stretch of the fall semester.

This decision, similar to fall, was made as a precautionary measure to minimize the spread of COVID-19. As you know, many colleges and universities held in-person classes, and due to increased cases of the virus, they had to pivot online, just weeks into the fall semester. Coronavirus has infected millions of people nationwide and caused thousands of deaths. Reports from various sources indicate that the pandemic will persist. I hope these predictions are grossly inaccurate; however, we will do whatever it takes to keep our college community safe.

Academic Affairs is already working on the course offerings for the spring semester, and the College is planning additional initiatives to provide you with the technology and resources necessary for an excellent online experience. Our faculty has been doing a tremendous job at creating an enriched remote learning environment, and we will continue to build on what we have established.

Priority registration for the spring semester opens Oct. 19, and open registration begins on Oct. 26. Just as we did this fall, the College is planning virtual and in-person registration opportunities. It is our mission to be accessible and provide maximum support for you the students.

While I wish I could wave a magic wand to make all of this go away, I cannot, and we must proceed in a safe and well-informed manner. The College is prepared to shift to in-person classes upon notification from Governor Pritzker, but for now, we will extend our remote learning model as part of our firm commitment to providing the safest environment for the college community.

As always, I will provide you with updates as they become available.

You’re doing a great job, Pioneers! Keep going, and never give up.

Thomas D. Saban, Ph.D.
Interim President
Prairie State College pscpresident@prairiestate.edu

 

CARES Act


 

Emergency grants are available to Prairie State College (PSC) students who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. The funds will be disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis.

To be eligible, students must meet the following qualifications:
  • Enrolled at PSC for the fall 2020 session.
  • Have a 2020-21 FAFSA on file with PSC
  • Eligible for federal financial aid
  • Have incurred an expense related to COVID-19

Unfortunately, international and undocumented students are not eligible for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) funds. If you are a student from one of these groups, there are other types of emergency aid available at PSC. Please email Deborah Smith Havighorst, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and the Prairie State College Foundation, at dhavighorst@prairiestate.edu.

Please contact the PSC Foundation for Emergency Options.

Health and Wellness Resources


Community Resources

Counselors are connecting students to community resources via email or Google Hangouts to obtain various basic needs, supplies, and other assorted, individual needs. For assistance, please contact Personal Counselor, Shannon Word, NCC, LCPC at sword@prairiestate.edu or at 708-709-3511.

COVID-19 Resources

  • Comcast is offering new customers 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service. Learn more.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for PSC Employees

Our EAP provider, Perspectives, is available 24/7 to offer support to you and your household members. They are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 in real time, answering FAQs and sharing relevant information on their website. Refer to the email from Susie Perez, HR, for more information. EAP services are confidential, no cost to you and available when you need them!

Coronavirus Job Resources: What to do if you're affected

On Demand Fitness Classes: Stay active with free online classes and youth programs through the YMCA. No membership is needed to access the growing list of classes. Visit ymca360.org to get started.