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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.
Please note: Prairie State College will continue to require all individuals to wear a mask while on campus and in public spaces on campus (hallways, bathroom, classrooms, staff lounge, shared-spaces, etc). Any changes to this requirement will be communicated to the campus community.

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases*


  This Week
1/9/21 - 1/15/22
Cumulative Since 11/1/2020
Students 0 58
Employees 2 38
Total 2 96

*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

  • Jaime Miller ( 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 )
  • 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 Student Return to Instruction Flowchart Protocol

Student Updates


Students:

Welcome to the spring 2022 semester! Out of an abundance of caution, the first two weeks of this semester will be delivered virtually. The exception to this are those classes for which a virtual format is not possible. These include certain career and technical education (CTE) courses and certain allied health courses (e.g., nursing, dental hygiene). For these courses, the course instructor will communicate directly with you as to whether you need to report to class, clinical, or lab. The College will continue to follow all safety mitigations consistent with our Building Access Guidelines, and includes masking, social distancing, and enhanced cleaning.

While I know everyone does not agree, several factors went into making this decision. This includes:

  • Local, regional, and national data related to COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates;
  • Low rates of student compliance with the Governor's mandate;
  • Input from the faculty;
  • Input from student leadership;
  • Input from the college's COVID-19 Task Force;

The most compelling data gathered was a survey of all students enrolled for the spring 2022 semester. The survey was sent to 953 students, and 246 (25%) replied. Of those of you who replied, 51% stated that you felt safe coming to campus. 53% stated you would prefer to start classes virtually for the first two weeks. 85% stated that you had the necessary technology (computer and internet) to transition to virtual learning at any time in the semester. The Technology Lending Program is available to those of you who have technology needs. Your course syllabus discusses what will happen should a transition to virtual learning be necessary beyond the first two week of class (e.g., local/state mandate, faculty or student quarantine). You all have access to campus should you need to use technology, find a place to study, or meet with college personnel, as long as you are following the Building Access Guidelines. Our suite of virtual options for meeting with staff and faculty remain in place.

The additional two weeks of virtual learning gives those of you who have not gotten vaccinated or who are not regularly testing time to do so. You must be testing weekly or be vaccinated to remain enrolled in your courses. If you are not, you will be withdrawn from your courses. If you are unable to comply with this, then you may also register for online courses.

I know the pandemic continues to create challenges for us all. I commend you for continuing to pursue your academic goals despite these challenges. It is a true mark of commitment and resilience on your behalf. If there is anything we can do to help you stay the course, please do not hesitate to ask your advisor, your instructor, or any of the many people at PSC here to support you.

Thank you and best of luck this semester!

 

 

CARES Act


PSC Students! You may qualify for financial support through the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). The funds will be disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis.

To be eligible, students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled for the fall 2021 in credit classes.
  • Pursuing a degree/certificate from PSC.
Assistance may be provided for education related needs such as technology, books/supplies, housing and child care. You should apply if you have unexpected financial challenges that may keep you from completing the semester or degree/certificate.

The application for CARES Funds for fall is now closed.

Please contact the PSC Foundation for Emergency Options.

Q: What is the CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provided by the federal government?

A: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and sent money to schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.

Q: When will CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds be available?

A: Funds are available now. The application period opens June 23 and closes July 14 for summer 2021.

Q: Who is eligible for the CARES/Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds?

A: Applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis. Students with a completed 2020-21 FAFSA on file will be given priority. All students are encouraged to apply including international and undocumented students.

Q: I am a international student. Am I eligible to receive CARES Act funds?

A: Yes, you are eligible if you are currently enrolled in summer 2021.

Q: How will I be notified if I will receive funds?

A: Recipients will be notified through their student email.

Q: When can I expect to receive the funds?

A: Updates regarding eligibility and disbursement will be communicated by email. Students who are eligible will begin receiving funds on or after July 27, 2021.


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.